James Starks hasn’t quite lived up to the short-lived fantasy hype that once followed him; however, Starks looks like sleeper material heading into early 2012 fantasy football drafts.
Why? Well, according to ESPN, the Packers will turn to Starks in 2012 now that Ryan Grant is out of the picture. “He’s a young raw guy that needs to play,” Mike McCarthy said of Starks. “If he can stay healthy, I think he’ll make a significant jump as a player.”
The good news is that Starks’ Average Draft Position (ADP) is in that 7th-round range (depending on the ADP Data that you look at). Whenever you can draft a starting fantasy rusher in the 7th-round (or even 6th), you’re looking at amazing value and upside. This is especially the case when that rusher plays on one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.
Monitor Starks’ ADP as we head into the months of July and August; if his ADP climbs too high, and I’m talking 4th- and maybe even 5th-round, well, Starks might actually become too risky to invest in. For now, though, his value is very much of the ‘low-risk/high-reward’ variety.