Alshon Jeffery signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles that’s worth $14 million.
The 27-year old receiver reportedly turned down an offer from the Minnesota Vikings, and at one point the Indianapolis Colts were also believed to be in the hunt for Jeffery. The Eagles also signed Torrey Smith, so the receiving core is looking a lot better compared to last season.
As long as Jeffery can stay healthy, this is great news for Carson Wentz, who simply didn’t have enough receivers to target in 2016.
He should easily improve upon his 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions from his rookie year. But is there too much talent now in Philadelphia for Jeffery to succeed?
Let’s take a look at the Fantasy implications of Jeffery signing with the Eagles and what it means for 2017 Fantasy Football drafts.
Alshon Jeffery Signs With The Eagles
Jeffery’s best seasons were in 2013 and 2014, but he’s been quiet since.
That’s because he hasn’t played a 16-game season since 2014. So when you draft Jeffery, you have to be comfortable with the fact that he’s had a history of hamstring injuries. But if he can stay healthy, he’s absolutely dominant when he’s on the field.
And with Smith in the lineup, he should help open things up for Jeffery because they each have different skill sets. Smith is the burner while Jeffery is built for red-zone targets as a 6-foot-3, 218-pound receiver. Wentz still has to create rapport with each of these receivers, but they are the pass catchers on the Eagles to own for the 2017 Fantasy Football season.
For the rest of the receivers in Philadelphia, the only other player to watch or pickup in the late rounds of a draft is Jordan Matthews.
He’s been close to being a consistent starter for Fantasy players, but he has yet to record a 1,000-yard season in his three-year career. However, I would still target him in the late rounds of drafts because if Jeffery gets hurt, Matthews will have an increased role.
But outside of Matthews, feel free to pass on Dorial Green-Beckham and Nelson Agholor this season.
Jeffery is currently a fourth-round pick on FantasyFootballCalculator.com, which is a fair price. It accounts for the risk factor of drafting a receiver with hamstring issues, as well as the fact that we have no idea the kind of rapport he’ll have with Wentz.
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