James Starks: Packers Backup RB Shouldn't Be on Fantasy Radars

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 7, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:  James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball against the New York Giants during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Unless you are in a 16-team league or get bonuses for having players named James Starks, James Starks shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.

I understand the temptation will be there, especially after Cedric Benson left Sunday's game and will likely be a huge question mark for next week (via the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Rob Demovsky):

Raji walked out of the locker room with limp, Benson walked out in a boot.

— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 7, 2012

But still, James Starks is no Iron Man. 

The third-year running back definitely showed potential last season, rushing for 4.3 yards per carry on 133 attempts, but a nagging turf toe has kept him on the sideline for Green Bay's first five games of 2012.

Even if Benson should miss time, Starks, who is obviously less than 100 percent and currently doesn't have a role in this offense, isn't the backup you want to own.

That would be second-year back Alex Green. He's done next to nothing in his career, but proved on Sunday with his nine-carry, 55-yard effort that he is more than capable of filling in for Benson.

Starks may have the experience edge on Green, but there's no way he would step into a full role right away. At the very best, he would earn a timeshare in Week 6.

And by timeshare, I mean fantasy hell. 

When it comes down to it, you want to avoid Green Bay's backfield no matter who fills in for Cedric Benson—not to mention we don't even know Benson's status for next week.

Not only are the Packers heading to Houston in Week 6 (good luck running on that defense), but as everyone and their sister knows, this team loves to throw the ball.

Who wouldn't with Aaron Rodgers under center?

Even if you're desperate at running back, 8-to-10 likely inefficient carries—at most—from James Starks probably aren't going to dig you out of the hole. 

Move along. Nothing to see here.