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Thursday, July 5, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: CAMERON MEREDITH WR NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

With 2018 fantasy football drafts starting to become more widespread, checking out some of the prime sleepers are the way to go in order to be fully prepared for selecting players in your league.  Today we take a closer look at New Orleans Saints slot wideout Cameron Meredith who came over to the team during the offseason on a two-year deal worth $9.6 million.  This after Meredith missed all of 2017 due to suffering a torn ACL last August that he is now fully recovered from.  The fact that the injury happened more than a year before the first game this September, there should be no reservations about Meredith's availability for Week 1 and so we need to grade him out just on ability.

Diving a bit further into Meredith, we saw the PPR potential he carried in 2016 when he took advantage of injuries decimating the players ahead of him on the Chicago Bears wide receiver depth chart by catching 66 balls for 888 yards and 4 scores in just 14 games.  The good vibes from that performance led the Saints toward signing him this past winter and the current plan is for him to work in the slot which could be a very fantasy football-friendly spot in an always explosive Sean Payton/Drew Breed-led offense.  Now in terms of where the numbers will go in 2018, Meredith's 2016 haul I believe will be the FLOOR on what he could accomplish and he likely will go higher if the health cooperates.  While Brees does like to spread the football around like Aaron Rodgers, he will also no doubt make quick friends with his new receiving toy and so 75 catches for 900 yards with 4-6 scores seems very attainable.  That would put Meredith in the WR 3 realm in all fantasy football leagues and make him a very attractive target especially in PPR formats.  This is one stock which is aiming northward.

2018 PROJECTION:  78 receptions 895 yards 5 TD  


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