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When the Eagles released DE Jason Babin this week, it further cleared the way for Brandon Graham to play as many snaps as his performance commands. Our initial reaction was to play wait-and-see on a guy with just 1.5 sacks for the season. Closer analysis over the past few days, however, reveals a potential IDP sleeper for the stretch run. Despite playing just 211 snaps to date, Graham is rated the 4th-best 4-3 DE overall by Pro Football Focus. That includes a #7 rating in pass rushing. According to PFF, the young Eagle has collected at least 2 total QB disruptions in every game since Week 5. The Babin release clearly gives Graham a 5-week tryout. Graham still has 2 fairly cheap years left on his rookie contract. The next coaching regime would likely be glad to keep him around if he can prove his worth as a starter over these next 5 weeks. On a personal level, Graham has also said that he's driven to prove he's not a 1st-round bust. Being drafted ahead of Jason Pierre-Paul only adds fuel there. Graham opens this opportunity with a pair of positive matchups. DS subscribers can head over to the weekly DL rankings to see just how high we are on his chances to produce.

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The Eagles have reached agreement on a 3-year extension with DE Brandon Graham, according to multiple reports. The deal keeps Graham from hitting unrestricted free agency later this month. It also keeps in town a player who split his time between the right and left edges of the D-line in 2018 after serving as the primary left DE in 2017. With 3rd-year DE Derek Barnett returning from injury, Graham figures to return to primarily playing the left side in 2019. He has been a productive IDP over the past 4 years but has lacked the big sack numbers to deliver consistent starter value for fantasy owners. Graham tallied 9.5 sacks in 2017 but has no other seasons of more than 6.5.

The Eagles on Monday activated DE Brandon Graham from the PUP. He has been sidelined following the 2017 ankle injury that required offseason surgery. Graham played through the injury in the playoffs, including the Super Bowl. We'll see how ready he is by Week 1.

Eagles DE Brandon Graham "recently" had surgery on his right ankle, according to ESPN's Tim McManus. Doctors operated to promote faster healing on a high ankle sprain Graham suffered in Week 16. He played through the injury in the playoffs but has obviously struggled with it this offseason. Graham's seems likely to miss spring workouts. We'll see if the issue lingers beyond that.

Eagles DE Brandon Graham left in the 4th quarter of Monday night's win over the Raiders with a right ankle injury. We have yet to see any further details on the issue, which originally left him "questionable" to return. After locking up the NFC's #1 seed, though, Philly will have no reason to play Graham in Week 17. That's good news for a struggling Cowboys offense. Expect more playing time for DEs Chris Long and Vinny Curry in the regular-season finale.

The Eagles -- somewhat surprisingly -- re-signed OLB Brandon Graham on Monday with a 4-year deal worth a reported $26 million. As long as Graham stays healthy and effective, we'd expect the 27-year-old to play out that contract. Philly clearly needed Graham's edge-rushing talent after releasing OLB Trent Cole. The re-signing also signals that they don't believe 2014 first-round OLB Marcus Smith is near ready for a prominent role. As a starter, Graham should turn into a solid option for fantasy football owners playing in sack-friendly IDP leagues.

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