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    Lions’ Jesse James: Makes big gain

    Jesse James caught one of two targets for 31 yards during Sunday’s 35-39 loss to the Saints.James caught his longest pass as a member of the Detroit Lions, but he’ll certainly remain a complementary piece of the Lions’ passing game as long as everyone else is healthy.

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    Lions’ Jesse James: Makes dent in stat sheet

    Jesse James caught three passes (four targets) for 28 yards and one touchdown during Sunday’s 26-23 win over Arizona.James was finally involved in the passing game after not seeing a single target during the first two games of the year. However, his track record of being a blocking specialist suggests this isn’t the start of something new. It will be extremely hard to trust James in Week 4 against New Orleans.

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    Lions’ Jesse James: Not involved in passing game

    Jesse James logged 30 offensive snaps during Sunday’s 42-21 loss to the Packers.James again significantly trailed T.J. Hockenson in playing time, and the blocking specialist didn’t see a pass thrown his way for the second consecutive week despite the continued absence of Kenny Golladay (hamstring). Don’t expect James to see a spike in passing-game involvement anytime soon.

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    Lions’ Jesse James: No touchdowns in 2019

    Jesse James, who caught two of three passes for five yards in Sunday’s season finale against the Packers, finished the 2019 season with 16 catches (27 targets) for 142 yards and no touchdowns over 16 games.Detroit signed the former Steeler in the offseason to help the Detroit Lions offense establish its identity in the run game. For the most part, James played his role well. While fantasy owners likely hoped for more production as a receiver — especially when T.J. Hockenson (ankle) missed time due to injury — prolific pass-catching has never been James’ game and probably never will be. Instead, the 6-foot-7 James excels in opening holes for running backs, and that’s exactly what the Lions are likely hoping from James in 2020 and beyond. The 25-year-old tight end is under contract through 2023.

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    Lions’ Jesse James: Makes one catch

    Jesse James caught his only target for 12 yards during Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Broncos.After seeing five passes come his way last week, James was much less involved this time around. In fact, he’s only gotten more than one target in five of 15 games this season despite regularly seeing a healthy amount of playing time. Logan Thomas will remain the team’s top receiving threat from the tight end position during Sunday’s season finale in Green Bay.

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    Lions’ Jesse James: Five targets against Tampa Bay

    Jesse James caught three of five targets for 31 yards during Sunday’s 38-17 loss to Tampa Bay.Both James and Logan Thomas opened the game in the starting lineup and both players commanded roughly two thirds of the available offensive snaps. While James was somehow the only one who made a dent in the stat sheet, Thomas was targeted four times and still has the higher upside of the two. However, it will continue to be difficult to have optimism for either as long as Matthew Stafford (back) remains out of commission.

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    Lions’ Jesse James: Two catches in starting role

    Jesse James caught one of two targets for 23 yards during Sunday’s 20-7 loss to the Vikings.Getting the start in place of T.J. Hockenson (ankle), James unsurprisingly failed to match the 11 targets Hockenson saw last week with interim quarterback David Blough. Somewhat more surprising is that James ultimately finished with less snaps than backup Logan Thomas, who also doubled James with four targets of his own. James probably shouldn’t have been counted on for fantasy production anyway, but there’s at least the possibility for a rebound Week 15 against a weak Buccaneers secondary.

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    Lions’ Jesse James: Likely new No. 1 tight end

    Jesse James is expected to serve as the Detroit Lions’ top tight end for the team’s final four games of the season after T.J. Hockenson (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.James looked like he might have been in store for a significant role with Detroit in 2019 when he inked a four-year, $25 million deal in free agency in March, but he soon became a pricey No. 2 option on the depth chart after the Lions selected Hockenson with the eighth overall pick in the draft a month later. Hockenson’s injury clears the way for James to take on more prominence in the game plan, but the veteran most likely will provide his biggest impact as a blocker rather than a pass catcher. With nine receptions for 71 yards this season, James actually ranks third among Detroit tight ends in both categories, as Logan Thomas (11 catches for 120 yards) has seen similar involvement in the passing game, despite playing 156 fewer offensive snaps.

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    Lions’ Jesse James: Not used in passing game

    Jesse James was not targeted during Thursday’s 24-20 loss to the Bears.Even with T.J. Hockenson (leg/shoulder) banged up, James still only saw about a third of the available snaps. Moreover, quarterback David Blough locked in on Hockenson from the get-go as the rookie tight end easily paced the team with 11 targets while James and Logan Thomas combined for zero. These minor responsibilities as a receiver will continue to prevent James from attaining fantasy relevance in even the deepest of fantasy leagues.

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    Lions’ Jesse James: Needed for expanded role

    Jesse James caught his only target for seven yards during Sunday’s 19-16 loss to Washington.Just when it looked like Logan Thomas was threatening James’ role as the No. 2 tight end, starter T.J. Hockenson was a late addition to the injury report, and James consequently logged his highest snap count since Week 6. However, as usual, the 6-foot-7 blocking specialist didn’t gain much in the way of receiving production, despite the return to an expanded role. No. 3 tight end Logan Thomas remains the much better bet for fantasy purposes.

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