WR Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears
|6-3, 216||Born: 2-14-1990||College: South Carolina||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 14: at Detroit Lions
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Brian Hoyer was under center for the Bears back in Week Four (the last time these teams met) - he's on IR now and Matt Barkley is the current signal-caller. Barkley has won two straight games, with 28/54 for 316 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown vs. Tennessee and then 11/18 for 192 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions tossed vs. San Francisco. Marquess Wilson, the hero of Week 13, went out with a groin injury after dropping his only target last week (sinking many optimistic DFS enthusiasts with a tough zero) - Joshua Bellamy (six targets for 4/93/0 receiving) and Cameron Meredith (four for 3/67/0) were the only receivers over 20 yards last week. The Lions' pass defense averages 256.6 net yards allowed per game (20th in the NFL) with 22 passing scores given out to date, vs. 10 interceptions (15th in the NFL) and 21 sacks generated (tied for 26th in the league). From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Detroit has averaged 13.2 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (least in the NFL); and 15.5 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-least); with 6.7 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (17th in the league). Last week, the Lions gave up 31/44 for 319 yards, zero TDs and three interceptions (with one sack for -7 yards) to Drew Brees - the same Brees who has the most completions, attempts, TD passes and passing yards in the entire NFL this year. Yes, Detroit's pass defense is for real, folks. Advantage, Detroit.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 10 vs TB (9 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Jay Cutler returning to the starting lineup was supposed to be a spark for Alshon Jeffery's season. Someone must have forgotten to tell Cutler, because he didn't give Jeffery many legitimate chances to make a play in Sunday's 36-10 loss to the Buccaneers. Jeffery caught four passes on nine targets for 47 yards. Most of the throws his way found double coverage. Cutler didn't throw to spots where Jeffery could use his athleticism to make a big play. Cutler threw late to Jeffery in the end zone, so late, the defender almost had enough time to regain position and to pick the pass. No matter how you look at it, Jeffery's ability to reach peak offensive performance solely hinges on Cutler's ability to make throws and not commit turnovers. So, take that for what it's worth.
2016 Week 8 vs MIN (8 / 4 / 63 / 1 rec)
Alshon Jeffery more than definitely was the happiest guy in the world to have Jay Cutler back in the starting lineup. The 2016 season has been a struggle for Jeffery, who is playing the season on the franchise tag. With Cutler back, though, Jeffery is well on his way to getting his season back on track. Against the Vikings, a team that features one of the few shutdown cornerbacks in the league, Xavier Rhodes, Jeffery caught four passes on eight targets for 63 yards and a touchdown. Now, Jeffery did have what looked like two drops in the first quarter, both of which were balls throw into the end zone and would easily have been six points. But it's better to look at the positive. This wide receiver, who desperately needs to outperform previous seasons, has his starting quarterback back under center.
2016 Week 7 vs GB (11 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
No Chicago Bear has been more affected by the injuries at quarterback, and this entirely was the case in Thursday night's 26-10 loss to the Packers. Jeffery's fortunes only got worse Thursday night when Hoyer left the game with a broken arm. It really wouldn't have mattered what Jeffery did after the ball was snapped, Matt Barkley lacked an ability to hit any receiver in stride. The Pro Bowl receiver finished the game with 11 targets but only three catches for 33 yards. The only saving grace Jeffery has now is the fact that Jay Cutler potentially could return next week against the Minnesota Vikings.
2016 Week 6 vs JAX (13 / 7 / 93 / 0 rec)
Alshon Jeffery is not a happy camper right now. In the first half of Chicago's 17-16 loss to Jacksonville, Jeffery hauled in six receptions for 90 yards. He was all over the field, giving fits to Jaguars' defensive backs. Then, in the second half, it all turned sour. Jeffery largely disappeared, catching only one pass for three yards. Jeffery's final box score featured seven catches for 93 yards on 13 targets. After the game, Jeffery went off when speaking to reporters, saying, ""We gotta score fuc**** touchdowns. That's it. Touchdowns win games. S**t. You see what three points get us." The Brian Hoyer-led Bears only scored one touchdown in four trips to the red zone. Disappearing in the second half has been Jeffery's M.O. in the past few weeks, basically since Hoyer took over for Jay Cutler. Hoyer's inability to move the ball down field in big chunks has hurt Jeffery's production more than anyone else on the team. So it should come as no surprise that he's unhappy with the status quo in Chicago. This will be an interesting storyline to watch play out in the coming weeks.
