Alshon Jeffery Fantasy Forecast
Alshon Jeffery comes into 2013 looking to make a huge impact in both fantasy and reality. The second year receiver will most likely cement himself this year as the Chicago Bears number two receiver opposite Brandon Marshall. He could have last season if not derailed with a knee injury. Jeffery appeared in a total of 10 games in his 2012 rookie season, racking up 24 receptions for 367 yards. That stat line was enough to place him third on the Bears leader board for both receptions and receiving yards. He also finished second on the team in receiving touchdowns with three. There don’t appear to be any real threats to his playing time this year. The Devin Hester experiment has obviously been a failure. Names like Earl Bennett, Devin Aromashodu and Marquees Wilson also don’t sound very scary. Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears will rely heavily on Alshon Jeffery in 2013. Will you rely on him as well to carry your fantasy football teams? Here is how I see his fantasy situation playing out.
RE-DRAFT: Alshon Jeffery will be an interesting situation for redraft leagues. It’s no question that he is poised for a great year, but this may in fact lead to people over drafting him. Jeffery will be a fantastic player to target in the mid rounds as a WR3 or as bench depth. Drafting him any higher than that, or expecting him to instantly be a WR2, would be a bit of a stretch in my opinion. Not to say he can’t eventually elevate to that though, as I think he can. That being said, depending on how you draft, could cause him to end up being forced into that situation on your team. For example, even though receivers are really deep this year, loading up on running backs early in the draft may make you have to take some gambles with lottery ticket receivers like Alshon Jeffery. If so, that’s a pretty good lottery ticket. Gridiron Experts has Alshon Jeffery ranked 46th among wide receivers for the 2013 season.
DYNASTY: During 2012 rookie drafts, Alshon Jeffery was one of the top wide receivers taken. Many people were split on his draft evaluation though, causing him to slip in some drafts. The people that ended up with him are probably pretty happy, and most likely going to hang onto him after showing some flashes during his rookie year. That said, now is the time to trade for him if you’re interested in acquiring him. I say that because I think after the 2013 season, if Jeffery remains healthy, he will cost you an arm and a leg to get. Although I hesitate to say Alshon Jeffery has WR1 talent, he could eventually become the number one wide receiver for the Bears in a year or two by default when Brandon Marshall’s contract is up (that’s IF Marshall doesn’t re-sign). If you’re like me and like to build your dynasty teams around wide receivers, Alshon Jeffery may be one to consider for the future.