Name: Cameron Meredith
Team: New Orleans Saints
2016 Stats: 85 targets, 57 receptions, 758 yards, 3 TD
2017 Stats: Did not play
2018 Projection: 72 targets, 50 receptions, 654 yards, 4 TD
2018 Fantasy Value: WR50
Injury: Torn LEFT anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) on 8/27/2017 during a preseason game. Meredith was fortunate not to sustain a medial meniscus tear as these can often accompany ACL/MCL tears.
Health Outlook: Regaining confidence in the injured knee following an ACL or MCL tear can be difficult for athletes. Meredith will most likely be eased back into team activities as his functional strength and confidence increases. The Saints open up their season on September 9th and that will be just over one year since the injury and following surgery. If Meredith is able to regain his quadriceps strength and confidence in his knee, he should be on the field Week 1.
Risk of Re-Injury: ACL and MCL surgeries and the subsequent rehabilitation programs have taken major strides as medicine has advanced. The Illinois State product was able to participate in individual drills at Saints minicamp and hopes to be ready for Day 1 of training camp. It has been about 10.5 months since the injury occurred though, so the Saints may play it safe during training camp so the 6’3” receiver can be 100% for Week 1.
Recommendations: It is being reported that the Saints are planning on using Meredith as their slot receiver now that Willie Snead is with the Ravens. He could enjoy a career year with Drew Brees slinging him the ball or he could fall in the pecking order behind Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Ted Ginn Jr. Meredith is a nice post-hype target that could enjoy a productive year and some red zone looks given his height and jump ball abilities.
Update: Meredith is currently sitting out practice with an “undisclosed” injury.
NFL Draft Guide 2019-Odell Beckham Jr.
OBJ’s offseason was filled with controversy after being traded from the New York Football Giants to the Cleveland Browns for Jabrill Peppers along with a 1st & 3rd round pick. What is important is that Beckham got a HUGE upgrade at QB, with Baker Mayfield slinging him the rock now. He’s now reunited with college buddy Jarvis Landry who can settle into likely a much more comfortable role. He also joins David Njoku, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in what might be a top 10 offense in 2019. What about OBJ’s 2018 season? Well despite playing with a quickly deteriorating Eli Manning, OBJ still managed a line of 77 / 1,052 / 6 TD in 12 games, managing to top 100 yards or a TD in 8 of those 12 games. Realistically OBJ could probably have played in 15 of the Giants’ 16 games if they weren’t out of playoff contention. Beckham was dealing with a quad injury and usually these are not overly concerning. Definitely will not affect him in the long term. Unlike the hamstring, which has a tendency to reinjure and linger (see Leonard Fournette), quad injuries heal relatively quickly and are not overly concerning in the long run. He’ll get banged up but I don’t consider him ‘injury prone.’ I personally expect OBJ to be top 5 WR in 2019, and could easily end up being the WR1. Still only 26, and now on a potential sneaky playoff contender, he’s first-round talent being drafted in the second round (especially with how few bell-cow RBs there are right now). Between Juju, DHop, Davante Adams, Julio and OBJ its going to be an awesome year for wide receivers. Draft him with confidence!
Injury Risk: Low. 2/10.
NFL Draft Guide 2019-D’Onta Foreman
Foreman is coming off Achilles tendon surgery from late 2017, yes so its been well over a year. I knew, because of the bad data with these injuries, that Foreman would NOT be very effective in 2018. I told everyone who would listen that. Maybe you’ll listen this time. So how did he do in 2018? He rushed a total of 8 times for 2 yards. Will he be better in 2019? Yes. How much better? That’s really anyone’s guess.
Achilles injuries. Let me rephrase that, Achilles injuries in NFL running backs. Bad combination. The data supports this statement. I really want Foreman to break the mold, and maybe he will. But until that happens, I want nothing to do with a RB coming off of an Achilles tear. Does he have a chance to be a sleeper in 2019? Yes, but it depends on what HOU does to its O-line. The good news is that the unexciting Lamar Miller is still on the team so Foreman doesn’t have much competition. Now he just needs to show that he got his ‘burst’ back. You’ve received a fair warning. At the appropriate risk/reward part of the draft, Foreman could be a steal, just don’t draft him as your RB2 or RB3.
Injury Risk: High. 7/10.
NFL Draft Guide 2019-Will Fuller
Fuller has loads of talent, I don’t think there’s a question about that. The problem is he seems to get injured a bit too often. His games played since entering the league is heading in the wrong direction: 14 (in 2016) to 10 (in 2017) to only 7 games in 2018. Let’s review his injuries. In 2016 he suffered with hamstring injuries and then a knee sprain. In 2017 his season started off the wrong way; he missed the entire preseason and the first 3 games with a broken collarbone, then he missed 3 more games in November/December with broken ribs and finally had minor knee surgery after leaving Week 17 early with a left knee injury. Then last year he suffered a moderate hamstring strain in August, costing him the regular-season opener. Finally, Fuller tore his right ACL in late October. So over the past 3 years Fuller has injured his hamstring at least twice, broke his collarbone and multiple ribs, tweaked his left knee and tore his right ACL. Can you say injury prone? Whether he’s the #2 WR for Watson and the Texans, his risk is simply too high for me. I’m completely fading him in 2019 fantasy unless its at a serious discount. (like round 8 or later).
Injury Risk: High. 7/10.