A week after working through a nagging calf injury, Chicago Bears star number one wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is now in doubt to play in week two. Jeffery reportedly experienced “hamstring tightness” during Thursday’s practice and is now being regarded as “day to day”.
John Fox: WR Alshon Jeffery experienced hamstring tightness after Thursday’s practice. He’s “day to day.” #Bears
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) September 18, 2015
Jeffery dealt with a calf issue last week and now has a new injury to try to recover from. With just two full days to go, it’s highly likely Jeffery won’t be 100% for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, while his availability is very much in question. It’s bad news for a wide receiver who was assuming full ownership of the top role in Chicago’s passing game, while Jeffery under 100% would be in line to struggle against Patrick Peterson and a very stingy Arizona defense. Tight end Martellus Bennett would likely take on a bigger role in the passing game if Jeffery sits out, while wide receivers Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson would carry more responsibility in the passing game, as well.
Yikes. Jeffery just can’t stay healthy. It definitely is nice to see that he caught 5 balls for 78 yards despite not being 100% last week, so there is still a chance he makes it to the field and produces a decent line. If active, he still needs to be in starting lineups. He’s just that good.
On the other side of things, Jeffery is a major fade candidate in the DFS fantasy football scene, as he just costs too much to trust in salary cap games. Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson get a minor boost, with Royal being the better play by far. Royal could be a sneaky WR3 play across all fantasy formats. Bennett stands to gain the most here, as he’ll see more targets and should be the top red-zone threat. Running back Matt Forte should also safely see 5+ targets, as well. Of course, if Jeffery is out, Jay Cutler takes a serious hit. As if this matchup wasn’t already brutal enough.