When Ryan Grant was carted off the field in Week 1 last season, most believed the Packers playoff hopes crumbled with his right ankle. The team was considered thin at the position, and Brandon Jackson failed to rise to the challenge. But by the end of the year, rookie James Starks emerged and offered the offense some much needed balance.
Now Grant is healthy and ready to battle Starks for his old job. Some believe the team will rotate the two, but such an approach is not consistent with how Mike McCarthy manages his team. It's more likely the Packers coach will stick with one horse on first and second down, using the other backs on the roster to fill various needs in the offense.
Starks offers a little more upside, but Grant is the safer option. A few weeks ago he hinted he'd already been given the job to lose, based on conversations he's had with his former and current position coach. But Grant also expressed an interest in wanting to win the job outright. "I do believe there will be competition, which is fine," he told Milwaukee's WSSP, "I'm all for that."
Plus, it should be noted that the reason Starks was unable to push Jackson for reps for much of last season was due to his poor practice habits. By the end of the year Green Bay's coaching staff had no choice but to give him an opportunity, but that's not to say Starks has resolved those issues.
Grant has potential to be an every-week starter again for fantasy owners. Not sure the same can be said of Starks or any of the other backs on this roster.
Mike Beacom is a contributing writer for