TE - CHI
Week 8 Outlook
The Bears placed TE Jimmy Graham on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
His absence shouldn't have a huge impact on Chicago's offense, but it could increase the fantasy outlook for Cole Kmet moving forward. Expect the Bears to come out throwing the ball against a pass-funnel Buccaneers defense.
Jimmy Graham hauled in both of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown as the Bears fell to the Saints in the first round of the 2020 playoffs.
Graham returned to the Superdome years after spending his prime seasons there. He didn't contribute much throughout the game but hauled in an incredible one-handed touchdown grab from 19 yards out as the clock expired. Graham was brought in on a two-year deal but the Bears can save quite a bit of money by cutting him after this season. After drafting Cole Kmet in the second round and watching him get better seemingly every week, Graham's likelihood of staying in Chicago next season looks bleak. Graham just turned 34 this year but showed that he can still make for a reliable red-zone target.
Jimmy Graham wrangled four of five targets for 69 yards and two TDs in the Bears' 41-17 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
The 69 yards were a season-high for the longtime vet, and his multi-score effort was his first since Week 3. Graham has recorded eight touchdowns on the year and will look to add to that total when he faces his former team in a Week 17 divisional showdown with Green Bay.
Jimmy Graham caught two of three targets for 25 yards in the Bears’ 33-27 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
Graham was a non-factor, and he remains a touchdown-or-bust play for fantasy managers. He's got a solid matchup with Jacksonville in Week 16 for those willing to roll the dice, but there's not a lot of upside.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Bears TE Jimmy Graham (hip) is expected to play in Week 15.
While Graham is expected to play against the Vikings, he may not be a wise fantasy option in the semi-finals. Despite a terrific, rejuvenate start to his season, Graham has seen fewer than four targets in each of his past four outings. And while he managed to snap a three-game scoreless streak last week with his 4/23/1 line against the Texans, Cole Kmet has been the tight end to covet from Chicago. Kmet has drawn seven targets in back-to-back games while playing in 85.7% of the team's offensive snaps and running 24+ routes in those outings. He also played in 79% of the team's snaps and ran 33 routes back in Week 12. In that three-game period, Kmet dominated snaps and routes over Graham, who played in fewer than 50% of the team's snaps and ran fewer than 17 routes. While Graham has drawn 11 targets in his past four games, Kmet has drawn 14 in his past two. Volume-wise, Kmet brings fantasy consideration for PPR leagues in Week 15. Graham needs to score to return value.