NFL Poll: Which Bears WR to draft first: Marshall or Jeffery?
Two seasons ago (and in his first with the Bears), Brandon Marshall set Chicago's single-season records for most receptions (118) and yards (1,508).
Not only did he break the record, but he became the team's first 1,000-yard receiver since Marty Booker (2002).
Using a second-round pick in 2012 (see team's draft history), the Bears drafted South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery to potentially give the team a big-time receiver opposite Marshall. While Jeffery's rookie season was slowed by injury, he had a breakout season in his sophomore campaign.
Not only did Jeffery lead the team in receiving yards (1,421), but that was second-most all-time behind Marshall's 1,508 in 2012. In addition, he broke the team's single-game record for most receiving yards (249).
Along with Cleveland's Josh Gordon, he was the only receiver with multiple 200-yard games this season. In addition, Gordon was the only receiver with more yards from scrimmage than Jeffery.
Both of these guys are stud receivers and legitimate WR1 options for your fantasy teams. In a dynasty league, I'd certainly prefer the much younger Jeffery, but in re-draft leagues (either standard scoring or PPR formats), I'd prefer Marshall slightly over Jeffery.
With the well-established chemistry between Jay Cutler and Marshall, I expect Marshall to lead the team in targets. That said, I have Marshall (seventh) and Jeffery (eighth) ranked next to each other in my early 2014 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
Going into 2014, which Bears receiver would you prefer to draft first in a standard-scoring re-draft league?
[Related: Marshall and Jeffery went in consecutive picks in our new fantasy football mock draft.]
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