2013 Fantasy Football Dark Horse: Houston Texans TE Garrett Graham

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It’s one week into the fantasy football season, and folks are already searching for those perfect additions to their squads. Whether it be due to injuries right off the bat or simply wanting to stock pile as many good players as possible, the waiver wire is already being worked by millions, as it should be.

If you are looking for a guy that may not be talked about as much as he should be, or could be in for his best season yet as a pro, look no further than fourth year pro, Garrett Graham. The Houston Texans tight end already has a touchdown on the year in a comeback win against the San Diego Chargers Monday night, and could be in store for a few more in 2013.

If you’ve watched the Texans for any period of time, you notice one thing very quickly: quarterback Matt Schaub loves his tight ends. Monday night, both Graham and Owen Daniels combined for Schaub’s three passing touchdowns and nine receptions on 12 targets.

The Texans use their tight ends frequently. You will see Graham and Daniels in double tight end sets quite often, with Schaub getting them the ball on a regular basis. Because they most often have a very good ground game with Arian Foster and Ben Tate, Schaub gets the luxury of setting up a lethal play action at times.

Graham totaled 263 yards and three scores last season, but it looks like the ball will be spread around more than ever for the Texans this year. With Andre Johnson and rookie DeAndre Hopkins getting most of the targets at the receiver position, Daniels and Graham will get looks of their own each and every game in 2013.

In deep leagues of 10 or more teams, Graham will definitely be a dark horse to watch as the season progresses. I would even suggest picking him up if you have a spot open, or if you can sacrifice dropping another player. He’ll get his chances every week. Schaub loves tight ends, keep that in mind.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

 

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