Fancy fantasy football: James Starks, Roy Helu, etc.

      June 29, 2012 @ 20:00:00 PDT

The Green Bay Packers are prepared to put the running game on the shoulders of James Starks. Mike McCarthy believes that his third-year rusher, who's reportedly in phenomenal shape, will make "a significant jump" if he stays healthy.

There are plenty of reasons to be excited about Starks - and I am - so the question will be about his price tag. Early indications are that he's a fourth- or fifth-rounder. I'll buy that.

Kevin Seifert breaks down the positives and negatives associated with the Pack's faith in Starks. They shouldn't shock you. Green Bay's passing game installed the back's glass ceiling. He gets booboos.

As training camp approaches and the preseason passes, there's bound to be some hype that drives up that stock, though. If it gets much higher, I'll have to pass.

In deep leagues, the underrated (in my opinion) Brandon Saine isn't a bad gamble. Depending on how well Alex Green recovers from his 2011 procedure to repair his torn ACL, he'll be an interesting second-half stash, too.


Multiple sources have indicated that Tim Hightower, if he's healthy, will be the starting running back for the Washington Redskins. Health appears to be the only question mark for the veteran, who tore his ACL in late October last season and has yet to participate in team workouts.

Dan Graziano speculates that Hightower's possible early-season limitations may give Roy Helu and Evan Royster a shot to shoulder some of the workload, however. It sounds like another season of Mike Shanahan's RB wheel of fortune is on tap as a lead-in to primetime programming.

So Shanny still has this belief that Hightower fits his team's RB bill the most. Will he feel the same way if it's apparent that the runner has no burst? Does anyone really expect him to have any? Are you excited to draft him?

I'm looking for explosive players. Coaches can't keep them off the field. Helu probably won't get more than 15 to 20 touches in a given contest, but that's all he needs to make an impact, especially in PPR or yardage-heavy leagues. Thanks to whoever continues to keep the price down.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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