James saw an increase in responsibility last week as he not only saw a handful of carries out of the backfield, but he also took over punt return responsibilities for the recently released Kyle Williams. Though it's not a huge bump up, James gains a bit of fantasy value here in leagues that award points for individual return yards and scores.
The increase in work that James is seeing could potentially expand even further towards the end of the season. While Frank Gore has been running like a rejuvenated teenager, he's still 30-years old and in need of more than just a breather every no and again. Should the 49ers clinch a playoff berth early enough, Gore could be rested with James and Kendall Hunter splitting the carries.
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