Among those players that have already gone through a bye week this season, Brandon Marshall is second in the league after Reggie Wayne in targets and is listed in the top five in receptions. After his three-touchdown effort last week, Marshall is now on pace for a career-high in touchdowns with seven already on the season.
These are the numbers we hoped for when Marshall was sent packing out of Miami and re-united with Jay Cutler in Chicago. The chemistry between Cutler and Marshall is top notch but with success comes the attention from opponents to figure out ways to take this combination away.
With this in mind it should be no surprise that according to Texans beat-writer Tania Ganguli, Houston game plan will be to double-team Marshall with regularity in an attempt to take him out of the offense.
Many teams will attempt to take Marshall away going forward, but as fantasy owners we must question if the Texans have the personnel to execute the coaching staff's game plan. Based on how Houston has played against the pass in recent years, we should like their odds of slowing down the Bears top target.
Then again, Jay Cutler has a big arm and has never been one to show a lack in confidence in placing the football into tight windows. This could mean the Texans bait Cutler into a few interceptions, as he attempts to keep Marshall involved, but PPR fantasy owners should expect enough work from their star receiver to keep him a WR1 option this week.
Percy Harvin Unlikely To Play
Staying off the injury report has been a big problem for Percy Harvin over his career, but to his credit, he’s been on the field for every game this season. That could end on Sunday as Harvin suffered an ankle injury against the Seahawks and is listed as doubtful.
According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert it will be, “difficult, but not impossible, to see him playing” so keep this in mind if happen to have him in your lineup going into Sunday. He will be a player to watch out for on the Vikings inactives before the game. If he should play, consider him more of a low-end WR2.
|2||Julio Jones||@ Saints|
|3||Victor Cruz||@ Bengals|
|4||Demaryius Thomas||@ Panthers|
|5||Roddy White||@ Saints|
|7||Eric Decker||@ Panthers|
|11||Calvin Johnson (I)||@ Vikings|
|12||Miles Austin||@ Eagles|
|13||Andre Johnson||@ Bears|
|16||Denarius Moore||@ Ravens|
|17||Percy Harvin (I)||Lions|
|19||Stevie Johnson (I)||@ Patriots|
|20||Dwayne Bowe||@ Steelers|
|21||Dez Bryant (I)||@ Eagles|
|22||Brandon Lloyd (I)||Bills|
|24||Titus Young||@ Vikings|
|26||Malcom Floyd||@ Buccaneers|
|30||Hakeem Nicks (I)||@ Bengals|
|31||Danny Amendola (I)||@ 49ers|
|32||Ryan Broyles||@ Vikings|
|34||Kenny Britt||@ Dolphins|
|37||Darrius Heyward-Bey||@ Ravens|
|39||Jeremy Kerley||@ Seahawks|