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|As expected, Graham enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2011, catching 99 passes for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns. The scary part is that his production last year might just be the tip of the iceberg given his relative inexperience as a football player. Graham emerged as quarterback Drew Brees’ preferred option in the passing game, finishing the year 149 targets, good enough for 6th in the league. Graham has solid hands and enough speed to get deep as well as excellent ability to adjust to passes, making him a great option in the red zone. While Rob Gronkowski was clearly a fantasy beast in 2011, there is a strong argument that Graham has more upside than the Patriots tight end. While Gronkowski will almost surely be the first tight end taken in most fantasy drafts, Graham may end up representing better value as the second tight end off the board.
|DNP for Jimmy Graham on Thursday -- Wed Sep 28 7:45 pm --|
Knee and back ailments
|Jimmy Graham (knee/back) didn't practice. Earl Thomas was also out, but his absence is listed as non-injury-related. (710 ESPN Seattle)|
FF Today's Take: It's never a good sign for a player to show up as a surprise DNP for a Thursday practice leading into a Sunday game, but this is probably going to be par for the course for him as he tries to be one of the first athletes ever to come all the way back from a torn patellar tendon. Luke Willson would be the next man up if Graham can't go in Week 4, but he is a low-end TE2 option at best.
|Christine Michael to start; Rawls, Graham to play -- Fri Sep 9 8:15 pm --|
Michael carries RB1 upside in Week 1
|Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he expects tight end Jimmy Graham to play on Sunday against the Dolphins. He also expects running back Thomas Rawls to play, but Christine Michael will get the start. (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Rawls barely participated in pre-season games and will apparently be eased into the season while Michael gets the start. Michael has RB1 value this week against the Dolphins. It remains to be seen how much Graham (knee) will play. His questionable usages makes him a TE2.
| Wilson: Jimmy Graham has been "lights out" -- Thu Sep 8 8:45 pm --|
TE on track to play Week 1
|Russell Wilson said he and TE Jimmy Graham have been "lights out" together in practice. Thrown a ton of balls to him, lots of meetings also. (Liz Mathews on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: There's usually something very wrong when players and coaches are overly optimistic or hyping up their teammates, so we take this report worth a grain of salt until we see actual proof. As fans and former owners of Victor Cruz, Cadillac Williams and others can attest, it is very difficult to ever make it back from a torn patellar tendon. He should be treated as a TE2, one with a high chance of being limited or missing games all season long.