2016 Week 5 vs IND (6 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)
Alshon Jeffery has fallen on tough times in the Brian Hoyer-led Chicago Bears offense. Jeffery only saw six targets, catching five of those targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 29-23 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Three other guys -- Cameron Meredith (12) , Eddie Royal (9) and Zach Miller (8) -- all saw more targets than Jeffery. The decrease in production shouldn't come as a surprise, though. It's pretty clear that Jeffery's strengths do not align with Hoyer's. For Jeffery to be as effective as possible, he needs to get down the field. Hoyer doesn't throw many passes down field. This offense, under Dowell Loggains, is playing things conservatively to capitalize on Hoyer's ability to convert passes within 10 yards on the line of scrimmage. That zone is not a place Jeffery frequents.
2016 Week 4 vs DET (5 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
Alshon Jeffery served as a great decoy in the Bears' 17-14 win over the Lions. Jeffery is known for making big plays downfield. But no, not Sunday against Detroit. Jeffery caught only three passes on five targets for 46 yards. Jeffery only tied for third on the team in targets. The lack of production really doesn't have anything Jeffery is or isn't doing, it more so is because Brian Hoyer is more efficient throwing underneath. When Jeffery runs 15-plus yards down the field, he draws enough defensive attention to create space for pass-catchers like Kevin White, Eddie Royal and Zach Miller. Don't expect this trend to change until opposing defenses adjust to Chicago's willingness to move the ball in smaller increments.
2016 Week 3 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Alshon Jeffery was questionable on the injury report with a hamstring injury heading into Sunday night's game. So it should be no surprise that we was hobbling around a bit throughout the game. Jeffery has millions of reasons to be on the field every week of the season, seeing as he's playing on the franchise tag and every missed game is a missed opportunity for him to show NFL teams just how good he can play. Nonetheless, Jeffery caught five passes for 70 yards on seven targets. Dallas' defense put its top corner on Jeffery throughout the entire game, ultimately forcing Brian Hoyer to beat the Cowboys in other ways. The Bears, at this time, don't have another wide receiver that's good enough to warrant attention away from Jeffery, so it's going to be an uphill climb each and every week this season.
2016 Week 2 vs PHI (7 / 5 / 96 / 0 rec)
Alshon Jeffery was hands down Chicago's best offensive player in Monday's loss to the Eagles. Catching five passes on seven targets for 96 yards, Jeffery gave Bears management another reason to rip up the franchise tag and lock him up long term. Jeffery is one of the most difficult receivers to cover in the league. He's big; he's strong; and he can jump really high. In back-to-back weeks now, Jeffery has picked up big yards on what's become his signature catch, "the jump ball." Jeffery and Jay Cutler connected for a 49-yard gain against the Eagles, a play that put the Bears in position to punch it in the end zone. Jeffery is a really good wide receiver, one of the best in the league. But it will be hard for Jeffery to show off his talents playing for this team, next to a broken offensive line and a (possibly) broken quarterback.
2016 Week 1 vs HOU (6 / 4 / 105 / 0 rec)
Jeffery had a great game and was the best offensive player on the field for the Bears. His deep catch was the biggest play of the day and his layoff in the preseason did not seem to affect him. He was getting a great release, separating from defensive backs, and timing his leaps impeccably. He could have his best year yet if he can stay healthy. Jeffery did have a drop when the Bears needed a big play to get them going in the second half, but it was still a solid day for him.
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