Cameron Meredith is now the de facto WR1 in Chicago, given the recent news of Alshon Jeffrey’s four-game suspension for PED usage. While being a WR1 with a horrible QB (read: Jay Cutler) does not guarantee production, it should increase the number of targets that Meredith with receive. Last week, Meredith was the recipient of a 50-yard Hail-Mary TD pass, which saved his fantasy week. With both Kevin White and Alshon Jeffrey missing from the Bears receiving group, Meredith should be in for a busy game.
Consensus Ranking and Projected Stats
For week 11, Meredith is ranked as the 51st Flex PPR player overall, and the 28th wide receiver. His projections for the week:
Receiving: 4.4 catches, 53.3 yards, 0.3 TDs
Total Points: 11.0 PPR points
Current Week Match-up
This week, the New York Giants host the Chicago Bears in the Meadowlands. The total Vegas over/under is set at 45.5, a decent middling total on the week. New York actually has quite a formidable defense, but they aren’t exactly a lockdown unit. Allowing 277 yards per game, the Giants are the 27th ranked secondary against wide receivers. Chicago may look to run the ball on the Giants, but the Giants are actually the 8th ranked team against fantasy running backs, having only allowed 93.9 yards per game. Thus, while Chicago will want to rely on the run, they will most likely have to throw on New York.
While the situation isn’t ideal for a Chicago win, it has the makings of production for Meredith. Look for him to be the top receiving option for Chicago, with a chance at some garbage time stat padding.
Comparable Flex Starters
I’ve analyzed some comparable flex starters, along with a brief description of why I like them more or less:
WR Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins. Projected PPR points – 10.9 points
Pierre Garcon is coming off his best yardage game of the season, securing 6 receptions on 10 targets for 81 yards. He did all this against the tough Minnesota defense. While this is a productive day, Garcon has been nothing but an afterthought all year in the Washington offense. Jamison Crowder is the first read on WR plays, and Jordan Reed has his usual share of targets each week. Coupled with a rejuvenated running game with Rob Kelley/Chris Thompson, Garcon is a desperation flex play at this point.
Conclusion: Start Meredith over Garcon
WR Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals. Projected PPR points – 8.8 points
Floyd finally had a good game this year, totaling a 5 catch, 101-yard day against the 49ers. This came at the expense of J.J. Nelson/John Brown’s production, sadly. The reason I’m down on Floyd for week 11 is attributable to a few factors. Firstly, his game was against the 49ers, one of the worst defenses in the NFL. While it’s a positive sign to have shown some life, this week will be far tougher against a stingy Minnesota Vikings defense. Secondly, Floyd has been nothing but inconsistent all season. In fact, this was his first game over 100 yards for the season. Unless Floyd is ultra-efficient with his targets, look for him to have a tough week against the Vikings.
Conclusion: Start Meredith over Floyd
Record to Date:
Player Projections: 3 – 6, 1 N/A
Start/Sit Recommendations: 11 – 6, 3 N/A