TE Jesse James - Detroit Lions

6-7, 261Born: 6-4-1994College: Penn StateDrafted: Round 5, pick 160 (2015)

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Detroit signed Jesse James way from the Steelers on a 4-year deal at just over $6M dollars per season to help shore up a depth chart badly in need of a talent injection. Over the last three seasons, James was a key part of the Steelers committee at the tight end position. He averaged 37 receptions per season in the role but managed just 2.7 touchdowns per season over that stretch. James will be just 25-years old in 2019, so there may yet be some untapped potential for more. However, the Lions drafting of T.J. Hockenson at #8 overall probably killed any real fantasy upside for James. Hockenson is polished enough he should quickly win the starting job, which would leave James just a part-time role as a backup and in occasional two-TE packages. (May 23)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 43, 32, 32
TE Redraft PPR - 45, 31, 32
TE Dynasty - 44, 40, 41, 41, 47

Stats and Projections

2016 PIT 16 39 338 3
2017 PIT 16 43 372 3
2018 PIT 16 30 423 2
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 18.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 16.0 25.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 33.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 17.2 * *

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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.

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Latest News

Lions | Detroit could make use of three tight ends (Tue Jun 4, 05:37 PM) - Detroit Lions TEs Jesse James (6-foot-7, 261 pounds), T.J. Hockenson (6-foot-5, 251), Michael Roberts (6-foot-5, 265) and Logan Thomas (6-foot-6, 250) all possess the ability to detach from the line of scrimmage and create mismatches, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Birkett also notes he wouldn't be surprised if the Lions play with three tight ends on the field at times - even outside goal-line or short-yardage situations.

Our View: Good news for all these tight ends but bad news for Fantasy GMs. It's a bit of a cluster at the position. We love Hockenson's upside and potential but he's going to have to work in and try to emerge from a TEBC as a rookie.
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