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NFL Week 9: Should You Add James Starks to Your Fantasy Football Team?

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 28: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lambeau Field on October 28, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer INovember 2, 2012

It is hard to get too excited about a running back that has six carries and one reception on the year.

However, if the Green Bay Packers shake up their backfield, there could be an opportunity for James Starks to reclaim some fantasy relevance.

Should you add him?

If you are in a league in which the running back landscape has been picked over like a carcass, it may not be a bad idea.

Starting running back Alex Green has struggled since taking the starting job over from the injured Cedric Benson. He is averaging a mere 2.9 yards per carry.

Green has shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield with four receptions in each of the past two games.

I think he will continue to work on passing downs, but his days of 20-plus carries could be numbered.

According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Starks will likely be more involved this week after a stomach flu kept him out of practice and much of the game last week.

If Starks is able to make the most of his opportunities this week, perhaps he can assume more of the early-down work.

Don’t make any rash decisions—you’re not getting an every-down back. The best case scenario for Starks is a timeshare. With that being said, if you are in a jam, maybe he’s worth the roll of the dice.

If he has a big game this week, he’ll obviously be a hot commodity.

Maybe you can beat the rush and add him early.

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