Derwin James
Derwin James
22-Year-Old SafetyS
Los Angeles Chargers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Everyone knew it made no sense when James fell to the 17th pick of last year's draft, and it looks like the Chargers lucked into a generational talent. James' rookie season couldn't have been any better, as he piled up his triple-digit tackles and noteworthy playmaking stats (3.5 sacks and three picks) while providing strong work in coverage. Supremely versatile with the ability to function like a safety, corner or linebacker depending on the formation, James truly appears an almost infallible safety. It shows up in his IDP utility. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $12.39 million contract with the Chargers in June of 2018.
Caps off exhilarating rookie season
SLos Angeles Chargers
January 15, 2019
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 premier 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.
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Measurables Review
How do Derwin James' measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 2"
215 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.47 sec
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
Broad Jump
132 in
Bench Press
21 reps
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
James fell to the No. 17 pick in the most recent draft, but he's one of the best safety prospects in years and will almost certainly make teams regret passing on him. At 6-2, 215, James is a high-motor defender with 4.47 speed and a 40-inch vertical. There's a three-down role up for grabs with the Chargers now that Tre Boston is gone, and it would be shocking if James didn't claim it immediately. James posted 84 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games last year for Florida State.
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Tallies seven tackles
SLos Angeles Chargers
December 11, 2018
James finished Sunday's 26-21 win over the Bengals with seven tackles (six solo).
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Secures another interception
SLos Angeles Chargers
December 3, 2018
James secured three tackles (two solo), three passes defended and an interception in Sunday's win over the Steelers.
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Snags interception
SLos Angeles Chargers
November 25, 2018
James recorded seven tackles (five solo), one interception and two passes defended in Sunday's 45-10 win over the Cardinals.
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Adds another nine tackles
SLos Angeles Chargers
November 14, 2018
James recorded nine tackles and one pass breakup during Sunday's victory over Oakland.
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Adds 11 tackles to ledger
SLos Angeles Chargers
November 4, 2018
James recorded 11 tackles (four solo) during the 25-17 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
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