Kenny Stills vs. Robert Meachem: Fantasy Outlook After Lance Moore's Injury

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 16:  Kenny Stills #84 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Tyvon Branch #33 and Tracy Porter #31 of the Oakland Raiders during a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 16, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore exited Week 3's contest against the Arizona Cardinals after suffering an apparent wrist injury, as Katherine Terrell of The Times-Picayune initially reported. This potentially opens the door for teammates Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem to make a greater fantasy impact in 2013.

According to Saints beat writer Larry Holder on Twitter, fantasy owners will have to wait a few days to find out the full extent of Moore's injury and how long it could limit him:

But before you go running to add either Stills or Meachem to your fantasy roster, know that neither one will make a consistent impact for your lineup the rest of the way.

While New Orleans ranks fourth in the league in passing yards per game, quarterback Drew Brees clearly has his favorites. Thus far, the veteran has been targeting tight end Jimmy Graham, No. 1 wide receiver Marques Colston and the shifty running back duo of Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.

Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates with tight end Jimmy Graham (80) after a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated
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Those four players have accounted for 74 percent of Brees' total targets and 83 percent of his completions in 2013. Even worse, Stills and Meachem have combined to account for just nine percent of Brees' targets and six percent of his completions.   

If there's a better option between the two, though, it's Meachem, who has a history with Brees and this offense. But adding him to your roster right away could prove to be a waste. You're better off waiting to see what Meachem does in the coming weeks. 

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Robert Meachem #17 of the New Orleans Saints catches a touchdown pass over  Jerraud Powers #25 of the Arizona Cardinals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 22, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Grayt
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While he did catch a touchdown in Week 3, he was targeted just twice for the game. On top of that, he hasn't finished with more than 638 yards and six touchdowns receiving since 2009.

Plus, with Brees content to stretch the field with Graham and dump the ball off to New Orleans' elusive running backs, even the Saints' top wideout has struggled to deliver in the fantasy world.

Since his five-catch, 68-yard, one-touchdown performance in the season-opener vs. Atlanta, Colston has been a non-factor for his millions of fantasy owners, averaging just 67 yards on 4.5 receptions over the past two weeks. 

Moore's injury is significant for the Saints, but not for fantasy owners. The veteran wasn't producing worthwhile numbers before the injury, and it's highly unlikely that Stills or Meachem will in his absence or alongside him. 


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