Richie James

Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #82
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #82

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Richie James Musters 15 Yards In Week 18

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James caught each of his two targets for 15 yards as the team managed a narrow 13-12 road victory in Sunday's regular-season finale. With top wideout Rashee Rice getting Week 18 off, James stepped in as a fixture in three-receiver sets for the Chiefs. On a day where quarterback Blaine Gabbert only passed for 154 yards, however, James was unable to get much very going. The offense ran through La'Mical Perine on the ground and Mecole Hardman Jr. through the air, with the latter getting peppered with 11 targets in the win. James cracked 100 yards for the campaign in this one, but it was a disappointing outcome for those who took a shot in the dark on him in DFS tournaments. The 28-year-old veteran will not be a big component of the passing game when K.C. kicks off the postseason with a Wild Card battle against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.

Jan 8, 2024 2:25 AM EST

Richie James Might Have More On His Plate

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James is in line for greater usage on Sunday versus the Los Angeles Chargers. James caught 57 of his 70 passes for 569 yards and four touchdowns as one of the NFL's catch rate leaders (81.4%) with the New York Giants a year ago, so he could serve as a security blanket out of the slot for quarterback Blaine Gabbert with top slot man Rashee Rice (hamstring) on the sidelines for Week 18. James has only appeared in eight games for the Chiefs in 2023, pulling in eight of his 12 targets for 99 scoreless yards. The 28-year-old veteran figures to be busier than usual in the regular-season finale, but it remains a crapshoot in terms of trying to predict which of K.C.'s receivers will emerge from a likely committee with the most opportunities.

Jan 7, 2024 12:40 AM EST

Justyn Ross And Richie James To See Expanded Roles

Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers Justyn Ross and Richie James should both see extended roles over the next few weeks, according to Jonathan Jones of NFL on CBS. To spark their stagnant offense, Jones said the Chiefs will look to get the second-year wideout Ross and veteran James some more targets. Neither player has made much, if any, impact this season from a fantasy perspective but Kansas City is looking for more options behind stalwart Travis Kelce and emerging rookie Rashee Rice. There's not much actionable season-long fantasy advice here but Ross and James could both serve as cheap DFS options over the next few weeks.

Dec 31, 2023 1:23 PM EST

Richie James Inactive In Week 11

The Kansas City Chiefs officially activated wide receiver Richie James (knee) from Injured Reserve on Saturday, but he is inactive for the Monday night contest against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Chiefs will give James another week to rest up, but there also isn't any room on the active game-day roster given all the bodies the Chiefs already have at the receiver position. The 28-year-old hasn't played since Week 2 and may not see much action at all the rest of the year as long as Kansas City's receivers remain healthy. The Chiefs already have wideouts Rashee Rice, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Justin Watson, Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney and Mecole Hardman, so James' path to playing time in 2023 looks futile.

Nov 20, 2023 7:07 PM EST

Richie James Activated From Injured Reserve

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James (knee) has been activated from injured reserve. He is still listed as questionable for Week 11 versus the Philadelphia Eagles, but this latest roster move suggests that he will play. If active, it'll be James' first game action since Week 2. Through his first two contests of the year, he totaled one catch for six yards and also lost a fumble. Fantasy managers can leave the 28-year-old on waivers in all formats.

Nov 19, 2023 11:21 AM EST

Richie James Logs In Another Full Practice Session

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James (knee) was a full participant in practice for the third day in a row on Saturday. Despite that, James remains on the injured reserve ahead of the Week 11 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. The good news is, James has been able to get through two straight weeks of full practices. It sounds like he's nearly ready to return to the field, but head coach Andy Reid said James was unlikely to be activated this week. The veteran wideout has one reception for six yards in 26 offensive snaps this season. He can be avoided in all fantasy formats going forward.

Nov 18, 2023 6:57 PM EST

Richie James Won't Return In Week 9

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James (knee) remains on IR and was not activated for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. He had been listed as questionable but will not play. The 28-year-old hasn't been healthy since Week 2, and now he'll have to wait at least one more week before he can make his return. The Chiefs have used an all-hands-on-deck approach at receiver, mixing in the likes of Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney, Mecole Hardman, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Justin Watson behind breakout rookie Rashee Rice.

Nov 5, 2023 8:20 AM EST

Richie James Listed As Questionable For Week 9

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's Week 9 game against the Miami Dolphins in Germany. James, who is currently on IR, had his 21-day practice window opened on Wednesday. The fifth-year receiver has been out since Week 2 and his potential return would further crowd a deep but largely ineffective wide receiver group in Kansas City. Rashee Rice is the best of the bunch and is developing a nice rapport with QB Patrick Mahomes. Even if James suits up, he would slot in behind Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney, Mecole Hardman, Skyy Moore, and Justin Watson.

