Alshon Jeffery's Updated Fantasy Outlook Heading into Week 14

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IDecember 2, 2013

Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

Alshon Jeffery has been one of the biggest fantasy football surprises of the season, but what he did during Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings was something never accomplished by a Chicago Bears player.

Jeffery put up a massive 249 yards receiving and two touchdowns en route to a 23-20 overtime loss to the Vikings, setting a franchise record for receiving yards in a game.

But what that means for fantasy owners moving forward in the playoffs is that they likely now have a lock at the second wide receiver spot.    

The performance on Sunday was Jeffery's fifth game with over 100 yards receiving and his third with 20 or more fantasy points in standard leagues.       

While the threat of Brandon Marshall still looms large for owners planning on starting Jeffery, his matchup this week makes it easier to feel comfortable riding the 23-year-old receiver for another week. With the Dallas Cowboys and their 31st-ranked defense in terms of passing yards coming to town, Josh McCown or maybe even Jay Cutler should have plenty of room to get the ball to both of his star receivers.

The Bears then take on the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, two matchups that might once again lead to big days for Jeffery in the fantasy playoffs.

Cleveland ranks fifth in passing yards allowed, but has surrendered 21 passing touchdowns this season, putting it just ahead of teams like the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. As for the Eagles, they are the worst team in terms of passing yards allowed per game with 297 and have given up 20 touchdowns through the air.

Jeffery's inconsistencies early in the season and against the St. Louis Rams look like a distant memory when looking ahead to what the possibilities are for owners starting him in the playoffs.