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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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New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, and is questionable for the team's Week 9 game.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): It took him a half to get going, but Graham had a better week than most fantasy tight ends in the second half of the win over the Packers, and he should just get healthier from here. A short week of rest against the Panthers isn't a help, but the ten days of rest after that should get Graham right where you want him to be for the stretch run.

General News (Wed Oct 29): partially participated in Wednesday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

General News (Tue Oct 28): partially participated in Tuesday's practice.

General News (Tue Oct 28): said he'll have to "live in the treatment room" to get ready for the Week 9 game Thursday, Oct. 30. He caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in Week 8.

Week 9: at Carolina Panthers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This should be a fun NFC South shootout between two rivals, though neither team has been at their best for the majority of the season. Drew Brees tore up the Packers' secondary on Sunday Night Football, with 27/32 for 311 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -9 yards). Jimmy Graham was able to partially participate, and posted six targets for 5/59/1, following top receiver Brandin Cooks (seven for 6/94/1). Young gun Kenny Stills amassed four targets for 4/57/0 receiving, followed by Marques Colston (five for 4/49/0). TD machine Josh Hill (one target for 1/2/1 receiving) handled the other TD for Brees - Hill has seen 9/122/3 receiving this season as an occasional contributor. The Panthers' pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 243.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 16 passing scores given out vs. eight interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 16 sacks (17th in the NFL) generated to date. This is a mediocre unit across the board, as you can see. Last week, Russell Wilson threw 20/32 for 191 net yards, one TD and one interception against the Panthers' secondary (one sack taken for -8 yards); two weeks ago Aaron Rodgers rang up 19/24 for 241 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions, with two sacks taken for -14 yards. This looks like a good matchup for the visiting Saints, although the team collectively seems to have trouble with their focus and intensity away from their adoring fans in the Big Easy. Brees in particular has been not-as-impressive in away games.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
5 vs TB 2 36 0 0
7 at DET 0 0 0 0
8 vs GB 5 59 1 0
9 at CAR PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
9 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
9 at CAR PROJ-Bloom 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 7 vs DET (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Graham played 30 snaps but looked tentative and was barely involved in the action. He was used primarily as a decoy before getting a couple targets in the 4th quarter. One was essentially a throw away as Brees faced heavy pressure and heaved it upfield in the general direction of Graham running a go route down the left sideline. Graham did not seem confident enough in the shoulder to be useful as a blocker and that will continue to limit his overall snap total until he recovers fully enough to return to regain some physicality in the pass and run game.

2014 Week 8 vs GB (6 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec)

Graham got off to a slow start and looked tentative both as a blocker and as a receiver in the first half before starting to look more like himself in the second half. Graham caught a big 20-yard TD from Brees late in the 3rd quarter. He came in motion across the formation and ran an out-an-up towards the left pylon. He used a subtle push off against Packers DB Tramon Williams to create a little separation and then leaped high to bring the catch in. Williams was irate, but Graham was able to avoid offensive pass interference by not extending his arms when pushing off. Overall, Graham still seems to be favoring the shoulder some, but he looked leaps and bounds ahead of where he was last week and could be back to near 100% soon.

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Latest News

Saints | Jimmy Graham fine after hit (Thu Oct 30, 10:22 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) stayed in the game after briefly kneeling on the field and grabbing his shoulder following a hard hit during the team's Week 9 game Thursday, Oct. 30.

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Saints | Jimmy Graham banged up (Thu Oct 30, 09:09 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was seen grabbing his shoulder after taking a hit in the team's Week 9 game Thursday, Oct. 30.

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Saints | Jimmy Graham questionable (Wed Oct 29, 05:16 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, and is questionable for the team's Week 9 game.

Our View: It's a short week for the Saints as they play against the Panthers on Thursday night. We should see Graham out there, and he showed last week that fantasy owners can trust him in their starting lineups.
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Saints | Jimmy Graham limited Tuesday (Tue Oct 28, 04:47 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 28. Graham said he still expects to play.

Our View: Graham looked more like his old self in Week 8. Fantasy owners should feel confident relying on him once again as a TE1.
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Saints | Jimmy Graham limited (Mon Oct 27, 06:02 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited during practice Monday, Oct. 27. This is an estimation since the team did not practice Monday.

Our View: It's a short week for the Saints as they play on the road against the Panthers in Week 9. Graham should be limited all week as they prepare for their Thursday night game.

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Schedule

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