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Depending on your league, there should be some very enticing options on the waiver wire at the wide receiver position this week. Many of you will be debating the merits of scooping up Cameron Meredith. If this article comes out after your waiver wire process, then you can check to see if you missed out on the next big thing or drown in your tears with buyer’s remorse.

Meredith is 6’3″ and 207 pounds. He was not invited to the NFL Combine after playing his college ball at Illinois State, but ran a 4.49 40-yard dash and an impressive 6.71 3-cone drill at his pro day, which earned him some free agent offers. He chose to sign with the Chicago Bears before the 2015 season. Meredith did not play much his rookie year, compiling 11 receptions on 16 targets for 120 yards and zero touchdowns. 2016 began much the same way, as he did not play the first two games of the season and hauled in six receptions on eight targets for 52 yards when he finally did play. Being buried behind Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White on the depth chart did not afford many opportunites for the second-year undrafted free agent player.

This is the NFL, though. One play can send a player into retirement and bring a relative unknown into the light. We often think that the fourth or fifth guy on the depth chart is a scrub, but in actuality, they are still the top 1% of the athlete pool. Scrub is such a relative term. I guess the point just highlights how amazing the superstars truly are. Anyways, Kevin White needs fibula surgery which is going to shelve him for a few months. Meredith stepped in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts and caught nine passes on 12 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown. The light is shining brightly upon the previously unknown receiver.

Is this a Milli Vanilli situation or something sustainable?

I always like to get the bad out of they way first. He’s fumbled three times already this season and lost two of them. Head coach John Fox hates turnovers, so this could potentially put him in the dog house and limit his playing time in the future. With that said, Fox is trying to win and needs his best players out there. Obviously, if he continues to fumble every game then all bets are off, but I’m willing to bet that he can get that issue corrected.

Now for the good. Brian Hoyer loves the position that White and Meredith occupy in the offense for some reason. White received 14 targets in Week 4 and Meredith got 12 targets last week. Supposed number one receiver, Alshon Jeffery has not received more than seven targets in any game. Very strange. That could change going forward, but even if it does, there will remain plenty of opportunties for all the receivers. The Bears are currently 12th in the league with 186 pass attempts. At this pace, they will attempt close to 600 passes for the season. That’s a lot of volume. In addition, the Bears’ defense is not very good, which enhances the possibility that the game script for most games will call for lots of passing. Back to Hoyer. Since getting the starting nod in Week 3, he’s thrown for over 300 yards and two touchdowns in three straight games. He’s completed over 75% of his passes in the past two games. He has yet to thrown an interception. Bye bye Jay Cutler.

Everyone in the NFL is talented. Often times, a player just needs the right situation and opportunity to find success. Meredith has the opportunity and is in a conducive situation to shine bright.

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  1. Pigs says:
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    Good I got him in a league where I lost both Moncrief and Decker. Barely keeping my head above water.

    Also full point Ppr and lots of big play/yardage bonuses: I give odell/tevin Coleman for hyde/Marshall or Jordan Howard/Marshall?

    • Son says:
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      @Pigs: Fair trades. I still believe in ODB though. With that said, I would choose the Howard/Marshall side. Full disclosure, I’ve been high on Howard since the offseason so I’m very biased

  2. Adam says:
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    At flex
    Start Melvin Gordon,will fuller,or Michael Thomas ??
    Standard league

    • Son says:
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      @Adam: Thomas for me, with Fuller right behind

  3. William Hung says:
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    Any chance of doing this on Tuesdays, the day before waivers are processed? I was flip flopping back and forth and [email protected] and Jay were both tentative on Meredith so I went with the consensus at the time and didn’t use a waiver on him.

    • Son says:
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      @William Hung: Out of my hands. Gotta speak to Jay about that.

  4. mak says:
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    would you start him over randall cobb this week?

    • Son says:
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      @mak: I would, but it’s close. I can make an argument either way. Comes down to personal preference.

  5. Brett R Colvin says:
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    What if you have Hopkins, Cooks, Snead, Crabtree, Parker and Meredith? Which 3 do you start?

    • Son says:
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      @Brett R Colvin: Hopkins, Cooks, and Snead. If you don’t want 2 guys from same team, then I’d go Meredith with Crabtree right behind.

