Alshon Jeffery and the Most Surprising Fantasy Football WR Stars of Week 1

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 10, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 09: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears participates in warm-ups before a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field on August 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Broncos defeated the Bears 31-3.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Julio Jones, Andre Johnson and Brandon Marshall were among the wide receivers who put up huge fantasy numbers in Week 1 of the NFL season. While those guys are expected to dominate, some of the other wideouts that scored big were a surprise.

It's a position that's characterized by a lot of volatility. Production in one game doesn't guarantee success in the next, so there are always a few unexpected wide receivers catching the eye of fantasy owners. This week was no exception.

Let's take a look at three wide receivers that exceeded expectations and forecast what type of value the players will have for owners moving forward.


Alshon Jeffery

The Chicago Bears offense was revitalized by offseason additions. The aforementioned Marshall caught nine passes, running back Michael Bush found the end zone twice and Jeffery, the team's second-round pick, flashed his big-play potential right away.

Jeffery finished his first NFL game with three catches for 80 yards and a 42-yard touchdown catch. He illustrated his ability to stretch the field and immediately showed why he deserves to receive extended playing time every week.

Jay Cutler's lackluster numbers in recent years were due to a lack of weapons. With Marshall and Jeffery in the fold, the passing game should remain potent all season. That makes Jeffery a nice flex option, especially in leagues where distance counts for touchdown scoring.


Kevin Ogletree

With Dez Bryant and Miles Austin at receiver, and Jason Witten cleared to play, Wednesday night was expected to be a slow one for Ogletree. Instead, the Dallas Cowboys wideout had eight grabs for 114 yards and two touchdowns to outshine all of those big names.

Not only were those the first two touchdowns of Ogletree's career, but the eight catches were more than half of his total from last season. He was clearly on the same page with Tony Romo and will probably be the most popular waiver-wire addition this week.

Owners should still proceed with caution, though. Bryant, Austin and Witten are all going to catch their fair share of passes throughout the season. Ogletree should remain the fourth option unless one of them is hurt, so he can't be relied on as a full-time starter quite yet.


Stephen Hill

After a dreadful preseason, the New York Jets offense was viewed as a fantasy black hole heading into Week 1. Surprisingly, the unit proceeded to post huge numbers, which included an impressive debut from speedy rookie Stephen Hill.

He snagged five passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns against a Buffalo Bills secondary that appeared powerless to stop him. His combination of size and quickness make him a matchup problem for many cornerbacks.

The perceived problem with Hill was that he wasn't polished. Everybody knew he had the raw skills to make plays, but it wasn't until Sunday that he showed he could do it at the NFL level. There will be ups and downs like with every rookie, but Hill has a lot of fantasy upside.