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 premiere 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 season 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 seven tackles (five solo), one interception and two passes defended in Sunday's 45-10 win over the Cardinals.
Even with the return of Joey Bosa (foot), James was still the Chargers' primary playmaker on defense, recording his second interception of his young career. James has at least one interception or sack in six games this season and he could very well lead the team in tackles by the end of his first campaign.
James recorded nine tackles and one pass breakup during Sunday's victory over Oakland.
James wasn't able to log a sack, but on one play he pancaked Raiders running back Jalen Richard in a way that made quarterback Derek Carr back fall into the arms of Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell. All in all, James has averaged over seven tackles per game this season and, given his potential to fill the stat sheet, should continue to be viewed as a blue-chip IDP asset.
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