Saints TE Jimmy Graham Returns to Practice: Fantasy Implications

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 24: Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints in action during the game against the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome on October 24 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jimmy Graham

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham returned to the practice field on Monday. We break down the fantasy implications:

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham returned to the practice field on Monday, but wasn't participating in team drills. Graham hurt his back last week while making a catch in practice. At the time, interim coach Joe Vitt said he thought Graham would be fine.

Analysis: This is good news for fantasy owners and the Saints, who saw the tight end catch a staggering 99 passes for more than 1,300 yards last season. He is a big part of the team's offense and should continue to be this season. Last week's play is sounding like little more than a momentary scare and there is little reason for owners looking for a top-flight tight end to shy away from Graham. Owners will probably feel better even better about it once he takes the field in the preseason, which should happen Friday against Jacksonville.

For more on the Saints check out Canal Street Chronicles.

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