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So we’re going to start this post with a little hint on how I view wide receivers.  There are a lot of extremely talented receivers in the game but there are really only a few that can dictate the game itself.  Calvin Johnson is one of those guys.  So is Larry Fitzgerald.  They catch everything that is thrown near them, essentially.  They have the ability to make guys like Shaun Hill and John Skelton look almost decent.  If that’s not talent, I don’t know what is.  Now I’m not gonna lie and say Robert Meachem is of that level but there are truly few who are anyway.  What I WILL say, though, is on the other side of the spectrum you can have a good to great quarterback making decent players look like superstars.  Eli Manning has made 1000 yard receivers from guys like Steve Smith.  No, not that Steve Smith.  THAT Steve Smith.  All this to say, quarterbacks can make or break the ‘talent level’ of some wide receivers and so can the system they play in.  With that, let’s take a closer look at why I’m reachin for Meachem (even reachin for rhymes too, apparently).

In looking over Robert’s stats, it’s safe to say he’s been about as consistent as (insert politician from the party you hate here).  Which is to say, not that consistent.  Though he had a truly great quarterback in New Orleans in Drew Brees, the offensive style was meant to spread the wealth.  Meachem was often the odd man out while someone like a Devery Henderson or a Lance Moore took center stage.  Thankfully for Robert, he’s got a QB that trusts few and throws it to even fewer.  Philip Rivers targeted Vincent Jackson 115 times last year.  While he only got 60 receptions out of the deal, he also gained 1106 yards to go with 9 TDs.  Heck, I even showed a little of my Rivers wide receiver love in a balls deep analysis earlier this summer.  ‘Yeah, so what does this have to do with Meachem‘ you say, poorly constructed argument to get my point across?  Well I’ll tell you PCATGMPA: Meachem is being tabbed as the #1 receiver for San Diego this year.  If he matches Jackson’s totals from 2011, he has the 9th best WR stats.  That, overall, is what they call ‘not bad’ in my world.  With a wide receiver ranking of 39 over at Mock Draft Central, that’s cheaper than the egg McMuffin you just had for breakfast and it’s better for you (WARNING: Results of Razzball lab tests are still inconclusive on whether or not fast food is better for you than fantasy football.  You have been advised).  He’s currently ranked behind Justin Blackmon on the board.  You know, the guy with Blaine Gabbert at the helm of the offense…did you just get a cold shudder or was it just me?  Though I don’t think he reaches Jackson’s totals, he should be in line for low end WR2/high end WR3 production.  You’ll take that and you’ll like it with a 11th round pick.

2012 Projections: 65 rec, 1050 rec yards, 7 TDs, 10 rushing yards

 

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  1. David_KOA says:
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    @Sky,
    It seems to be a interesting group of fantasy players who mock draft over at MDC. Every time I read or here about the ADP chart over in that neighborhood. I can’t help but wonder how some of these players are being drafted when they are?

    Over at fantasy football calculator(FFC), he is coming off the board in 12 team leagues round 7.08(31st) WR off the board. I have a feeling that as the summer goes, this is were he will be coming off the boards.

    As I stated in your balls deep article, I am a fan of Chargers passing game(Rivers, Meachem & Floyd) in 2012. It seems to be a ton of value to be had across the board.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s a good question but it’s supposed to be pulling from multiple sources. You’d think/hope that would give an accurate description of where these guys should be going. We’ll see if the barometer moves on Meachem.

  2. Cole says:
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    I have a keeper question. Shallow league where we keep 3 and have one late round pick that we can keep as our 5th rounder. I have chris johnson, mike wallace, Mcfadden, and Helu as my sleeper keep. am i crazy if i try to move mcfadden for jennings or AJ green. my team has finshed last 2 years in a row now and want to get rid of some of my injury guys for more consistent ones. 2RBs and 3 recievers start, no flex, no ppr. Any help appreciated!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wouldn’t do that if there’s no PPR. DMC is an injury risk but he’s too talented to make that trade.

  3. trevor says:
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    watch the movie “fat head”. You’d be surprised whats actually good for you at mcdonalds. I personally only eat the meat and the cheese, and the egg if you are wondering, because bread and everything else is poison

  4. trevor says:
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    for real watch that movie. You’ll learn a valuable life lesson and youll laugh quite a bit

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Interesting movie. Had some similar problems I had with Super Size Me (too much hyperbole) but overall a thoughtful analysis. At least he didn’t Michael Moore his point to death like SSM guy did. That said, saying MCD is healthy and then saying you took the bun off is like saying Kool-Aid is healthy because you didn’t add the Kool-Aid packet to the water ;) Combining the bun with the soda is really the big killer to the diet, something I think SSM tried to show.

  5. Lubey says:
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    I think a healthy Malcom Floyd and/or Gates will get a nice amount of targets as well….keyword though, healthy.

    Where would you rank Floyd vs. Meachem?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll let you know when those rankings come out :)

  6. trevor says:
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    lol you got back real quick on that. It was definitely an amateur production but it was certainly more entertaining than most professional films. I’d have to agree with you there that it is rather similar to what you described, but I disagree that SSM tried to show that in any way. Morgan Spurlock didn’t show any single nutritional truths and he actually focused quite a bit on the saturated fat of the burger as being one of the worst culprits in addition to his faulty pemise. Nevertheless I believe all of America deserves to see that movie. They would love it too if they could make it through the scientific parts in the middle. The nugget at the end of the movie would actually get a rise out of these lards

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Had it in my instant queue. You gave me a reason to watch it!

      The science part was my favorite part. It was the part missing from SSM :)

      Alright, now I have to rewatch SSM. I’m probably not remembering the Michael Moore’ness to it.

  7. trevor says:
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    Thats pretty sweet you probably have a much better queue than most netflix users lol. Its definitely not worth a review of SSM though. maybe just a skim of a couple parts cuz its easy to see the sensationalized journalism throughout.

    One more reccommendation. If you’ve never seen “Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barells” you’d probably enjoy it.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, thanks for saving me some time!

      I indeed have seen it. It’s a part of my canon of movies featuring badassery.

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