Cameron Meredith came out of nowhere last season and provided some very productive games. He had four performances of at least nine receptions and 100 yards receiving. Not only is he good at moving the chains (he led the team in first downs with 44), but he can also make big plays (his 13 plays of 20+ yards also was tops on the roster).
He played in 14 games (started 10) and finished with 888 receiving yards, which really came as a surprise, considering he was a relative unknown heading into the year. His length and speed make him a dangerous weapon, as we saw in 2016.
Meredith isn’t in a great position. The Bears passing attack isn’t exactly feared given their current quarterback situation. The QB play will have a direct impact on Meredith’s ability to perform consistently. This was a problem last year as he had a three-game stretch recording just one reception in each outing.
There’s also a chance Meredith was a one-year wonder and defenses have figured out how to stop him given a full offseason of prep.
2017 Bottom Line
Meredith has a lot of things going his way. While the quarterback situation isn’t ideal, all we need is a few big plays to make him relevant in fantasy, which is what he was able to do several times last season. As long he gets targets, he should be a solid receiver. He’s a good value play as a player you can target late in drafts.