Nov 3, 2023 6:35 PM EST

Richie James' Practice Window Opens

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James (knee), who is still on Injured Reserve, is returning to practice on Wednesday, which will open his 21-day practice window to return from IR. James' return to practice this week doesn't necessarily mean he'll be activated in order to play in Germany in Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins, but he's getting closer to returning for the first time since getting injured in Week 2. Even if the 28-year-old were to return this Sunday, it's unlikely he'd see much playing time behind the likes of Rashee Rice, Skyy Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney, Mecole Hardman and Justin Watson. James could eventually have a bigger role, but there are just too many bodies in KC's wideout room right now.

Nov 1, 2023 1:33 PM EST

Richie James Placed On Injured Reserve

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James (knee) has been placed on the injured reserve on Saturday. He wasn't able to practice all week due to an MCL injury. James only played three offensive snaps in Week 2, but has an important role on special teams. There will now be a void to fill on special teams with James out for at least the next four games. He'll be eligible to return for the Week 7 matchup versus the Los Angeles Chargers. Fantasy managers can continue to ignore James in all fantasy formats.

Sep 23, 2023 8:45 PM EST

Richie James Ruled Out For Week 3

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James (knee) will not play in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears. The 28-year-old veteran did not practice this week due to a knee injury sustained in Week 2. James has had little impact on the Chiefs' offense, registering just one catch on three targets over the first two weeks of the new season. He does serve as the team's primary punt returner, though, leaving a void on special teams that will have to be filled by one of Kansas City's other wide receivers with returning experience such as Skyy Moore or Justin Watson.

Sep 23, 2023 1:11 AM EST

Kadarius Toney, Richie James Will Play Against Lions

Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers Kadarius Toney (knee) and Richie James (knee) both practiced in full on Wednesday and have been cleared to play in Thursday night's regular season opener against the visiting Detroit Lions. Tight end Travis Kelce (knee) is questionable after hyperextending his knee in practice on Tuesday, so there could be more opportunity for the Chiefs receivers, although KC is expected to roll with Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Skyy Moore and Justin Watson in most three-wide sets to open the year. Toney's athleticism gives him plenty of fantasy upside in his first year in KC, but he'll have to be able to stay on the field and won't have an every-down role right away. Fantasy managers are best off looking in another direction than rolling with Toney or James in a flex spot in Week 1.

Sep 6, 2023 8:00 PM EST

Richie James Upgrades To Full Practice

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James (knee) was upgraded to a full practice participant on Tuesday after he was listed as limited on Monday. Barring a setback on Wednesday, James should be fully ready to go for the Week 1 regular season opener on Thursday night against the visiting Detroit Lions. Kadarius Toney (knee) is also expected to be available, but he'll likely have a limited role after having surgery for a torn meniscus this summer. With tight end Travis Kelce (knee) now in doubt for the season opener, the 28-year-old James could have an expanded role behind Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Skyy Moore and Justin Watson to kick off the season. Still, James is more of a long shot as a fantasy lineup option with Rashee Rice and Justyn Ross also available.

Sep 5, 2023 7:15 PM EST

Richie James Limited On First Injury Report

The Kansas City Chiefs listed wide receiver Richie James (knee) as a limited practice participant on Monday on their first injury report of the 2023 season heading into Thursday night's Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions. Along with James, Kadarius Toney (knee) was limited, but we expect both pass-catchers to suit up on Thursday night. The 27-year-old James put up career-highs in catches (57), targets (70), receiving yards (569) and touchdowns (four) in his lone season with the New York Giants in 2022. He's now operating in one of the best offenses in the league, but he's probably not going to be a worthwhile weekly fantasy contributor unless injuries open up playing time ahead of him on KC's depth chart.

Sep 4, 2023 6:05 PM EST

Richie James Has Been Impressive

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James, a six-year veteran, was one of the team's most impressive players during training camp this summer. The Chiefs will throw the ball plenty, and James looks to be a reliable option for quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The 27-year-old has the talent to be an effective slot receiver alongside Skyy Moore this year. James can also provide a fantasy boost on special teams, as he's currently the team's top punt returner. He's an intriguing late-round flier in deep fantasy leagues, especially considering that Kadarius Toney has had a tough time staying on the field due to injuries early in his career. James led the New York Giants in 2022 with a career-high 57 catches for 569 yards and five touchdowns, so if he gets the opportunity, he could pop back up on the fantasy radar.

Aug 25, 2023 11:29 AM EST

Should see more opportunities

James will be given a bigger role in Kansas City's offense with Kadarius Toney (knee) missing time, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Jul 25, 2023 12:14 PM EST

Continues late-season surge

James caught all seven of his targets for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' Week 17 win over Indianapolis.

Jan 1, 2023 2:16 PM EST

Leading receiver against Minnesota

James caught eight of 12 targets for 90 yards in Saturday's 27-24 loss to the Vikings.

Dec 24, 2022 3:50 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

James (concussion) caught four of five targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 20-12 win over Washington.

Dec 18, 2022 11:02 PM EST

Cleared to play

James cleared concussion protocol Friday and no longer has an injury designation for Sunday's game at Washington, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Dec 16, 2022 2:31 PM EST