Green Bay Packers rookie running back, Eddie Lacy, suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins and the youngster was forced to watch the remainder of the contest from the sideline. Fantasy football owners that own Lacy were devastated, but there was still something positive to take away from the effort for the fantasy community.
Lacy’s supposed backup, James Starks, came into the game and really turned some heads. Starks ripped off 132 yards on just 20 carries and scored his first rushing touchdown of the young season. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry and even busted out a 32-yard-touchdwon run. QB Aaron Rodgers still threw for an outstanding 480 yards and four scores, but the offense was more balanced with Starks and it ran to perfection.
The performance was even more shocking considering that Starks didn’t get a single carry in Week 1. He was a complete non-factor in the opening week of the season and posted the second-highest rushing total the next week. The former University at Buffalo star is the most experienced back on the roster, though, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get the rock when it matter most for the Cheeseheads this season.
Starks may see his time drastically decreased when Lacy returns to action, but for now he is worth picking up. Green Bay’s offense in one of the most productive in the game and that alone will give Starks plenty of carries inside the twenties. The team desperately needs a goal-line back and Starks could develop into a great FLEX starter if he can simply hold onto the job.