A report from ESPNMilwaukee.com surfaced late Tuesday night that Green Bay Packers RB James Startks could be placed on the season ending injured reserve list. Starks reportedly suffered a knee injury in the team’s win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Although the injury is not being reported as an ACL, Starks could be placed on the injured reserve list in order to clear a roster spot for another running back.
If Starks is placed on the IR, that move would clear the way for Alex Green to become the Packers lead running back. The backfield has already suffered the loss of free agent acquisition Cedric Benson and now Green Bay could be forced to sign another running back off the street as the Packers prepare to make a push towards the playoffs in the final four games of the season.
Green is currently owned by just 23% of teams in ESPN fantasy leagues. Green had been sharing running back duties in the backfield with Starks, averaging 10-13 touches a game and most recently, around 50 yards per contest.
Fantasy implications- If you sign Green, don’t have high expectations. The Packers are a pass first offense and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Green has just 360 yards rushing this season with just three scores on the season. The Packers have a tough contest in week 15 in Chicago against the Bears. Many teams will be in their fantasy playoffs in week 15 and starting Green in that game could be a very risky proposition. If you do need a running back however, Green is a better option than say, Montell Owens from the Jacksonville Jaguars.