Jimmy Graham's first season with the Seahawks in 2015 was a disaster due to poor production and a serious knee injury. Now we hope he'll be ready for the start of this year. Graham suffered a ruptured patella tendon in Week 12, and Seattle still doesn't have a timetable for his return. This is a tough injury to come back from (see Victor Cruz, who hasn't played since suffering the same injury in 2014), but we hope Graham can return for Week 1. And when he's back, maybe he can return to his form with the Saints since his performance with the Seahawks was miserable in 2015. He only scored two touchdowns in 11 games and had just three games with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league. Now, when Seattle focused on him with at least eight targets, which happened six times, then he scored at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in five of those outings. But the key to his outlook this season will be health, and you'll just have to monitor his status heading into training camp. We consider Graham a No. 2 Fantasy tight end, and he should only be drafted with a late-round pick. With the way he played last year, along with the injury, he's no longer considered an elite Fantasy option coming into the season.
Graham (knee) was a full practice participant Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. Graham was for more active in Week 2 than the season opener, increasing his share of the offensive snaps from 21 percent to 82 percent. His production responded in kind -- one catch for 11 yards in Week 1 to three receptions for 42 yards this past Sunday in Los Angeles -- so it isn't out of the realm of possibility that he'll continue the upward trend this Sunday versus the 49ers, assuming no setbacks in the interim.
Graham (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. As Graham grows more comfortable with his structurally-repaired knee, his workload on game day is sure to increase, as evidenced by earning 55 of 67 offensive snaps in Week 2 (versus 17 of 82 in the regular season opener. When it comes to practice, though, the Seahawks will likely err on the side of caution and remove the veteran tight end from any unnecessary drills. Expect his status for Sunday's game versus the 49ers to be clarified upon the release of Friday's injury report.
Graham played 55 of 67 snaps Sunday against the Rams after playing only 17 snaps in Week 1 as he works his way back from a knee injury, the Seattle Times reports. "He's really in the groove to go," coach Pete Carroll said. "That was significant that he was able to do that." Graham appears to be nearing full strength. He had four targets Sunday. If he's truly healthy, he could be more involved in the gameplan this week as the offense definitely needs a spark. "Jimmy played a lot of plays (Sunday), which was good,'" Carroll said. "Not as many targets as everyone would like, but he did really well when the ball was thrown to him."
Graham (knee) brought in three catches for 42 yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams. For all the talent that Graham has both physically and skill-wise, it is a puzzle that he has not yet been able to make a big impact for the Seahawks. What is encouraging, however, is that Graham is on the field following a serious knee injury that ended his 2015 campaign. That being said, as long as his rapport with Russell Wilson remains unproven, he will continue a risky play in fantasy lineups.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Graham (knee) is ready to play in all situations, Stephen Cohen of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. A full practice participant for the second straight week, Graham will likely top the 17 snaps he logged Sunday against the Dolphins. However, while he may be ready to play "in all situations", there's no assurance he'll take on a typical starter's snap count. If Graham is once again limited, Luke Willson figures to pick up the slack. Graham doesn't have an injury designation on the final injury report.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/02||@New York Jets||19||8.00|
|8||10/30||@New Orleans Saints||6||2.00|
|10||11/14||@New England Patriots||18||7.00|
|12||11/27||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||3.00|
|14||12/11||@Green Bay Packers||27||11.00|
|15||12/16||Los Angeles Rams||26||10.00|
|17||01/01||@San Francisco 49ers||29||12.00|
|3 Year Avg||114||73||903||9||48||12.37||144|