Jimmy Graham Will Play Friday: 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

Jimmy Graham should return for the Saints tomorrow. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Saints twitter feed has confirmed that tight end Jimmy Graham will return to action tomorrow after suffering a back injury last week in practice. Graham caught 99 passes last season for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns. It was the second-most yards in a season for a tight end in history, eclipsed only by the 1,327 yards that Rob Gronkowski had last year.

Fantasy Implications: Many consider that Graham, not Gronkowski, is the best tight end in fantasy football thanks to Drew Brees and the lack of other tight end options such as Aaron Hernandez. His 99 catches were tied for the third-most of all-time for his position, and his 11 touchdowns were tied for eighth-most. Certainly, this is a new era for the tight end and it can be crucial to grab one of either Graham or Gronkowski, as the drop-off from those two could be significant again. Spending a second round pick on Graham is perfectly reasonable and the back should not be an issue if it holds up well during the preseason.

For more on the Saints, check out Canal Street Chronicles.

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