Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 5

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2014

Chicago Bears' Alshon Jeffery (17) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Mike McCarn/Associated Press

Fantasy owners who drafted Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall this season probably spent early draft picks on the Chicago Bears receiving duo and have high expectations. Sunday's efforts from Jeffery worked for fantasy owners, but Marshall is likely becoming a source of frustration.

Here are their final numbers from Sunday:

Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery Week 5 Stats
Brandon MarshallAlshon Jeffery
Catches36
Receiving Yards4497
Targets57
Touchdown Catches01
Yards per Catch14.716.2
Long Reception1831
ESPN.com

Thus far, nagging injuries have prevented both from truly breaking out, although each has shined at certain moments in 2014. Jeffery had a touchdown in the first half Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, and Marshall did have that three-touchdown game against the San Francisco 49ers earlier in the year.

Bob Leverone/Associated Press

Still, Marshall was held in check for the third straight game in Week 5. Fantasy owners are right to be frustrated, especially with Marshall battling through an ankle injury that may hamper his future value.

Jeffery did break through with 105 receiving yards against the Jets and scored his first touchdown of the year in the game with the Packers, so there is reason for optimism there. That is especially the case since Jeffery put together another solid game Sunday.

Jeffery looks like a top-notch receiving option yet again.

On paper, Marshall and Jeffery are nearly as safe as it comes in fantasy football, but the production has been up-and-down all year. The statistics should reach a more consistent level if and when they both are fully healthy again (Jeffery appears to be at that point), but fantasy owners are growing somewhat inpatient with Marshall.

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press

The fact that Marshall only had five targets in Week 5 after seeing only six the past two games is the most worrisome stat of all. If Jay Cutler doesn't start looking Marshall's way in the future, the wide receiver could lose his designation as a No. 1 option in fantasy football.

We are not suggesting you bench the superstar by any stretch of the imagination, but you need consistent targets and yardage every week in fantasy football. Owners just aren't getting that from Marshall.

Related

    Next for Offense: Learning to Close

    Chicago Bears logo
    Chicago Bears

    Next for Offense: Learning to Close

    Nicholas Moreano
    via Da Bears Brothers

    What Exactly Are the Bears Going Up Against in the Vikings?

    Chicago Bears logo
    Chicago Bears

    What Exactly Are the Bears Going Up Against in the Vikings?

    Matthew Hendy
    via The Loop Sports

    Khalil on SNF vs. Vikings: 'These Are the Games You Live For'

    Chicago Bears logo
    Chicago Bears

    Khalil on SNF vs. Vikings: 'These Are the Games You Live For'

    Bryan Perez
    via Bears Wire

    How to Bet on the NFL in Week 11 💰

    NFL logo
    NFL

    How to Bet on the NFL in Week 11 💰

    Paul Kasabian
    via Bleacher Report