49ers say Richie James earned spot in rotation

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Richie James earned a spot in the team's wide receiver rotation with last week's performance, writes Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

What It Means:

James caught 9 passes on 13 targets for 184 yards and a touchdown in Week 9 against the Green Bay Packers while Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and George Kittle (foot) were unavailable and Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne were out due to COVID-19 protocol. He gained more yards in the contest than in either of his first two seasons in the NFL. Maiocco believes James will join Aiyuk and Bourne in three-wide sets against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, though his target share will surely take a hit.

numberFire's models project James for 5.0 targets and 8.2 FanDuel points in Week 10. He has a salary of $5,400 on the main slate and is the WR47 in our weekly fantasy rankings. The Saints own the No. 10 pass defense in the league in numberFire's advanced team rankings.