Jimmy Graham back to his normal snap count; fantasy value high
Jimmy Graham is back to playing the majority of New Orleans’ offensive snaps. We break down the fantasy implications.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham played on 55 of 71 offensive snaps against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. That’s 77.4 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, which is below his average, but up from Week 13. For whatever reason, Graham played on just 56.1 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in the team’s previous game, and only ran 19 routes.
This time around, the Saints did not use Graham sparingly, running him out for routes a total of 46 times, a season high for the prolific tight end. That said, he only managed to catch three passes for 11 yards. In the previous game, he didn’t catch any passes. On the season, he has 68 receptions for 695 yards and nine touchdowns. That yardage total is down, but then again, the Saints as a whole are struggling big time.
Fantasy Impact: It’s encouraging to see Graham get his proper snap count and it’s encouraging to see him go out and run plenty of routes. He hasn’t been as big an asset to fantasy owners as expected, but he could still make a big difference here in the playoffs.