Garrett Graham 'about the same' this week; fantasy owners should look elsewhere

Chris Graythen

The Texans tight end missed Week 15 with a hamstring injury. We break down the fantasy implications.

Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham's hamstring injury is "about the same as last week," said interim head coach Wade Phillips, according to CSN Houston. The tight end missed the Texans' Week 15 game against the Indianapolis Colts because of the injury.

The tight end has 545 receiving yards and five touchdowns on the season, taking over as the starter when No. 1 tight end Owen Daniels was injured in the team's Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers. In Graham's absence Sunday, rookie Ryan Griffin got the start and caught six passes for 62 yards.

Fantasy impact: Well ... if he's "about the same" as the week he missed a game, that doesn't exactly bode well for his playing status for Sunday. The Texans host the Denver Broncos at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, in a game that typically would call for the use of any pass-catcher on either roster.

In games that he's been healthy this season, Graham has averaged 6.3 fantasy points per game, which would be good for 10th among tight ends. But with this status, short of any clarification between now and then, it's hard to imagine anyone trusting him for Sunday's game. Griffin had a decent game in place of Graham Sunday, but owners would probably rather resort to the waiver wire, and someone like Zach Miller, Heath Miller, Marcedes Lewis, or other tight end instead of a largely untested rookie.

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