Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears
|WR - #5||CHI||Active||8 years||29||6'4||230||@BMarshall|
2013 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Aug-13-2013 by Jeb Gorham
Marshall had a few low scoring affairs this past season, but when push comes to shove, he is a fantasy stud. The reinforcements on the O-line should provide Cutler with better protection and that means more time to get the ball to Marshall. The addition of Martellus Bennett should also provide a benefit to Marshall as he should be able to get open more often since Bennett can be a new threat in Chicago's offense that was lacking talent at TE.
ESPN's Michael C. Wright has reported that Bears coach, Marc Trestman has named Jay Cutler the starting quarterback for their game vs. the Cleveland Browns in Week 15. "We plan on him playing, and we plan on him playing well", Trestman stated. "I expect Jay to play efficiently and play well on Sunday. That's why he's gonna be up."
In five starts since Cutler's injury, backup quarterback, Josh McCown has gone 3-2, completing 69% of his passes, and throwing 13 touchdowns to only 1 interception. Cutler was sporting a 4-4 record, with a 63% completion percentage, 13 touchdowns and 8 interceptions up to that point.Fantasy Analysis:
Anyone who has ridden the McCown Train into the playoffs the past few weeks needs to jump off and start looking for another ride!!
While this is good news for anyone who has held onto Cutler, awaiting his glorious (or not so glorious) return, fantasy owners who have enjoyed the spoils of McCown's on-field success cannot be happy with this news. With a QBR of 85.7 to Cutler's 63.2, McCown had earned a spot in the hearts of Bears fans and fantasy owners alike, capping it off with a 5 TD performance in Week 14 vs. the much-hated Dallas Cowboys.
This does little to impact anyone else's value, apart from Cutler and McCown. WR's Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and RB Matt Forte are all still Top 10 plays at their positions this week vs. Cleveland. Cutler is a viable option for sure, as he's our #13 ranked QB this week.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors12/12 - Bears QB Cutler to start Sunday
Average Draft PositionBrandon Marshall was drafted in 99% of MyFantasyLeague.com leagues with an average drafting position of 18.49
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|1.12||FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|1.10||Fantasy Football QB - WR is deep, but truly consistent WRs are not. In my opinion, their value goes up in a FFWC format where you have to start a minimum of 3 and up to 5 WRs. It's a close call between Marshall and Dez Bryant here. Both are PPR monsters who can produce with high consistency on a weekly basis, and that is key to all my high rounds draft picks; however, both have also been known to be head cases. Apparently, the new coaching regime would like Marshall's targets to go down, but since when does Cutler listen to coaches? [Other considerations: Lynch - need to know more about the risk of a suspension; Ray Rice - B. Pierce, loss of FB, worst schedule for RBs = tic, tac, toe? Maybe not, but it's starting to feel like a Happy Meal with a lot of missing parts; Forte - in case Cutler actually listens to his coach; and, finally somebody that I actually took at 2.03...]|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|2.04||World Ranked #20|
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