| Tight End, New Orleans Saints
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|Draft: 2010 Round 3 (31)
Ht: 6’6” Wt: 260 DOB: 1986-11-24 Age: 27
|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.
| Graham among hobbled Saints -- Thu Oct 23 5:40 pm --|
Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas sit out; Graham limited
|Saints RBs Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas held out of practice again Thursday. Jimmy Graham, Keenan Lewis limited again. No changes from Wednesday. (Mike Tripplett on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Graham's shoulder injury is reportedly similar to the one Jordan Cameron has dealt with for most of the season, but the Saints' standout is expected to play Sunday night versus Green Bay after doing so in worse shape last week. Thomas (shoulder) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, so fire up Travaris Cadet as a solid flex play regardless of whether or not Robinson can go.
| Jimmy Graham expected to play, may not start -- Sun Oct 19 4:27 am --|
Will test shoulder in pregame warmups
|So for now, Saints TE Jimmy Graham is expected to play, though not expected to start due to shoulder injury. Will test injury in pregame. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The good thing here is, we will know soon whether or not Graham is active for the game. If he is, it will difficult for Graham owners not put him in their lineups considering he will likely be used around the goaline. More to come on Graham's status later this morning...
| Saints "still optimistic" about Graham in Week 7 -- Thu Oct 16 5:05 pm --|
Recovering from Week 5 shoulder sprain
|The Saints aren’t ready to say whether they’ll have TE Jimmy Graham in the lineup in Week 7 at Detroit. Last Sunday, word out of New Orleans was that Graham would miss 2-3 games as a result of a shoulder injury he suffered against the Buccaneers in Week Five.
Graham missed practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday, leading coach Sean Payton to say, via Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, that the team is “still optimistic” about Graham’s chances of playing. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Payton may be optimistic about Graham's availability, but it would be a mistake if his fantasy owners felt the same way. Sitting a half-game behind Carolina in a weak division, New Orleans should give Graham another weak to heal in hopes that they can have him near 100 percent beginning in Week 8. Owners scrambling for a replacement can go with Josh Hill, who has been fairly productive recently even with Graham around.
| RB Mark Ingram returns to practice, Graham sits -- Wed Oct 15 4:30 pm --|
Running back may wear small brace
|New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram returned to practice on Wednesday and said he planned to play in the Saints' game Sunday at the Detroit Lions. Tight end Jimmy Graham, who left the Tampa Bay game on Oct. 5 after suffering a neck injury, did not practice. (Times-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Mark Ingram was a full participant in practice and should be available to play this weekend against the Lions. Fantasy owners should take a "wait and see" approach with Ingram for Week 7 to see HC Sean Payton splits the running duties in a crowded backfield. Likewise, Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson will see their fantasy value dip upon Ingram's return. TE Jimmy Graham is dealing with a neck injury. The true extent of his injury is unknown but recent reports have tabbed him to miss at least two weeks.
| Ingram, Graham on track to play in Week 7 -- Thu Oct 9 5:40 pm --|
RB (hand), TE (shoulder sprain) both expected vs. Detroit
|Saints RB Mark Ingram, out since breaking a bone in his hand in Week 2, has a chance to return to play on Oct. 19 at Detroit, HC Sean Payton said Wednesday on CBS Sports Radio. Payton said Ingram has "a chance" to play when the Saints next play at the Detroit Lions.
Payton again declined to elaborate on TE Jimmy Graham's shoulder injury. "Graham is doing fine," Payton said. "The bye comes at a perfect time for him." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Khiry Robinson has done well in Ingram's absence, but it seems as though Ingram will be the lead back in the Saints' three-headed committee when he proves his readiness. As Payton suggests, the bye week couldn't have come at a better time for Graham. While there is no guarantee that Graham will be 100 percent for Detroit, neither Payton nor the Saints have given any indication they believe his injury is serious.
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