Ted Ginn Jr. Fantasy Football News 2018

The Bears have declined to match the Saints' offer to WR Cameron Meredith. So he'll head to New Orleans on a 2-year, $9.6 million deal. Meredith is rehabbing from a late-August torn ACL and MCL but flashed back in 2016 with a 66-888-4 line. He's still just 25 and owns a 74th percentile SPARQ score. He should at least settle in as the Saints' #3 WR and could even push Ted Ginn for 2nd on the team in targets behind Michael Thomas.

WR Cameron Meredith has signed a 2-year, $10 million offer sheet with the Saints, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Bears tendered the restricted free agent at the original-round level. That means New Orleans will owe Chicago no compensation, but the Bears get a chance to match the offer. Meredith missed all of last season after tearing his left ACL and MCL, so we'll need to watch his progress this offseason and see exactly when he's ready for full practice. If Meredith's good to go in plenty of time, he'll be in an interesting situation. New Orleans has been a passing-game party for most of Drew Brees' time there, but only Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara topped 70 targets among Saints last year. Ted Ginn drew 70 to rank 3rd on the team and 2nd among Saints WRs. A healthy Meredith could challenge Ginn's status as the #2 WR and approach Willie Snead's 2016 role. We would bet on a bit more passing from the Saints this year, though also not a total swing back from the 2017 rushing emphasis. Meredith makes for an upside late-round pick in best-ball drafts right now. His arrival adds a bit of risk to Ginn but certainly doesn't kill his value.

Saints WR Ted Ginn (ribs) isn’t listed on the final Week 16 injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game against Atlanta but isn’t a great fantasy option. The Falcons have allowed a league-low 2 pass plays of 40+ yards this season.

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Saints WR Ted Ginn (ribs) is inactive for today’s game against the Jets. NFL Network’s Jane Slater mentioned WRs Willie Snead and Tommylee Lewis as guys who will pick up Ginn’s slack. But neither can be trusted in fantasy lineups in a game in which New Orleans shouldn’t need to throw a whole lot.

Saints WR Ted Ginn (ribs) will not play against the Jets today, according to NFL Network’s Jane Slater. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, but the Saints probably know that they can win this one without him. Slater mentions WRs Willie Snead and Tommy Lee Lewis as guys who will pick up Ginn’s slack. But neither can be trusted in fantasy lineups in a game in which New Orleans shouldn’t need to throw a whole lot.

Saints WR Ted Ginn (ribs) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jets. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and expects to play. We’ll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. He’ll be a boom-or-bust WR3 if active

Saints WR Willie Snead received a 3-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Popped for driving under the influence, Snead was originally expected to serve a 4-game ban before having it reduced on appeal. With the 24-year-old out, Drew Brees will rely more on Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Brandon Coleman and Coby Fleener. Thomas was already poised for a monster workload, so this news provides the biggest bump to Ginn, Coleman and Fleener.

Saints QB Drew Brees likes what he's seen from WR Ted Ginn so far. "I could not be more impressed with him," Brees said after Thursday's practice. "He certainly doesn't look like he's lost a step. He can fly." Ginn made multiple big plays in the practice, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett. These pad-less OTA workouts don't mean much, but it's nice to see Ginn building chemistry with his QB. Even as the #3 WR, he could be a fantasy factor in the Saints' high-powered passing attack this season.

ESPN's Dianna Russini reports that WR Ted Ginn has reached a deal with the Saints. Ginn enjoyed his 2 most productive fantasy seasons over the past 2 years after returning to the Panthers. He has also posted his 3 largest season TD totals with Carolina, while struggling for even mild relevance elsewhere. Ginn will turn 32 in April and likely isn't headed for big target volume in New Orleans. But if the Saints finalize a Brandin Cooks trade, then more targets will come available. And it's hard to find a more efficient spot than catching passes from Drew Brees. Playing in New Orleans will make Ginn more relevant to fantasy football owners than just about any other spot. He'll belong in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts, though. We'll see how all the pieces settle around him.

Panthers WR Ted Ginn managed just 2 receptions for 21 yards among 4 targets in Sunday's win over the Chargers. The quiet line came on a terrible passing day for QB Cam Newton, his 4th straight outing of less than 49% completions. Ginn has proved more reliable than usual in recent weeks, but Week 14 reminded us of the downside.

