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Green Bay Packers Fantasy News: Alex Green or James Starks?

By Brian Ethridge - Posted: 10/09/12 08:08PM UTC
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James Starks (Photo: Reuters)

Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson has unfortunately suffered the dreaded Lisfranc injury which will force him to miss a minimum of eight weeks and possibly the rest of the 2012 football season. That means the Packers will have to rely on either Alex Green or James Starks. However, fantasy football owners are busy trying to figure out which running back they should try to add to their roster in Benson's absence.

It was originally believe that second year running back Alex Green would carry the workload without Benson in the lineup. He has rushed the ball 11 times for 57 yards thus far this season. In addition, he has recorded one reception for eight yards.  The Packers drafted Green out of Hawaii in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft. At that time he was widely believed to be one of the most talented running backs coming out of college.

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However, the Green Bay Packers have now announced that third year running back James Starks may actually be the guy who starts at running back for the team. Starks was drafted by the Packers in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. He has yet to play in a regular season game this season because he has been battling a turf toe injury that he suffered in the preseason. But now it sounds like Starks is healthy and ready to step up for the Packers when they need him most. In 2011, Starks had 133 rushes for 578 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he has wonderful hands. In 2011, he also recorded 29 catches for 216 yards.

We would be very hesitant to add either Starks or Green on our fantasy football rosters, but if you are in desperate need of a running back, we would probably go with Starks instead of Green. The offensive line, along with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, is a lot more comfortable with Starks in the backfield instead of Green who has seen limited playing time. Green may be the more talented back, but Starks is more versatile and knows the system better.

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