2012 Recap: The big debate in 2012 was which TE to take first, Graham or Gronk. I settled on Graham, but neither could match their 2011 seasons mainly due to injuries. Naturally, Graham was still very good, with 85/982/9 (11.6 YPC) on 134 targets for a 63.4% catch rate and was second among TEs with 10.1 FPG. He is the best WR on the Saints roster and will continue to be in 2012. It didn’t help that offensive genius Sean Payton was watching games from home on Sundays last season. Graham caught 2 fewer TDs in 2012, but his ed-zone (17 versus 28 in 2011) and goal-line (6 versus 10) targets were both down significant, so all things considered it could of been worse. Graham dealt with an ankle injury that hobbled him for a month and forced him to miss a game. After the season it was determined that he also had a wrist injury, as Graham’s physical style of play could lead to more injuries, but it something that I am overly concerned with.
What’s Changed: Sean Payton is back on the sidelines and there may not be a better play caller in the entire NFL. He knows how to get mismatches all over the field with Sproles coming out of the backfield, Colston in the slot, and Graham is pretty much a mismatch for any defense. With Payton calling the shots again on offense, Graham should be able to get making big plays down the field and in the red zone.
Outlook: With the issues in Patriotland, Graham is clearly the #1 TE in fantasy and is a huge bonus to your fantasy squad as he gives you such an advantage at a weak position. Yes, you may have to spend a high pick on him, but if you are a risk taker and crafty enough to wait on a QB, while grabbing depth at RB/WR, then drafting Graham could be the key to your draft.
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