Fans hate the preseason, except for week three when the teams have their “dress rehearsal” game and play their starters for a solid chunk of the game. While fans love seeing the starters play, week three makes fantasy owners cringe. With the starters playing in a meaningless game, they are put at risk for injury with no real return. This year, week three was painful for several fantasy owners as Julian Edelman, Spencer Ware and Cameron Meredith all got hurt and are out for the season. Obviously those players have no fantasy value this season and now their teammates’ values has changed.
Look away if your squeamish…Cameron Meredith is down with a left knee injury pic.twitter.com/sbdppDH6XW
— Run Pass Opinion (@RPOpod) August 27, 2017
Over the offseason the Chicago Bears signed a handful of veteran receivers including the likes of Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. Even with the added experience, all eyes were on youngsters Cameron Meredith and Kevin White. Meredith was set to enter the season as Chicago’s WR1 after a breakout season where he caught 66 passes for 888 yards and 4 TDs. In Sunday’s preseason game against the Titans, Meredith suffered a torn ACL, and other damage, which will keep him out the entire season. Now everyone’s attention shifts to Kevin White in that WR corps; can he live up to his top 10 draft status after two disappointing years?
Kevin White, Kendall Wright, Victor Cruz, Markus Wheaton … CHI receiving corps looks like your worst football card pack ever opened.
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) August 29, 2017
The Bears are hoping White can stay healthy this season after only playing four games during his first two years in the league. Last season in four games, White had 19 catches for 187 yards and no touchdowns. With Meredith out of the season, White is the only big body receiver the Bears have left on the roster. White is currently my WR63 and I have never been a fan of his. However, if he can stay healthy he will get a high amount of targets and potentially be a late round steal for fantasy owners.
Before the injury, Miller was a likely roster cut come September 2nd, but now he has a real chance to make the roster as the team lacks big body receiving options outside of White. Miller will provide a proven receiving option for whoever is playing quarterback. Injuries have always been a problem for Miller, last season he only played in ten games. However, in those ten games, Miller had 47 catches for 486 yards and four touchdowns. Miller has little value, assuming he makes the roster, except for as a bye week filler or in daily fantasy.
I didn’t move Howard in my rankings, but with no real consistent receiving threat on the outside, Howard will see more eight man boxes. However, the Bears have a very underrated offensive line, especially along the interior. Howard won’t average 5.2 yards a carry again this season, but he will get the workload to finish as a RB1 this season. His value is virtually the same.
Mitchell Trubisky/Mike Glennon
Whether the starter is Mike Glennon or Mitchell Trubisky, they don’t have much value in redraft leagues this season, except for a deep two quarterback league. With the Meredith injury, the quarterback will lack a true number one receiving threat. I wouldn’t touch a Bears quarterback in redraft leagues.
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When the Bears saw Meredith go down holding his knee on Sunday, the team’s passing game was holding it’s knee. The team will need to rely on Howard even more this season. For me, Meredith and Howard are the only two players worth drafting in a redraft league. Now I might target White in the later rounds hoping he can stay healthy and fill Meredith’s shoes. The team will struggle this year on offense and I wouldn’t draft anyone other than Howard and White now.