Today has been a filled with news of Ladarius Green’s headaches. This is a serious concern for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as his fantasy owners. In recent years, players such as Percy Harvin have been forced into retirement due to recurring headaches. While his headaches could be attributed to the vicious hit he took against Brandon Browner last year, it is concerning to see that he is still dealing with it a year later. It would not be a surprise if retirement soon follows; If not by choice, then possibly by a force by being cut by the Steelers. Teams may be hesitant to sign a player dealing with the same symptoms of a player who was forced to retired.
On the fantasy side, we have Jesse James. James was the 5th round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played his college career at Penn State under head coach, Bill O’Brien. He is a 6’7″ – 260 lbs beast of a player with room to grow. Last year, behind now retired Steelers tight end stalwart Heath Miller, James saw very limited action. Accruing 8 receptions for 56 yards and 1 touchdown on 11 targets. While he may not be the most athletic pass catcher, he is slowly becoming the lead guy at tight end. He has the ability to know when to split a seam and how to get separation over smaller defenders in the end zone. I still don’t see James as being a top ten tight end in dynasty for 2016. I do, however, see this as his opportunity to get the much-needed snaps and playing time with the first team. James could realistically be what Heath Miller was for the Steelers for a decade, with Miller’s averages being 3.5 receptions for 11.1 yards and .27 touchdowns in 168 total games.