Alshon Jeffery | Chicago Bears | WR
2013 Experience: 2nd Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: It will be interesting to see how Jeffery develops this season as the Bears have a new head coach in Mark Trestman who has a tendency to use more of the short passing game. At the same time, Chicago has finally focused on upgrading in talent on the line.
Hopefully that translates into better protection for Jay Cutler, but hopefully Jeffery will be utilized down the field because he has good hands and the ability to beat defensive backs on jump balls.
Jeffery has WR2 upside in the future but will probably be nothing more than a rotational starter because of Brandon Marshall’s presence.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projection
Alshon Jeffery was knocked for weight concerns and projected lack of separation skills, as he transitioned into the pro game. An ultra talent in terms of size, catching radius and hands, Jeffery landed in a perfect spot with the Bears and Jay Cutler.
Unlike fellow rookies around the league like Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd and Kendall Wright, Jeffery has a legit starting quarterback, that has the confidence to throw him jump balls, and let him compete for the football.
A rocket for an arm, Cutler has never lacked confidence; at no time has he had a receiver like Jeffery. Sure, Brandon Marshall has good size and can catch the football, but look to Jeffery as the big-play threat in this offense, and a red-zone specialty for touchdown opportunities.
Early in training camp, the Bears have continued to talk up Devin Hester as a starter, but consider this just talk, or a temporary situation.
All Jeffery will need to do is make a few WOW plays on the field, to get Cutler and Bears fans excited about his prospects as a starter. This should be a productive rookie year for Jeffery, and I like him to be one of the top two or three rookie receivers this year.
Again, because of his situation I’m bullish on Jeffery, and I’ve ranked him as the top receiver to select in dynasty leagues. Maybe the other three will have good years, but of the three, only Wright has a quarterback (Jake Locker) I would trust long term.
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