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Saturday, July 30, 2016

2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: BRANDON MARSHALL WR NEW YORK JETS

With NFL training camps opening up this week, the big news item on Wednesday was the New York Jets re-signing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year deal worth $12 million.  Those who already drafted Jet skills position players, in particular wideouts Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker rejoiced with Fitzpatrick's return.  After all it was a scary proposition thinking of Geno Smith being under center in Week 1 and failing to consistently get the football to his playmakers.  So with Fitz back in the fold, let's take a closer look at Marshall and where he fits for 2016 fantasy football.

Having already produced quietly a Hall of Fame-worthy career, Brandon Marshall shocked even his most loyal fans in 2015 with his production with the Jets.  After coming over to the Jets in a trade from the Chicago Bears, Marshall's outlook seemed bleak in moving from Jay Cutler and a high-powered passing attack to one with Geno Smith and a ground-based operation.  As a result, we and many other publications had Marshall down as a guy to avoid despite some truly dominant seasons spent with the Bears and Denver Broncos.  Fate then intervened in the form of Smith suffering a broken jaw in a locker room incident which put Fitzpatrick into the starting role.  The rest as they say is history as Marshall set all sorts of Jet receiving records in compiling the following digits:

109 receptions
1,502 yards
13 touchdowns

Amazing number for Marshall who showed that he is still very much a WR 1 in fantasy football and with Fitzpatrick back, it right in that category for 2016 as well.  While the Jets still love to run the football, there is no denying the amazing chemistry between Marshall and Fitzpatrick and they should have no problems hooking up again at a high rate this season.  Marshall is one of the best PPR receivers in fantasy football today but he also is a big red-zone weapon as well.  That means he is a WR 1 both in PPR and in standard and another run at 100 catches is likely.  Durability is also part of the equation for Marshall which makes him that much more of a big asset this season.  While a bit of regression in yardage might be in the cards, Marshall should go no latter than the end of Round 2 in drafts this drafting season. 

2016 PROJECTION:  104 receptions 1,416 yards 12 TD    



















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