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TE Jesse James - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 11): James wasn't breaking any big gains, but he was very sure-handed for Ben Roethlisberger in Week 14. His ceiling won't be as high when Roethlisberger isn't throwing for 500 yards, but he's worth a streamer look on momentum alone.

Week 15: vs New England Patriots

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FBG says: Good matchup. Ben Roethlisberger, ever the streaky gunslinger, is currently sitting on a blistering six-game fantasy-QB1 stretch. After posting career near-lows in efficiency and touchdown production to open the year, he's averaging 331 yards and 2.5 over that span. That of course includes last week's 506-yard eruption, which wasn't particularly fluky - it was built not on deep-prayer throws but on a smart, controlled Steelers attack. His volume is through the roof, with 40-66 attempts in each of his last 4 games, and with all of his offense's playmakers it's genuinely difficult not to produce. Antonio Brown remains the world's best receiver and an ever-present threat for 150+ yards regardless of matchup, and LeVeon Bell remains the league's most dynamic receiving producer from the backfield. Martavis Bryant adds at least a theoretical layer of dynamism, as do the tight ends. This week, ultra-impressive rookie wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster will return from suspension to work the slot, likely bumping Bryant down the pecking order but adding a strong net gain in terms of offensive explosiveness. The New England pass defense has tightened of late after a historically awful start, but all in all remains a fairly Swiss-cheese unit, one we can target with strong passing games. We can't discount their improvement - they've allowed just 214 yards per game over their last 7 games - but we can certainly take note of the poor competition it's come against. Over the past five weeks they've faced the toothless passing games of the Broncos, Raiders, Dolphins (twice), and Bills; I'm not interested in trying to glean much from those matchups. The fact remains that, when facing stronger passing games, this defense tends to fold. Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler have been exceptionally up-and-down, the safety play has been terrible, and the pass rush has provided almost no persuasion for opposing passers to get the ball out quickly. We don't want to expressly label this an atrocious, targetable pass defense. But we do want to roster a few opposing pieces when they play a strong offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
11 vs TEN 76 5 21 1 0 8.1
12 vs GB 64 3 32 0 0 3.2
13 at CIN 58 1 13 0 0 1.3
14 vs BAL 71 10 97 0 0 9.7
15 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
15 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
15 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs BAL (12 / 10 / 97 / 0 rec)

Jesse James finished with a career-high ten receptions for a career-best 97 yards. He was remarkably efficient securing 10 of his 12 targets. James dominated in the short to intermediate passing game with crossing-routes and slants. The tight end was one of the main beneficiaries of the offense playing from behind for most of the second half.

2017 Week 13 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

James was invisible in the Steelers passing game until the final minutes of the game. James converted a short crosser route where he was left alone to convert a third down in the red zone. James, the lumbering athlete, even managed yards-after-catch on the play. This week marked the fourth game of the season where James caught one or fewer passes.

2017 Week 12 vs GB (4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

James had some decent catches but also had one inexcusable drop. Ben Roethlisberger doesn't look for him a whole lot, and as the Steelers seem to be happy to drop a lot of screens and short passes to LeVeon Bell, that may not change.

2017 Week 11 vs TEN (8 / 5 / 21 / 1 rec)

Jesse James was a reliable underneath option with five receptions for 21 yards and one touchdown. Early first quarter, James was targeted in the end zone but could not complete the reception as he was locked in tight coverage. Early fourth quarter on 3rd and goal, James able to peel off his block as he was left wide open in the middle of the end zone for an easy one-yard touchdown reception.

2017 Week 8 vs DET (3 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)

Jesse James finished with two receptions for 42 yards. Mid first quarter, James caught a screen pass for a 10-yard reception. Late second quarter, James ran a delayed slant getting free from the defense to the right sideline for a 32-yard reception.

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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Steelers | Jesse James with big day (Mon Dec 11, 08:56 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James had 10 catches for 95 yards Sunday, Dec. 10, against the Baltimore Ravens.

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