Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints
School: Miami (Fla.)
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
In 2012 Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints quieted any non-believers and critics that he may have had entering the year by following up his stellar sophomore campaign with another very productive season. How productive was he? In 2013 Graham, despite nagging injuries, one of which required wrist surgery just to clear up some lingering issues, just fell shy of 1,o00 yards and 10 touchdowns; 982 yards and 9 touchdowns to be exact. Those numbers put him at the top of the charts in fantasy football at the tight end position last year, pulling in 144 fantasy points.
Don’t worry too much about Graham’s health though as the guy is a monster, sitting at 6-7 and weighing in at 265. He will be able to take the hits and keep on ticking. What you do have to worry about though is how he progresses from the wrist surgery that he just underwent a few months back. While it remains unclear how well he is doing, at the end of January he was progressing well. Even if he has to take on a light load during some of the mini-camps this summer to get himself healthy, Graham should be more than ready to roll into 2013 while attempting to keep his new-found superstar status and his spot at the king’s chair.
Looking ahead to 2013 his value and promise looks extremely bright. Having only missed one game last season despite the wrist issues, he has shown that he is a true gamer and a prototype of the new-age tight end that the NFL is trying to instill.
Tossing him the rock once again will be veteran, savvy gunslinger Drew Brees. Between having a superstar quarterback throwing him the pigskin and with a little bit of better luck in the health department, there is reason to believe that Graham has a great opportunity to bounce back to his 2011 form when he went for over 1,300 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. If Graham isn’t the first tight end off the draft board this fall, he better be the second.