New Orleans Saints

Jimmy Graham: Updated Fantasy Outlook After Monster Week 10 Performance

November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA;  New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) carries the ball up the field against Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
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Nick KostoraContributor IIINovember 11, 2012

By all accounts, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham was having a good year heading into Week 10. Against the Atlanta Falcons, he decided to deliver a monster performance of seven catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, helping to ruin their unbeaten season.

Graham now has 45 catches for 543 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. Week 10 was his first 100-yard receiving game and first multi-touchdown game of the 2012 campaign.

Is this a sign of things to come, or will Graham continue to hover around 70 yards and a touchdown per week?

Let's break down his fantasy outlook for the rest of the season:

 

Fantasy Outlook

Fantasy owners have likely been waiting for this game out of Graham for weeks. He was already putting up elite fantasy TE numbers, but Graham had four 100-plus yard contests in 2011 and two games with multiple TDs.

2012 is clearly on the upswing for the Saints, and Graham has been targeted at least eight times in each of the last three games.

While 146 yards and two scores is not a realistic measuring stick moving forward, Graham looks to be the go-to guy right now for QB Drew Brees, because after four straight games of double-digit targets, Marques Colston has been targeted just 10 times in the last two games combined.

New Orleans' schedule the rest of the way is not the easiest, but games against the Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers should provide great opportunities for more monster performances from Graham.

The debate between Graham and New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski for top fantasy TE had grown somewhat lopsided in recent weeks, but Graham has firmly heated up the race once more.

He is an obvious TE1 and a must-start for every week the rest of the way.

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