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|Despite having a loaded backfield depth chart that includes Frank Gore, solid second year player Kendall Hunter, former Giant Brandon Jacob and Anthony Dixon, the 49ers surprisingly used a 2nd round pick on Oregon running back LaMichael James. James excelled in Oregonís spread offense but his lack of size may relegate him to a change of pace, receiving role in the NFL. Of course it is possible the 49ers view him as Goreís heir apparent since they drafted him highly despite Hunter, a 4th round pick in 2011, showing plenty of promise as a rookie. For fantasy purposes, it is best to take a wait and see approach with James since he could easily open the season fourth on the teamís depth chart. Consider him worthy of a late round selection as Goreís handcuff provided he wins that job and a mid-tier prospect in dynasty leagues.
| Lamar Miller no worse for wear after Week 10 -- Mon Nov 10 2:40 pm --|
Dolphins promote LaMichael James from practice squad
|It is apparently not as it bad as it looks for Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (separated AC joint). He carried only four times, which was the fewest time this year and less than either Daniel Thomas or Damien Williams. The Dolphins also informed practice squad RB LaMichael James on Monday that he was being promoted to the 53-man roster.
But a source tells me Miller "is fine" and that he did not reinjure his shoulder in Week 10. He can practice this week (if that's what trainers decide) and play against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, barring another setback to the shoulder. (Miami Herald)|
FF Today's Take: The promotion of James would typically mean that Miller was a question for Thursday's AFC East battle with Buffalo, but it appears to be a play-it-safe move more than anything else. Regardless, the Bills possess one of the best run defenses in the league, making any Dolphins' running back a flex play at best in Week 10.
|49ers cut ties with LaMichael James -- Mon Sep 8 2:40 pm --|
Third-year RB played just two snaps in Week 1
|The 49ers waived RB LaMichael James, his agent announced Monday morning. James registered zero yards on two rushes in the 49ers' win over the Cowboys on Sunday.
He also entered the season opener as the team's backup punt and kick returner behind rookie Bruce Ellington. (NBC Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: James has been asking for his release for some time now, so the move probably was helped along by the fact that Carlos Hyde had an impressive preseason and Week 1. James could get some feelers from a running back-needy team - such as the Cardinals or Ravens - although he has shown so little as a pro that he may end up not attracting a waiver claim.