James finished his rookie season with 105 tackles (75 solo), three sacks and three interceptions, plus 14 tackles (10 solo) during the playoffs. If not for marvelous rookie performances by the Colts' Darius Leonard and the Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch, James would almost be guaranteed the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, transforming a fearsome Chargers defense into a takeaway machine. The All-Pro safety could still easily win the honor, as he was one of only four secondary players to record 100-plus tackles and three or more interceptions this season. James is likely to be one of the premier fantasy IDP options at safety next season, and given his role is expected to expand in Year 2, there's reason to believe the versatile safety could be one of the best defensive fantasy players overall.
James finished Sunday's 26-21 win over the Bengals with seven tackles (six solo). Despite finishing with seven tackles, Sunday marked just the fifth time all season the rookie didn't record either an interception or a sack. James has been an impressive playmaker for the Chargers this season and remains one of the best IDP options available each and every week.
James secured three tackles (two solo), three passes defended and an interception in the win Sunday over the Steelers. It's hard to argue against James' case for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, as the safety intercepted another pass Sunday to bring his total to three. Well on his way to 100-plus tackles, James is as sure of an IDP option as it gets and should be poised for another strong outing against the Jeff Driskel-led Bengals next week.
James recorded eight tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Titans. James tied for the team lead in tackles with Denzel Perryman, but the latter arguably came up with the game's second biggest play as the linebacker made a red-zone interception just before halftime, halting any chance at the Titans stealing away momentum. With Joey Bosa (foot) nearing a return following the team's Week 8 bye, James could be in position to capitalize on what figures to be an increase in turnovers to go along with his already healthy amount of tackles in his rookie campaign.
James registered five tackles (four solo) and a half sack in Sunday's 38-14 demolition of the Browns. It's difficult to understate James' role on the defense, as the rookie safety has already developed into arguably the team's top playmaker on the other side of the ball. Through six games, James has secured 36 tackles, 3.5 sacks, six passes defended and recorded an interception and remains one of the better IDP options around, particularly in leagues that award additional points for sacks or turnovers.
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