James Starks vs. Johnathan Franklin: Fantasy Outlook After Eddie Lacy's Injury

Aug 9, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) hands the football off to running back James Starks (44) during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2013

Eddie Lacy owners have been given a scare on Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers' starting running back left the game in the first quarter with a concussion. 

From the team's official Twitter account:

His afternoon is over, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:


UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 15, at 4:30 p.m. ET, by Joseph Zucker

James Starks had a huge game against Packers' 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins, rushing for 132 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. That performance ends Green Bay's streak of 44 games without a running back going over 100 yards (h/t ESPN Stats and Info).

With that kind of showing, it's unlikely Starks will be giving up starting duties anytime soon. Johnathan Franklin didn't have a single carry in the win.

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James Starks was the first man off the bench to step in for Lacy, so for now it appears he will get the lion's share of the work in Lacy's stead. Starks rushed for 578 yards and a touchdown last year, but wasn't impressive enough to keep the Packers from selecting two running backs in this year's draft. 

Johnathan Franklin wasn't impressive in the preseason and didn't see a single snap against the 49ers, so if Lacy misses additional time, Starks is the player to own.  

Still, given the Packers' proficiency in the passing game and Starks' lackluster performances in the past, you can skip over the Packers' running backs entirely on the waiver wire this week.  


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