It was announced today that Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels will miss four-to-six weeks with a non-displaced fibula fracture. Daniels is one of quarterback Matt Scaub’s favorite targets as he’s currently second on the Texans with 24 receptions and is tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. Daniels’ 252 receiving yards rank third behind wide receivers Andre Johnson (407) and DeAndre Hopkins (293).
The two-time Pro Bowler has been one of the TEs in the league since 2007, and with Daniels out, Garrett Graham will have to step-up in his place. Graham, who’s tied with Daniels for the team lead with three touchdown receptions, will start against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Through five games, Graham has 15 receptions for 141 yards and three touchdowns on 21 targets. The Texans and Schaub like to target the TEs, especially in the redzone, so Graham could be in for a significant boost in his production, as well as his fantasy football value.
Rookie sixth-round pick Ryan Griffin will also see more snaps on offense.