Garrett Graham's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook After Owen Daniels' Injury
You could make a very strong argument that Garrett Graham was already a viable TE2 in fantasy football leagues this season. Now, with Owen Daniels going down to injury, Graham has instantly become a must-own tight end in all formats.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Daniels will be out of action for quite awhile:
Texans placing TE Owen Daniels on injured reserve with designation to return, meaning he will miss at least eight weeks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2013
Daniels has been the 10th-best tight end in standard-scoring fantasy leagues this year as his 24 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns (on 40 targets) has been good for 40 fantasy points after five weeks.
But only a few spots below him, at No. 13 on the rankings, is Graham, with 15 receptions for 141 yards and three touchdowns of his own on 21 targets. He's scored eight or more fantasy points in three of five games, and now, he's likely to see his usage double.
In Week 6, he gets a matchup against a St. Louis Rams team that has been pretty good against the position this season, allowing just 5.6 fantasy points to opposing tight ends per week in standard-scoring leagues.
In general, however, the Rams defense isn't very good, ranking 17th against the pass (256.4 yards per game), 27th against the run (126 yards per game) and 28th in points allowed (28.2 points per game).
If there was ever a week for Schaub to turn things around—and for Graham to benefit—it's against the Rams.
As long as Daniels is out to injury, it's safe to consider Graham a TE1 in 12-team leagues and a high-end TE2 in 10-teamers. The Texans would be wise to return heavily to the ground game given Schaub's recent struggles, so don't expect Graham to be a clone of Jimmy Graham or Julius Thomas, but he's a nice play and a must-add in all formats.
He's owned in just 3.4 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, folks, so go out and get him.
It's obvious the Texans and Schaub like to target the tight ends in the red zone, as Graham and Daniels have combined for six touchdown passes, so Graham could also be in line for a bump in touchdowns with Daniels out to injury.
In total, expect Graham's production to rise in all areas. He isn't the sexiest waiver-wire pickup this week, but if your tight end is on a bye, is underperforming or you simply want a better backup, Graham is a great addition.
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