Fantasy Football 2013 Preview: Brandon Marshall

By Tristen Challe
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Drafting a big time receiver in the fantasy football 2013 draft can be crucial for your team. Having a star player that you can depend on to bring big points to your team every week is a must. Who will bring you those massive points for your team? Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is the guy you’re going to want.

In Marshall’s first season with the Bears, he played all 16 games as their number one wide out hauling in massive points to his fantasy owners. He finished the season with his stat line shining bright gaining 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns. Clearly Marshall was quarterback Jay Cutler’s favorite target and will be once again this season.

Marshall, measuring in at 6’4″ and 230 pounds is quite a player for any defensive back to handle. Not only his size but his athleticism poses a great threat to opposing defenses.

Marshall’s natural abilities aren’t the only thing you should go off of if you’re looking to draft him. Take a look at his career stats, for instance.

Since his arrival to the NFL in 2006, Marshall has only missed five regular season games. Many players at his position have missed five or more games during one season as opposed to Marshall’s seven years of experience. A player that is injury prone is a major downside for any fantasy player, and Marshall has no reputation whatsoever as to having the injury prone label posted on him.

As a wide receiver on your fantasy team, no one wants to have a player who goes through ups and downs from season to season. Having the dependable tag on a player is something every fantasy team needs if they have hopes of winning their league. Marshall’s receiving totals from year to year are outstanding. He’s eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark six straight seasons only falling short in his first year in the NFL where he only had 37 targets.

Targets are another major factor in deciding who you should draft as your top receiver. Marshall was looked to 194 times in his first season with the Bears. To put this into comparison, Detroit LionsCalvin Johnson, who is said to be the best at his position and will be drafted very early in all leagues, had 205 targets with 1,964 total yards. Marshall was only 11 targets shy of the coveted Johnson and could easily put up the yardage total Johnson did last season.

Marshall has all the attributes to be the top receiver in the NFL, so don’t be surprised if he surpasses Johnson in fantasy points during the 2013 season.

Tristen Challe is a Fantasy Writer for rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle

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