Evaluating Johnathan Franklin's Long-Term Fantasy Value After James Starks' Injury
Down goes another Green Bay Packers running back.
Last week, Eddie Lacy left the game after suffering a concussion. James Starks stepped to the plate and gave Green Bay its first 100-yard single-game rusher in nearly three years. A stampede to grab Starks from the waive wire ensued.
While hardly matching last Sunday's superb efforts, Starks recorded 55 yards on 14 carries before exiting the game with a knee injury.
Yikes, so who's next in line for the Packers?
That would be Johnathan Franklin, a rookie from UCLA whom Green Bay selected in the fourth round. After underwhelming during the preseason, he sunk to third on the team's depth chart, but he has now been forced into duty against the Cincinnati Bengals.
He promptly delivered for the tens of owners around the world who started him, scoring a two-yard run early in the third quarter. Is it time to grab the white out and replace Starks with Franklin in all of last week's free-agent columns?
Franklin is a raw talent whose blocking inexperience could frustrate Aaron Rodgers, but any running back receiving carries is worth a look. If Starks' injury is serious, Franklin could become a solid option. Just consider that Green Bay has an early bye week, so both ailing backs will get two weeks to recover.
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