Derwin James
Derwin James
24-Year-Old SafetyS
Los Angeles Chargers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There were few players more anticipated than James leading up to the 2019 season after earning All-Pro honors as a rookie, but a preseason stress fracture in his foot held him out until the final five games. Through 21 career contests, James' per-snap tackle rate puts his 1,000-snap projection to 105 stops, which incidentally was the tackle total he posted from his rookie year on 1,026 snaps. That's enough to make him a likely top-12 defensive back IDP, but the hope is that he'll provide sack and interception production like he did in his rookie year, when he made 3.5 sacks and intercepted three passes. Basically, it's reasonable to expect James to return to the production from 2018, when he was one of the top IDPs among defensive backs. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
#Subscriber-Only
IDP
$Signed a four-year, $12.39 million contract with the Chargers in June of 2018.
Injury ruins 2019 campaign
SLos Angeles Chargers
January 28, 2020
James finished the 2019 season with 34 tackles (23 solo) and a pass defended across five games.
ANALYSIS
Continuing the pattern of annual critical Chargers early-season injuries, James missed the majority of the 2019 campaign after suffering a stress fracture in his foot during the preseason. The second-year safety looked uneasy in his first few games back, but by the end of the campaign was routinely causing problems in and around the line of scrimmage. When healthy, James is one of the best safeties in the NFL, and should be a Pro Bowl candidate once again in 2020.
Read More News
NFL Stats
Loading NFL Stats...
2019
2018
2019 NFL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Game Log...
2018 NFL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Game Log...
Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Los Angeles ChargersChargers 2019 S Snap Distribution See more data like this
% of Team Snaps

977
0
384
0
305
0
299
0
282
0
10
0
1
0
Loading Weekly Snap Counts...
2019 Derwin James Split Stats
Loading NFL Split Stats...
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.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.47 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
 
Broad Jump
132 in
 
Bench Press
21 reps
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Derwin James
Best Ball Journal: Stacking 49ers and Patriots
164 days ago
Jerry Donabedian loads up on Patriots players in a February best ball draft, hoping Tom Brady will stick in New England for another season.
Corner Report: Week 17
Corner Report: Week 17
229 days ago
229 days ago
AJ Brown and the Titans need to win, and the Texans don't have much reason to put up a fight.
Corner Report: Week 16
Corner Report: Week 16
237 days ago
237 days ago
With Tampa Bay's top corner questionable with an ankle issue, DeAndre Hopkins is in position to deliver for his owners in Championship Week.
Exploiting the Matchups: Week 15 Start/Sit
245 days ago
Jerry Donabedian examines the best and worst matchups of Week 15, expecting Raheem Mostert and Robert Woods to continue their respective late-season surges.
Beating the Book: Chris Liss Handicaps Week 15
246 days ago
Chris especially likes Aaron Donald and the Rams laying a point in Dallas this week.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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. A foot fracture suffered in August will cost him the early part of the 2019 campaign, but the Chargers hope to get James back at some point during the regular season.
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.
More Fantasy News
Persistent menace in loss
SLos Angeles Chargers
December 23, 2019
James posted eight tackles (five solo) in the 24-17 loss Sunday to the Raiders.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Leads team in tackles
SLos Angeles Chargers
December 17, 2019
James tallied nine tackles (six solo) in the 39-10 loss Sunday to the Vikings.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Comes off injured reserve
SLos Angeles Chargers
November 30, 2019
James (foot) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Designated for return
SLos Angeles Chargers
Foot
November 25, 2019
James (foot) has been designated for return from injured reserve, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Could return after bye week
SLos Angeles Chargers
Foot
November 20, 2019
James (foot) could suit up against the Broncos in Week 13, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.