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Sunday, August 27, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY FALLOUT: CAMERON MEREDITH DONE FOR THE YEAR WITH TORN ACL

It has been a very rough couple of days for NFL player's knees and in particular their ACL's.  Already having seen New England Pats wideout Julian Edelman go down with a tear in his ACL and Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware be lost for the year with a damaged PCL/MCL, add Chicago Bears wideout Cameron Meredith to this unfortunate fraternity.  It was Meredith who tore his ACL in what was a truly gruesome scene in the Bears' Sunday preseason game and so he is already done for 2017 without playing a down that counts.  While Meredith was not a big name in fantasy football as Edelman and Ware are, he still caught attention as a sleeper in PPR formats after breaking out to the tune of 66 catches for 888 yards and 4 scores and he was considered to be the leading receiving for the team in 2017 for QB Mike Glennon.  Those plans are scratched and so the fallout means Kevin White and Kendall Wright will now be more prominent parts of the passing offense.  While Glennon is a capable QB, the Bears are not expected to be a big passing outfit as they rely on RB Jordan Howard.  In fact it could be Howard who is hurt the most by Meredith's loss as he will now see a ton of 8-men in the box by opposing defenses.  You only have to look at how badly Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley struggled against such fronts last season and so Howard may not yield the numbers expected considering his very high draft cost.  Cut Meredith loose in all formats and look for an upside replacement on the wire.


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