Week Four Analysis: Jimmy Graham will continue to be the top tight end in these rankings until he does not score a touchdown in a game. The streak is at eight straight games with a score. So, no movement here. Green Bay allowed tight end touchdowns in each of the first two weeks, but only allowed Golden Tate to catch two, count ‘em, TWO touchdown passes on Monday night, including one heroic catch as time expired.
Week Three Analysis:
He's Jimmy Graham. He's had touchdowns in each of his last SEVEN games. It's not necessary for me to explain more, but I'll give you this nugget about the Chiefs. They've allowed exactly 53 yards and a touchdown to each top tight end (Tony Gonzalez and Scott "All I Score is Touchdowns" Chandler) in each of the last two weeks.
Week Two Analysis: Jimmy Graham continues to be the biggest no-brainer in fantasy football, as he puts up a ho-hum total of six receptions, 85 yards and a score. That wasn't even that good of a day and he still ranks as the top tight end in fantasy football through Week 1. Last season in his two meetings with the Panthers he had eight catches in each game. In the early season matchup he took those eight receptions for 129 yards, and in Week 17 he put up 97 yards and a score. No brainer.
Week One Analysis: While Rob Gronkowski finished with 17 more receiving yards and six more touchdowns last season, Jimmy Graham had more catches and targets. What does this mean? He gets more opportunities than any tight end in the league to succeed. When someone is as gifted as Graham, you can bet that he's going to grab the bull by the horns and run with this huge volume of opportunity. Let's start the party against the Redskins. Washington was one of only five teams last season to allow over 1,000 yards to opposing tight ends and one of only four teams to allow nine or more touchdowns to the position. If I created a matchup in a lab for Graham, I couldn't do much better.
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