Fantasy fallout from Brandon Marshall trade


[MUSIC] The Chicago Bears turned a page on Friday trading Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets for a fifth round pick and obviously for cap relief. I, you look at what’s left of the receiving corps in Chicago, I think a lot of people are going to assume. Assume that there’s a value bump here for Alshon Jeffery. The one thing I would caution you, he had 145 targets last year. He had 150 targets the year before. I’m not sure Alshon can reasonably expect more work in the season ahead, right? Especially, in an offence that’s going to achieve a better run pass balance so I think Alshon’s value pretty much stays the same. I would not count on a major leap for him. I think he’s still a fringy wide receiver 1 for Fantasy purpose. The one receiver on the Bears roster right now who probably gets a Fantasy bump has to be Marquess Wilson. Now he didn’t show us a whole lot at the end of the season last year when he really had an opportunity with Marshall out. But he is a talent. He does have the right size, right. He’s 6-3, 6-4, he’s got a little bit of speed, pretty athletic. There’s an opportunity here for him. I don’t want to oversell him though, I think a reasonable expectation for Wilson next year would be something like 55-60 catches. Maybe 650 yards. Maybe five or six touchdowns. If you’re in a deep league and that will play, great. But there’s not much chance he’s going to be anything more than say a top 40 fantasy receiver. I don’t think he’s going to be quite a wide receiver three. As we look at Brandon Marshall, you know, whatever else you think about Marshall off-field, statistically, on the field, he has been a monster. He’s an all-timer. He has five seasons to his credit with over 1200 receiving yards. He has five seasons with over 100 receptions. He’s a great, great player. But. He’s going from one dreadful quarterback situation to another in New York. Geno Smith, he does not yet have a season with even a sixty percent completion percentage. I’m not enthusiastic about Marshall right now. I think that’s reasonable. I don’t think Chan Gailey can fix this necessarily. I think realistically you have to look at Marshall as you did in the Miami. Maybe he’s eighty catches, a thousand yards, five, six touchdowns. That will make him ownable in fantasy, but no longer a star.

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