LaMichael James | San Francisco 49ers | RB
2013 Experience: 2nd Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Because of the depth the 49ers had at running back, they had the luxury of keeping James inactive for most of the season. Then, in November we saw Kendall Hunter go down with an Achilles injury and it was time for the Oregon Duck star to find the field.
When James number was called he ran like the player I remember watching on TV (from Oregon, go Ducks) and that was a runner that played tougher in-between the tackles than many would expect. In all, it was a good run for James, with the highlight begin his performance against the Falcons in the NFC Championship game against the Falcons.
Unfortunately he will probably be remembered most for trying to make a second effort while in the grasp, and fumbling the football in the Super Bowl. That play was a killer as it squashed the 49ers first good drive of the game and helped the Ravens put more points on the board.
James will rise again, and while Marcus Lattimore was drafted as a possible replacement for Frank Gore in a year or two, we should expect the electric change of pace back to remain in the mix as the years progress. James is a high effort guy, but his value is probably best to hold in PPR leagues. For now he’s worth keeping off your list unless Kendall Hunter has a setback in his recovery.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for LaMichael James here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
2012 Fantasy Outlook
As a 49ers fan and a Ducks fan, this was a celebrated pick at the bar, I watched the draft from down in my home town of Grants Pass, Oregon. While I’m not enthused about his fantasy prospects because of a cluttered backfield, LaMichael James is sure to bring me continued joy, year after year.
At this time, James is nothing more than a late round pickup in PPR leagues, but it’s possible this could be the final year for Frank Gore in San Francisco, and if that happens look for James and Kendall Hunter to play in a committee.
There will likely come a day when James is a worthy flex play start in deeper leagues, but for now consider him just a reserve player.