Week 1: Pickups of the Week
It's been inconsistency, rather than a lack of explosive ability that has hobbled Meachem's fantasy stock. We've all seen glimpses of his game-breaking ability, but the Saints have thus far shown a baffling reluctance to get him the ball. A careful look at the way he closed out last season may give potential owners reason to hope for change. Needing a win in a massive Week 16 divisional brawl against the Falcons, the Saints finally exploited Meachem for all his worth targeting him 13 times. His response -- a gritty ten-catch, 101-yard effort -- justified the team's faith in him and showed that he could be trusted with an increased receiving load. That game may indicate the turning of a page in Meachem's career. Or, we could be in store for more four-catches-and-a-long-touchdown performances. Either way, Meachem is a sneaky fantasy asset with huge upside.MyFantasyLeague availability: 96%
Newly anointed as the starter opposite Larry Fitzgerald, Roberts enters the season as a little-known commodity for the new look Cardinals passing attack. He may become a household name after his Week 1 match-up against a toothless Panthers secondary that will undoubtedly be focusing their every attention on trying to keep up with Larry Fitzgerald. This is a good chance for a low risk test drive of a new player who could emerge as a solid flex play or WR3 as the season goes on.MyFantasyLeague availability: 29%
Many are predicting big things for Jared Cook in his third year and this might be a last chance to get on board before it's too late. Tucked away behind Bo Scaife for the first half of last season, he blossomed down the stretch and racked up 15 catches for 196 yards in the three games he started after Scaife was placed on IR. Cook's development will be helped along by Matt Hasselbeck, a QB whose deteriorating arm strength has caused him to look to the TE with increasing frequency over the last few years. Hasselbeck made a star out of John Carlson and has much more to work with in the highly athletic Cook.MyFantasyLeague availability: 68%
Kendricks was a preseason star (for what it's worth) and seemed to display great initial chemistry with Sam Bradford. But the sell goes deeper than that. Kendricks is a bonafide athletic specimen who can stretch the field, line up in different positions and create match-up problems for defenses. He's also, thanks to an injury to Michael Hoomanawanui, unopposed for early season reps at tight end. Rookies are always wild cards, but there's no reward without risk and Kendricks could pay out big time over the course of the season.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
Garrett Hartley is out. John Kasay is in. You know what to do.
The Saints are a top scoring team and any high school soccer player they sub in should be able to kick up a reasonable fantasy score on a weekly basis. At the risk of wasting all my per-word allotment on kickers, I'll add this helpful footnote about Kasay: in 2008 he connected on more than 90 per cent of his field goals and 100 per cent of his extra points en route to 130 total points on the season.