Week 3 fantasy football bust: James Starks

Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) rushes with the football as Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson (39) defends during the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports



The Green Bay Packers are coming off an impressive week, highlighted by their first 100-yard rushing performance in nearly three years. That led to running back James Starks earning the starting job for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after Starks entered the 2013 season firmly on the roster bubble with the additions of Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin.

Steeping in place of the injured Lacy, Starks rushed for 132 yards on 20 carries in Sunday’s 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins, giving the Packers their first 100-yard rusher since Brandon Jackson on Oct. 10, 2010, as well as their first win of the 2013 NFL season.

Now, everyone is scrambling to not only add Starks to their fantasy football roster, but are even going as far as to start him.

Don’t be that guy. While Starks will have more big games this year, so long as he remains the starter, this week will not be one of them. Through two weeks, the Bengals sport the league’s No. 7 rush defense, which includes holding All-Pro Chicago  Bears RB Matt Forte to a measly 50 yards rushing.

Starks is no Forte, and the Packers offensive line want get the same kind of push against the Bengals defensive line, led by All-Pro Geno Atkins, that they did against a battered and disinterested Redskins d-line.

Look to add Starks to your roster, but don’t expect much out of him this week.


Topics: Green Bay Packers, James Starks, NFL

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