Updated Fantasy Outlook for James Starks with Cedric Benson out

Nick KostoraContributor IIIOctober 8, 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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The foot injury that Cedric Benson suffered in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts opens up doors for other Green Bay Packers running backs.

Alex Green may pay the immediate dividends, but James Starks will see the greatest role increase because of Benson's misfortune.

Starks is a talented runner that should soon be returning from turf-toe issues, so let's break down his fantasy outlook moving forward:


Fantasy Outlook

Starks is a 6'2", 218-pound running back that was quietly productive for the Packers a season ago. He managed 578 yards and a touchdown on just 133 carries. Starks is not the most explosive back in the league, but he knows how to hit a hole hard and can make defenders miss when needed.

Competing with Alex Green will mean that anything over nine to 12 carries upon his return may be asking too much right away, but Starks is a quality back capable of winning the starting job.

Unfortunately, the starting RB job in Green Bay does not mean all that much. This is a pass-first offense that has struggled to create any semblance of a balanced offensive attack over the past few seasons.

With the team's paltry 2-3 record this season, it would not be surprising if the Packers fall back on an even heavier number of passes per game, meaning fewer opportunities for Starks.

However, Starks is also capable of catching passes out of the backfield, hauling in 29 balls for 216 yards a season ago.

So, while Green is the immediate option, fantasy owners would be wise to give a long look at Starks when deciding between the Packers rushers.

That is, assuming they are in the unfortunate position of needing a Green Bay running back.