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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 Nov 17): The Bengals did a great job defending Graham and really the whole Saints offense, but Brandin Cooks being out will only increase the emphasis on Graham in the passing game, and history tells us that he and Drew Brees should rise to the occasion.

Week 12: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Drew Brees has not been able to get his team over the hump of late, with a narrow 24-27 loss to San Francisco (in which he threw 28/47 for 292 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks for -5 yards taken) and then a blowout loss to the Bengals last week (33/41 for 255 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken). Unfortunately, rookie sensation Brandin Cooks broke his thumb last week and is out indefinitely (but definitely out for this game), leaving Jimmy Graham (seven targets for 7/30/0 receiving last week vs. Cincinnati), Marques Colston (eight for 7/30/0 receiving) and Kenny Stills (four for 4/32/1) to cover for Cooks while he rehabs his hand. The Ravens' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 251.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. six interceptions and 25 sacks (tied for 11th in the NFL) generated. They coughed up 16/27 for 143 net yards passing, one TD and one interception, with five sacks for -36 yards of Tennessee's Zach Mettenburger two weeks ago, and allowed a whoppping six TD passes and 25/37 for 321 net yards passing, zero interceptions and three sacks for -19 yards generated to Ben Roethlisberger and company during Week 9. This is not one of the premier NFL pass defenses, friends. Advantage, Brees and the home team.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs GB 5 59 1 0
9 at CAR 7 83 1 0
10 vs SF 10 76 2 0
11 vs CIN 3 29 0 0
12 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
12 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 7 * * *
12 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs CAR (7 / 7 / 83 / 1 rec)

Graham has seen his snaps increase from 30 to 42 to 52 in the past three weeks as he slowly recovers from his shoulder injury and works his way towards 100%. Expect his snaps to go up again next week, likely to his pre-injury usage levels as Graham looks to be rounding back into form nicely. Graham snagged a touchdown with only seconds on the clock before halftime. He went into motion pre-snap moving out towards the sideline and found himself facing single coverage. He ran a quick out and Brees put it right on his back shoulder as Graham boxed out the defender and made it all look incredibly easy. Overall, it was a very efficient and effective performance from Graham who withstood some cheap shots from Panthers' defenders and looked like he is back to his usual, dominating ways.

2014 Week 10 vs SF (13 / 10 / 76 / 2 rec)

Graham looks to be 100% recovered from his shoulder injury and is once again playing at a historically elite level. He was targeted in the end zone a number of times. As the clock ran out in the first half, Brees threw it toward Graham in the middle of the end zone, but Brees had three defenders boxing him in and had no chance at all to make a play on the ball and it ended up an easy 49ers interception. Late in the 3rd quarter, Graham got a 2nd opportunity. On 3rd-and-6th from the 11-yardline, Brees evaded pressure and threw it up to Graham in the front of the end zone. Graham did a tremendous job of boxing out the smaller defender and made the touchdown grab look easy despite the Safety draped all over his back. With the Saints trailing by four with under two minutes to play and facing 3rd-and-goal from the 2, Graham ran an out route and Brees threw it towards Graham's back shoulder. Graham was able to box out the defender and come down with the TD. The pair makes this play look easy and almost routine. Graham is arguably the best red zone receiver in the league with his today making plays like this seemingly every week. With the score tied and the clock about to expire in regulation and the Saints at midfield, Graham was the target of a hail mary pass from Brees. Graham was able to come down with the throw in the end zone but was called for offensive pass interference as he gave the defender a little shove in the back just before the ball arrived. It was the correct call, but it was unclear how hard Graham really pushed and if he needed to make the push at all.

2014 Week 11 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Graham made a couple nice catches but the Bengals clearly schemed to take him out of the game with double coverage on nearly every route he ran. The combination of double coverage and a strong pass rush caused Brees to dump the ball off a lot and Graham suffered as he was not able to get any opportunities to make big plays down the field.


Latest News

Saints | Jimmy Graham poses matchup problem (Fri Nov 14, 12:32 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will likely be covered by Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur in Week 11. Lamur makes the most sense to cover Graham because of his combination of athletic ability and size (6-4, 240 pounds). However, Lamur has struggled against tight ends this year; According to ESPN Stats & Information, four tight ends caught a combined 28 passes for 339 yards, three touchdowns and 18 first downs with Lamur on the field. Lamur has faced the likes of Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta, Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen this year.

Our View: It doesn't really matter who teams try to cover Graham with, he will get his, especially with this offense playing in the Superdome four of the last six weeks of the fantasy season.
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