Fantasy Football: Why Brandon Marshall Will Have a Career Year

Kevin Abblitt@kevinabblittCorrespondent IIINovember 20, 2016

LAKE FOREST, IL - JUNE 12:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears works out during a minicamp practice at Halas Hall on June 12, 2012 in Lake Forest, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Home is where the heart is. After leaving a Denver offense plagued by off-the-field scuffles with Josh McDaniels, he joined a flustered quarterback situation in Miami to make things worse. But that would not distract Marshall from greatness. 

Since the Dolphins never were true contenders, the spotlight left Marshall. Despite the Dolphins stagnate offensive system, Marshall quietly strung together two 1000-yard seasons. In the last five seasons, he has hauled in a minimum of 1000 yards each year.

Does the name Marty Booker ring a bell? Dating back to 2002, Booker was the last Bears receiver to corral a 1000-yard season. Marshall will almost undoubtedly change that in Chicago.

In Marshall's young career, he has yet to find an established shot-caller to complement his evasive style of play. In Denver, he paired up with an immature talent in Jay Cutler who was still in the developmental stages of his career. 

Now, Marshall returns to a more mature shade of orange and blue. The familiarity with Cutler will bode well for the two as they look to rekindle their past and compete in arguably the toughest division in the league. 

The Packers suddenly aren't running away with the division, as we saw the Lions escape their circus acts and materialize into a legitimate threat. With the Bears looking to rebound, it is a three-headed monster vying for playoff position. 

The addition of Marshall certainly helps the No. 26-ranked offense from 2011. It also quiets Cutler's fiery mouth with a legitimate No. 1 receiver now in his arsenal of options. He can't complain anymore.

Marshall's physical attributes will help him fend off the constant double teams. What he was able to do in Miami with an average receiving corps and quarterback is reassuring for Chicago Bears fans and fantasy owners. Now equipped with better talent on the offensive front and an overall improved defense, his opportunities will come at a staggering rate.

If Alshon Jeffery's big time abilities and Devin Hester's speed can attract the coverages, Marshall will be a nightmare in the secondary. Isolated in single coverage is not the ideal option that teams would like to defend against Marshall.

He is a high-flying receiver that will undoubtedly benefit your team. Personally, his draft location of a top pick is a risk in my opinion. But if he falls to the third round, he is a must-have selection. Nonetheless, he is a risk worth going after with the top few picks.