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Player Spotlight: Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints (1 Viewer)

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Thread Topic: Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

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Doubt there will be a ton of discussion here. These blow up when the player is polarizing, not when he's top 2 in his position over the past couple years. He picked up a couple niggling injuries, but still put up 56 VBD points. In a 1.5 PPR league he's still a legitimate first round pick. His receptions, YPC and TDs were down from 2011 to 2012, but the return of Peyton and a healthy season should keep Graham at the top of the TE ranks.

95 receptions, 1188 yards (12.5 YPC), 10TDs

 
101/1250/12

I think if he's healthy all year he is going to get force fed the ball and breaks the 100 reception mark.

 
Brees is money, so Graham is a sure bet to have a monster year. Uncoverable in the redzone and is the co #1 option with Colston. With Gronkowski possibly missing time to start the year, Graham is the unquestioned TE1, and you will need a 2nd round pick to roster him. Is he worth that? I think so. Only Graham and Gronkowski could give you WR1 numbers in the TE slot, and the WR pool is pretty deep this year.

90 rec, 1150 yds, 11 TD

 
Paid a pretty penny for him via trade in my dynasty before last year and with the exception of a few games, I was underwhelmed. He seemed to come off the field alot during run downs and Thomas, as a better blocker, took advantage by cutting into the TE production. I hope the drop in production, drops, and subbing out was due to the wrist injury and he rebounds.

 
Paid a pretty penny for him via trade in my dynasty before last year and with the exception of a few games, I was underwhelmed. He seemed to come off the field alot during run downs and Thomas, as a better blocker, took advantage by cutting into the TE production. I hope the drop in production, drops, and subbing out was due to the wrist injury and he rebounds.
wow, for a down year he sure scored a lot of points. His points per game was 2nd only to Gronk since he missed that one game and scored right behind Witten and Gonzo (looking at points 1.5 PPR for TE).

Well shoot, it looks like in 1 point PPR he was the top scoring TE, and that is with missing a game. Man, you got the #1 TE and it wasnt enough?? lol

 
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Most would agree Jimmy is the unquestioned #1 TE this year. My question is, how early should he go? I know a lot depends on scoring format. But I think that late 2nd round is the latest he will go. If you do take him, you have an obvious match up advantage at that position every week. But at the same time, you're going to miss out on the top 2-6 WRs or taking a gamble on a rb2 in rounds 3 and on.

Obviously everyone would like him on their squad, but is the price tag too high, or just right? Interested to see how people's squad shapes up by taking him so early..

 
Agree he is #1 but as already mentioned on those who owned him last year he was coming off the field a ton. Hopefully that was cause of injury and he can have an even better year

 
300 Receptions, 5000 yards and 35 TDs...

but no seriously... 100 receptions, 1300 yards, 13 TDs. Lets face it, short of Gronk playing all season nobody stands a chance to touch Graham's production at this position. I'd say he's probably the easiest player to project as #1 at his position for this season.

 
Adding to the above post, he was very avg from weeks 12-16 when most people needed him to be at his best.

Week 12 4-33-0

Week 13 4-59-0

Week 14 5-56-0

Week 15 5-69-0

Week 16 7-88-0

 
What is the point of this thread?

In other news, water is wet and the sky has been determined to contain oxygen, according to leading researchers.

 
Any concern the Saints will let him walk after 2013? Franchise him? If I recall correctly they weren't in a great cap situation.

 
Drew Brees will throw for a ton and he'll catch a decent portion of it. Great 2nd Round Fantasy pick. Bust proof.

 
If you want to upside down draft, he needs to be the cornerstone of your team. If you can get Mega and him, I think you're on your way to a decent looking team. Without Graham I don't see how you don't take at least 1 RB in the first 2 rounds without being weak at too many positions.

Should return to 2011 form and produce as a WR1 from a position that normally produces WR3 points. Dispite many people's thoughts, TE is the weakest position so getting him is huge and he doesn't come with Gronks injuries.

95/1300/11 is about where I put him. About 4 points per week over the next guy (outside Gronk who I have no clue how many games he plays).

 

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