Eagles Re-sign Brandon Graham

Jeff Ratcliffe checks in on what Brandon Graham's re-signing with the Eagles means for his fantasy value in 2015.

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Eagles Re-sign Brandon Graham

Brandon GrahamIn a move that flew somewhat under the radar in a busy free agency period, the Eagles re-signed Brandon Graham to a four-year, $26 million contract with $14 million in guaranteed money.

IDP owners let out a collective sigh with this signing, as it appeared like Graham would finally get an opportunity to get unleashed in an every-down role as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense. While that won’t be the case, it does appear likely Graham will start for the Eagles following the release of Trent Cole.

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Graham has excelled as a situational pass rusher over the last three seasons. He was especially effective in 2014, producing 53 QB pressures in 240 pass rush snaps. For comparison purposes, Graham recorded a pressure on 22.1 percent of his pass rush snaps while Justin Houston managed a rate of 18.8 percent.

For those hoping that Graham will somehow be classified as a defensive end, don’t hold your breath. Graham is essentially locked in as a linebacker on all fantasy commissioner sites for at least the 2015 season.

The good news is that an every-down role will place Graham squarely on the fantasy radar, though he’ll only be a borderline starter in balanced scoring formats.

We caught a glimpse of what to expect out of Graham in a three-down role when he played every snap in Week 16 of the 2014 season. He managed two solo tackles and four assists in front of the assist-heavy Washington stat crew. While it’s a small sample size, that sort of performance is likely to be the norm out of Graham this season.

Those in tackle-heavy formats will want to avoid Graham altogether, but Graham becomes a very intriguing option in big-play heavy leagues. His pressure rate suggests a double-digit sack ceiling, and his tackle production is just enough to get fantasy owners through weeks where he doesn’t record a sack.

Jeff Ratcliffe is the Assistant Managing Editor and resident IDP maven of PFF Fantasy.  

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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is 2016's second-most-accurate ranker in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.

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