Jimmy Graham Fantasy Football News 2017

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll confirmed that TE Jimmy Graham is in a much better spot this year than last, when he was returning from a torn patellar tendon. "We had to manage him the whole year," Carroll said of Graham's 2016. "He just kept hanging in there. He played in every game and didn’t miss any time, but he wasn’t at his best. You can see him now ... He survived it, and now he is really moving up." Graham, despite being at less than 100%, ranked 4th among TEs in PPR points and 2nd in non-PPR last year. He's capable of an even more productive 2017 campaign.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll is excited. (What else is new?) Specifically, though, he's pumped up about the offseason health and performance of TE Jimmy Graham. “I think Jimmy’s offseason is a big highlight for us,” Carroll said, per Pro Football Talk. “Last year at this time we didn’t know what he was going to be like. We were positive, but didn’t know. He had a phenomenal offseason and great work with us.” Besides improved health, Carroll has lauded Graham's improved blocking and his connection with QB Russell Wilson. The whole package should help to keep Graham on the field even more and further entrench him as a key receiving option. Graham enjoyed an impressive 2016, considering that he spent the whole year dealing with fallout from 2015's patellar tendon tear. A fully healthy Graham has upside to the top of his position in fantasy football.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham -- coming off a torn patellar tendon in 2015 -- was 1 of the biggest surprises of this past season, finishing 4th among TEs in PPR points. He admitted that returning from that injury, though, was a tall task. "It is everything that people think it is and more as far as the pain and the struggles," Graham told CBS Sports. "Learning how to walk again was a process for me. It was some of the darker days of my life." He even revealed that he "barely practiced" during the season so he could get his knee ready for the games. Naturally, Graham expects to be healthier in 2017. "Going through this offseason, being with Russ out there in California, you know I'm going to fly out there and train with him and really get that chemistry down because I wasn't able to do that with him last year," he said. "It's only going to get better." Despite turning 30 this past November, Graham is capable of boosting his production in 2017.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham caught just 1 pass for 16 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers. He drew just 4 targets against a TE defense that Football Outsiders rates among the league's top 10. QB Russell Wilson did miss an open Graham on 1 deep ball and generally struggled relative to his normal performance. Graham remains a solid play against the Rams in Week 15 and the Niners if your league plays through Week 17. A Week 16 rematch with the Cardinals will find 1 of the league's top TE defenses, but Graham did manage a 5-53 line on 10 targets in the 1st meeting.

1-3 inches of snow is expected in Green Bay today, but winds will be at just 4-8 mph. Those aren't ideal conditions, but we're not expecting weather to have a major impact on the Seahawks or the Packers, who both have experience playing in crappy weather.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee, hip) is not listed on the team's final injury report. He got Thursday off but put in full practices on Wednesday and Friday. Graham has a tough Week 7 draw against the Cardinals' top-ranked TE defense but has earned the benefit of the doubt with 6 catches and 89+ yards in 3 straight games.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham did not practice on Thursday and is listed on the injury report with knee and hip issues. The hip injury is new. Graham was a full participant on Wednesday, so he was either hurt sometime in the last 24 hours or just got Thursday off. Check back tomorrow for an update.

The forecast for today's Falcons-Seahawks game calls for a 50% chance of rain with winds of 11-15 mph. That's not quite enough for us to alter our projections, but you could certainly use it as a tiebreaker when considering guys from these 2 passing and kicking games. The weather is a bigger concern for the Falcons, who play their home games in a dome.

11:32am EDT 10/2/16

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee, back) is active for today’s game against the Jets. He was held out of Thursday’s practice with back spasms but put in a full workout on Friday. Graham is safe to get into fantasy lineups.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee, back) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jets. He was held out of Thursday’s practice with back spasms, HC Pete Carroll said, but put in a full workout on Friday. Graham should be fine for Sunday’s game vs. a leaky Jets pass defense.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee, back) did not practice on Thursday. He was limited on Wednesday, but it's unclear if he's actually hurt or just got a day off. Graham, of course, tore his patellar tendon last year.

After playing just 21% of Seattle's offensive snaps in the opener, TE Jimmy Graham ramped up to 82% in Week 2. He hauled in 3 of 4 targets for 42 yards in the loss to the Rams. "I feel fine," Graham said. "I feel the same. I feel like a beast. So I'll play more and more and get more and more opportunities. I just want to be there for my guys and be there for my team." It's been a promising return from last year's ruptured patellar tendon so far. We're not ready to trust Graham as a TE1 yet, but he's certainly worth a bench spot.

2:44pm EDT 9/11/16

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. It’ll be his 1st game action since tearing his patellar tendon last November. Graham isn’t expected to play a full slate of snaps, though, and shouldn’t be in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He put in a full week of practice and should be active. But his snap count and effectiveness coming off last year’s torn patellar tendon remain questions. Graham shouldn’t be in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He's on track to play against the Dolphins this weekend, but his workload and effectiveness remains in question. Graham is not a recommended Week 1 fantasy play.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Wednesday that chances "are good" TE Jimmy Graham (knee) plays against the Dolphins this weekend. Carroll tends to be over-optimistic about injured players, so we're not considering Graham a lock to suit up. Even if he does, he shouldn't be in fantasy lineups. He'll likely be on a snap count, and his effectiveness remains a question mark after last year's torn pateller tendon. Graham is not even 9.5 months removed from that brutal injury.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll admitted on Wednesday that TE Jimmy Graham (patellar) isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1. "Really, we're shooting for, where is he at the start of the season? We'll evaluate then how much longer it may take. Or he may be ready then," Carroll said. "We don't know that yet." Graham has some "tests" scheduled within the next week to check on his rehab progress. Seattle activated him off the PUP list last week, so they clearly expect him to at least be ready early on this season. But Graham's effectiveness when he returns remains a major question mark.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham has been activated from the PUP list. He's about 8.5 months removed from rupturing his patellar tendon. It's a relatively speedy recovery from a significant injury. We imagine that Graham will be eased back into action, but he's on track to be ready for Week 1. We're still not very interested in drafting him, though. The history of guys trying to return from patellar injuries is grim and most recently includes Giants WR Victor Cruz.

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) and TE Jimmy Graham (Achilles) opened training camp on the active/PUP list. Rawls has been running and cutting for at least a couple of weeks and thought he'd be ready for the start of camp. This could be a case of Seattle just playing it safe. Rawls should be ready in plenty of time for Week 1. Graham is more questionable for the start of the regular season.

The "odds are against" Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham "returning to form" after last year's patellar tendon injury, according to ESPN medical expert Stephania Bell. "A study just published in June of this year in the American Journal of Sports Medicine looked at orthopedic procedures on over 550 NFL athletes," Bell said. "And of all the different surgeries that these guys have, those who fared the worst when it comes to rate of return to play and performance metrics like yards gained and touchdowns scored, [it was] patellar tendon repair." Giants WR Victor Cruz still isn't right after tearing his patellar tendon back in 2014. Graham will be about 8 months removed from his injury when training camp opens and less than 10 months removed when Week 1 rolls around. We'll track his progress between now and then, but we're not optimistic about his fantasy outlook, especially early this season.


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