Jimmy Graham Fantasy News

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints beat writer Mike Triplett answered a question about the team's WRs.

There’s probably a good chance the Saints will add another veteran. They showed interest in free agent Sidney Rice, and they could always re-sign Robert Meachem, whom they like for both his downfield speed and blocking ability. But those moves would be for depth. They’re certainly not in a panic over the top jobs right now. They’re very comfortable with Marques Colston and Kenny Stills as their two starters.

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints still have plenty of weapons, assuming they sign TE Jimmy Graham. There's also Pierre Thomas out of the backfield. The piece also says the team is comfortable with Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, and with a deep WR draft there's no need to panic.

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Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:09am

ESPN - [Full Article]

At 6-feet-3, TE Mychal Rivera made up for his relative lack of height with an uncanny athleticism as a pass catcher. Technically, he started only three games but played in all 16. He became a go-to pass catcher for Raiders quarterbacks in the second half of the season as 27 of his 38 catches and three of his four touchdown receptions came after Week 8.

Unless the Raiders go out and get Jimmy Graham, Rivera should be the Raiders' starting tight end in 2014. An offseason of refining his blocking techniques should be in order for Rivera, who would be lethal were he two inches taller. He was already the Raiders' best pass-catching tight end as he averaged 10.7 yards per catch but also had six receptions of at least 19 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

As a rookie, Rivera was the #17 TE from Week 11 to Week 17.

Saints place non-exclusive franchise tag on Jimmy Graham
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12:57pm

Chris Mortensen, Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints slapped TE Jimmy Graham with NON-exclusive tag, creating more drama. Any team can sign Graham for two 1st round picks or Saints can match.

Fantasy Impact:

Graham's situation will be interesting to monitor over the next week or two. He wants to be tagged as a wide receiver and now he can negotiate with other teams as well.

Saints, Graham still 'several million dollars per season' apart
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:22am

Fox Football Daily - [Full Article]

Jimmy Graham and the Saints remain several million dollars per season apart according to Mike Garafalo.

Fantasy Impact:

Graham will get the franchise tag if they can't come to an agreement, and if that's the case, Graham is expected to challenge his position as a tight end (and not a wide receiver). Dennis Pitta is in a similar position, so there is a reasonable chance that this argument finally gets resolved this offseason.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:26am

Adam Caplan, Twitter - [Full Article]

No progress yet for Jimmy Graham and Saints. If, as expected, he’s tagged as a TE, expect an immediate grievance to be tagged as a WR.

Fantasy Impact:

All "move" TEs line up in the slot or outside quite a bit, that's just part of the job these days in the NFL. Meanwhile, very few WRs spend time lined up inside, so it's not clear why a TE like Graham (or Dennis Pitta, who may also file a grievance) feel they have solid ground on which to stand.

Joseph Fauria to play 'important role' in new offense
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 2:01pm

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

Joseph Fauria turned out to be a terrific after-the-draft find for the Lions and is he's expected to play an important role in new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's system.

Lombardi knows a thing or two about good tight end play. He worked with All Pro tight end Jimmy Graham in New Orleans during Graham's first four years in the league.

Lombardi says he's brought the Saints playbook with him to Detroit and that's something that immediately got the attention of Fauria last week.

"I have a similar background to (Graham) with basketball and similar height and the way we play. I'm not calling myself Jimmy Graham, but I strive to have the kind of production he has. I think I can contribute very similarly to how he has with the Saints."

Fantasy Impact:

Fauria would need to make a leap to become a starting-caliber fantasy TE1. He was merely a redzone threat in his first season, though if Brandon Pettigrew leaves in free agency, the opportunity would be there for Fauria.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 6:01pm

Larry Holder on Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints TE Jimmy Graham was limited in practice on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Graham should still play in a pretty good matchup against the Falcons on Thursday night.

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Monday, November 11, 2013, 12:47pm

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From all indications, Saints RB Mark Ingram has always remained highly valued and respected inside the Saints organization. Despite all of his struggles, he has continued to have an outstanding attitude and work ethic. From the beginning, he has never complained about his lack of touches.

"I'm so happy for him," QB Drew Brees said Sunday night. "He was a man on a mission today. This is kind of just breaking the seal for what he's capable of."

Going forward, we obviously can’t read too much into Ingram’s performance against a toothless Dallas defense. He needs a few more encores, and he’ll be facing a lot more difficult run defenses (San Francisco, Seattle, Carolina twice). Also, I think Ingram will remain the Saints’ third option behind veterans Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles in a backfield-by-committee setup.

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints have way too many weapons on offense. Until this past week, it looked like TE Jimmy Graham was the only sure fantasy bet, but even he was well down a list of impressive performances against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Ingram will be a risky play and looks to only have value in deeper leagues right now. We're going to have to see a lot more performances like Sunday night vs. Dallas before he can go in lineups.

Colston & Graham active for SNF
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 7:19pm

Saints Inactives
Malcolm Jenkins S
Roman Harper S
Ryan Griffin QB
Khiry Robinson RB
Rod Sweeting CB
Terron Armstead OL
Tyrunn Walker DL

Fantasy Impact:

Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston are active for the Saints. Graham is a top TE play. Colston is a poor start given the disappointing results this season. Darren Sproles returns from concussion.

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