WR Richie James - San Francisco 49ers

5-9, 176Born: 9-5-1995College: Middle Tennessee StateDrafted: Round 7, pick 2018

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Week 12: vs Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The San Francisco 49ers' passing attack may be in trouble here in Week 12, as their top two pass-catchers, George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders, are questionable for the game. Kittle has yet to return to practice following a gruesome lower-leg injury in Week 9, and Sanders left the team's last two games early due to a rib cartilage injury. Jimmy Garoppolo has stepped up in recent weeks when the team has needed him the most, but both of his strong 300-yard and 4-touchdown games came against a reeling Arizona Cardinals' defense. On the season, Garoppolo has been an inconsistent passer, ranking 15th in the NFL, amongst qualified passers, in adjusted yards per attempt. One bright spot in recent weeks has been Deebo Samuel, who has tallied back-to-back 10+ target, 8 reception, and 100+ yard games in the absence of Kittle and Sanders. Filling in for tight end George Kittle, Ross Dwelley has played at least 90-percent of offensive snaps in each of the 49ers' last 2 games. If not for his 2 touchdowns last weekend against the Arizona Cardinals, Dwelley would have scored exactly 5.4 PPR points in each of his 2 starts, which lags far behind the weekly production that Kittle typically provided in this role. San Francisco's pass-catchers have underperformed as a whole this season. If George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders miss Week 12's game against the Green Bay Packers, expect quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to turn to Deebo Samuel as his number-one receiving target once again in Sunday night's clash between two of the NFC's top teams. The Green Bay Packers' pass defense is a bend-but-don't-break unit that has allowed the 10th-most passing yards this season, but they make up for it with a strong 12-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Throughout their 8-2 start, only 3 teams have played with a lead more consistently than the Green Bay Packers, which typically leads to their opponents deploying a pass-heavy offensive attack in an attempt to mount a comeback. Over their last 4 games, the Packers have allowed approximately 290 passing yards per game, but only 1.25 passing touchdowns per game to go along with that. Green Bay fields the league's top-ranked pass-rushing duo, with Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith combining for 19 sacks through 10 games. Then, on the interior, Kenny Clark, one of the league's premier interior pass-rushers, rounds out one of the league's most imposing all-around pass-rushes. At the back-end of their defense, the Packers' secondary holds its own, with Kevin King tallying 3 interceptions and Jaire Alexander posting 11 pass-breakups through the first 10 games of the season. In total, the Packers field the 10th-ranked defense in fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks, and it will take another strong showing from Jimmy Garoppolo to shred this defense on a night where he may be without his top two pass-catchers.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CAR 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9 at ARI 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11 vs ARI 10 0 0 0 1 1.0 57 0 0 5.7
12 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.2 * * * *
12 vs GB PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 7 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 40 / 0 rec)

James saw the field far more than usual, not because of Marquise Goodwin's in-game injury, but instead because San Francisco used three wide receivers on significantly more snaps (51 percent) than they usually do (35 percent). He made the most of this opportunity, producing the 49ers' longest gain of the day, a 40-yarder that was 10 yards of catch and 30 yards of run. On the play, James faked an out route from the left slot, pivoting towards a wide-open middle. That soft spot in Washington's zone, coupled with a bad angle by safety Troy Apke made a long gain academic. It should also be noted that, in his usual job of primary punt returner, James nearly broke free on both of his opportunities.

2019 Week 1 vs TB (2 / 1 / 39 / 1 rec)

James served as San Francisco's slot receiver in place of the injured Trent Taylor. His 39-yard touchdown gave the 49ers a lead they would never relinquish. On the play, James ran a delayed wheel route from the left slot against cornerback M.J. Stewart. His initial stutter step threw Stewart off balance, thereby gaining several steps worth of separation. From there, it was an easy catch downfield and jog into the endzone. One demerit for James was that he committed a completely unnecessary holding penalty that nullified a 49ers touchdown on a drive where they ended up having to settle for a field goal.


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