Jimmy Graham injury still a concern; fantasy owners need a backup

Chris Graythen

The New Orleans tight end could well miss Sunday's game. We break down the fantasy implications.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham could be "out or limited" in Sunday's game against the Buffalo Billsaccording to ESPN Saints blogger Mike Triplett. Graham was a non-factor in the Saints' Week 6 game against New England, and likely would have missed Week 7 had the team not been on a bye.

Graham had 593 receiving yards in New Orleans' first five games, with at least 100 yards in each of Weeks 2 through 5. He scored a touchdown in each of the first two weeks, then two scores apiece in Weeks 3 and 4. In Week 6, though, while dealing injury and being the focus of the Patriots defense, Graham was held without a touch.

Fantasy impact: When healthy, Graham is fantasy's No. 1 tight end (with the possible exception of the back-from-injury Rob Gronkowski). With him almost certainly either out or limited Sunday, Graham's fantasy owners should at the very least have a backup plan for Graham. Considering the six byes in Week 8, tight ends might be at a premium for Sunday's game.

In the meantime, the Saints' other primary offensive players should see a boost, regardless of whether Graham is out or merely limited. Darren Sproles and Marques Colston were already basically 100 percent starts, but guys like Pierre Thomas might see a boost as well.

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