ESPN's David Newton reports that Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has been "struggling a bit with conditioning." HC Ron Rivera reportedly said that Benjamin has been getting winded "particularly after a deep pattern or two" and that the goal is to get Benjamin ready to handle 30-35 snaps by the end of the preseason. If that's all they're planning to run him for early in the regular season, then we're talking about a guy playing about 50% of the time. Combine that with the low passing volume of the Carolina offense, and you get a risky fantasy prospect -- especially at Benjamin's late-Round 3 ADP. He flashed plenty of upside as a rookie, and QB Cam Newton's coming off arguably his best season as a passer. But we're not interested in Benjamin at his current price. If he's truly a half-time player to start the year, then that would leave more snaps -- and deep balls -- for WRs Devin Funchess and Ted Ginn.

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Panthers WR Ted Ginn (knee) is active for today's game against the Seahawks.  He was held out of Friday's practice, and it's unclear how big an issue that knee will be.  Throw in a matchup with CB Richard Sherman, and Ginn seems more likely to bust than boom.

Panthers WR Ted Ginn (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.  He wasn't even on the injury report Wednesday or Thursday but didn't practice on Friday.  Neither Ginn nor the team revealed much after the final workout, but Ginn did say he'll play this weekend.  Still, the knee adds risk to what was already a tough matchup against CB Richard Sherman and the Seahawks.  Ginn isn't a recommended fantasy play.

Panthers WR Ted Ginn (knee) practiced on Wednesday.  He missed the regular-season finale but is on track to play against the Seahawks this weekend.  Ginn figures to see a bunch of CB Richard Sherman, making him a shaky fantasy option.

Panthers WR Ted Ginn (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Bucs. That leaves Devin Funchess, Jerricho Cotchery and Philly Brown as Carolina’s top 3 WRs. Funchess carries the most fantasy upside.

Panthers WR Ted Ginn (knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bucs. That leaves extra pass targets for WRs Devin Funchess and Jerricho Cotchery, who both carry fringe WR3/flex appeal -- thanks to QB Cam Newton and a positive passing matchup.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess sat out Thursday's practice with a hamstring injury.  The team doesn't consider it serious, but it's not a good start as the rookie looks to help replace WR Kelvin Benjamin.  According to insider Steve Reed,  Philly Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Ted Ginn are currently ahead of Funchess on the depth chart.  Funchess still has the most upside of the group, but we're not drafting him as more than a bench stash.

WR Ted Ginn is set to sign with the Panthers, according to insider Joe Person.  Ginn disappointed in Arizona this past season but hauled in 36 balls for 556 yards and a career-high 5 TDs in Carolina back in 2013.  He'll return in a situational role for the Panthers.  Ginn won't be a 2015 fantasy football factor but should boost QB Cam Newton's chances for a bounce-back campaign.

Cardinals rookie John Brown operated as the #3 WR in Sunday night's preseason game.  It looks like his impressive August has vaulted him past WR Ted Ginn on the depth chart.  Brown hauled in 4 balls for 56 yards and a score against the Bengals, highlighted by a 30-yard TD on a "go" route.  He's now up to 10 catches for 165 yards (16.5 yards per catch) through 3 preseason games.  Brown will certainly present intriguing weekly upside as a big-play threat on an explosive passing game.  But as the #3 WR behind Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, he'll struggle for consistency.  Brown is most useful as a late-round pick in best-ball drafts.

Cardinals rookie WR John Brown racked up 5 catches for 87 yards in his preseason debut on Saturday.  He actually drew the start opposite Larry Fitzgerald with Michael Floyd and Ted Ginn out with minor injuries.  Brown hauled in a 25-yarder from QB Carson Palmer on the game's opening possession and also drew a 39-yard pass interference call.  "The 5-foot-11 jitterbug seemed to be open on every play," NFL.com's Kevin Patra observed.  This follows a buzzy spring for Brown.  He's pushing Ginn for Arizona's #3 WR spot.  That job wouldn't be enough to make Brown a reliable weekly fantasy option, but it'd make him an intriguing late-round flier in best-ball drafts.

 
 
 

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