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Emerging Alpha? Alshon Jeffery, Carson Wentz Clicking as Both Round into Form

For the second time in three weeks, Alshon Jeffery topped 20 FPs and played a true Alpha WR1 role. He hauled in 8-of-12 targets for 74 yards and 2 scores, both coming in the Red Zone. Jeffery was almost always Carson Wentz’s first look on broken plays, and the two are completely synced. Wentz himself looks back to 100%, completing 26-of-36 throws (72%) for 276 yards and 3 scores. He’s now topped 20 FPs in three straight contests, and can be safely inserted back into lineups as a rock-solid QB1. 

In 2017, Jeffery never topped 7 receptions, and logged 20 FPs just twice. In 2018, in just three contests, he’s already hauled in 8 balls on two separate occasions, and gone over 20 in both. With 29 targets over his first three games, Jeffery appears to be emerging as a true Target Hog. He’s risen to the WR18 in my ROS Big Board, with room to rise into the Top-10 if this continues. Doug Pederson‘s offense has typically spread the ball around, but the early evidence is pointing to a target vacuum. Steady volume from an elite signal caller would net Jeffery consistent Top-10 WR outputs, but his disappearance in Week 5 is a reminder of the low floor.

Meanwhile, Wentz should immediately rank in the Top 10 QBs moving forward. He’s back to full health, moving around fantastically in the pocket to buy extra times for his wideouts. Equally important, Pederson remains incredibly pass-heavy within the 20s, which gives Wentz a 2-3 TD floor, and 4+ ceiling each week.  He’s up to the QB9 on my ROS Rankings, with room to continue rising.

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