Somewhat lost in the outstanding comeback win by Tom Brady and his New England Patriots on Sunday was the inability of fantasy's top scorer among nonquarterbacks entering Week 6 to provide any statistical support to his fantasy owners. New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham remains on pace for an extraordinary season, perhaps better than what he and controversial Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski achieved in their record-breaking 2011, but Sunday's disappointing performance -- nary a reception on six targets -- is a reminder that expecting a touchdown, 100 receiving yards and complete health every single week is unrealistic, too.
Graham remains the top tight end in fantasy -- the inactive Gronkowski didn't catch any passes Sunday either -- and hopefully the left ankle injury he suffered is minor and will not force him to miss games. The Saints are on a bye this coming Week 7, so in this case let's call the timing a good thing. Graham's value, however, remains sky high, especially if a league mate is concerned about physical woes or the fact that the Patriots were able to completely shut him down, as this was the first time since his second career game in 2010 that Graham had been held without a catch. Most NFL teams can't rely on a strong, physical Patriots cornerback such as Aqib Talib to cover an all-world tight end this successfully, and it also appeared Graham was not 100 percent.
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Let's face it, Drew Brees, left, has much better weapons to work with these days than Tom Brady.