The amazing comeback story of Jimmy Graham continues to get better and better.
Here’s a guy who suffered a devastating knee injury which ended his 2015 season and made him a question mark entering 2016. Graham had surgery to repair his patellar tendon in December last year.
It was the same injury Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz sustained and Cruz missed nearly 2 years.
Graham not only was in the lineup for Week 1, but he’s playing at an All-Pro level again. Over the past 3 games, Graham has 18 catches for 302 yards a touchdown.
For those of you who took a flier on Graham late in your fantasy football draft, congratulations. For those who didn’t, good luck trying to pry him away from the owner in your league who did. Probably not happening.
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Keep reading to see our start ’em and sit ’em tight end recommendations for Week 7:
Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers
Opponent: at Atlanta Falcons
At this point, Henry has become a must-start, regardless if future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates is playing or not. Since joining the lineup 4 games ago, Henry has caught 18 of 24 targets for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns. Judging by Gates’ career, we know how much Philip Rivers like to utilize the tight end and now Henry appears to next in line. Henry will be very busy in this favorable matchup against the Falcons.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Opponent: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Walker is coming off a quiet 1-catch, 21-yard game in Week 6, but should be able to walk all over the Colts on Sunday. Indy was just burned by the not-so-dangerous-duo of C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin of the Texans a week after getting toasted by the Bears’ Zach Miller — 14 total catches for nearly 190 yards and a score. Walker makes on the best TE starts of the week.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at New York Jets
Pitta hasn’t been targeted less than 5 times since Week 2. And it’s no secret the Jets have serious issues with their pass defense. With Steve Smith still a question mark for Sunday with an ankle injury, Pitta could see an uptick in targets if the veteran receiver is out again. The Jets have allowed 3 tight end TDs and were also torched by Jimmy Graham.
Cameron Brate, Buccaneers, at 49ers; Julius Thomas, Jaguars, vs. Raiders
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Ertz will have one of the toughest tasks for all tight ends on Sunday as the Vikings have yet to allow a touchdown to the position. Besides, Ertz has been rather quiet since returning from a rib injury — 4 receptions for 59 yards in 2 games. Ertz is going to round into form soon, but it won’t be against Minnesota.
Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: at Kansas City Chiefs
Fleener and Drew Brees appear to finally be on the same page, connecting for 2 TDs over the past 3 games (Fleener also ran one a score in last weekend). He also been targeted 23 times over that span. Most likely you need to stick with Fleener, but the Chiefs have shut down opposing tight ends. Kansas City has allowed just one TD to the TE position.
Dwayne Allen, Colts, at Titans; Jesse James, Steelers, vs. Patriots