The best fantasy football wide receivers, No. 9: Alshon Jeffery

Jeffery missed seven games due to injury last season, but when he was on the field he proved himself capable of being a WR1. Freed from Brandon Marshall’s shadow for the first time in his career, Jeffery caught 54 passes for 807 yards and four touchdowns in nine games.. Last year’s first round selection, Kevin White, will finally make his NFL debut after missing all of 2015 because of a shin injury, but there’s no question who will be Jay Cutler’s favorite receiver. We saw just how lucrative a status that can be for a talented receiver during Marshall’s first two years in Chicago, a fact Jeffery learned while he was getting the short end of the stick. The Bears lost Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett during the off-season, and while a John Fox team may skew more run-heavy than others, Jeffery still has a very real chance to lead the league in targets. He can win jump balls, a key for any Cutler favorite, and is the team’s best weapon no matter where the offense is on the field.

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