Johnathan Franklin's Full Fantasy Scouting Report Following James Starks' Injury
Filling in for the injured Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers running back James Starks suffered a knee injury in the first half of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
According to NFL.com's Around the League, Starks' return is questionable:
James Starks has a knee injury, questionable to return. Johnathan Franklin show in the 2nd half?— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 22, 2013
Starks had been rolling, rushing for 132 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against the Washington Redskins in Week 2. He had rushed for 55 yards on 14 carries before getting injured in Week 3.
Johnathan Franklin is the next in line in Green Bay's backfield. In his first four carries taking over for Starks on Sunday, he rushed for 20 yards and a touchdown.
Is Franklin a worthy fantasy pickup if Starks misses time?
It's worth noting that Franklin is plenty talented. He was a star at UCLA before being selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Packers. In his last season at UCLA, he rushed for over 1,700 yards and 13 touchdowns while also catching 33 balls for 323 yards and two touchdowns.
Franklin is a quick, shifty runner who can get outside, but he lacks ideal strength at the running back position. The Packers also don't run the football a lot. However, if he starts for the Packers moving forward, he always has a shot at finding the end zone in the explosive offense.
Look for him to garner enough touches to be a viable contributor as long as his teammates are out. But with the Packers' bye coming in Week 4, his short-term impact could be short-lived as Starks and Lacy heal up.
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