The Chicago Bears have been quiet about star #1 wide receiver Alshon Jeffery’s status going into Sunday’s 2015 opener. After losing rookie wide receiver Kevin White to a shin issue after first suggesting it was minor, many can probably see why.
Jeffery’s calf issue actually is supposed to be minor, however, and the Bears receiver randomly missing 6-10 weeks would come as quite the shock. Per reports, he shouldn’t even miss week one.
#Bears WR Alshon Jeffery is progressing well from his calf injury. The hope is he’ll play Sunday vs GB & he’s making strides to get there.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2015
Jeffery has been rested as a precaution over the past couple of weeks, and is slowly working up to making the start against the Green Bay Packers this weekend. Chicago badly needs Jeffery’s presence as a deep ball and red-zone menace, as they’re taking on the hated Packers and need passing game talent to exploit the Packers’ young secondary. It’s a dream matchup for Jeffery, who has already found some success against the Packers (over 100 total yards and a touchdown last year).
While a healthy Jeffery should help Chicago’s efforts to pull off the upset, he still might not be the strongest play in fantasy football. If you drafted him in season long formats and he’s a go, you have no choice. He’s your WR1 or WR2, has a massive role and Chicago will probably throw to him a good deal. But he’s not worth the risk in DFS fantasy football leagues – especially at a hefty price. There is much more value to be had (on Jeffery’s own team, mind you, with slot machine Eddie Royal costing just $3.9k at DraftKings). Start Jeffery if he’s a go in regular formats, but consider fading him in the DFS scene in week one.