Owners of Jimmy Graham, and I’m one of them, have been waiting for some good news regarding his playing status this week against the Denver Broncos. I was getting pretty sick of searching the wire for tight ends that couldn’t come close to numbers Graham would put up week-to-week. Joel Dreessen (4.9 percent owned in ESPN leagues/19 percent in Yahoo), Anthony Fasano (1.9 percent owned in ESPN leagues/five percent in Yahoo), Jacob Tamme (68 percent owned in ESPN leagues/43 percent in Yahoo) and Chris Cooley (0.6 percent owned in ESPN leagues/three percent in Yahoo) are available in my ESPN league, but let’s be honest, I need Graham back on the field just as much as you do.
According to head coach Joe Vitt, Graham, who missed last week with a sprained ankle suffered in week 5 against the Chargers, was limited to land-based activities in Wednesday’s practice, but at least there seems to be optimism surrounding the former 3rd round pick in the 2010 draft playing this week.
#Saints TE Jimmy Graham looked “very, very good,” Vitt said. He hasn’t given an injury report yet.
— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 24, 2012
In his absence, David Thomas started the week 6 matchup against the Buccaneers, recording two catches for only 27 yards. If Graham happens to miss this week, Thomas will remain in the starting lineup, but don’t expect much more than the 27 yards he recorded against the Bucs. The Broncos defense ranks 10th in the NFL allowing 215.3 yards per game.
With this in mind, hitting the wire for the players listed above is a far better option than starting Thomas.