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The Wolf's Big Board:     Thursday, August 24, 2017       Tier One - The Big Three ($65 - $75)   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s ($50-$65)   3 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   4 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   5 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   6 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   7 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB3   8 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   9 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   10 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB6   12 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB7   13 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   14 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   15 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB9   Tier 3 - Remaining WR1s, Potential RB1s, and Gronk ($38 - $45)   16 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   17 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   18 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB10   19 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   20 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR10   21 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   22 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB11   23 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR12   24 ) Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR13   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR14   Tier 4 - High-End RB2 and WRs (with No.1 upside), Elite TEs ($25 - $35)   26 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB11   27 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB12   28 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR15   29 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR16   30 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR17   31 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR18   32 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR19   33 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB13   34 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB14   35 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB15   36 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB16   37 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB17   38 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB18   39 ) Travis Kelce (KC) TE2   40 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR20   41 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR21   42 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB19   Tier 5 - Remaining #2 RB & WR options, elite QBs, High-End TE1s ($15 - $25)   43 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   44 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   45 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB20   46 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB21   47 ) Eric Decker (TEN) WR22   48 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE3   49 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR23   50 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR24   51 ) Allen Robinson (JAX) WR25   52 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   53 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR26   54 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   55 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB23   56 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB24   57 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR27   58 ) Danny Woodhead (BAL) RB25   59 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR28   60 ) Sammy Watkins (LAC) WR29   61 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB26   62 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB27   63 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   64 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   Tier 6 - Flex RBs, Upside WR3s, Quality TE1s and Elite QB ($10 - $15   65 ) Kelvin Banjamin (CAR) WR30   66 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR31   67 ) Rob Kelley (WAS) RB28   68 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB29   69 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR32   70 ) Brandon Marshall (NYG) WR33   71 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR34   72 ) DeVante Parker(MIA) WR35   73 ) LeGarrette Blount (PHI) RB30   74 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB31   75 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB32   76 ) Zach Ertz (PHI) TE7   77 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE8   78 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   79 ) Jeremy Maclin (BAL) WR36   80 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR37   81 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR38   82 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR39   83 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   84 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   85 ) Delanie Walker (TEN) TE10   Tier 7 -Elite Bench Plays, Last Startable WRs and RBs, Quality QB1s   86 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB33   87 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB34   88 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR40   89 ) Terrance West (BAL) RB35   90 ) Thomas Rawls (SEA) RB36   91 ) James White (NE) RB37   92 ) Tyrell Williams (LAC) WR41   93 ) Randall Cobb (GB) WR42   94 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR43   95 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB38   96 ) Jonathan Stewart (CR) RB39   97 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB40   98 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB5   99 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB6   100 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB7   101 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB8   102 ) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB9   103 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB10   104 ) Cam Newton (CAR) QB11   105 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB12   106 ) Russell Wilson (SEA) QB13   107 ) Duke Johnson (CLE) RB41   108 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB42   109 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB14   110 ) Tyrod Taylor (BUF) QB15   111 ) Jack Doyle (IND) TE10   112 ) Kyle Rudolph (MIN) TE11   Tier 7 - High End "Penny Stock" Bench Assets   113 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB43   114 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB44   115 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB45   116 ) Robby Anderson (NYJ) WR44   117 ) Zay Jones (BUF) WR45   118 ) John Brown (ARI) WR46   119 ) Jamaal Charles (DEN) RB46   120 ) Eric Ebron (DET) TE13   121 ) D'Onta Foreman (HOU) RB47   122 ) Taylor Gabriel (ATL) WR47   123 ) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB) RB48   124 ) Darren Sproles (PHI) RB49   125 ) Marvin Jones (DET) WR48   126 ) Ted Ginn Jr (NO) WR49   127 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR50   128 ) Kenny Golladay (DET) WR51   129 ) Jonathan Williams (BUF) RB50   130 ) Alvin Kamara (NO) RB51   131 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB52   Tier 8 - Remaining "Penny Stocks" to consider   132 ) Josh Docston (WAS) WR52   133 ) Corey Coleman (CLE) WR53   134 ) Adam Thielen (MIN) WR54   135 ) Marlon Mack (IND) RB53   136 ) Julius Thomas (MIA) TE14   137 ) Austin Hooper (ATL) TE15   138 ) Jared Cook (OAK) TE16   139 ) OJ Howard (TB) TE17   140 ) Eli Manning (NYG) QB16   141 ) Andy Dalton (CIN) QB17   142 ) Matthew Stafford (DET) QB18   143 ) Carson Palmer (ARI) QB19   144 ) Matt Forte (NYJ) RB54   145 ) Branden Oliver (LAC) RB55   146 ) Kenny Britt (CLE) WR57   147 ) Cordarelle Patterson (OAK) WR58   148 ) Rex Burkhead (NE) RB56   149 ) Tarik Cohen (CHI) RB57   150 ) Nelson Agholor (PHI) WR59  

Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Cameron Meredith developing chemistry with Mike Glennon, is the “clear favorite” for the Bears No. 1 receiver role

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Potash recently noted that there is “evident” chemistry forming between Chicago Bears QB Mike Glennon and WR Cameron Meredith. Meredith injured his thumb during OTAs and even considered surgery as a possibility over the summer, but he suited up for the first day of mini camp on July 27th and has been impressing teammates and coaches since. Just 3 days into camp, Glennon told the Chicago Tribune he expects Meredith to have “a big year” and added, “Smooth is probably the best word to describe him.”

Meredith now becomes the favorite to handle top receiver duties in Chicago, surpassing 2015 1st-rounder Kevin White, who disappointed everyone to the tune of just 19 catches and 187 yards in 4 games last season. 

Heading into his 3rd season with the Bears, Cameron Meredith has been named the team’s starting wide receiver alongside third-year wideout Kevin White. The two beat out the likes of Victor Cruz, Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton, and others to become the primary pass-catchers for Mike Glennon — or Mitch Tribusky after his dazzling preseason performance — and expectations are high for the duo. While White’s injury-plagued young career has left something to be desired, Meredith is fresh off his first productive season as a pro, racking up 888 yards on 66 catches and finishing in the top 40 in PPR scoring.

Now obviously, Chicago’s offense is not a hotbed for fantasy production. The team is choosing between 3 less than impressive QBs, and although Jordan Howard finished 10th among RBs in scoring last season, regression is expected on an offense that doesn’t have fantasy owners buzzing by any means.

As far as Meredith is concerned, his production is based on something that’s very unpredictable and virtually 100% out of his control: the play of Mike Glennon. Despite his $45 million contract, Glennon still has just 5 professional wins under his belt and hasn’t started a game since 2014. Nevertheless, Glennon has been named the team’s starter heading into the preseason, and seems far removed from feeling “cheated on” when the Bears traded up to pick up Trubisky in this year’s draft.

Despite concern for Glennon’s consistency under center, a good rapport between him and Meredith could still boost the wideout’s fantasy value, and at least that seems to be taking shape so far.

“Glennon’s connection with Cameron Meredith continues to sharpen. The veteran quarterback hooked up with the third-year receiver on the finest completion of the day, a 20-yard “in” route in team drills. Glennon threw the ball before Meredith was out of his break, anticipating Meredith being open. The timing was perfect and Meredith caught it in stride. Glennon later showed that Mitch Trubisky isn’t the only Bears quarterback who can be dangerous on the run. He threw a 15-yard strike to Meredith while rolling to his right.”

-Chicago Tribune

What Meredith’s situation in Chicago may lack in terms of talent and experience, he can make up for with the abundance of targets he’s set to garner. He led the team with 96 targets a season ago — Eddie Royal finished second with just 43 — and finds himself in a prime spot to top 100 targets for the first time in his career. Kevin White could certainly cut into that number with a bounce-back sophomore season, but that’s far from a guarantee at this point in training camp.

Long story short, Meredith is not an easy read for fantasy owners. In fact, The Wolf moved him up from WR50 to WR37 in his latest rankings. He had this to say about the Bears wideout:

No wideout has risen quite as much as Meredith. Coaches have reportedly been pushing him to embrace the No.1 mindset, and Meredith has apparently done just that. Everyone is raving about his “smooth” routes and his excellent control over his big, long body, and how he’s using it to out-muscle corners who are similarly deceived by his speed. Overall, this is a physical specimen who’s really coming into his own, with a coaching staff pulling for him to be their top target, and a quarterback who’s peppering him to that tune, thanks to an “evident rapport.” Despite being an UDFA rookie, Meredith went for 9+ catches and over 100 yards on four separate occasions, despite playing with Matt Barkley. Now that he’s further developed and adjusted to the speed of the game, those monster efforts could come even more frequently.

Overall, Meredith is big, fast, and definitely talented, but he’s also a part of one of the least exciting offenses in the league. Inconsistent QB play will certainly hinder his performance at least a handful of times over the course of the season. Fantasy owners right now can only really look at Meredith as a week-by-week streaming option, a guy who can produce with a good matchup but may not be the WR you want to rely on scoring from week in and week out. Right now, Meredith has an ADP of 96 in PPR leagues — which is pretty high — right in the ballpark of DeSean JacksonTyrell Williams and John Brown.

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