Fantasy Football 2013: Alshon Jeffery Flirting With Must-Start Territory

By Adam Pfeifer

For a few years now, the Chicago Bears have been looking for the Robin alongside Brandon Marshall. The peanut butter to his jelly, the milk to his cookies.

Look out, folks. They may have found it in sophomore wideout Alshon Jeffery.

Jeffery is starting to come into his own this year. After being utilized in the passing game a lot more over the last two weeks, Jeffery exploded for the best game of his young career on Sunday, catching 10 balls for a whopping 218 yards and a score. He was targeted 13 times, and has now been targeted 32 times over the last three weeks. Sure, the stats make Jeffery look terrific, which he has been, but if you watch him play, you’ll see just how truly talented this guy is. There aren’t many wideouts that I would rather choose to go up and make a play on a ball. His ball skills are insane, he has a terrific combination of size and speed and his hands are improving each and every week. I had Jeffery highlighted as one of my top waiver wire adds last week, and if you added him and plugged him into your lineup, you might want to keep him active.

Jeffery is flirting with must-start territory.

The usage has been there, in fact, more than quarterback Jay Cutler’s favorite target. Marshall has been targeted five less times than Jeffery over the last three weeks, and Jeffery has actually been the preferred red zone option for Cutler. Speaking of Cutler, he has attempted at least 30 passes in every game over the last three weeks, and I believe that the new offense under Marc Trestman will benefit Jeffery’s fantasy prospects. If you haven’t been starting Jeffery, you are going to have to find a way to insert him into your starting lineup, at least for the next couple of weeks.

Jeffery’s Next 3 Opponents


Rank vs fantasy WR


New York Giants 7th– most 34.23
Washington 6th-most 36.10
Green Bay 3rd-most 39.57

*Stats courtesy of Yahoo! sports

It must be Thanksgiving early because Jeffery is going to eat up these favorable matchups. Like I said, the Bears are going to throw the ball quite a bit, as Cutler ranks inside the top-15 in passing attempts this season, and has posted at least 30 in every game this season. And while Jeffery’s stock is certainly rising, I also believe this helps Marshall’s value down the road as well. Opposing defenses won’t be able to just dial in on stopping Marshall in the passing game if Jeffery continues to produce. Jeffery is still available in 66 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so if he’s out there in your league, grab him now.

Come Monday morning, it may be too late.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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