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|A TE1 with WR1 production, Jimmy Graham will carry the torch as the top fantasy TE entering the year. In only his fourth year as a starter, Graham will try to become even more consistent after seeing his production slip over the course of the 2013 season following a hot start. As defenses continually evolve to handle the likes of Graham, there is a chance they succeed as Seattle did during last year's divisional playoff game in limiting Graham to a single catch on six targets. Fantasy owners considering the stud TE in the first round will no doubt place their confidence in position dominance. Yet that gap may not be as large as it appears given a modest regression in the touchdown column and increased yardage totals from fellow tight ends Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas, among others. Regardless of how you feel on draft day, Graham will likely set the pace for all tight ends once again.
|Jimmy Graham gets new deal with Saints|
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jul 15, 9:47 am
|The New Orleans Saints and Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham have agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal that includes $21 million guaranteed, a source familiar with the deal told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The two sides had until 4pm Eastern to reach a deal. Graham had been seeking to be paid as a wide receiver but his request was rejected by an arbitrator. This means there won't be any tension or holdout possibility during camp. Graham is the top tight end in fantasy football scoring 36 touchdowns the last three years.
|Jimmy Graham a tight end according to arbitrator|
Graham has 10 days to appeal
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jul 2, 12:44 pm
|In a groundbreaking decision, the NFL has confirmed that arbitrator Stephen Burbank denied Jimmy Graham's request to officially be declared a wide receiver under the NFL's franchise-tag rules. The Saints will not have to increase their one-year tender offer of $7.053 million to Graham. The receiver tender would have cost them $12.132 million. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: No need to move Graham to you wide receiver cheatsheet. This will save the Saints roughly $5 million in franchise money but this ruling also allows the two sides to focus on a long-term deal under the parameters that Graham is a tight end and not a receiver. The two sides have until July 15th to work out a long-term contract.