TE Jimmy Graham - Seattle Seahawks
|6-6, 260||Born: 11-23-1986||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 3|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Even when Russell Wilson is having one of his passing days of the season, Graham can't get much generated in fantasy leagues. All of the gloom and doom predictions about his 2015 ended up being on the mark, and you might have a better starter than him. What could be a shootout against Pittsburgh might be Graham's last stand in our lineups.
Week 12: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Seattle stomped their divisional rivals San Francisco/Santa Clara last week (29-13), and while they literally ran over the 49ers with Thomas Rawls and company (44/255/1), Russell Wilson also got in on the fun in this phase of the game throwing 24/29 for 260 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions against the prostrate 49ers D. Tyler Lockett had 4/48/2 receiving to his credit, while Rawls hauled in the other TD pass (3/46/1) - old reliable Doug Baldwin led the team in receiving with 6/60/0, while Jimmy Graham (3/39/0) and Jermaine Kearse (3/34/0) both also contributed to keeping the chains moving. It's all good for the Seahawks in this phase of the game, friends. Pittsburgh's pass D is vulnerable - over the past four weeks, they have allowed an average of 22.5 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (12th-most in the NFL), with opposing wide receivers faring very well (fifth-most points allowed by Pittsburgh, averaging 31 fantasy points per game). Pittsburgh has been in the middle of the range in fantasy points allowed to tight ends during that span, averaging 9.1 (16th in the NFL). To date the Steelers are ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 278.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores given up vs. just nine interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 28 sacks (tied for eighth) generated. Put it this way - now-benched Johnny Manziel threw 33/45 for 327 net yards passing, one TD and one interception against Pittsburgh before the bye week (that's after taking off for six sacks for -45 yards). Advantage, Seattle.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 10 vs ARI (8 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
It has been a frustrating year for Jimmy Graham owners, as his Week 10 performance is becoming the norm. Graham was held to three catches for 41 yards even on eight targets. He had two red zone targets but didn't complete either of them though drawing a pass interference penalty on one. 30 of his 41 yards came on one catch in the third quarter deep down the middle but wasn't much of a factor outside of that. Graham has two touchdowns on the season and hasn't scored since Week 3.
2015 Week 8 vs DAL (10 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)
Despite the offenses struggles in Week 8, it was an encouraging game for tight end Jimmy Graham. He caught seven balls on ten targets for 75 yards even with just one catch for 19 yards in the first half. In the second half he was a focal point of the offense with 6 receptions for 59-yards including a key third down conversion on the game-winning drive. The Seahawks split Graham out wide as a receiver on multiple occasions and had a decent amount of success in the intermediate passing game on slant routes. His long play of the game came off a crossing pattern in the 4th quarter for 19-yards.
2015 Week 7 vs SF (5 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
After a season high eight catch performance in Week 6, tight end Jimmy Graham caught 2-of-5 targets for 31 yards against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7. It has been a frustrating season for Jimmy Graham owners as he was largely an afterthought for the Seahawks offense again gaining most of his yards on one 23-yard catch in the 2nd quarter. It was a great catch down the seam but was the loan bright spot for Graham in the game. Game flow was a factor, as the Seahawks weren't forced to throw much against the 49ers protecting a lead.
2015 Week 6 vs CAR (12 / 8 / 140 / 0 rec)
Finally. In Week 6 tight end Jimmy Graham had his best game in a Seahawks uniform as he was fed the ball heavily with 12 targets from quarterback Russell Wilson. He set a season-high in catches with 8 yards for 140 yards from scrimmage. The difference in this game was Graham has finally showed some improvement improvising while Wilson extends plays. On his longest catch of the night for 45-yards he was able to adjust his route off of a scramble from Russell Wilson where he pointed for Graham to sprint down the sideline. They were able to connect on a similar play in the second quarter and five of his catches were for 16 yards or more. Graham was making key plays for this offense gaining multiple first downs and making key plays to set up touchdowns for Marshawn Lynch and Ricardo Lockette. Also, his 45-yard reception was on the drive that led to a Seahawks field goal. Week 6 was the most yards Graham has accumulated in a single game since 2013 with the Saints and he has shown large improvement on improvisational routes for this offense. Consistency has been a problem for Wilson and Graham but he was targeted on a season-high 48 percent of Wilson's pass attempts in Week 6.
