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Thursday, August 4, 2016

2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: ALSHON JEFFERY WR CHICAGO BEARS

A year ago at this time, one of the more sought after players in fantasy football was Chicago Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery.  Already proving himself to be a near or low-end WR 1 with Brandon Marshall drawing attention on the other side of the field, the hype meter went into overdrive for 2015 once Marshall departed via trade to the New York Jets.  With Marshall in Gang Green, the number 1 receiver spot was all Jeffery's and anyone with a clue in fantasy football expected a run at 100-catches considering how much QB Jay Cutler would be sligning it to him.  Of course like most of anyone's projections in our fake game, Jeffery didn't go along with the outlandish plan as he managed just 54 catches for 807 yards and 4 scores.  Now a few things need to be mentioned to put those numbers in perspective and the most ardent is the fact that Jeffery missed 7 games with chronic hamstring injuries and also a concussion.  So in essence 54 catches for 807 yards and 4 scores was actually a very good total for just 9 games and it shows what Jeffery was a capable of as a WR 1 in fantasy football when he was on the field.  So as 2016 fantasy football drafts get completely underway, Jeffery is once again in the WR 1 tier and deservedly so considering he performed like one in his 9 games last season. 

Now in looking at the Bears offense as a whole, once again Jeffery is the number 1 target for Cutler and there also is a bunch of receptions up for grabs after ace pass catching back Matt Forte also departed for the Jets and tight end Martellus Bennett is now in New England.  Yes "rookie" Kevin White is back to debut after he sat all of 2015 with shin injuries and his ability is supposedly off the charts but Jeffery again is the top dog in the offense and he should be primed for a monster season if he can keep the injuries at bay.  Of course we do have to point out that Jeffery already is dealing with a hamstring injury which is quite concerning when you consider what he went through with the same injury a year ago.

When you put it all together, Alshon Jeffery should be priced as a WR 1 again for 2016 and his slightly descreased price from 2015 should make him even more attractive.  While we do have to cross our fingers with the health, Jeffery should be worth that price considering the potential payoff.  Try him again.

2016 PROJECTION:  88 receptions 1,271 yards 9 TD  


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