Jesse James
Jesse James
24-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Detroit Lions
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Steelers traded for Vance McDonald a week before the regular season started last year, popping whatever fantasy upside James had coming into 2017. But the 6-7 James showed what he had to offer in Week 1 while McDonald got acclimated, catching six of eight targets, including three inside the 10-yard line, for two TDs. That's as good as it got, though. Even in the six games McDonald missed, James didn't do much. He caught 17 of 26 targets in those game but posted only 5.5 YPA and scored just once more. McDonald is back to handle the starting role this season. Even if McDonald, who has missed 22 games in five seasons, were to sustain an injury, James' upside is limited because tight end has been somewhat of an afterthought in the Pittsburgh offense. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $25 million contract with the Lions in March of 2019.
Excited about future
TEDetroit Lions
March 14, 2019
James said he doesn't think he'll be used in Detroit the same way he was used in Pittsburgh, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports. "I feel like I'm going to be a key part of this offense," the tight end told Kyle Meinke of MLive.
ANALYSIS
In between a forgettable rookie campaign and last year's role reduction, James logged over 850 offensive snaps for Pittsburgh in both 2015 and 2016. Even at this peak of his tenure, James was little more than a complementary piece in an offense that ran through wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell. That shouldn't be the case anymore in Detroit, as James will slot in as the clear No. 1 tight end in an offense that doesn't have a bonafide superstar. However, before getting excited about James' sleeper appeal in fantasy formats, it should be noted the Lions targeted tight ends the second-fewest times in the NFL last season, and this year's draft class is absolutely loaded at tight end.
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How do Jesse James' 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
18.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.51
 
% Team Air Yards
5.7%
 
% Team Targets
5.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
76.9%
 
Drop Rate
5.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.3
 
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How often does Jesse James run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Jesse James and the other tight ends for the Lions are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Jesse James
277 routes   39 targets
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94 routes   20 targets
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14 routes   1 target
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115 routes   17 targets
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jesse James' measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 7"
 
Weight
261 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.83 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.50 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.53 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
26 reps
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
The first key point with James is his age -- although he's already played two pro seasons, he didn't turn 23 until early June. To put this in perspective, James is only a few months older than O.J. Howard, the first tight end selected in this year's draft. Benefitting from Ladarius Green's absence for most of last season, James was Pittsburgh's No. 2 red-zone target (13 looks), turning those chances into seven catches, six first downs and three touchdowns. However, he faces new competition in Vance McDonald, whom Pittsburgh acquired in an August trade with San Francisco. It's possible this could turn into a tight-end-by-committee situation before long, leaving both with marginal utility in fantasy.
Catching eight of 11 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown, James made the most of limited playing time in his rookie season. It appeared he was poised to assume the starting tight end job after Heath Miller abruptly retired during the offseason, but the signing of free agent Ladarius Green suggests the Steelers may not believe James is ready to take on that role. Still, James should see an increase in offensive snaps, particularly within the red zone, making him an interesting late-round draft pick with upside in touchdown-only formats.
Recognizing that Heath Miller can’t play forever, the Steelers selected James in the fifth round of the draft. His size (6'7/261) and athleticism suggest he can create mismatches, particularly in the red zone, but his poor blocking skills will likely limit his playing time, and subsequent fantasy value, this season.
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Headed to Detroit
TEPittsburgh Steelers
March 11, 2019
The Lions are slated to sign James, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Could re-sign in Pittsburgh
TEPittsburgh Steelers
February 22, 2019
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert suggested James may be re-signed this offseason, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports.
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Takes back seat to teammate again
TEPittsburgh Steelers
January 1, 2019
James was not targeted in Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.
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Nearly invisible in win
TEPittsburgh Steelers
December 16, 2018
James caught his lone target for nine yards during Sunday's 17-10 win over New England.
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Nabs two passes in loss
TEPittsburgh Steelers
December 11, 2018
James caught both of his targets, totaling 28 yards, during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Oakland.
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