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TE Jimmy Graham - Seattle Seahawks

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 21): Graham was a mainstay for Russell Wilson and continued to be the first passing option in the red zone for the Seahawks. After a slow start, Graham's end zone dominance has established him as an elite TE1 for the stretch run.

Week 12: at San Francisco 49ers

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FBG says: Great matchup. Russell Wilson continued his hot streak last week against the Falcons, passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns--his fifth game in a row with multiple passing touchdowns. Wilson's biggest contribution, however, came on the ground as he obliterated the Falcons defense with his rushing ability. Jimmy Graham continues to impress as he matched his season high receptions mark with seven while scoring yet another touchdown. After starting with no touchdowns in his first four games, Graham now has scored at least one touchdown in five of his last six outings, leading all tight ends with seven touchdowns this season as he ranks as the top fantasy scoring tight end across the last seven weeks. Graham now gets the pleasure of facing a 49ers defense that has allowed a touchdown to opposing tight ends in each of their last four games. Doug Baldwin had a very quiet night last Monday as he struggled against the coverage of Desmond Trufant. Baldwin was targeted six times but finished with just two receptions for 40 yards. He did score a big touchdown late in the game, marking Baldwin's third touchdown in the last five games. His target share has gone down in recent weeks as he has just six targets in each of his last two games compared to double-digit target numbers in each of his previous three outings, but he still leads the Seahawks on the season with 85 targets. The 49ers continue to struggle against passing offenses, ranking tenth in passing yards allowed per game (246) while allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks despite the run-heavy game script that most teams have employed against them. They lack talent at both cornerback and safety to present a true matchup challenge for any opposing wide receiver. Sterling Shepard went off with 11 receptions for 142 yards against them in Week 10 as he routinely burned this secondary on big plays. Doug Baldwin draws a great matchup out of the slot against Leon Hall, while Paul Richardson should have a solid chance at making his big plays against these safeties. Jimmy Graham also has a prime matchup here as previously mentioned.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
8 vs HOU 49 4 39 2 0 15.9
9 vs WAS 57 5 59 0 0 5.9
10 at ARI 44 6 27 2 0 14.7
11 vs ATL 48 7 58 1 0 11.8
12 at SF PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
12 at SF PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
12 at SF PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs ATL (11 / 7 / 58 / 1 rec)

Graham seems finally to have settled into his role. He was counted on for several short, chain-moving, catches, and heavily leaned on in the red zone. He continues to be a matchup nightmare in the end zone, working his size to make every one of his scores look routine, despite the inevitably tight coverage. Though Graham finished well, with a TD and a 2-point conversion, his day could have been even better. He was hit hard and denied entry at the goal line on one play, and on another, he had a line on the ball in the end zone, he was unable to grab it. Overall, however, his game was impressive. Graham did well to catch the rockets Wilson fired at him all day, and took a few very big hits in stride.

2017 Week 10 vs ARI (9 / 6 / 27 / 2 rec)

Graham made a series of short catches, none of which were anything to write home about, except... two of them were touchdown catches. The Seahawks know what they have in Graham, and he was the first play call on both red zone drives. They got the mismatch they wanted (Graham vs. ANY DB, since they simply can't overcome his size differential), and Graham capitalized, twice. He is also quite capable of big yardage games, but even with the small total, it doesn't get much better than this at the TE position.

2017 Week 9 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)

Graham had a fairly productive game, but was not targeted in the red zone at all (not counting the Hail Mary pass on the final play). Though unfortunate, it doesn't look like a trend at all, just a matter of circumstance. The Seahawks had trouble on the offensive side of the ball nearly the whole game. When they finally woke up in the 4th quarter, Graham was a significant part of their play calls.

2017 Week 8 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 39 / 2 rec)

Graham had an extremely quiet first half. It was not until the 4th quarter that Wilson really started to lean on him in the red zone. The Seahawks like line him up outside in the red one, to get his big body mismatched with a smaller defensive back (which is to say, any defensive back is smaller than him). That was the case on the first TD catch, as he not only got the matchup he wanted, but somehow managed to sneak behind them to an open spot in the end zone. On his second TD, the game winner, which came with less than 30 seconds on the clock, he was somehow able to get wide open over the middle, and ran it easily from inside the 10.

