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|Stuck behind a workhorse on a pass first offense, James Starks
failed to carve out much more than a nominal role in 2014. After
a slight uptick in touches during Lacy’s early season struggles,
Starks usage fell off the map late in the season when Lacy heated
up. Starks’s role as a “breather back” is clearly defined after
the last two years, and one that is unlikely to change much in
2015. He’s basically a sub 4.0 ypc career runner, and offers very
little fantasy value outside an injury handcuff to Lacy.
|McCarthy calls out Lacy for being too heavy|
"He cannot play at the weight he played at this year"
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jan 18, 6:55 pm
|Packers coach Mike McCarthy has put RB Eddie Lacy on notice. "He's got a lot of work to do," McCarthy said. "His offseason last year was not good enough and he never recovered from it. He cannot play at the weight he played at this year." (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy has walked a fine line between being a big back with nimble feet and just being a big back for most of his three seasons in the league. James Starks is a free agent the Packers haven't shown much interest in retaining and will be 30 in February, so Green Bay may look to address the position via the draft. Lacy will be in a contract year in 2016, so it should come as little shock if he returns to fantasy prominence if he can get his conditioning back in order.
| Packers work out RB Montee Ball|
Green Bay desperate for rushing help
By: John Canario | Fri Dec 4, 5:25 pm
|The Packers are clearly searching for answers in their running game, and Friday they worked out former Broncos running back Montee Ball. ESPN’s Field Yates first reported Ball’s workout. A second-round pick in 2013, Ball was released by the Broncos in the preseason. He had one touchdown run last season. The Packers started James Starks at running back in Thursday night’s win over the Lions despite Eddie Lacy having posted consecutive 100-yard games. Aaron Rodgers led the team in rushing in the game with 27 yards. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Even if the Packers sign Ball, there's no guarantee that he'll usurp James Starks or Eddie Lacy as the team's new lead back. Forget about Ball, unless you have space on your bench for a low-chance flier that's unlikely to pay dividends.
| Eddie Lacy inactive with groin injury|
James Starks becomes a top ten RB
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 15, 11:30 am
|Eddie Lacy out with injury; Packers-Lions inactives (Green Bay Packers)|
FFToday's Take: With Lacy out, James Starks will get the start and has a great chance to finish in the top ten among running backs in Week 10. The Lions are giving up the third most fantasy points to running backs.