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By Michael Vincent, Bears Correspondent, Wed, Jul 22nd 10:28pm EDT

After the news that Dez Bryant's and Demaryius Thomas' striking long term deals before the deadline, one would assume that Alshon Jeffery, if he looks to get paid like a WR1 in 2016, will go down that same route. Dallas' Dez Bryant inked a 5 year deal worth $70 million and $45 million guaranteed, and Denver's Demaryius Thomas agreed to a 5 year contract worth $70 million, but only $43.75 million in guaranteed money. He, along with A.J. Green, Julio Jones, and T.Y. Hilton will be looking to cash in this coming offseason. (Source: Windy City Gridiron)

Fantasy Impact: If Jeffery wants the long term no. 1 receiver contract, he needs to perform like one under the Bears' new regime. The market has been set for long term deals for receivers and if he wants to get paid like one, he needs to play like one as well. In a contract year and a "show me" season for the Bears in general, this should be the case. Jeffery finished as the 11th highest scoring receiver in fantasy last season and is currently being drafted as the 10th receiver off the board. As the Bears' best receiving threat in an Adam Gase offense, everything is aligned for Jeffery to be the WR1 he thinks he is.

 

By Jake Perper, Bears Correspondent, Tue, Jul 7th 8:22pm EDT

With Brandon Marshall in New York with the Jets, Alshon Jeffery is the clear-cut No. 1 WR for the Bears. He is currently ranked as the No. 9 WR and 21st overall player in Fantasy Pros rankings.

Fantasy Impact: He had 85 grabs for 1,133 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns in 2014. Over the final three games of the season, Jeffery was the No. 1 guy with Marshall out with an injury. The 25-year-old averaged four catches and 61 yards and caught two total touchdowns in those final three games. He averaged over five catches and 73 yards with eight touchdowns in 13 games prior. Take from that what you want, the Bears' offense stunk at the end of the year and now with offensive coordinator Adam Gase the sky is the limit for Jeffery. He could be a Demaryius Thomas clone in Chicago under Gase.

 

By Michael Vincent, Bears Correspondent, Tue, Jun 16th 9:39pm EDT

Playing out the final year of his contract with no extension in sight, Alshon Jeffery has at least caught the eye of the coaching staff. "He's very gifted, no doubt," Fox said at OTAs. "He's got a great catch radius. He's got a good knack for the game. I think the thing that probably I didn't know before getting here was how hard he works at it. He's done everything we've asked. He's had a tremendous offseason thus far." Jeffery entered the offseason determined to prove the Bears he is a legitimate No. 1 NFL wide receiver. The 6-foot-3 wideout has 2,921 receiving yards since Chicago selected him in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the second most receiving yards by a Bears player in their first three NFL seasons. (Source: Jeff Dickerson)

Fantasy Impact: Jeffery enters the year as the Bears #1 option at receiver and a sure fire top 15 WR and must start in all fantasy formats. The more he can impress the staff and prove his worth and build on his chemistry with Jay Cutler, the more valuable he will be on your fantasy team.

 

By Michael Vincent, Bears Correspondent, Tue, Jun 9th 8:03pm EDT

The Bears have still not given in regarding their approach to Martellus Bennett's holdout, which is now extending into the mandatory portions of OTAs. Two Bears who actually are on the last year of their contracts are Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery. Reports are that the "Bears are not ready to offer extensions to other offensive playmakers in running back Matt Forte and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Both players are in a contract year and must prove their value to the Bears before earning a new deal." (Source: FOX Sports)

Fantasy Impact: This will most likely boost Jeffery and Forte's production, playing for a contract and for a chance to be a part of this team's future under this new regime. Both Forte and Jeffery have performed as RB1/WR1 over the last two seasons, finishing in the top 15 in both standard and PPR scoring. This should not change as they are fighting for their careers in Chicago. Look for Jeffery to get an extension before Forte.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 1:21pm EST

Alshon Jeffery finished the game with two receptions and 34 yards on Sunday. He had a touchdown catch but could not get both feet down. Jeffery finished the season with 85 receptions, 1,133 yards, and 10 touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: Alshon Jeffery has had another Pro Bowl type season. He has proven he is a WR1 no matter who is playing quarterback. Now that Marc Trestman has been fired, it will be interesting to see how he handles a new offense. Look for Jeffery to continue his success next year during a contract season.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Fri, Dec 26th 6:46pm EST

