Jimmy Graham's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 12 Performance vs. Falcons

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 21, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 21: Tight end Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at the Georgia Dome on November 21, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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When it comes to fantasy tight ends, there isn't a more reliable option than Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints, and he showed that once again on Thursday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Saints won 17-13 over the Falcons, and Graham put up yet another impressive performance.  He had five receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown, giving him 16 fantasy points in ESPN's standard scoring leagues.

Before Sunday, Graham already had 60 receptions for 846 yards and 10 touchdowns, making him the top-scoring tight end in the NFL by far.  At this point, the only other tight ends that can compete with Graham are Rob Gronkowski and Julius Thomas.

However, neither of those players are as essential to the offense as Graham is for the Saints.  At his current pace, he's set to put up monster numbers, and he's so consistent that there should never be a question as to whether or not to start him as long as he's healthy enough to play.