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Week 1 vs. MIN
Receiving: 3 / 33 / 0 on 4 targets
In a game that saw a little bit of everybody and a lot of nobody, Meachem ended the night with a disappointing TD drop in the 4th quarter where he was able to get his knee down in the endzone, but failed to bring the ball in with him. He has big play ability, but is also surrounded by other big play receivers and could be a challenge finding the spots to start him with confidence.
Week 2 vs. SF
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Meachem was shut-out in week 2, posting zero catches on one target. That one target was on a deep route; however the ball floated away from him on a windy night in SF. He is not start-able at this point but needs to be held onto in all leagues.
Week 4 vs. CAR
Rushing: 1 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 16 / 0 on 3 targets
Meachem got an early target and successful end around carry to make it seem like he was going to be featured in the game plan, but he soon faded into the background. He did draw a pass interference on a deep target in double coverage, and Meachem's speed seems to be completely back after offseason toe surgery, but he is droppable at this point despite his promising numbers last year.
Week 5 vs. ARI
Receiving: 4 / 57 / 1 on 4 targets
Caught every ball they threw at him and much like Henderson had a huge play in the 2nd half where he connected downfield on a 50 yard touchdown play. He smoked the defensive backs trying to keep up with him and Meachem is slowly coming around from surgery he had in August on his toe. The path is clear and this guy has a real shot when healthy to slide into the WR2 roles on this team. Long term and beyond I see a guy with enough talent to be someone's WR1 in this league if not in New Orleans one day. Look for Meachem to become a lot more involved in the coming weeks as his snap count has gone up steadily the past several weeks.
Week 6 vs. TB
Receiving: 4 / 71 / 1 on 5 targets
He definitely had an injury going into the season but quickly he is looking like the Meachem of 2009. Meachem looks great on the intermediate to long routes and owners will want to consider starting him with the way he is playing. Certainly he benefits from Drew Brees throwing lasers but he had a nice move he put on the WR en route to him scoring his touchdown in the 1st quarter. Had the game been a little tighter I think he would have easily topped 100 yards receiving. If for any reason this guy is sitting on your waiver wire, by all means pick him up.
Week 7 vs. CLE
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 31 / 0 on 5 targets
Meachem just can't seem to get open enough to get balls. Although at times it was hard to tell who was responsible for Brees' struggles, Meachem just isn't getting open and getting the ball.
Week 8 vs. PIT
Receiving: 6 / 76 / 0 on 6 targets
Meachem was used in a variety ways in this game. He caught a couple quick screens that the Saints were using in an attempt to supplement --- if not replace --- their struggling run game. He also caught the longest play of the night. It came on a pass where Brees brilliantly looked off Troy Polamalu (who jumped the receiver running deep down the middle) and found Meachem down the left sideline. After his slow start to the season, it seems that Meachem is becoming more and more involved --- a great sign for a team missing weapons like Bush and Thomas. He's another receiver gifted with size and speed who is a great weapon that can't be forgotten or dismissed by defenses at any point. Like Colston, Meachem will continue to be used in the offense but could see 1-4 fewer targets per game once Bush returns.
Week 9 vs. CAR
Receiving: 2 / 15 / 0 on 5 targets
Meachem has apparently become Devery Henderson 2.0. He is a solid deep threat, but can disappear for long stretches at a time. His deep routes take longer to develop, and Brees didn't have that kind of time in the first half, and again, in the 2nd half the Saints were playing ball control. The result is a stat line that seriously damaged the starting lineup of any owners that relied on him in this matchup.
Week 11 vs. SEA
Rushing: 1 / 8 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 50 / 2 on 3 targets
Meachem made the most of his three catches, as two were on scoring plays. He made a few important plays: rushing the ball for an 8 yard gain early on, then catching a short pass for a first down. His first TD catch came in the end zone as Brees hits him when he got between the two defenders. His Second was longer, 32 yards over the middle as he found a big hole in the Seahawks zone defense.
Week 12 vs. DAL
Receiving: 1 / 55 / 0 on 1 targets
Meachem had just one target in the entire game, but it was a big one. With Marques Colston and Devery Henderson drawing most of the defensive coverage, Meachem beat Terrance Newman down the right side of the field and Brees laid the ball in perfectly for him. Meachem hauled in the pass and took it for a huge 55 yard gain, setting up the TD pass to Lance Moore on the next play. Meachem is #3 WR on the team, and really only sees action when Colston and Henderson are covered.
Week 13 vs. CIN
Receiving: 3 / 106 / 1 on 3 targets
Meachem's speed made a big difference for the Saints as he was able to run free in the secondary twice on passes set up by play action fakes. Meachem scored one long TD and set up another that ended up being the game-winner. His week-to-week performance will be inconsistent, but this game demonstrated once again that Meachem has WR2 upside even when he only gets a handful of targets.
Week 15 vs. BAL
Receiving: 2 / 17 / 0 on 6 targets
Meachem did get two deep targets, but one was too long, and the other was into very good coverage on a free play. His boom/bust week-to-week profile continues to make him an unpredictable, unsafe fantasy play.
Week 16 vs. ATL
Receiving: 10 / 101 / 0 on 13 targets
Meachem was utilized as the Saints biggest weapon in the passing game in week 16 and he turned in his most productive game of the season. Early on he was targeted often on dump off and slant routes and it became clear that Brees could find him at will thanks to single coverage. As the game progressed Meachem started to find himself open on some seem routes and Brees exploited the coverage time and time again.
Week 17 vs. TB
Rushing: 1 / -3 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 2 targets
Meachem was well covered all day and Brees was rarely able to get him the ball. He was even stymied on an end around in the fourth quarter and was tackled for a three yard loss.