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Friday, October 21, 2016

James Starks a fantasy player to watch with Lacy’s concussion

James StarksJames Starks was hardly on the fantasy football radar prior to Sunday, but he is the top player to keep your eye on entering Week 3.

Starks came in for the Green Bay Packers after rookie running back Eddie Lacy left with a concussion suffered on his first carry of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. Starks looked brilliant against the Skins defense, posting 132 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and 36 receiving yards. He showed an excellent burst and no hesitation on the 32-yard touchdown he scored late in the third quarter.

Starks, a sixth-round pick of the Packers in 2010, looked better than he did in 2011, which is when he averaged 4.3 yards per carry and posted 794 combined yards. To give you an idea of how bad Green Bay’s rushing game has been, Starks was the first Packer to have a 100-yard rushing game since Brandon Jackson ran for 115 at Washington on Oct. 10, 2010.

We were high on Eddie Lacy for fantasy purposes entering the season, but the concussion was a really bad break. There is no report on how much time he might miss, but Starks is a player you need to keep your eye on in case Lacy is out. He might be worth picking up just in case Lacy misses next week’s game at Cincinnati. Starks is available in most fantasy football leagues.

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