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2011 Fantasy Football Outlook: While many fantasy experts will be jumping up and down (myself included) about Jimmy Graham as a breakout tight end this season, if one man can stand in his way it is veteran David Thomas. The Saints quickly released Jeremy Shockey (now with Panthers) early in the off-season and Thomas is a free agent that is expected to be back with the team.

Coach Sean Payton and Drew Brees publicly noted that Thomas was going to be a “big part” of the offense this year, but I find that to be more off-season talk, to let us know they plan on using him. That shouldn’t be a surprise as the Saints love to spread the offense out and use many options. I wouldn’t be surprised if Thomas plays a factor in taking valuable work away from Graham early in the season, as it would hurt the team to have a veteran work with the second year tight end.

That said, if Graham continues to progress the way he did a year ago (four touchdowns in the last three games) the Saints will clearly start using Graham as the main option in the passing game. Don’t look to Thomas as a fantasy relevant option this year unless something should happen to Graham.

8/2011 Update – Thomas was signed by the Saints so the information above is in play. Look for Graham to be a bigger part of the offense, as he shrinks Thomas’s role, as we move deeper into the season.

Receptions Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 25 182 1
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Receiving
Year Age Tm G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G
2006 23 NWE 15 3 11 159 14.5 1 36 0.7 10.6
2007 24 NWE 2 0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.5 4.5
2008 25 NWE 15 10 9 93 10.3 0 18 0.6 6.2
2009 26 NOR 15 8 35 356 10.2 1 37 2.3 23.7
2010 27 NOR 13 8 30 219 7.3 2 22 2.3 16.8
2011 28 NOR 5 2 5 16 3.2 0 8 1.0 3.2
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

While many fantasy experts will be jumping up and down (myself included) about Jimmy Graham as a breakout tight end this season, if one man can stand in his way it is veteran David Thomas. The Saints quickly released Jeremy Shockey (now with Panthers) early in the off-season and Thomas is a free agent that is expected to be back with the team.

Coach Sean Payton and Drew Brees publicly noted that Thomas was going to be a “big part” of the offense this year, but I find that to be more off-season talk, to let us know they plan on using him. That shouldn’t be a surprise as the Saints love to spread the offense out and use many options. I wouldn’t be surprised if Thomas plays a factor in taking valuable work away from Graham early in the season, as it would hurt the team to have a veteran work with the second year tight end.

That said, if Graham continues to progress the way he did a year ago (four touchdowns in the last three games) the Saints will clearly start using Graham as the main option in the passing game. Don’t look to Thomas as a fantasy relevant option this year unless something should happen to Graham.

8/2011 Update – Thomas was signed by the Saints so the information above is in play. Look for Graham to be a bigger part of the offense, as he shrinks Thomas’s role, as we move deeper into the season.

Receptions Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 25 182 1

June 2011

While many fantasy experts will be jumping up and down (myself included) about Jimmy Graham as a breakout tight end this season, if one man can stand in his way it is veteran David Thomas. The Saints quickly released Jeremy Shockey (now with Panthers) early in the off-season and Thomas is a free agent that is expected to be back with the team.

Coach Sean Payton and Drew Brees publicly noted that Thomas was going to be a “big part” of the offense this year, but I find that to be more off-season talk, to let us know they plan on using him. That shouldn’t be a surprise as the Saints love to spread the offense out and use many options. I wouldn’t be surprised if Thomas plays a factor in taking valuable work away from Graham early in the season, as it would hurt the team to have a veteran work with the second year tight end.

That said, if Graham continues to progress the way he did a year ago (four touchdowns in the last three games) the Saints will clearly start using Graham as the main option in the passing game. Don’t look to Thomas as a fantasy relevant option this year unless something should happen to Graham.

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