Starks finished Sunday's contest with zero rushing attempts and no targets in the passing game. Simply put, he never touched the football.
Fantasy Impact: With Eddie Lacy returning from concussion just in time for Week 2, the Packers falling to a quick 21-3 deficit in the first half, all while facing the stout front seven of the New York Jets, the running game just never got going Sunday. Starks is not likely to see this little action again, and he is still the top handcuff for Eddie Lacy, but he will be wildly inconsistent as long as Lacy is healthy. He is not worth owning unless you have Lacy as your RB1.
Starks rushed for 37 yards on 7 attempts with 2 receptions for 11 yards. A 5.8 yards per carry average is exceptional, especially against Seattle who ranked 7th against the run last year.
Fantasy Impact: Eddie Lacy exited the game in the second half with a concussion. If he can't suit up next week Starks is a borderline RB1. Starks showed that he is set firmly ahead of DuJuan Harris who only came in on offense to spell Starks after Lacy left the game. Starks is the Lacy handcuff to own and could be starting week 2. He has shown he is an effective rusher in the past and proved it again Thursday night.
James Starks has been struggling with his third down duties. Currently, Starks is in a rotation with DuJuan Harris for the 2nd RB role in Green Bay. (Source: Rotoworld)
Fantasy Impact: This obviously hurts Starks' value as a late-round flier and convolutes the handcuff situation for Eddie Lacy. At this point it seems like that role belongs to DuJuan Harris, with Starks taking on a more limited role unless something happens to Lacy.
Packers running backs coach, Sam Gash, likes what he has seen of James Starks so far. "He's in midseason form. He runs as angry as he did last year. He runs with a purpose." (Source: Rob Demovsky of ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: With Lacy sitting out the first preseason game, Starks had the chance to start. He rushed for 49 yards on only 6 attempts, including a 20-yard touchdown run in a heavy rain storm. When Starks got the chance to carry the ball last season, he averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Lacy is still the running back in Green Bay that you want to target, but Starks will get plenty of opportunities if Lacy were to go down. If you plan on drafting Lacy, Starks is must-own handcuff.
Against the Titans on Saturday, Starks rushed six times for 49 yards and a touchdown. (Source: Bleacher Report)
Fantasy Impact: With Lacy sitting out the preseason opener, Starks got the start and looked as good as ever. He is locked-in as the no. 2 back in GB. After an effective year in 2013 spelling Lacy, he could be in line for a bigger role this season. The Packers are thinking long-term health with Lacy, the feature back for years to come. This means lightening his load when games are out of hand and playing it safe with injuries. This makes Starks a valuable handcuff for one of the leagues' elite playmakers. Lacy owners take heed.