Jimmy Graham: Fantasy Replacements for Injured Saints' TE

Mike Shiekman@TheRealShiekFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:  Dustin Keller #81 of the New York Jets scores a touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Graham’s status for the Saints’ duel with the Buccaneers this Sunday looks murkier than an M. Night Shyamalan film.

New Orleans' star tight end has been dealing with an ankle injury since hurting it nearly two weeks ago.

Matthew Berry, always a credible source, gives his fantasy thoughts on Graham’s fantasy outlook:

RT @triptp Jimmy Graham is as "questionable" as it gets after being limited all week. Might be limited even if he plays.

— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) October 19, 2012

Have no fear, fantasy owners. Here are a few options to replace Graham on the waiver wire.

David Thomas (Owned in 0% of Yahoo! Leagues)

Who would be a better replacement for Graham than his backup?

Thomas does not have the pedigree, but the Saints reserve has had success in spread offenses.

In five seasons in both New England and New Orleans, Thomas has averaged almost 10 yards per catch.

A big red-zone target like Graham, Thomas should have touchdown opportunities, as the Saints get closer to the end zone.

Jared Cook (Owned in 57% of Yahoo! Leagues)

Owners are catching on to Tennessee’s little-known tight end, who’s quietly having an efficient season. His numbers at this point in the season are better than those of Antonio Gates and Jason Witten, and they’ve gotten even better with Matt Hasselbeck throwing him passes.

The Bills have been giving up over 70 yards to tight ends this season. Cook is perfectly capable of reaching that mark and more.

Dustin Keller (Owned in 24% of Yahoo! Leagues)

I love any Jets player in the passing game this week against New England, as I figure they’ll be playing from behind most of the game. Keller has been hobbled by a hamstring injury, but he is healthy now and will be part of the Jets' game plan this Sunday.

The Patriots defense let the Seahawks score 24 points, so the Jets have a chance for some fantasy scoring as well. Plus New England has given up the fourth most points to tight ends this season, per Yahoo! Sports.

Taking a flier on Keller could provide a fantasy option for a couple weeks if Graham has more injury trouble.