Fantasy spin: Robert Meachem

Posted March 14, 2012 @ 10:02 a.m.
Posted By William Del Pilar

It didn't take long for the Chargers to replace Vincent Jackson who signed a big $55 million contract with the Buccaneers. They replaced him with Robert Meacham at a much lower cost — $25.9 million on a four-year deal with $14 million guaranteed. Second-tier players are racking up big contracts this offseason.

Meachem was a first-round pick for the Saints who has disappointed fantasy owners and possibly the team with his slow development. Some of it can't be blamed on him, as the offense the Saints run with QB Drew Brees is built on spreading the ball to various wideouts and Meachem was not a starter, thus one reason for his less-than-stellar numbers. The team did do everything possible to develop him but he couldn't put it together. Can he in San Diego?

Meachem is entering only his fifth season and turns 28 in late September — still in his prime — he will need to perform at a much higher level with the Chargers. Based on what we've seen, that's a big if. He'll start with WR Malcom Floyd, and in all reality you have two No. 2 receivers as starters, a big drop-off from Vincent Jackson. 

Meachem ended 2011 with 40-620-6 receiving on 60 targets. He made two or fewer catches in nine of the last 11 games last season. He will be the Chargers' vertical threat, but right now should be seen as a low-end No. 2 fantasy receiver. He has some fantasy owners wondering if the team still might pursue another receiver, as San Diego's depth only extends to Vincent Brown, an unproven second-year player.

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