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Saturday, October 22, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL CRISIS POINT: BRANDON MARSHALL WR NEW YORK JETS

Prior to last season's start, we and many other publications had New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall down as a firm BUST candidate for 2015 fantasy football.  While Jay Cutler certainly has his drawbacks, the guy had an excellent rapport in Chicago with Marshall and he helped make him into the PPR monster he was as headed to a new locale in New York.  In exchange of Cutler, Marshall was now going to be having the awful Geno Smith as his passer.......that was until Smith got his jaw broken in a locker room fight. Enter in Ryan Fitzpatrick who was a better QB than Smith but who was a career backup for a reason.  No matter who was under center, Marshall was in big trouble with his numbers and likely wouldn't achieve WR 1 status as a result.  Well of course by now we all know Marshall did in fact have another monster season to the tune of catching 13 touchdowns, 109 total catches, and 1,502 yards.  It was a spectacular season and lend credence to Marshall being a top wideout no matter who is throwing him the football.

Fast forward to present day and trouble has ensued.  In fact what is going on with Marshall now is exactly what we expected LAST SEASON when we called him a bust candidate in the first place.  With Fitzpatrick regressing to his journeyman status to the point he has been yanked for Smith for Week 7, Marshall's numbers have suffered to the tune of going into the game with just 27 catches for 433 yards and scores.  On a per game basis, Marshall's numbers are WAY DOWN from a year ago and his career norms.  Now with the pathetic Smith under center, this could get even more ugly.  Marshall also has been dogged with injury, specifically a knee problem that looks like it is continuing to bother him week-after-week.  Add it all up and Marshall is not coming anywhere close in terms of yielding his expected numbers.  However this is what we expected last season given the ugly QB situation and so total shock shouldn't be felt.  Of course if you are a Marshall owner, you have no choice but to keep playing him and hope something clicks. 


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