Alshon Jeffery Injury Clouds Fantasy Football Value With Potential Multi-Week Absence

Jason Schandl
Super Bowl LII - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots
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Stop me if you've heard this one before — Alshon Jeffery could miss some time with an injury.

A dominant force on the outside when he's healthy, Jeffery has only played a full 16-game regular season once since 2015, and a calf injury already looks like it could cost him at least a game or two early in the 2019 season.

This puts fantasy players with Jeffery on their roster in a tough spot. He has a long injury history, and the potential that this calf issue lingers throughout the season is a definite concern.

A healthy Jeffery is still an asset, though. He opened the year with five receptions, 49 yards and a TD in Week 1, and in 2018 we saw him average 5.1 receptions, 65.9 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game when he suited up (including playoffs).

This Philadelphia Eagles offense is more crowded than we've seen in a while, however. With DeSean Jackson back in town, Jeffery finished third on the team with six targets in Week 1 (behind Jackson and TE Zach Ertz), which was only one more than Nelson Agholor saw. It's only a one-game sample, but his 15.4 percent target share in that game is way down from the 19 percent he saw in 2018.

When he's back on the field, Jeffery is still going to offer some big fantasy upside, especially because the Eagles' offense is likely going to be scoring plenty of points. With so many mouths to feed, though, a reduced workload could mean that Jeffery isn't worth locking in as an every-week starter.

The low Week 1 target share and potential for this injury to linger could also make it worth exploring trading Jeffery away — especially if his injury lasts long enough to overlap with some bye weeks, when it becomes harder to stash a banged up player on your bench.

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