Alston Jeffery has racked up 1,099 yards on 83 receptions. He has 10 touchdowns on the year. Jeffery has already gained the second-most receiving yards by a Bears player in his first three seasons; and he ranks fifth in the NFL in receiving yards since 2013. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Alston Jeffery has proven he can be a top tier wide receiver no matter who is throwing him the football. He is a legit WR1 in fantasy football. Jeffrey should have beaten out A.J. Green for a Pro Bowl spot. Look for Jeffery to make the team as an alternate like last year when Calvin Johnson backed out.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 1:57pm EST

Alshon Jeffery was targeted a ridiculous 15 times on Sunday. However, he only hauled in six of them while dropping five. Jeffery finished with 72 yards and one touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Jeffery proved that he can still achieve WR1 fantasy numbers no matter the quarterback. However, Jeffery could have had a monster day if he was not dropping so many of Jimmy Clausen's passes. It will be interesting to see what the Bears do with Jeffery in the offseason. Jeffery is eligible for a new contract after this season. If the Bears do not sign him to an extension he will be a free agent in 2016. Either way, Jeffery will be an elite WR for any team going forward.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Thu, Dec 18th 12:52pm EST

The Bears announced on Wednesday that Jay Cutler will not be starting Sunday against the Lions. Instead, Jimmy Clausen will get the nod.

Fantasy Impact: With Jimmy Clausen starting over Jay Cutler, two things could happen. One, Clausen plays better in Marc Trestman's offense and Alshon Jeffery keeps up his Pro Bowl performace. Two, Clausen looks worse than Cutler and Jeffery will have less fantasy value. This is a critical championship week in most fantasy leagues. Continue to play Jeffery as a WR1 as he will likely be a security blanket for Clausen.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Tue, Dec 16th 12:08pm EST

With Brandon Marshall out for the season, Alshon Jeffery is now Jay Cutler's number one target. Jeffery was targeted a team high, nine times. He had four receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Alshon Jeffery proved last night that even with a poor performance by the Bears offense, he will still be a WR1 every week. Jeffery has over 1,000 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. Look for him to hit the double-digit mark in touchdowns before the season is over. If you are lucky enough to still be in the playoffs and Jeffery is on your roster, start him like usual.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Fri, Dec 5th 9:37am EST

Alshon Jeffery was limited in practice all week with a nagging hamstring injury. However, it does not look like that hamstring is bothering the young receiver too much. Jeffery finished Thursday's game with six receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: With Brandon Marshall likely done for the season, Alshon Jeffery will likely see even more targets over the last three weeks. Jeffery was already a must-start WR1, but now his value is even higher going forward. Over the last four weeks, Jeffery has 29 receptions, 323 yards, and five touchdowns. Jeffery is a must start with another Pro Bowl type season in the works.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 2:03pm EST

According to Ian Rapoport, although listed as questionable, Bears WR Alshon Jeffery will suit up Thursday night against the Cowboys. (Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for the Bears as Alshon Jeffery has been their most productive WR as of late. Jeffery has 228 yards and four touchdowns over the last three games. Feel free to play Jeffery this week against a suspect Cowboys defense.

 

By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Wed, Dec 3rd 2:25pm EST

Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been listed as questionable on Chicago's injury report due to a hamstring issue. Jeffery was limited in practice Monday and Wednesday, but did miss practice all together on Tuesday. (Source: Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jeffery has been the Bears best receiver in recent weeks, so this would be a big blow to a struggling offense if he can not play. With it being the early Thursday game, fantasy owners have plenty of time to find replacements if Jeffery sits. Josh Morgan would make a marginal speculative play if Jeffery is a no go. Check back on his status tomorrow night.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Tue, Dec 2nd 11:09am EST

Alshon Jeffery was limited in practice on Monday with a hamstring injury. Jeffery has been dealing with this nagging hamstring injury most of the season.

Fantasy Impact: With the Bears playing again on Thursday, limiting Jeffery in practice was probably a strategical move to keep him fresh. Jeffery has been dealing with this hamstring injury since Week 3. He has not shown any signs of slowing down and has looked better as the season has progressed. With Brandon Marshall struggling as of late, Jeffery has proven to be the better fantasy option. Continue to play Jeffery as a WR1 in Week 14 against the Cowboys.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Fri, Nov 28th 11:40am EST

Alshon Jeffery is establishing himself as the Bears number one receiver. He scored another two touchdowns on Thursday while hauling in nine receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Alshon Jeffery is still a WR1 in a Bears offense that has under-performed this season. Jeffery caught nine passes on thirteen targets. He finished with two touchdowns and 71 yards. Alshon Jeffery should be in your lineup every week.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 11:54am EST

Alshon Jeffery scored the only passing/receiving touchdown for the Bears on Sunday. Jeffery finished with two catches for 22 yards and one touchdown against the Bucs.

