Richie James caught 9-of-13 targets for 184 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' Week 9 loss to the Packers.
Activated from injured reserve 19 days ago, James entered the evening with zero 2020 catches and 295 career yards. He went to work against an extremely injured Packers secondary, tallying gains of six, 43, five, 18, 47, nine, 41, 11 and four yards. The 41-yarder was a touchdown where James took advantage of a brutal blown coverage from the Packers' B-team defensive backs. It was an impressive effort, even if it mostly came in garbage time, but James will immediately fall back behind Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne on the depth chart once they are over their injuries/COVID list placements. With the Saints on deck in Week 10 before a Week 11 bye, James will probably be fool's gold on next week's waiver wire.
Nov 5, 2020, 11:45 PM ET
NBC Sports' Matt Maiocco said Richie James last week earned a spot in the team's wide receiver rotation.
James looked like prime Antonio Brown in Week 9 against Green Bay, catching 9-of-13 targets for 184 yards and a touchdown. "He has earned the right to get on the field to become a more-significant contributor for as long as he remains with the 49ers," Maiocco said. Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and George Kittle (foot) remaining out for San Francisco leaves James, Brandon Aiyuk, and Kendrick Bourne as the most reliable receiving options for the Niners. Consider James a high-variance WR4 this week against the Saints.
We still prefer Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel for DFS purposes, though it seems likely the 49ers will be forced to make plays through the air to keep pace with Drew Brees and the Saints.
SOURCE: NBC Sports
Nov 13, 2020, 1:31 PM ET