The Chicago Bears lost a key piece in the receiving core when Cameron Meredith tore his ACL. Meredith came into the preseason as the number one wide receiver. Now he’s done for the year and someone needs to step up. Where do fantasy owners look now in Chicago? There are a few options.
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The depth chart is littered with receivers at this point. However, expect someone or a couple guys to show up. Kevin White is definitely in the conversation. While injuries prevented him from playing much in his first two seasons, he is healthy now. White was a supremely talented player coming out of college, and the opportunity is knocking.
White’s Potential: Low flex option
Victor Cruz is another obvious name to discuss here. Cruz was once dominant for the New York Giants, but he wasn’t the same after his patella tendon tear back in 2014. Cruz has shown brief signs of life in the preseason. Plus, he is coming off a decent season where he caught 39 passes for 586 yards.
Cruz’s Potential: Boom/bust (touchdown dependent) flex
The other main name in the receiving core is Kendall Wright. Wright worked mostly as a possession receiver in Tennessee, but he occasionally got down the field as a deep threat. It is unlikely he returns to the PPR machine he was early on in Tennessee, but he will get more looks now with Meredith injured.
Wright’s Potential: Streamer flex play
Let’s also not forget about what this injury means for the tight ends in Chicago. As of now, Dion Sims and Zach Miller are the first two names on the depth chart. Miller is a decent tight end as fantasy football is concerned. He played well last season before injuring his foot, which landed him on injured reserve. In his 10 games, he averaged 4.7 catches, 48.6 yards, and 0.4 touchdowns. That stat line proves to be serviceable, especially in PPR formats. Miller may lose some targets to Dion Sims, but he is still worth a look as a backup tight end. As far as Sims goes, he didn’t receive many targets in his time in Miami. It’s possible he receives red zone looks, but Miller is the better option at the moment.
Jake Schyvinck is the managing editor for cover32 Chiefs. He also covers fantasy football at cover32. You can follow him on Twitter