Fantasy Impact: The Bears did not look fluid on Sunday in their win against Tampa Bay. Jeffery saved his fantasy owners a little with a short touchdown catch in the 3rd quarter. The Bears face a tough Detroit defense on Thanksgiving. Look for Jeffery to have more than three targets on Thursday. Jeffery still remains an every week starter.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 11:01am EST

Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday. Jeffery participated in a limited capacity, but the star receiver is expected to play on Sunday against the Bucs. (Source: ESPN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Wednesday was a day of rest for Alshon Jeffery more than it was anything else. His status for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay was never in much danger. Look to start Jeffery as a WR1 against one of the worst secondaries in the NFL.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 10:20am EST

Alshon Jeffery did not practice on Wednesday. Jeffery has not been on the injury list since the third week of the season. Jeffery played a major role in the win last week against the Vikings as he hauled in 11 receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown. With the shortened week of rest following the Tampa Bay game on Sunday, it is no surprise the Bears may try to manage practice reps accordingly. (Source: NBCSports)

Fantasy Impact: Alshon Jeffery had an elite performance against the Vikings with 11 catches, 135 yards, and one touchdown. It sounds like the Bears may be giving Jeffery some rest and looking forward to the game against their division rivals on Thanksgiving. Keep an eye on if Jeffery practices Thursday or Friday. If Jeffery plays on Sunday he should be in your starting lineup. He will be a WR1 against a Tampa secondary who currently ranks 30th in the NFL.

 

By Nick Wallace, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 7:57am EST

Alshon Jeffery had 11 catches for 135 yards including a 27 yard touchdown reception against the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alshon Jeffery rewarded those that have faithfully started him every week with a touchdown and a basket full of receptions on Sunday. Alshon was able to use his height to snag almost everything thrown his way against a smaller Minnesota secondary. The 6 foot 3 inch wideout's stellar performance should rekindle the fantasy football faith and elevate Jeffrey back into "must start" status.

 

By Nick Wallace, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 4:26pm EST

Alshon Jeffery had 6 catches for 63 yards in the Week 10 drubbing at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alshon is still collecting the receptions despite the offensive meltdown in Chicago. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, however, the yardage has diminished and he only has three touchdowns this season. With the current turmoil on this Chicago Bear team Alshon seems to be a Flex or low end WR2 for your fantasy football squad. However, if fellow wideout Brandon Marshall misses any time with his recent injury, bump Jeffery up on your weekly fantasy wide receiver rankings.

 

By Nick Wallace, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 9:46am EDT

Alshon Jeffery had five receptions for 59 yards Sunday versus the Patriots including a 10 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. (Source: ChicagoBears.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alshon's fourth quarter touchdown saved his fantasy performance. Albeit was during garbage time of a shellacking at the hands of the Patriots. Even with a Chicago Bear team on the edge of a meltdown, Jeffery still seems to put up low end WR2 numbers. However, you will need to look elsewhere next week as the Bears have a much needed BYE in week 9.

 

By Nick Wallace, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 9:20am EDT

Jeffery caught passes for 5 and 4 yards on back-to-back plays to start the opening drive of the afternoon. He was held without a grab the rest of the way. (Source: CBSSports.com - Igor Mello)

Fantasy Impact: Alshon Jeffery put up an abysmal 2 catches for 9 yards versus the Dolphins on Sunday. However, Jeffery's stat line is more indicative of how the Chicago Bears played as a team rather than his individual performance. Consider Alshon Jeffery a low end WR2 with upside at New England next week.

