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Position
TE
 
Jersey
80
Name  Jimmy Graham
Born  11/24/1986
Height  6-6
Weight  260
College  Miami-Florida
7/15/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: The Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham have come to an agreement on a four-year deal.
Insight: His fantasy owners can relax now as the tight end won't have to hold out. He's the highest paid tight end which is right for the best tight end in football. Even at less than 100 percent he caught 86 balls for 1,215 yards and a league-leading 16 TDs last season. Hard as it may be to believe, those numbers could rise in 2014.
 
7/2/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: An arbitrator has ruled that the Saints can franchise tag Jimmy Graham as a tight end.
Insight: Graham took 67 percent of his snaps last season from out wide or in the slot and wide receivers who are tagged receive $5.277 million more than tight ends. Fantasy owners should be happy with the ruling, as Graham will now definitely retain his precious tight-end eligibility.
 
5/7/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: The NFL Players Association has officially filed a grievance against the Saints on Jimmy Graham's behalf. SOURCE: Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Insight: Graham wasn't happy about being franchise-tagged as a tight end when he felt he deserved to be paid like a wide receiver. Graham actually has a valid argument as 67 percent of his snaps last season came out wide or in the slot. Wide receivers who are tagged receive $5.277 million more than tight ends.
 
3/4/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: The Saints and Jimmy Graham are at odds over the team's decision to give him the franchise tag. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: It sounds like we may have a holdout on our hands. As unhappy as Graham is about his current contract situation, he doesn't have much leverage. Graham will likely contend that he should be tagged as a wide receiver, though it's unlikely he'll win that argument.
 
3/1/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: New Orleans will use its franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: The tag is non-exclusive which means that for the price of two first-round picks, another team could sign him. Of course, the Saints could always just match the offer. Tight ends who are franchised will earn $7.035 million in 2014.
 
1/25/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham does not want the Saints to give him the franchise tag when he becomes a free agent this offseason. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Graham sees the writing on the wall and he doesn't like it. The All-Pro tight end is almost guaranteed to get the tag, which will pay him $6 million next season. Though that's way more than he's earning now ($1.323 million), Graham would certainly get more than $6 million as a free agent. Graham and his agent will argue that he's actually a wide receiver because it comes with a $10.5 million tag, but Jared Cook made that same argument last season and didn't get very far.
 
12/22/2013 5:23:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Panthers.
Insight: Graham had just 11 receiving yards with 12:36 remaining in the fourth quarter but he caught three passes for 62 yards and a touchdown on New Orleans lone touchdown drive of the game. Graham has 15 touchdowns this season, second most by a tight end in NFL history.
 
11/22/2013 9:30:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot, elbow) played 38 of 60 played Thursday night.
Insight: Graham doesn't need to play every down to be one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Even with Ben Watson catching a TD pass in the first quarter, Graham was a fantasy stud with five receptions for 100 yards and a score.
 
11/21/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot, elbow) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against Atlanta, but he's certainly going to play after getting in three practices this week.
Insight: Graham, who played 51 of 69 snaps last week, should get another full workload Thursday night. He's a must start.
 
11/11/2013 5:14:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot, elbow) only played 33 of the team's 83 snaps Sunday night against the Cowboys, but Graham indicated it was part of a pre-determined plan rather than a setback. SOURCE: Mike Triplett, ESPN.com
Insight: Graham, who played 56 snaps in Week 9 and had two touchdowns in each of the previous two games, caught five passes for 59 yards against Dallas. He's playing through a partially-torn plantar fascia so his snaps are likely to remain limited, but he's still a top-two tight end in all leagues.
 
11/3/2013 5:26:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham's foot injury didn't hamper him at all Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: Graham hauled in nine catches on 12 targets for 116 yards and two scores, including a 51-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He'll have to play through this injury will likely miss some practice time for the rest of the season, but as long as he plays he's a must-start in all fantasy leagues.
 
11/3/2013 12:33:00 PM
Description: According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot) was "moving fine" in pre-game warmups.
Insight: Graham said during the week that he hopes to play more than the 18 snaps he got in Week 8 against Buffalo. Despite the limited workload, Graham still caught two touchdowns in that game and is locked in as a TE1 against the Jets.
 
11/2/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot) was able to practice all week and hopes to play more than the 18 snaps he played in Week 8 against Buffalo when New Orleans takes on the Jets Sunday. SOURCE: ESPN.com
Insight: "Hopefully I'll be able to play more, but that's all on Sean (Payton) and all of our coaches and our doctors and what they think," Graham said. "I personally never want to come out the game ... but I personally don't know." Graham managed to score two touchdowns on three catches against the Bills and is a top-three tight end as long as he suits up. Graham is trying to manage the pain of playing with a partially torn plantar fascia but says he's going to be "full go" anytime he steps on the field Sunday.
 
10/27/2013 7:05:00 PM
Description: Two of Jimmy Graham's three catches Sunday went for touchdowns.
Insight: That's two goal post dunks for those of you keeping score at home. Even when Graham isn't 100 percent healthy, which he wasn't for this game, he's still a force in the red zone. He'll be a must-start from here on out.
 
10/27/2013 1:47:00 PM
Description: New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham isn't likely to play his usual amount of snaps Sunday against Buffalo. SOURCE: Jay Glazer, Fox Sports
Insight: Graham isn't close to 100 percent and we're guessing he'll mostly be used as a decoy in Week 8. Hopefully Graham wasn't your team's only option at tight end.
 
10/27/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: NFL Network's Rich Eisen is reporting Saints tight end Jimmy Graham will play Sunday against Buffalo.
Insight: Graham (torn plantar fascia) has decoy written all over him. Start the hobbled tight end at your own risk.
 
10/27/2013 11:21:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has been diagnosed with a partially torn plantar fascia. SOURCE: Jay Glazer, Fox Sports
Insight: It's a painful injury and one that probably won't heal right away. For that reason, we'd consider Graham doubtful for this week's matchup against the Bills. Graham's backup Benjamin Watson is still available in over 99 percent of fantasy leagues if you're looking for a lottery ticket.
 
10/25/2013 4:31:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN.com's Mike Triplett, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot) practiced on a limited basis Friday and is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, but fantasy owners should expect him to be a game-time decision.
Insight: Graham suffered a foot injury during a Week 6 loss to New England. If he can't play Sunday, look for Marques Colston, Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and the returning Lance Moore (wrist) to be Drew Brees' top-four targets.
 
10/23/2013 3:38:00 PM
Description: New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham was unavailable for Wednesday's practice due to a foot injury. SOURCE: Buffalo News
Insight: Graham suffered the injury in a Week 6 loss to New England. It's starting to look like Graham has a very real chance of missing Sunday's game against Buffalo. Have a backup ready.
 
10/21/2013 9:59:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is questionable heading into Sunday's game versus Buffalo. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Graham injured his foot late in a Week 6 loss to the Patriots. He was held without a catch in that game. Ben Watson would take over at tight end if Graham can't suit up. Obviously it would be a huge loss for fantasy owners as Graham has been far and away the best fantasy producer at his position this season.
 

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