Jesse James Fantasy Football News 2018

Steelers TE Jesse James injured his shoulder in the 1st half of Sunday's game in Chicago. He's officially questionable to return.

Update: James returned in the 3rd quarter.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (back) is inactive for today’s game against the Vikings. That leaves TE duties to Jesse James, who’s a sneaky DFS play.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (back) is questionable for this weekend’s game against Vikings. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and didn’t practice on Friday. We’d bet against him playing, but McDonald shouldn’t have been in your fantasy plans anyway. McDonald’s absence would give TE Jesse James a slight boost.

The Steelers have acquired TE Vance McDonald and a 5th-round pick from the 49ers in exchange for a 4th-rounder, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 'Niners have had McDonald on the trade block all offseason and finally found a taker. The 2013 second-round pick has flashed some over the past 2 seasons, averaging 13.3 yards per catch and scoring 7 times on 54 catches on a bad 49ers offense. He'll has a new system to learn in Pittsburgh but could certainly push TE Jesse James for playing time later this season. Keep McDonald on your waiver-wire watch list. His departure, meanwhile, opens the door for impressive rookie George Kittle to serve as San Francisco's pass-catching TE. He's another guy who could emerge as a spot-start option at some point this season.

The Steelers have released TE Ladarius Green. That they made the move now suggests that Green just wasn't making the progress the Steelers were hoping for. He missed all but 6 games last year with concussion and ankle issues. His 4 career concussions are obviously the bigger concern and have Green's career on the ropes. We'll continue to keep an eye on a guy who has difference-making potential when healthy. Jesse James, meanwhile, looks like Pittsburgh's starting TE moving forward. He's worth a look as a lower-end TE2 in best-ball drafts.

Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He didn't practice all week and won't play. Jesse James will serve as Pittsburgh's lead TE but isn't a recommended fantasy option vs. Kansas City's 5th-ranked TE defense.

The Steelers listed TE Ladarius Green (concussion) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He didn't practice on Friday, though, and HC Mike Tomlin confirmed afterward that he hasn't passed through the concussion protocol. Jesse James will serve as Pittsburgh's lead TE but is a TD-reliant fantasy play. The biggest boost goes to WR Eli Rogers, who averaged 5.4 targets per game without Green vs. 4.0 with him.

Steelers TE Ladarius Green did not practice on Friday and remains in the concussion protocol, HC Mike Tomlin said. That sure sounds like a setback after Green was a full participant on both Wednesday and Thursday. He now looks like a long shot to play against the Dolphins on Sunday. That leaves Jesse James as Pittsburgh's lead TE and should also mean a target boost for WR Eli Rogers.

Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is out for this weekend’s game against the Browns. He returned to practice this week, giving him a shot to be back for the playoffs. Jesse James will serve as Pittsburgh’s lead TE vs. Cleveland’s league-worst TE defense. But he’ll be catching passes from QB Landry Jones.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin admitted Tuesday that QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le'Veon Bell and WR Antonio Brown "probably" won't play against the Browns this weekend. If they do, it won't be for more than a series or 2 in the meaningless game. None of the 3 should be in Week 17 fantasy lineups. Landry Jones figures to start at QB with Eli Rogers, Cobi Hamilton and Jesse James as his top 3 weapons. Rogers and James are lower-end fantasy options. We'll be curious to find out whether DeAngelo Williams will get a hefty workload. He'd be a strong fantasy play against a bad Cleveland run defense. Fitzgerald Toussaint is Pittsburgh's other option at RB.

Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. He didn’t practice all week, so he presumably still has multiple stages of the protocol to pass through. Fantasy owners obviously can’t be banking on Green. Jesse James figures to draw the start on Christmas but is a weak fantasy play against a tough Ravens TE defense.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin confirmed on Tuesday that QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He had the damaged meniscus trimmed on Monday. Pittsburgh has a well-timed Week 8 bye, and there's a chance Big Ben is ready by Week 9. QB Landry Jones gets the start this Sunday and is a massive downgrade. WR Antonio Brown and RB Le'Veon Bell should remain in fantasy lineups, but the rest of the Steelers' skill-position guys should be benched.

