Fantasy Football: Alshon Jeffery to the Eagles

Alshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery has found a new home with the Philadelphia Eagles on a one year $14 million deal. The superstar wide receiver looks to be betting on himself. Rumor has it the Vikings offered a long term deal to Jeffrey, but he declined in favor of the shorter term deal. A motivated Jeffery could mean big things for his owners in 2017.

From a Dynasty perspective this move makes things hard to judge. You could assume that he is going to get a feel for the Eagles and QB Carson Wentz before agreeing to a long term deal or he simply wasn’t getting the offers he coveted.

While talent has never been a question with Jeffery his injury riddled past does create cause for pause. He has only played 21 games over the past two seasons. That said, now might be a the best time to land him. If you can find league mates who worry about Jeffery’s health or the inexperience of Wentz you may be able to strike a deal.

Just 12 months ago the price tag on Jeffery would have been two first round picks or a similar value. Now his price should be closer to just a single first rounder. I personally just landed him in exchange for Saints WR Michael Thomas. A deal for a single first feels like a slam dunk for a player as skilled as Jeffery. Even if you’re not the biggest fan it may be a buy low now and sell high after this season with a tremendous return.

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If he can stay healthy and be productive he could be in store for a massive extension heading into 2018. This would likely mean great things for your fantasy team also.

For those in re-draft formats Jeffery should provide a decent value on draft day due to the issues we discussed earlier. Owners will likely see at least 2-3 round savings off his 2016 price tag on draft day.

The Eagles are clearly looking for wide receiver help with the struggles of Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham opposite Jordan Matthews. They also brought in Torrey Smith who should complement Jeffery well. Smith should take the top off of the defense and give him more room underneath. Matthews has seemed to be a guy that worked better as a WR2 than WR1. Despite his physical size, he is most effective in the slot. Jeffery and Smith should lineup on the outside allowing Matthews to flourish in the middle of the field along with Zac Ertz.

This move should mean good things for quarterback Carson Wentz as well who flashed during his rookie season. He should have a ton of opportunity to grow as a quarterback. He should be able to spread the ball around the yard and produce a borderline QB1 type season. Philadelphia was not shy about letting Wentz throw the ball. He finished 20 attempts short of Andrew Luck in his rookie season throwing the ball 607 times.

Pay attention to the Eagles as the season approaches, a ton of fantasy goodness should be coming our way.

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