 

By Nick Wallace, Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 9:24am EDT

After a big first half from Brandon Marshall, fellow Bears starting wideout Alshon Jeffery made a major impact in the second half Sunday’s game at Atlanta. (Source: NBCSports.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears twin towers both had over a 100 yards receiving against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday with Alshon Jeffery catching 5 passes for 136 yards. The most impressive catch of the day was Alshon hauling in a 74 yard bomb that could have been a touchdown if not for a slight stumble after the catch. Jeffery also had a touchdown negated in the fourth quarter because he stepped out of bounds. The Bears offense has plenty of weapons. Look for Alshon Jeffery to remain a solid piece of Chicago's offensive arsenal next week versus Miami. Jeffery is a dependable WR1 starter for fantasy teams in all formats.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 12:17pm EDT

The Bears could not hold off the Panthers on Sunday. The game started with a horrific punt return, but the Bears seemed to dominate the first half. Alshon Jefferey was a part of that with two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. In the second half, Jeffery was one of a few players not to sputter as he posted another four receptions for 41 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Alshon Jeffery continues to prove why he is a WR1 in the NFL. Jeffery made the most of his opportunities as he hauled in six of his seven targets, including a fantastic one-handed catch. Jeffery recorded a touchdown, and he was three yards shy of his second 100-yard game of the season. Alshon Jeffery is a must start option every week.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 12:08pm EDT

Alshon Jeffery and the Bears could not hold off the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The Bears started the game allowing a horrific punt return, but seemed to dominate the first half. Alshon Jeffery was a part of that with two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. In the second half Jeffery was one of the only Bears players not to sputter. He added four receptions for another 41 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Alshon Jeffery continues his case as a WR1; even when the Bears lose. He posted six receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. Jeffery made every opportunity count as he hauled in six of his seven targets; one of those catches was one handed! Continue to play Jeffery every week going forward.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 11:18pm EDT

Alshon Jeffery was targeted seven times, but could only haul in four receptions for 39 yards. Jeffery also had 12 yards rushing. One of his catches was a touchdown, but he also had a drop in the end zone.

Fantasy Impact: Jeffery owners have two things to be happy about. He had another seven targets and he had another touchdown catch. The bad news is that one of those targets was a high pass in the end zone that bounced off Jeffery's hands. No matter the case, Jeffery remains a WR1 with this Bears offense. Continue to play him every week.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Tue, Sep 23rd 5:34pm EDT

Alshon Jeffery shined in the Monday night game against the Jets. He had some important catches and also drew a long pass interference call that lead to a Bears' touchdown. Jeffery finished with 8 receptions for 105 receiving yards. He also added 13 yards rushing on two attempts.

Fantasy Impact: Alshon Jeffery was the most productive wideout for the Bears last night. With Marshall aggravating his ankle injury, Jeffery had to step up. Although Jeffery did not have a touchdown reception, he rewarded PPR leagues with 8 catches. He tallied 105 receiving yards and even added 13 yards rushing. It looks as though his hamstring injury is behind him. Jeffery should continue to be implanted into your lineups every week as a WR1. His fantasy value will increase even more if Marshall cannot play against the Packers in Week 4.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Sat, Sep 20th 1:15pm EDT

Alshon Jeffery was limited in practice on both Thursday and Friday. He is expected to start on Monday night against the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Jeffery has had another week to heal. He will be closer to 100% this week than he was in Week 2. Expect Jeffery to start and put up good numbers against a weak Jets' secondary. Plan on using Jeffery as a low-end WR1 in Week 3.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 10:29am EDT

Despite a hamstring injury, Alshon Jeffery played in last nights win against the 49ers. Jeffery was not able to run his routes at top speed, but he did haul in three receptions for 47 yards. He was also the target on a couple passes that resulted in either defensive holding or illegal contact downfield. Two of those penalties kept drives alive.

Fantasy Impact: If anyone played Jeffery this week, he at least did not net a goose egg. Jeffery struggled to reach that second gear and separate downfield. However, he was still targeted six times and made three receptions for 47 yards. If not for two of his targets resulting in defensive penalties, the Bears might not have won that game. The hope is that his hamstring will heal some more this week, and you can start him as a low end WR1 in the Monday night game against the Jets.

