Alshon Jeffery's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 5 Performance vs. Saints

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 23:  Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears leads teammates out onto the field before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Alshon Jeffery is getting better by the week, and it's about time fantasy football managers took notice.

A week after catching five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, Jeffery has delivered another exceptional outing with nine catches, 197 yards and a score against the New Orleans Saints midway through the fourth quarter.  He finished the game with another catch, putting him at 10 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown for the game.

The days of Jay Cutler looking Brandon Marshall's way every time are firmly behind us. Cutler has targeted Jeffery nine times while throwing three passes to Marshall, which gives the second-year receiver four less targets than the Chicago Bears' top wideout this season.

Jeffery remained relatively quiet during his rookie campaign, but the former second-round pick from South Carolina has already matched his previous reception total through five games. Chicago now features a multifaceted attack that has transformed Jeffery into a vital fantasy contributor.   

At 6'3" and 216 pounds, Jeffery is becoming a valuable red-zone weapon for Cutler. He possesses great hands to go along with his size, which he utilizes wonderfully to triumph over defensive backs. 

The Saints entered today's game with the fifth-best passing defense, so it's not as if the youngster has merely capitalized on poor matchups. Marshall has mustered 30 yards on four catches.

As Cutler's clear-cut No. 2 target, Jeffery should become a regular fantasy starter as a low-end No. 2 or high-level No. 3 with the upside for more. In keeper and dynasty formats, he's a potential No. 1 who could one day complement the 1A Marshall as the Bears' 1B star wide receiver.