For years, Alshon Jeffery has been one of the most forgotten receivers in the NFL. So in terms of fantasy football, where should you target the Philadelphia Eagles receiver?
According to ESPN, Jeffery is being taken with the 53rd pick in ESPN drafts—on average. That also makes him the 20th receiver being selected in most fantasy drafts.
With him being the 53rd pick in fantasy drafts, that puts him in the fourth or fifth round in most fantasy drafts (depending on how many people are in your league). In addition, Jeffery would likely be taken as a WR2 or WR3 in most leagues.
Since joining the Eagles in 2017, Jeffery has seen his production stay eerily similar compared to his time with the Chicago Bears. In his five seasons in Chicago, Jeffery averaged 61 receptions, 910 yards, and five touchdowns per season.
Likewise, in Jeffery’s two seasons in Philadelphia, he has averaged 61 receptions, 816 yards, and nearly eight touchdowns per season. The touchdowns have seen improvement which is always nice to see in terms of fantasy football.
Although, it’s tough to take a risk on Jeffery as injuries have been a glaring issue and he isn’t the main focal point in the Eagles passing offense. As of now, that role can be credited to Zach Ertz who figures to have another huge year with Carson Wentz returning under center.
The thing that makes Jeffery enticing is his ability to make big-time catches. Plus, Doug Pederson loves to throw the ball. As a matter of fact, Philadelphia threw the ball 599 times in 2018 (seventh most in the NFL).
That shouldn’t change too drastically even with the additions of Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders to the offense. After all, the Eagles didn’t pay Wentz to be a quarterback who hands the ball off a majority of the time. They paid Wentz to air the ball a ton to guys like Jeffery.
Therefore, the opportunities to be a reliable fantasy option are going to be there for Jeffery. Furthermore, targeting Jeffery in the fifth or sixth round could prove to be beneficial.
If Jeffery can stay healthy it’s hard not to envision the veteran wideout having his best season in green and white in 2019. At the same time, ESPN also believes that Jeffery is in for an improved season in terms of production in 2019.
Earlier this offseason, ESPN released their projections for every player for the upcoming season for fantasy purposes. On the site, they have Jeffery projected to catch 70 passes for 919 yards and seven scores.
All of those numbers would be his personal best for the Eagles. Again, in terms of raw ability, Jeffery is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL. Injuries and other factors have limited the potential of the Eagles receiver.
Now, at 29-years old, Jeffery is poised to have one of the best seasons of his entire career. Fantasy football players should consider selecting Jeffery as one of their wide receivers. Not many guys in the WR2-WR3 range have the ceiling that Jeffery possesses.
In conclusion, if you manage to find yourself needing a receiver between picks 50-60, Jeffery is a definite option.
After all, you could do much worse at the following selections.