 

By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 1:59pm EDT

Still nursing a hamstring injury suffered in Week 1, Alshon Jeffery is not likely to play against the Niners Sunday night. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the late Sunday night game and the uncertainty with Jeffery, it is best to play it safe and sit Alshon tonight. Since Brandon Marshall is also a game time decision tonight, Santonio Holmes makes for a good pickup to replace either of the Bears WRs. Jarrett Boykin, Dwayne Bowe, Anquan Boldin or Jordan Matthews also make for good plug and play options, since they all play in late games.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 2:50pm EDT

The Bears received some good news today. Wideout, Alshon Jeffery was a limited participant in practice today. He missed the first two days of practice while nursing a hamstring injury. Jeffery is officially listed as questionable for Sunday nights game against the 49ers, but he is not sure if he will be ready to play. "We'll see. A game and practice is different," he said. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Jeffery is a top tier WR1 when healthy. I personally believe both Jeffery and Marshall will play on Sunday, but they might not be as effective. With Jeffery listed as questionable, it seems like he will be a game time decision this week. To make matters worse, he plays the night game. If you have a viable option to sub in for Jeffery this week, use him. If you do not have depth on your bench, look at free agents like Donnie Avery, Malcolm Floyd, Brian Quick, or even Santonio Holmes as a one week fill-in.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Wed, Sep 10th 6:46pm EDT

Alshon Jeffery missed practice on Wednesday with a hamstring injury. The Bears said they were being cautious, but they have yet to give the severity of Jeffery's injury. If he cannot suit up on Sunday, the Bears will be missing one half of arguably the best WR tandem in the NFL. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Fantasy Impact: Keep a keen eye on injury updates regarding Alshon Jeffery tomorrow and Friday. It scares me that the Bears have yet to report anything specific; seeing he did not return to the game last week. If Jeffery is healthy he will be a must start. If not, look to your waiver wire for guys like Malcolm Floyd or Markus Wheaton for help. If you want to stick with a Bears receiver look for Santonio Holmes to be the next best WR target possibly available in free agency.

 

By Rob Schwarz, Jr., Bears Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 11:10am EDT

Alshon Jeffery and the Bears' offense looked great early against the Bills. Jeffery came on strong and tallied 4 receptions for 62 yards in the first half. He had another catch in the third quarter to give him a total of 5 receptions for 71 yards. Unfortunately, Jeffery exited the game early in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. He was listed as probable to return, but never saw the field again.

Fantasy Impact: Jeffery was targeted early and often. He caught 5 of 6 targets for 71 yards. The Bears' offense put up over 300 yards in their passing game. Cutler spread the ball around well, and Jeffery was obviously a major target. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Jeffery went out in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. Right now everyone is saying they kept him out of the game for precautionary reasons. Only time will tell. Keep a close eye on Jeffery's status this week. If he is ruled healthy for the San Fransisco game then he is a low-end WR1 against a 49ers defense who intercepted Tony Romo three times.

 

By Dale Redman, Bears Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 12:36am EDT

Pulling in 4 catches for 45 yards on 8 targets, Jefferey had a pretty good game against arguably the top defense in the NFL. Jeffery also looked to have pulled in a 40+ yard catch early in the first quarter, but had it broken up at the last second by CB Byron Maxwell.

Fantasy Impact: As Chicago's starters only played in the first half, Alshon put up decent numbers against a tough secondary. Also, it was encouraging to see Jeffery with the edge in targets over Brandon Marshall in this game (8 to 7). Currently Alshon is the 9th WR off the board and 25th player overall. Expect the third year WR to easily secure himself as a WR1 in fantasy with top 12 receiving numbers.

 
The NY Times | Aug 3rd
Big year to be expected as the Bears WR1 assuming the transition goes according to plan.
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 2nd
Top 12 WR past 2 seasons - Now, with B-Marsh gone, he becomes a legit go-to WR option in a system that, even with Trestman jumping to BAL, will still likely throw it plenty
Breaking Football | Aug 2nd
Jeffery was a monster in 2014 and is now the top threat with Brandon Marshall gone. Not much to hate about that.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Aug 2nd
Jeffery posted 85 receptions for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns, despite playing with struggling QB Jay Cutler. Cutler keeps him as a high WR2 instead of a low WR1.
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
Last season, Jay Cutler had career highs in passing yards and touchdowns. Yes, the same player who was benched for Jimmy Clausen. Of course, Cutler also threw 18 interceptions and fumbled nine times, but thankfully those stats don't affect Alshon Jeffery all that much. The best news for Jeffery is that he has now had back-to-back top-12 fantasy-receiver finishes - both as the No. 2 receiver on his team. And now with Brandon Marshall in New York, Jeffery takes over as the go-to receiver. Kevin White will most likely be lined up on the other side and should be enough of a presence to keep defenses from betting the farm on taking Jeffery out of the equation. The same is true for Matt Forte, but Forte is also pitiful as a goal-line rusher, so Cutler and company will need to throw near the goal line, where Jeffery has exceled.