Jimmy Graham's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook and Trade Value Heading into Week 5
On Monday night, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had the second-least productive game of his season.
He recorded four catches, 100 yards and two touchdowns.
What a bum.
But in all seriousness, the only word that comes to mind right now when it comes to Graham is "unstoppable." With Drew Brees spreading the ball out against an overmatched Miami Dolphins defense on Monday, Graham received just four targets but caught all of them and turned two into touchdowns.
On the first, he utilized his ridiculous blend of size (6'7", 265 pounds) and athletic ability to override great coverage:
On his second, he showcased his speed, running Jon Gruden's favorite route—a sluggo seam—to torch his defender for the easy 43-yard score.
Graham now has 27 catches, 458 yards and six scores on the season, marking one of the best starts for a tight end in NFL history:
Jimmy Graham: 2nd TE in NFL history with at least 6 TD through his first 4 games (Antonio Gates, 2010)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 1, 2013
How many touchdowns will Jimmy Graham finish with?
He is on pace for 108 catches, 1,832 yards and 24 touchdowns, and as unrealistic as it sounds, he is quite capable of producing those numbers with the way Drew Brees is throwing the ball and the pass-heavy nature of Sean Payton's offense.
When you throw in the scarcity at Graham's position (the tight end position is certainly getting deeper, but it's still thin compared to other positions), it's not a stretch to call him a top-10 trade value.
With the exception of a few quarterbacks and running backs, there is no one I would take straight up for Graham for right now. He is going to be the centerpiece of a lot of fantasy championships this year.
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