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WR Richie James - San Francisco 49ers

5-9, 176Born: 9-5-1995College: Middle Tennessee StateDrafted: ---

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17 at LAR 58 0 0 0 5 3 32 1 0 9.2

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

2018 Week 17 vs LAR (5 / 3 / 32 / 1 rec)

Starting in place of an injured Dante Pettis, James had the kind of high-variance performance that's to be expected from the Z-reciever role in San Francisco's offense (which Marquise Goodwin occupied prior to Pettis). Of James' 5 targets, 4 resulted in either an interception or a big play. Neither interception was his fault, so let's examine the big plays, both of which came on the same drive with the 49ers down 28-3. On the first, a 22-yard gain, it didn't take much skill to get wide open on a dig route against Marcus Peters' Cover-3 zone assignment. James was also open on his 9-yard touchdown catch because the Rams were in zone coverage, this time "quarters," which most teams play in the red zone. Lined up at the top of a stacked right formation, James ran an unimpeded shallow cross and received the pass in the uncovered borderline between the two quarters on the left side of the field.

2018 Week 13 vs SEA (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

James split time with Trent Taylor in the slot and as a returner. He did not avail himself well, to say the least. His first "target" was actually batted down at the line of scrimmage, but his only legitimate chance came late in garbage time, and he dropped the pass. As a returner, he muffed a punt at the 49ers' 11-yard line, thereby gifting the Seahawks another score (and a 20-0) lead going into halftime.

2018 Week 12 vs TB (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

James outsnapped an active Trent Taylor 31 to 9 on offense and 11 to 1 on special teams, so it appears San Francisco has finally decided to pull the trigger on inserting James as their primary slot receiver and return man for the rest of the season. The problem is that the 49ers didn't start featuring three wide receivers until they were down multiple scores in the second half. To wit, James didn't see his first target until the fourth quarter, and that was a bubble screen on 3rd-and-26 with the nearest cornerback literally lined up 15 yards off the line of scrimmage.

2018 Week 9 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 60 / 0 rec)

James filled in for Trent Taylor both in the slot when San Francisco deployed three-wide personnel and -- surprisingly, given the presence of Dante Pettis -- on punt returns. None of his punt returns produced much, but one of his targets produced a 53-yard gain. On the play, which came on 3rd-and-6 with less than two minutes left in the first half, James beat cornerback Leon Hall badly towards the inside on his quick slant, and then outran the rest of Oakland's secondary for 47 yards-worth of run-after-catch.


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