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Fantasy Football: Should You Start Jimmy Graham in Week 16?

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 29:  Stephen Nicholas #54 of the Atlanta Falcons tackles Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IDecember 16, 2012

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was heading toward a second straight 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown season before he seemingly hit a wall. Graham has been dealing with a wrist injury that has, no doubt, been hindering his play.

With everything at stake, should you start Graham in your fantasy football championship game?

Before you even consider benching Graham, you will have to have a pretty serious backup. I’m talking a Greg Olsen or Dennis Pitta type. If you’re going to sit down one of the game's best tight ends, you better have a great alternative.

Sure, Graham has failed to score a touchdown in three straight games.  Sure, he has not topped 60 yards since Week 10. You know, given his size and athleticism, that he is capable of breaking out in a big way any time he steps on the field.

Graham is averaging 49.2 yards per game in his past five games.  He has just one touchdown during that stretch. There aren’t many tight ends who average 50 yards per game. If you have one that is capable of doubling that mark, you almost have to stick with him.

Graham may have just one touchdown catch in his past five games, but he has 19 over the past two years. He is a nightmare to cover around the goal line. He’s too quick for linebackers and too big for defensive backs.

I know you’re frustrated that you haven’t been getting the big game from Graham lately. I suggest you ride it out and hope that he delivers you a championship next week against the Dallas Cowboys.

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