What Alshon Jeffery’s Mounting Injuries Mean For His Future

Alshon Jeffery, the Bears’ elite wide receiver, has a fairly extensive injury history over his four years in the NFL. Let’s examine what this means for his future fantasy football value.

Jeffery broke his hand during his 2012 rookie season, missing four games. He then tore a meniscus, missing one game following arthroscopic debridement, and also missed a game with a hamstring injury. He finished with 24 catches for 367 yards and three touchdowns.

Jeffery had his breakout season in 2013, catching 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 16 yards per catch.

In 2014, Jeffery pulled a hamstring in Week 1 and left that game. He didn’t miss any subsequent games, but it clearly bothered him through four weeks. On this season, Jeffery caught 85 balls for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Jeffery had an injury filled 2015 season, starting just eight games, playing in only nine, and performing far less than 100 percent. When he played healthy, he was extremely productive. However, he suffered calf and AC joint injuries in the preseason, and while he was ready for the opener, he then pulled a hamstring, causing him to miss Weeks 2-5. Upon returning, Jeffery had three-straight 100-yard games before pulling his groin Week 10, injuring his shoulder Week 11, reinjuring his calf Week 15, and then missing Week 16 with a hamstring injury. He was placed on IR on December 30th for the hamstring injury. He finished with 54 catches for 807 yards and 4 touchdowns.

But besides that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

It’s been a little bit like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride1 for Jeffery and those who roster him in fantasy football. So where do we go from here?

It’s crossed my mind more than once that Jeffery is probably somewhat predisposed to soft tissue injuries. It looks like his body may be having trouble handling the rigors of the NFL. It’s possible that Jeffery’s longevity in the NFL may be somewhat compromised by this factor, at least as far as playing at his fully healthy, elite level. Having said that, if Jeffery can stay healthy for an entire season, we know he’s capable of great things.

Come draft time, if I can get a decent injury discount on Jeffery, I’ll probably gamble. YOLO and all of that stuff. However, if someone else wants to pay the full elite WR price for him, Jeffery probably won’t be on my team in that league.

  1. Great Disney World ride, now no more.  (back)

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