Steelers TE Ladarius Green told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he believes his recovering ankle could be ready for Week 7, the 1st time he'll be eligible to play after opening the season on the PUP list. “It’s a good possibility,” Green said Monday afternoon. “We’ll see. I don’t want to jinx it, but the rehab is going good. My ankle feels good running.” We wouldn't bet on Green playing in that game -- at least not in a significant role -- given that he can't practice with the team until Monday of that week. Green, of course, missed the entire offseason, camp and preseason after signing with the Steelers. Once Pittsburgh activates him, though, coaches will have 3 weeks to get Green onto the active roster or place him on IR. We'll keep an eye on his status as the time approaches -- as well as the performance of current starting TE Jesse James.

Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Bengals. It’s another opportunity for WR Sammie Coates, although we wouldn’t use him in fantasy. WR Eli Rogers and TE Jesse James are the best bets to finish 2nd and 3rd on the team in targets this week.

Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) missed practice on Friday. He’s yet to practice this week. Beat writer David Todd considers him “unlikely” to play vs. Washington, a game that kicks off on Monday night. His absence would give Sammie Coates an opportunity to run with the #2 WR role. Slot WR Eli Rogers and TE Jesse James would also receive a target boost.

The Steelers have placed TE Ladarius Green on the PUP list for the regular season, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. That's no big surprise after he failed to take the field at all since signing with the team in free agency. Both sides have said the ankle he had surgery on back in January is the issue, despite offseason reports about lingering concussion symptoms. The PUP designation means that Green will miss at least the 1st 6 games. After that, the Steelers will have 3 weeks to activate him or move him to IR. Fantasy football owners should not be drafting the once-enticing Green. Jesse James is the late-round TE option in Pittsburgh's high-upside passing offense.

Steelers TE Ladarius Green disputed reports Saturday that he's been on the PUP list because of concussion-related headaches. “I don’t know what reports those are,” Green told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m still on PUP because of my ankle.” In addition to multiple media reports, Green's own agent had pointed to headaches. But Green said his agent hadn't spoken to him about those comments. This is relatively good news, given that it makes Green's health issue a bit more concrete. If he's really still just rehabbing the ankle that drew January surgery, then we should be able to gauge his return a bit more easily than in the case of headaches. Of course, whatever the primary issue, we still have yet to see Green on the field with the Steelers. That makes him hard to like in fantasy football drafts right now.

Steelers TE Jesse James believes he's capable of starting if TE Ladarius Green's health woes persist. No question I can do it,” James said. “I feel really good about it. The coaches feel pretty good about it, I believe. I am trying to get better every day and be ready come September. I am going to put my head down, go to work and try to make the most of it.” Last year's 5th-round pick caught just 8 balls as a rookie playing behind Heath Miller. But James posted a 14.1% TD rate at Penn State and goes 6'7, 260 pounds. If Green misses regular-season times, James could hop on the fantasy radar as a TD-or-bust spot start option.

Adding on to's Aditi Kinkhabwala's report, Pro Football Talk hears that "retirement remains an option" for Steelers TE Ladarius Green if his presumably concussion-related headaches don't subside. PFT also hears that Pittsburgh could eventually cut Green and try to recoup his $4.75 million signing bonus. This situation has escalated quickly. Green has gone from an intriguing low-end TE1 with upside to little more than a late-round flier. Sans Green, Jesse James would likely step in as the Steelers' top TE. We'll continue to keep a close eye on this one.

The Steelers added TE Jesse James in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  Pittsburgh is looking for Heath Miller's heir apparent and reportedly tried to trade up in the 2nd round for Maxx Williams.  They settle for James instead.  He's not as fluid as Williams, but James is a monster 6'7, 261-pounder with a 37.5-inch vertical.  That should at least make him a dangerous red-zone weapon.  We'll see if he can develop into more than that.


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