If you’re anything like me, you’re waiting until the last possible second to see if Jimmy Graham will suit up this afternoon against the Buffalo Bills. The All-Pro tight end has been battling a foot injury since midway through Week 6 (a week in which he didn’t record a single catch), and while all reports out of New Orleans indicate he is getting healthier, his status for today’s game is still very much up in the air (seems to be on the wrong side of questionable at this moment).
If you’re going to wait it out, it is nice to have a backup option that is playing in the later set of games in order to avoid having your backup option locked into your lineup by the time we hear the official status of Graham.
When it comes to the late games, there is one name, one matchup that sticks out to me. I’ve preached about the athletic ability of Rob Housler before, and he gets a friendly matchup at home against the Atlanta Falcons. Subtract last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — from a trend-spotting perspective, it is difficult to count the worst teams in the NFL as they simply don’t have enough talent to exploit any favorable matchup — and the Falcons have allowed five tight end touchdowns in five weeks.
Not only have the Dirty Birds struggled to stop athletic tight ends, Housler has become more involved in the Cardinals’ passing attack with each passing week. He has increased his receiving yards for three consecutive weeks, with his Week 7 performance (seven catches on seven targets for 53 yards against a very formidable Seattle Seahawks defense) being valuable for his fantasy owners.
Housler is being started in less than 1 percent of ESPN leagues (that’s less than Dallas Clark, who has a bye this week!) and is available in 98.7 percent of leagues. With a 4:15 p.m. ET kickoff, he is a player trending in the right direction that will give you the ability to wait until the very last second when deciding on what to do with Jimmy Graham.
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