2015 Week 5 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
The struggle continues for Jimmy Graham and the Seattle Seahawks. Graham had just 30 yards on three receptions in Week 5. The Seahawks have not done well to utilize his skill set thus far, which bodes the question why they gave up so much to acquire him in the offseason. He clearly is not a focal point of this offense and was also involved in Russell Wilson's only interception of the game, which came off a tipped pass across the middle.
2015 Week 4 vs DET (5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
The offensive struggle continues for Jimmy Graham as a Seattle Seahawk. He just one catch at halftime for six yards and didn't have another until the fourth quarter. He looked to be getting back on the same page of Russell Wilson in Week 3 but the two took a step back offensively against the Detroit Lions on Monday night. On five targets in this game Graham caught four balls for 29 yards and zero touchdowns but is missed target was in the red zone. The consistency just has not been there on a week-to-week basis with the superstar tight end as Russell Wilson spends the majority of the game trying to avoid pressure behind a subpar offensive line. On a team that is content to win with running the ball and playing good defense, Graham will be a hard fantasy asset to predict on a week-to-week basis in this struggling Seahawks offense.
2015 Week 3 vs CHI (8 / 7 / 83 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson have had a hard time getting going through two weeks as Graham finished with just one catch against Green Bay in Week 2. This week against the Chicago Bears he caught his first touchdown at home for Seattle and recorded 83 yards on 7 catches. Jimmy Graham was targeted in the red zone to end the second quarter but was covered well on a one-on-one situation with Alan Ball. The touchdown was a great effort by Graham on 3rd down. With a well-protected Wilson in the shotgun, he found Graham streaking across the middle at around the 10-yard line who then broke a tackle from Brock Vereen for the score. This 30-yard reception was his longest of the game although he was very effective in the middle of the field all night. It was Grahams second touchdown of the season although was vocally frustrated after his one-catch performance in Week 2.
2015 Week 2 vs GB (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham finished with an abysmal 1 catch for 11 yards on two targets against the packers. His first target came on the 2nd drive of the game where Wilson fakes the handoff to Lynch and throws to Graham down the sideline that is well covered. He technically did have a target in the red zone as well but it was called back due to a false start. Wilson and Graham can't seem to get things going on a consistent basis and the volume in the passing game hasn't been there in the first two weeks. His lack of involvement is noted by Coach Pete Carroll in the post game interview, "We get it. We want him to have the football, too. We're not going to change the game just to give a guy passes. Jimmy knows that. He knows what the calls are and all of that. We have to do a better job."
2015 Week 1 vs STL (8 / 6 / 51 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham had an efficient debut for the Seattle Seahawks. He started slow in the first half and was relied upon as a blocker quite a bit more than he was in New Orleans. His first catch came on a nicely thrown ball towards the sideline for a 9-yard gain after one of the few times Russell Wilson was given time to deliver the football. Where Graham will do the majority of his damage this season will be in the red zone and that was evident in this game as expected. In the first quarter on a key third down play, Wilson out of the shotgun rolled right and hit Graham with a short pass where he dove for the first down but is stopped just short. To separate times in this game Wilson hit Graham through the middle of the field after stepping up in the pocket. Russell Wilson's only touchdown of the night went to Jimmy Graham. He was Wilson's first read three plays in a row and the two finally hooked up on third down. Graham caught single coverage and secured a very nice timing throw from Russell Wilson out of the shotgun.
Latest NewsSeahawks | Jimmy Graham has so-so game (Mon Nov 23, 12:17 AM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham posted three receptions for 39 yards in the Week 11 game against the San Francisco 49ers. He was targeted three times. link to story Seahawks | Jimmy Graham could struggle in Week 11 (Sat Nov 21, 12:51 AM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham faces the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11, and he managed two catches for 31 yards in his first meeting with the 49ers this season. Our View: Where is the game at? When playing at home, the 49ers show more life. On the road....it's a different story. This game is in Seattle, and we're fine recommending Graham as a TE1 in Week 11.
link to story Seahawks | Jimmy Graham has another average game (Mon Nov 16, 01:44 AM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham posted three receptions for 41 yards in the Week 10 game against the Arizona Cardinals. link to story Seahawks | Jimmy Graham could test Arizona (Sat Nov 14, 08:18 PM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham faces the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10, and he had nine catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns the last time he faced the Cardinals in 2013 as a member of the New Orleans Saints. Our View: The Cardinals defense was different then and they have not been nearly as vulnerable to tight ends this year. Graham is still a boom/bust TE1 who could be good if the Cardinals have enough success on offense to turn into a high-scoring game.
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