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Week 2 Outlook
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that the Bears are signing former Lions TE Jesse James to a one-year contract.
James registered 14 receptions on 22 targets, 129 receiving yards, and two touchdowns last season for Detroit. Playing behind T.J. Hockenson kept him off the fantasy radar, and he now joins an already crowded TE room in Chicago. Jimmy Graham was able to haul in eight touchdowns last year, and the Bears are counting on Cole Kmet to build on his rookie season. As such, James would likely only become fantasy relevant in the event that both Graham and Kmet are sidelined.
Detroit Lions TE Jesse James has been released by the team, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
James spent two years playing in Detroit but was overshadowed by second-year tight end T.J. Hockenson in 2020, seeing just 22 targets and hauling in 14 receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns across their 16 game schedule. The sixth-year tight end showed his ability to operate as the TE1 during his four seasons in Pittsburgh and will join free agency looking for an opportunity to recapture a higher usage role in the passing game. James joins the many other players finding themselves looking for a home in 2021 due to the league's reduced salary cap.
Jesse James brought in one of three targets for a nine-yard TD in the Lions’ 34-30 win over the Bears on Sunday.
James caught his first touchdown since Week 3, crossing the end zone on a nine-yard reception. He's been an afterthought in Detroit's offense this season, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire.
Jesse James corralled one of two targets for 31 yards in the Lions’ 35-29 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
James picked up a healthy 31 yards on his lone reception, though he was mostly uninvolved in this one. T.J. Hockenson is the clear No. 1 option at TE, and James is little more than an afterthought in Detroit’s passing game.
Jesse James brought in three of four targets for 28 yards and a TD in the Lions’ 26-23 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
James’ receptions were his first of the season, as he hadn’t drawn a target through the first two weeks. His sporadic usage will be difficult to predict from week-to-week, and James is off the fantasy radar except for deeper leagues.