Jimmy Graham's snap count back up, fantasy owners rejoice

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham played on a majority of the offensive snaps on Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham didn't have a huge day against the San Francisco 49ers, but he was productive on Sunday. Graham managed six catches for 41 yards, and that's with the 49ers spending an awful lot of time double covering him. Graham saw 11 targets on the day, and didn't manage a touchdown, as the 49ers dedicated a corner to him in the redzone.

What's most significant about Graham's day was that he played in 51 of 69 offensive snaps, which accounts for 73.9 percent of the time the team was on offense. That's significant because Graham has been limited in recent weeks, and played in under 40 percent of offensive snaps against the Dallas Cowboys the last time out.

Graham has a foot injury, but it seemed to hold up well against the 49ers. New Orleans plays on Thursday Night Football this week and it stands to reason that the Saints wouldn't have given him a full load if there was a chance he could aggravate the injury, so expect him to be good to go for that game.

Fantasy Impact: Obviously, it was not a strong game for Graham given that the 49ers gameplanned against him so fiercely. That said, it's always good news for fantasy owners when a player gets in all the snaps expected of him following an injury. Owners should watch the injury report heading into Thursday's game, but for now, he's a must-start.

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