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TE Jimmy Graham - New Orleans Saints

6-6, 260Born: 11-23-1986College: Miami (Fla.)Drafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Graham was quiet in the first half until a two-minute drill saw four catches and a drive-capping score. With the Browns taking away the downfield passing plays, Graham sucked up targets and put up a massive game in the loss. If he can stay healthy this year, Graham will flirt with #1 overall value in PPR leagues.

Week 3: vs Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Drew Brees tossed 27/40 for 237 yards passing, two TDs and one interception last week, and checks in at 11th among fantasy quarterbacks so far this year with 56/82 for 570 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown to date. Last week he lost a heart-breaker at Cleveland 24-26 while relying on Jimmy Graham heavily (13 targets for 10/118/2 receiving) - five other Saints had three receptions, led by Robert Meachem (five for 3/37/0) and Kenny Stills (four for 3/25/0). Marques Colston saw no passes in Week 2, making him a big burden for fantasy owners after eight targets for 5/110/0 receiving in the first game of the year. The Vikings' D surrendered 15/22 for 142 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions last week, while sacking Tom Brady once for -7 yards. To date, the Vikings are ranked eighth in the NFL averaging 194.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with one passing score given up vs. two interceptions generated. They slumped last week after starting out allowing St. Louis to throw 24/36 for 246 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions, with five sacks for -27 yards. This is an above-average, but not a shut-down pass defense, as of Week 3. Brees and company have a neutral matchup at home this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
1 at ATL 8 82 0 0
2 at CLE 10 118 2 0
3 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds 7 * * *
3 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay 8 * * *
3 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs ATL (10 / 8 / 82 / 0 rec)

Graham was the most targeted Saint and he was effective catching short routes. He like Colston had no trouble getting open, but the Falcons limited him to short gains. Although Graham had 10 targets and made 8 catches, he only gained a total of 82 yards with his longest gain going for only 17 yards. Graham did produce four first downs, but only had one target in the red zone and that reception was negated by an offensive line penalty.

2014 Week 2 vs CLE (13 / 10 / 118 / 2 rec)

The Saints offense started slowly before Graham put the offense on his back. Over the final 33 minutes, he was an absolutely dominant force. The Saints often tasked CB Joe Haden with trying to stop Graham when he split out wide and Graham dominated the matchup. The Saints passing game finally came alive when Brees decided to feed the ball to Graham. Trailing 16-3 with 3:21 to play in the 2nd quarter, Graham still had not touched the ball yet when the Saints entered their hurry-up offense. On the first play of the drive, Brees hit Graham for 23 yards down the middle of the field. Brees looked to Graham often the rest of the drive as Graham pulled in 5 passes on 6 targets during the drive. The final catch was a 9-yard-TD on a jump ball in which Graham easily out-leaped Joe Haden with seconds left in the half. Overall, Graham had 57 of the Saints 85 yards on the drive as the Saints got themselves back into the game. Graham was the recipient of the first two Brees passing attempts after halftime as well. The first fell incomplete as the pair tried to hook up deep down the left sideline, but Graham made a great play on the second as he caught it short and made a nifty run to pick up 15 yards and a Saints first down. The first drive of the second half again ended with a Graham TD. Graham went in motion across the formation pre-snap and CB Buster Skrine was a bit late in getting across the field leaving Graham open for an easy 1-yard TD on a quick out route towards the pylon. Early in the 4th quarter, Graham nearly grabbed his third touchdown of the day. Matched up in single coverage against Joe Haden, Graham muscled his way to the inside, put Haden on his hip, grabbed a pass from Brees and raced towards the end zone but got tripped up on the 3 by Haden.

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Footballguys Articles

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  Kyle Wachtel - March 27
The Fade: Week 02
  Justin Bonnema - September 12
The Opportunity Cost of Top Tight Ends
  Adam Harstad - August 11
Player Spotlight: Jimmy Graham
  Alessandro Miglio - August 6
What if Jimmy Graham is lost for the season?
  Matt Waldman - August 4
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Schedule

3vs Minnesota Vikings
4@ Dallas Cowboys
5vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Detroit Lions
8vs Green Bay Packers
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs San Francisco 49ers
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Chicago Bears
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers