2013 Fantasy Football Studs: Despite Current Physical Status, Brandon Marshall is Top 5 WR

By Ryan Heckman
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Brandon Marshall had his third hip procedure done this offseason, and the Chicago Bears wideout is a bit frustrated with his slow recovery at the moment. While it was just a minor surgery, Marshall is still not back to 100 percent. He is participating in practice and played in the first three preseason games, so it isn’t considered to be anything serious.

However, many wonder if he will be back to full form come time for the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Not only that, but how will this surgery and recovery affect his fantasy football value?

“It’s one of those things where you may be rushed a little bit, and some people might think I need to be farther on than where I am,” Marshall said according to ESPN. “So it’s a little frustrating not being where I want to be right now, and maybe pushed a little bit. So we’ll see.”

New head coach Marc Trestman has implemented an offense that figures to get more players involved this year, and Marshall is on his way in learning it and getting comfortable operating within it.

“Mentally, as far as understanding plays, I know where I’m supposed to be. I know where I’m supposed to line up,” Marshall said. “Now, it’s getting a feel for it and having more experience in the offense. I’m still trying to figure out my role and my place in this offense; trying to get healthy, and we’ll see where it takes us.”

Despite his not being at full health just yet, nothing serious is going on right now. It’s just a matter of Marshall feeling more comfortable on the field and in the new offense. He’s looked a bit off throughout the preseason, having dealt with a couple of bad drops. But, overall, he should be ready for the opener.

Not only that, but quarterback Jay Cutler will still look Marshall’s way no matter what. Even though he will be trying to get more guys involved, the chemistry between the two teammates is too strong for Cutler not to target Marshall the majority of the time. As Cutler’s security blanket, Marshall should still see himself up in the top-5 of fantasy wideouts in 2013.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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