The potential of Robert Meachem, now that he has a primo role with the San Diego Chargers, is stimulating. Really. Two things from his time with the New Orleans Saints give me pause, though: (1) the difficulty he had overcoming nagging injuries, and (2) his tendency to disappear for long stretches.
I'd like to own Meachem this season. Isn't Malcom Floyd a sounder fantasy draft choice, though? The former's upside is greater, but you could snag the latter at least a couple of rounds later. The latter's upside isn't "just above junk," either.
In 2010, when Vincent Jackson held out for most of the campaign, Floyd averaged 3.9 receptions, 76 yards and 0.5 TDs in games in which he started and V-Jax didn't.
Last season, as nth fiddle to Jackson, Antonio Gates (when healthy) and the running backs, Floyd still tallied 3.6 catches, 71 yards and 0.4 TDs per game.
Perhaps that's just the kind of receiver he is then, eh? A complement? Maybe not. San Diego Union-Tribune writer Michael Gehlken came up with this interesting tidbit:
Over the past 16 games in which Floyd played more than 35 snaps, he caught 63 passes for 1,211 yards and nine touchdowns. Among all qualified wide receivers with at least 50 games played since 2008, Floyd leads the NFL with 18.5 yards per reception.
Floyd is the SD wideout who has by far logged the most time with Philip Rivers. As is the case with many fantasy prospects, status on the injury report is what would most hamper the 30-year-old. For what he can produce and the cost at which he can produce it, there isn't much risk involved, though.
Another possible reason that Trent Richardson won't beat the world in 2012 (original pans here and here), like some fantasy owners figure: Montario Hardesty may be primed for a steady role in relief. Steve Doerschuk reported that the 2010 second-rounder appears to have regained the speed that made him an exciting prospect two years ago.
Don't worry, though. Once Richardson can beat Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cincinnati, the world will be next.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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