      • Brett R Colvin says:
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        @Son: Thank you!
        I’m starting Miller and then C. Michael instead of C.J Anderson cuz of his possible loss of touches to Booker plus it’s a division game. Think that’s wise?

          • Brett R Colvin says:
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            @Son: You’re the man. Thank you. Sorry but I gotta ask one more… I have Stafford and A. Smith. Thinking of grabbing Hoyer off the wire and starting Meredith but it feels like a trap game. Thoughts?

            • Son says:
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              @Brett R Colvin: I wouldn’t start Hoyer. The Jags have held 3 of 4 opponents to under 200 yards passing. The other team finished with 207. I like Meredith because he’s going to get targets, or at least all indications point that way.

              • Brett R Colvin says:
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                @Son: Thank you!
                So start Stafford?

      • Brett R Colvin says:
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        @Son: Thanks for the help son! Strongly considering that Snead – Cooks stack against this high school Carolina secondary… Would you go for it Son??

        • Son says:
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          @Brett R Colvin: I’m good with it. Good luck!

  6. Javier says:
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    Deep 16 team ppr dynasty

    I was today offered Cam Meredith for quincy Edunwa straight up.

    Take it or leave it.

    Thank you!!

    • Son says:
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      @Javier: I like them both. Really just comes down to personal preference.

      • Javier says:
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        @Son:

        Thank ypu!!

        • Son says:
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          @Javier: Anytime

  7. Josh-NYC says:
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    So I just accepted the trade my Landry and Wentz for his Amari cooper.. we can keep up to 2 keepers two rounds before their draft value. Wentz coulve been a 15th rounder next year, but I felt he was hurting me this year since I have Brees. What do you think ?

    12 team .5 PPR
    QB: Brees
    WR: Landry, Thomas
    RB: Zeke, Freeman
    TE: Gates
    Flex: Coates, Riddick
    Bench: Wentz, Booker, Rudolph, Yeldon, Floyd, Morris
    IR: Watkins, coleman

    • Son says:
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      @Josh-NYC: I’m good with it. Always play for his year.

  8. Ryan says:
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    12 team standard league. Would you drop Hurns for Meredith?

    • Son says:
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      @Ryan: Yes

  9. Jurickson BROfar says:
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    Almighty Son,

    Pick one for the FLEX: Meredith, Charles or Pryor.

    • Son says:
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      @Jurickson BROfar: I have concerns for all. The Jags have held 3 of 4 opponents under 200 yards passing, with the 4th at 207. Charles? Jamaal I presume has a good matchup but we really have no idea on his usage. I do like Pryor as Hue Jackson should scheme Pryor to match up against Perrish Cox, but Cody Kesler is QBing, coming off an injury. Im thinking Meredith should continue to see targets and Davon House is a pretty bad CB, so I’d go there.

  10. Keith says:
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    So I wasted 1 WR spot on Sanders(4pts). I have 2 more and a flex I can use and need to shoot for a miracle. Snead, Meredith, Pryor, Floyd, D.Sproles, or A.Foster?? Help is greatly appreciated, Thanks.

    • Son says:
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      @Keith: Snead for sure. As for the other, Meredith and Sproles have relatively safe floors due to target volume they should receive. I just can’t trust Foster coming back from injury. Floyd has been awful, but for some reason I think he scores. Jets are awful at defending the pass. Definitley a boom/bust play as his floor is really low. If swinging for the fences, I’d go Floyd. If want floor, I’d go Meredith.

  11. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Son! Sammie Coates or Meredith, half pt ppr ??

    • Son says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: I think you gotta go Coates

  12. Keith says:
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    Just 1 more if you could…1 spot open…FlexStandard. WR-MThomas, WRMeredith, RBForte, RBFoster, or RBRiddick? Again thanks for advice…

    • Son says:
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      @Keith: I like Thomas

  13. Ralph says:
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    Half PPR need three. Fuller, J Brown, Stewart, Sneed? Also ROS Stewart or Powell? Thanks

    • Son says:
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      @Ralph: Fuller, Brown,and Sneed. ROS, Powell

  14. m1chael says:
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    Who would you flex Son?

    Half PPR Meredith, D Parker or M Thomas?

    • Son says:
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      @m1chael: Meredith or Thomas for me. I love the matchup for Thomas at home against the Panthers, but Meredith should get more targets and is higher on the pecking order. I don’t think you can go wrong with either

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