NFL training camp battles: Meachem vs. Henderson
In New Orleans, the problem at wide receiver isn't depth -- as is the case with most NFL teams -- but rather the Saints having too much of it, as fantasy owners must try to figure out which promising target will situate himself next to
There really is no job to be won in this case; both receivers will see a significant number of snaps, and both will often be used at the same time. What is of debate is which one will eat up a larger chunk of
But fantasy owners would be foolish to favor Meachem based solely on last year's totals, as there is far too much talent on this depth chart for any player to get comfortable based on past success.
The Robert Meachem of 2008 was Moore, who caught 79 passes for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns. That season he recorded 100 or more receiving yards three times, and caught a pair of touchdowns in Weeks 4, 12 and 17. In 2009, nagging injuries pulled Moore back down to earth, but he did make one of the team's most important catches (a two-point conversion in the Super Bowl) and he enters camp this year in good health. And Moore may offer Brees (and PPR owners) what Meachem and Henderson do not; a steady possession-type with good hands and a willingness to work each and every route.
If there is a "safe" pick of this group it's Meachem, but not because of his numbers. He is the biggest receiver of the three (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and the player the Saints would most likely care to invest in long-term, all things considered. He is also nearing a new deal and will be motivated by the fact that a good 2010 season will go a long way toward earning him a substantial pay increase. And forget the minor toe surgery Meachem had this offseason -- he'll finish camp in good health and with a full head of steam.
Mike Beacom is a contributing writer for