2017 Week 7 vs NYG (6 / 3 / 51 / 1 rec)

Jimmy 'Jekyll-and-Hyde' Graham was in the doghouse early on, with an awful drop in the end zone, that hit him right in the hands, as well as another drop in open space. He later redeemed himself with a couple of excellent catches, including a near carbon copy of the first drop, but this time for a TD.

2017 Week 5 vs LAR (8 / 6 / 37 / 1 rec)

Graham came down with a score to help his line, but the yardage total doesn't exactly impress. He was mainly used on very short routes, and had a long catch of the day of nine yards. The TD gives hope, however, since he is a dangerous option in the end zone, and the Seahawks clearly know that. Given the uncertainty around Doug Baldwin's groin injury, Graham might be the best bet on this offense to produce from week to week.

2017 Week 4 vs IND (6 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)

Graham basically matched the top wideouts, Lockett and Richardson, for production in this game. He made a couple of notable catches late in the game as the Seahawks took control of the scoreboard, working over the middle in the red zone, and catching a ball in full stride for a 33 yard gain. Graham also was the target on both interceptions, the first of which was a fluke, but the second was a catchable ball that went through his hands for the turnover. As the run game got untracked, he benefitted from not having to stay and pass block all the time.

2017 Week 3 vs TEN (11 / 7 / 72 / 0 rec)

Graham rebounded well from early season criticism. It helped that the Seahawks were behind, and went almost exclusively into passing mode in the 2nd half, but much credit must be given to the big man himself. When Graham is on his game, he's incredibly reliable all over the field, and is always a threat to turn a short pass into a long gain as defenders bounce off him like pinballs. He had one such play in this game, but most catches were routine, and he wasn't able to get a hold of a couple of red zone/end zone throws that were just out of reach. The only trouble with his consistency is that Graham himself is quite consistent, while the game plan each week is not.

2017 Week 2 vs SF (2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Graham seemed a bit off this entire game. Early on, he was hit hard and dropped a pass. Wilson had hit him in stride going downfield, for what could have been a big gain. It looked like the Seahawks made a point of getting the ball his way early. But the Niners made a point of hitting him hard. In the third quarter, Graham made a very short catch as well, but had nowhere to run.

2017 Week 1 vs GB (7 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)

Graham was targeted often but still finished with a subpar line. He was too often the check down option on 3rd and long - and too often left blocking to help out the porous offensive line. He showed uncharacteristically bad hands with a couple of drops that shouldn't have been. The saving grace here is that he was a top target, something that you couldn't say last season for every game. That, and he remains a key red zone target for Russell Wilson.

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Latest News

Seahawks | Jimmy Graham misses practice (Wed Nov 22, 08:33 PM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) did not participate in the team's walkthrough Wednesday, Nov. 22.

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Seahawks | Jimmy Graham continues torrid run on MNF (Tue Nov 21, 01:58 AM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham finished with seven catches for 58 yards on 11 targets and a touchdown in the team's Week 11 loss Monday, Nov. 20, versus the Atlanta Falcons.

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Seahawks | Seattle's Week 11 injury report (Sat Nov 18, 07:08 PM) - Seattle Seahawks OG Luke Joeckel (knee), LB Michael Wilhoite (calf) and SS Kam Chancellor (neck) did not participate in practice Saturday, Nov. 18, and have been ruled out for Week 11. OT Duane Brown (ankle) did not practice and is listed as questionable. DT Jarran Reed (hamstring) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. WR Doug Baldwin (hip), QB Russell Wilson (jaw), DE Frank Clark (thigh), LB Terence Garvin (shoulder), CB Shaquill Griffin (shoulder), DE Marcus Smith (concussion), TE Jimmy Graham (knee), RB Eddie Lacy (groin), FS Earl Thomas (hamstring), DE Michael Bennett (heel) and DE Dwight Freeney (non-injury) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Seahawks | Jimmy Graham should be in uniform (Sat Nov 18, 07:05 PM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) fully participated in practice Saturday, Nov. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.

Our View: Graham is a TE1 for fantasy owners any time he is on the field. A full participation on Saturday is a sign that he's good to go for Monday night against the Falcons.
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Seahawks | Jimmy Graham practices in full (Fri Nov 17, 08:13 PM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 17.

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Schedule

12@ San Francisco 49ers
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15vs Los Angeles Rams
16@ Dallas Cowboys
17vs Arizona Cardinals