Alshon Jeffery: Fantasy Replacements for Bears' Breakout WR

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2012

CHICAGO, IL- SEPTEMBER 09:  Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears catches a touchdown pass over Vontae Davis #23 of the Indianapolis Colts on September 9, 2012 during their 2012 NFL season opener at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Bears defeated the Indianapolis Colts 41-21. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was a popular target on the fantasy football waiver wire after a big performance in his first career game. However, now that it's been widely reported he could miss a month or more, owners should feel comfortable dropping him.

There are several options available on the free-agent market worth considering to replace Jeffery, whose production had dropped off even before the hand injury. Let's take a look at three wide receivers who should be able to fill the void right away in Week 6.


Brandon Gibson

Gibson will take over the duties as the St. Louis Rams' top receiver in the absence of Danny Amendola, leading to a large uptick in looks from Sam Bradford. Amendola was averaging nearly 10 targets per game, a large portion of which should now go to Gibson.

Even though the Rams rank near the bottom of the league in offensive yards, Bradford has been throwing the ball almost 30 times per week. That means there will be plenty of opportunities for Gibson to make big plays.

The other thing working in Gibson's favor is the opposition. The Miami Dolphins secondary ranks 27th in passing yards allowed. He's been an inconsistent option so far in his career, but Gibson should finally make a meaningful fantasy impact this week.


Nate Burleson

As opposing teams have placed emphasis on slowing down Calvin Johnson, Burleson has emerged as an underrated fantasy option, especially in PPR leagues. He's not flashy, but he always manages to get involved.

The Detroit Lions are still in search of a reliable running back, meaning Matthew Stafford continues to throw early and often to the tune of 43 attempts per game. It has resulted in at least five catches in three of four games for Burleson.

As long as Johnson is healthy, Burleson's upside is limited. That said, he's a solid option to fill the role of No. 3 wideout or flex starter, which was the spot Jeffery was likely filling on most teams anyway.

Don't overlook him like so many owners have.


Andre Roberts

Even though Roberts had a monster 23-point fantasy game a couple of weeks ago, he still remains available on a lot of waiver wires. It's rare a player with four touchdowns through five games gets so little fantasy attention.

Serving as the Arizona Cardinals' second receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, Roberts is averaging seven targets per game and has actually accumulated more points than his elite teammate so far. It's been an all-around impressive start.

He should be in line for another successful game against the Buffalo Bills, a team that has been torched in two straight games. Given Arizona's success at home, expect Roberts to have another double-digit game in Week 6.