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TE Jesse James - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Week 7: vs Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Ben Roethlisberger is definitively slumping. He's currently sporting his lowest completion rate in 7 years, his worst interception rate in 11 years, and his lowest yardage per attempt and touchdown rate ever. Roethlisberger has thrown just 3 touchdowns over his last 4 games, averaging a ho-hum 254 yards over that span. Even the "Roethlisberger at home" narrative has failed him - his 5-interception debacle from Week 5 went down in Pittsburgh. He's difficult to trust for more than average numbers right now, and his weekly floor is descending. The slump hasn't reached Antonio Brown, though, who continues to make virtually every matchup his own. Brown has produced 110+ yards in 4 of his 6 games, and 155+ in 3 of them. His numbers might be even more impressive if not for penalties; Brown has drawn 63 yards' worth of pass interference calls and had 43 more wiped out by Steelers flags. If the Steelers can reintegrate Martavis Bryant into the scheme - and keep getting impressive boosts from rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster - there's dynamism aplenty here. But Roethlisberger has had a big hand in holding this unit back, and he'll need to bounce forward soon to give us any confidence. The Bengals pass defense has been a pleasant mini-surprise for the up-and-down Bengals. It's true that they've only faced one objectively strong passer - Aaron Rodgers, who hung 313 yards and 3 touchdowns on them. But against their shakier opponents, they've been not just stingy, but dominant. Their 4 non-Rodgers quarterback opponents have averaged an anemic 4.73 yards per attempt and thrown just 2 touchdowns. And much of Rodgers' success came from masterfully extending plays; it's hard to fault the Bengals coverage units for that day. The cornerbacks have been generally stout all year, aided by a pass rush that's been swarming, headed by the fantastic Geno Atkins and rookie phenom Carl Lawson. Once Carlos Dunlap picks up steam - he's registered just 1 sack this year, but 30.5 since 2014 - this should be a downright dominant unit most weeks.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
3 at CHI 46 2 19 0 0 1.9
4 at BAL 58 3 40 0 0 4
5 vs JAX 72 3 24 0 0 2.4
6 at KC 55 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs CIN PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
7 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 5 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Jesse James continued his role as a secondary option in the short passing game. James finished with an uneventful three receptions for 24 yards.

2017 Week 4 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Jesse James was once again a secondary receiving option in the passing game. Mid first quarter, James peeled off a block for a short reception and ran for a 15-yard gain. Mid second quarter, James ran a crossing-route for an 18-yard reception.

2017 Week 3 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Mid first quarter, Jesse James ran a crossing-route for a 14-yard reception. He injured his left shoulder on the play but left the field on his own terms and later returned during the third quarter.

2017 Week 2 vs MIN (5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Jesse James was injured on the first play from scrimmage with what looked to be a mild ankle injury. The training staff was seen tapping his ankles on the sidelines. James returned to start the second series of the game and finished with four receptions for 27 yards. Late second quarter, James ran a curl-route for a 12-yard reception. Early fourth quarter, James caught a quick pass for an 8-yard reception.

2017 Week 1 vs CLE (8 / 6 / 41 / 2 rec)

Jesse James made an impact in the short passing game with 6 receptions for 41 yards and 2 touchdowns. Early 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 10, James was left uncovered and hauled in an easy 19-yard reception. Late 2nd quarter on a 3rd and goal, James ran a slant route for a 4-yard touchdown reception. On the play, James found an open spot in the middle of the end zone and showed good concentration completing the reception. Mid 3rd quarter while on 3rd and goal, James ran a tight end screen pass for a 2-yard touchdown reception. Late 4th quarter, James caught a short pass for an 8-yard reception.

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Latest News

Steelers | Jesse James limited to 24 yards (Sun Oct 8, 05:09 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James managed three receptions for just 24 yards on five targets in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Steelers | Week 5 injury report for Steelers (Fri Oct 6, 04:19 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 6, and is listed as doubtful for Week 5. FS Sean Davis (ankle), LB Bud Dupree (shoulder), OG Ramon Foster (thumb), LB James Harrison (illness), TE Jesse James (shoulder), FS Mike Mitchell (hamstring), QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury), LB Ryan Shazier (shoulder) and DE Stephon Tuitt (biceps) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Steelers | Jesse James not on injury report (Fri Oct 6, 04:11 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 6, and is not on the injury report for Week 5.

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Steelers | Jesse James upgraded to full at practice (Thu Oct 5, 07:33 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James (shoulder) was a full participant at practice Thursday Oct. 5, one day after he practiced on a limited basis.

Our View: Against the Jaguars on Sunday, we've got James down as a TE2 for fantasy owners. You likely have better options for your starting lineup, even with four teams on bye.

Steelers | Jesse James limited Wednesday (Wed Oct 4, 05:31 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 4.

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Schedule

7vs Cincinnati Bengals
8@ Detroit Lions
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Indianapolis Colts
11vs Tennessee Titans
12vs Green Bay Packers
13@ Cincinnati Bengals
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns