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Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 8:09am
The Pittsburgh Steelers walked away from last season with an affinity for Jesse James but unsure if that relationship would graduate to love. The signing of tight end Ladarius Green to a four-year deal confirmed that status.
Now that Green will start the season on the physically unable to perform list, the Steelers need the love to flow through the Three Rivers.
It is officially Jesse James time. And he's ready.
"I feel really good. I feel confident," said James, who recorded four catches for 25 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans last week. "I want to be a primary option for us."
The story didn't predict James would become a primary option, but did feel, at 6-6, he's a huge red zone target with sure hands. He works hard at blocking and isn't elite but wants to get better, the story said. It sounds like he could make for a lower-end TE1 or high-end TE2 fantasy option if all goes well. Ben Roethlisberger likes to target the TE so it may just be a matter of gaining James' trust in key situations as well as the red zone.
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Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 12:51am
2016 Fantasy Outlook
Green comes to the Steelers as the replacement for retired Heath Miller, but he's also something of a replacement for Martavis Bryant. The Steelers signed Green to be a downfield threat, and his 14.1 yards per catch average for his career suggests that the big tight end can do that. He had 37 catches on 63 targets last season in San Diego and should push his target total to the 80 that Miller had last season, if not more. A season with 50 or more catches, which would shatter his career high is certainly within sight. That should put him in range of being a top-10 fantasy tight end, if he ever comes off the PUP list.
2016 Strength of Schedule - PIT
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||2.85||33.00||0.31||4.85||11.59||0||0||0||0||0.00||51.31/73.85||68.99% |