Alshon Jeffery's impending return will make a difference

      November 8, 2012 @ 16:56:11 PDT

After Week 10, we have only one more week filled with byes, but it's never too early to start stocking up and building roster depth for the fantasy football playoffs.

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery
Size matters

Chicago Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery, who fractured his hand in Week 5, should return to practice soon. He's unlikely to play this weekend, but expect him back next week against the San Francisco 49ers.

The 6-foot-3, 216-pound South Carolina product gives Jay Cutler another imposing weapon - sorry, Devin Hester and Earl Bennett don't exactly cut it - to take attention away from Brandon Marshall. This will come in handy down the stretch as da Bears look to lock up the division title.

His seven targets in Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams was a season high, but Jeffery's size makes him a nice red zone threat (two touchdowns in limited time this year). Opposing defenses will likely focus more of their efforts on Marshall, too, meaning Jeffery will see plenty of one-on-one coverage. Cutler isn't afraid to sling the ball deep down the field, either. We know that.

In the typical fantasy playoffs (Weeks 14-16), it doesn't get much better with the Bears' matchups; they play at the Minnesota Vikings, home to Green Bay and at the Arizona Cardinals. Saddle up and take Jeffery for the ride. It could pay off.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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