2016 Fantasy Football WR Outlook: Chicago Bears

It seemed like it took forever for Alshon Jeffery to see the field last season, but it was pretty amazing what he was able to do in his nine-game season. From Weeks 6-14, he finished with at least 85 receiving yards every week except for Week 10.

He also totaled 100 or more yards in four games in 2015, meaning he recorded 100 or more receiving yards in 44% of the games he played in.

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But again, his injury issues held him back from what could have been an amazingly productive year.

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What should we expect from Jeffery in 2016 Fantasy Football leagues? What about Kevin White and Eddie Royal?

Let’s take a look…

2016 Fantasy Football Outlook: Alshon Jeffery

Jeffery only appeared in nine games last season, but he was the fourth-highest scoring receiver in PPR leagues from Weeks 6-9, and he was the 13th-highest scoring receiver from Weeks 6-14.

It would have been nice to see more of what Jeffery could have done with Brandon Marshall out of the picture, but Jeffery was on pace for 1,435 in 2016.

That’s not a stretch, either, as Jeffery recorded 1,421 receiving yards in 2013.

There’s really not a lot to cover with Jeffery. He’s been very productive in games he has played in the past three seasons, and he’s obviously now Jay Cutler’s favorite target.

The only reason he is falling to Round 2 is because he’s had issues with his hamstrings since 2012. He played in two 16-game seasons between 2013-2014, but his missed time last year is still weighing on the minds of Fantasy players.

He’s the definition of high-risk, high-reward.

2016 Fantasy Football Outlook: Kevin White

We know what Jeffery can do when he’s on the field, so there’s not a lot to speculate on.

But since White was a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and has yet to play a down in the NFL, there’s a little more to review about him.

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Fantasy players may remember that before the 2015 NFL Draft, Amari Cooper was viewed as the best receiver in the draft class. White turned some heads at the 2015 NFL Combine, though, and gained a lot of respect.

He ran a 4.35 40-yard dash, and he put up 23 reps on the bench. That made him a top performer in both categories.

Drops and concentration issues surrounded him in 2013 when he first played for West Virginia University, but he had an incredible 2014 season. He posted a 109-1,447-10 stat line, which helped propel him to a first-round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, he has a great mix of size, speed, and strength.

One of the knocks on White, though, was that he was less polished than Cooper. While Cooper had three seasons under his belt in the SEC, White only had two seasons with West Virginia.

Of course, White missed the entire 2015 seasons with a shin bruise. We didn’t get to see how he would respond to the NFL level, and in terms of development, that puts him a year farther behind Cooper.

But White has two things going for him in 2016 Fantasy Football leagues:

  1. He’s a seventh-round pick
  2. There isn’t much depth behind Jeffery

I saw White drafted as early as Round 5 in early drafts last year, which really hurt a few rosters. It’s still true that we haven’t seen what the 24-year old receiver can do at the professional level, but taking a chance on him in Round 7 isn’t going to hurt you.

There was one season in Chicago where Marshall and Jeffery each played a 16-game season, and each were relevant Fantasy options. White might not put up these type of numbers in year one, but this offense has supported two receivers being strong Fantasy starters in the past.

Player Year Receptions Receiving Yards Touchdowns
Brandon Marshall 2013 100 1,508 11
Alshon Jeffery 2013 89 1,421 7

And aside from him not hurting you this year as a seventh-round pick, he may be forced into a bigger role if Jeffery is hurt whether he is ready for it or not. If Jeffery has any setbacks or misses any extensive amount of time, White could turn into a top-tier receiver just because of the amount of targets he would see.

2016 Fantasy Football Outlook: Eddie Royal

Royal hasn’t been worth starting since his rookie year in 2008, but he has upside in formats like MFL10s.

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He was mostly injured in 2015, only appearing in nine games. But before that, he put up a few big performances each season in San Diego.

Player Year Date Receptions Receiving Yards Touchdowns
Eddie Royal 2014 21-Sep 4 42 2
Eddie Royal 2014 28-Sep 5 105 2
Eddie Royal 2014 20-Dec 10 94 1
Eddie Royal 2013 15-Sep 7 90 3

He wasn’t consistent enough to start on a regular basis, but again, he can provide upside in best ball leagues when he does go off. He will help Cutler more than he will benefit from Cutler, but I wouldn’t be opposed to adding him in Round 20 of a MFL10 draft.

Bottom Line: We know what Alshon Jeffery can do when he is out on the field. You just have to judge how much you want to roll the dice on a receiver who has constantly dealt with leg issues throughout his career. Because Kevin White missed an entire season, he is a year behind in his development. We have no idea what to expect from him, but he was drafted to replace Brandon Marshall. Because this wide receiver roster doesn’t have much depth, White could become worth starting just from the targets he will see if Jeffery is sidelined. Eddie Royal seems like he puts together a string of big performances and quickly disappears. He’s worth using a last-round pick on in an MFL 10, but you don’t want to give him space right now for your regular drafts.

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