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NEWS: Jimmy Graham and DeAngelo Williams both active for Thursday Night Week 9

SMITTY: While he isn’t quite full strength, he scored a touchdown last week, so Jimmy Graham is a must-start unless he suffers some sort of last-second setback. Expect a lot of Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks (who should get more consistent moving forward) and Mark Ingram, who now has high-end RB2 appeal. DeAngelo Williams is set to start tonight’s battle against the Saints, but Jonathan Stewart could see just as much work. This feels like a total sharing situation. Panthers WR Philly Brown and running backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas are all inactive. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jimmy Graham (questionable) likely to play Week 8; Khiry Robinson ruled out?

SMITTY: Most all reports/sources are predicting that he plays, and despite playing last week and pulling in zero passes, fantasy owners almost have to start Jimmy Graham if he is playing. Even if used in red zone situations, the guy can score 2TDs in such a role. Check out where we have Jimmy Graham ranked on our Week 8 Power Rankings. As for those Saints rushers, Mark Ingram just got a huge bump (him and Travaris Cadet, who could play the PT role), given that both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson are both out for this one.

NEWS: Jimmy Graham limited on Thursday, but still expected to play Week 8?

SMITTY: He will most likely be questionable this week, but most everyone, for now, expects him to play this week. Monitor him in warm-ups, as setbacks happen, but it’s extremely hard to sit the tight end if ever playing, because he can pull in 2TDs and play just a handful of red zone snaps. Plus, after playing last week, even though he wasn’t a big part of the game plan, he could play more than expect this week, we just don’t know. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jimmy Graham could play a red-zone role in Week 7? Calvin still doubtful in the contest?

SMITTY: It’s tough to speculate on this just yet, and Graham and the Saints still have over a day to decide. If Graham does go, even in a limited red-zone look capacity, he is a must-play, so stay on both our news wire and Smart Alerts. We will also keep you updated if any news breaks on Calvin Johnson, who is currently expected to miss this contest between the Saints and Lions. If both of these studs sit, Calvin and Graham, both Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford lose their top 5QB upside this week, but both are still must-starts (unless you have Stafford and a comparable QB with a better match-up). Reggie Bush and Golden Tate should have nice outings if both end up being Stafford’s top receiving options in Week 7. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jimmy Graham said he does not know if he will play Week 7.

SMITTY: While Jimmy Graham has felt more ‘doubtful’ than anything else all week long, clearly there is a small chance he plays in Week 7. It will come down to how he looks/feels in warm-ups, so stay tuned to this news wire as well as our Smart Alerts — This could be a last-minute type update for sure. Drew Brees has a tougher than expected matchup at Detroit this Sunday, but he’d get a nice bump on our projections if Graham was able to play (and play effective). Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Jimmy Graham misses practice; expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

SMITTY: He is definitely considered ‘out’ for Week 7, and expect to miss at least another game, but we will certainly keep you updated should things change. For now, Ben Watson has some appeal if you are absolutely desperate at the position. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Injuries heading into Week 6; Branden Oliver on the rise, Montee Ball could be out a bit, Calvin Johnson suffered a setback in Week 5.

Donald Brown left Week 5 with a concussion. Branden Oliver dropped 182 total yards and 2TDs in Week 5, and he now becomes a must-own in all leagues and this week’s top waiver wire grab.

Montee Ball suffered a groin injury in Week 5 and is getting an MRI. He is looking very questionable for the next couple games. Ronnie Hillman is a must grab this week.

Calvin Johnson suffered a setback in Week 5; his week 6 status is in question.

Rashad Jennings left Week 5 with a knee injury and will undergo an MRI. Andre Williams is not likely available in any leagues, but do check. If Jennings is out, Williams could produce fantasy RB2 numbers if getting starter carries.

Jimmy Graham injured his shoulder in Week 5, but early word is that it isn’t serious. Stay tuned.

Reggie Bush left Week 5 with an ankle injury. It is not though to be serious, but stay tuned. Hopefully Joique Bell will be back in the next contest.

Drew Stanton suffered a concussion in Week 5; Carson Palmer could be back next week, so keep tabs on this one. Palmer back would be good for Floyd, Fitz and Ellington.

Zac Stacy exited Week 5 with a calf injury. He did not return to the game, so there is concern here. Benny Cunningham is a must-grab if for some reason he is available. It’s not likely, though, but check waivers.

NEWS: Justin Hunter explodes for 111 yards and 2TDs in second preseason contest; Jimmy Graham pulls in 2TDs.

In Friday night’s Week 2 preseason contest against the Saints, Titans WR Justin Hunter pulled in five balls for 111 yards and 2TDs. Despite 1INT, Zach Mettenberger looked fantastic throwing for 269 yards and 2TDs. Mark Ingram ran the ball five times for 19 yards and pulled in a 23-yard touchdown reception. Joe Morgan pulled in three balls for 108 yards, showing incredible speed on a 52-yard stretch play. Jimmy Graham scored twice and pulled in five balls for 48 yards.

SMITTY: Sleeper alert ladies and gentlemen! Justin Hunter has held some serious upside heading out of last season, which was his rookie year. He only pulled in 354 yards and 4TDs last season, but he had two super-impressive 100-yard, 1TD games in the second-half of the season, and the brilliance was showcased in those performances. I love the kid. My only concern has been what happens if Jake Locker gets hurt, but Zach Mettenberger actually looks efficient enough, and word is that he has been tossing the ball 75 yards with ease in practice. I love both Hunter and Kendall Wright — these are two very good young receivers. Jimmy Graham is just insane and easily worth that high-second round ADP he appears to be locked into. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Drew Brees calls Brandin Cooks’ work ethic “pretty rare for a young guy.”

According to nola.com, Saints QB Drew Brees had this to say about rookie WR Brandin Cooks: “Feed me, feed me information. He absorbs it very quickly and goes out and applies it. I’d say that’s pretty rare for a young guy.”

SMITTY: Brandin Cooks has all kinds of “home run” upside, even as a rookie. Occasionally rookie wide receivers come along and post 1,000-yard seasons during their first campaigns. Well, if anyone can do that, it’s Cooks, who arguably has one of the best situations any rookie could ask for (pulling in passes from Drew Brees, and having defensive attention on Jimmy Graham, who is 80/1,200/12+ capable). Any receiver in this situation would have rookie upside, but when you mix in Cooks’ skill set with that Saints air attack, the sky is the limit, and this is especially the case entering his second NFL season. Looking for 2014 Brandin Cooks Fantasy Football Projections?

NEWS: Jimmy Graham inks $40 million deal with Saints

According to Jimmy Graham on Twitter, the Saints and Jimmy Graham have agreed upon a contract extension. “It’s official I’m bleeding black and gold this morning! Thank you WhoDatNation for all the support,” Graham tweeted.

SMITTY: The deal reportedly makes Jimmy Graham the highest paid tight end in the league. The deal is said to be a four-year deal worth $40 million (with $21 million guaranteed). Graham had his best season as a pro in 2014, dropping 86 receptions for 1,215 yards and 16TDs. While it’s hard to imagine even Graham duplicating such a season, we wouldn’t bet against the “receiving” talent. Our Draft Analyzer has Graham dominating all other tight ends entering 2014, and it has him scoring like a top 8 wide receiver.