TE Jesse James - Detroit Lions

6-7, 261Born: 6-4-1994College: Penn StateDrafted: Round 5, pick 2015

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Week 11: vs Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Detroit Lions' passing projections for week 11 are highly dependent upon the status of quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford missed last week's game due to a back injury, and his status for this week is unknown. If he is unable to go, Jeff Driskel will start once again for the Lions. Driskel started last weekend against the Chicago Bears and threw for 269 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception on 46 pass attempts on the day. Unsurprisingly, Driskel's favorite targets through the air were Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr., the Lions' two dominant pass-catchers. Golladay and Jones, Jr. commanded the most valuable targets in the team's offense; however, their stat lines for the game were less-than-impressive. Even if each of their respective volumes continues at Stafford-like levels with Driskel under-center, the lack of efficiency will severely limit their receiving production. Danny Amendola has emerged as a reliable number-three option through the air over the last month of the season, with at least eight targets in three out of the last four games. He will play a factor in the team's passing game, but he is a definitive third-fiddle in the Lions' aerial attack. Rookie tight end, T.J. Hockenson has flashed occasionally, but his volume through the air is highly inconsistent. A strong matchup this weekend may foster another ceiling performance from the rookie, but it is far from a sure thing. Should Matthew Stafford tough it out in week 11 and play through his back injury, the same pass-catchers remain atop the list of expected producers for the Lions. However, their efficiency levels should increase dramatically compared to if Jeff Driskel were under-center. The Dallas Cowboys' pass defense is one of the league's most consistent units this season, ranking sixth in adjusted yards per pass attempt allowed through nine games. Along the defensive line, Demarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, and Michael Bennett make up one of the league's deepest and most-talented rotations of edge rushers. While their pass-rush is a definitive strength, the linebacker position has been a massive weakness for the Cowboys in coverage. All three of their starting linebackers have struggled against the pass this season, leaving their defense susceptible over the middle of the field. Opposing tight ends have capitalized on this weakness, as they have scored four touchdowns in the last four weeks against the Cowboys. On the season, the Cowboys have allowed the third-most DraftKings points per game to opposing tight ends in the NFL, which bodes well for Lions' rookie, T.J. Hockenson. Dallas' secondary is a deep and talented unit lacking any obvious weakness, and picking them apart through the air has proven to be an arduous task. Expect the Cowboys' defense to give the Lions' passing-attack fits in week 11, especially if Jeff Driskel is forced into action once again while Matthew Stafford heals from a back injury.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
7 vs MIN 28 1.0 7 0 0 0.7
8 vs NYG 22 0.0 0 0 0 0
9 at OAK 20 1.0 3 0 0 0.3
10 at CHI 28 0.0 0 0 0 0
11 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 1.0 * * * *
11 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 1.1 * * * *
11 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Jesse James's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Latest News

Lions | Wednesday injuries for Detroit (Wed Nov 6, 04:11 PM) - Detroit Lions G Joe Dahl (ankle), DL Da'Shawn Hand (ankle), P Sam Martin (abdomen) and S Tracy Walker (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Nov. 6. OL Graham Glasgow (back), DT A'Shawn Robinson (ankle) and DT Mike Daniels (foot) were limited. WR Danny Amendola (hand), DT Damon Harrison Sr. (groin), TE Jesse James (back), CB Amani Oruwariye (knee) and CB Darius Slay (hamstring) were full participants.

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Schedule

11vs Dallas Cowboys
12@ Washington Redskins
13vs Chicago Bears
14@ Minnesota Vikings
15vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16@ Denver Broncos
17vs Green Bay Packers