Can Brandon Marshall Produce As a WR2 In Fantasy Football

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 3, 2009

DENVER - DECEMBER 7: Wide reiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos was all smiles after catching the game winning touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter of week 14 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 7, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Denver beat Kansas City 24-17.(Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

We are one week away my fantasy football friends! Is anyone else excited about the start of the football season? Yes, that was a rhetorical question. We here at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football know that everyone is excited for the start of football, especially fantasy football.

We are one week away from the official start of the NFL season when the Pittsburgh Steelers start their Super Bowl title defense next Thursday when they host the Tennessee Titans.

With the NFL preseason and the fantasy football drafting season coming to an end, it’s time to start pondering our starting line-ups for Week 1 of the fantasy football season.

So whether you are preparing for an upcoming draft or tossing around possible line-ups for Week 1, it’s time for us to take a look at the fantasy impact of this week’s news around the NFL.

Josh McDaniels says Broncos’ not shopping Marshall

Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels said Wednesday that the team is not currently shopping disgruntled wide receiver Brandon Marshall, dispelling reports of a possible trade to the New York Jets.

McDaniels went on to say that the team is looking forward to getting Marshall back on the field September 6, as the team prepares to take on the Cincinnati Bengals Week 1 of the regular season.

This appears to be good news for owners who have already drafted Marshall, but don’t get to excited yet. Sept. 6 is the first day that Marshall is eligible to return from a team mandated suspension for conduct detrimental to the team and just because the team is ready to welcome him back it does not mean that this situation is completely resolved.

It has been reported that Marshall is behind in learning the Broncos new offense and he is not a lock to start Week 1 of the regular season. Fantasy football owners may want to take a wait and see approach with Marshall. He has the talent to be an elite wide receiver, but he needs to get his head on straight.

Consider Marshall a low-end WR2; there are a lot of concerns with him heading into the regular season.

Terrell Owens expected to miss the Bills’ final preseason game

According to Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron Wednesday, wide receiver Terrell Owens is expected to miss the team’s final preseason game tonight against the Detroit Lions. Owens has not played in a preseason game since the Bills’ first offensive series in the Hall of Fame game against the Tennessee Titans.

This is not a big concern at this point, as Owens has returned to practice and it appears he is on schedule to be ready for the start of the regular season. The Bills definitely need Owens on the field as they have struggled offensively during the preseason without the flamboyant wide receiver in their line-up.

Consider Owens a high-end WR2 heading into the regular season, as long as there aren’t any set-backs with his injured toe.

DeAngelo Williams Returns to practice Monday, Jonathan Stewart remains out

Carolina Panthers’ running back DeAngelo Williams returned to practice Monday after missing time last week with a sore knee and it appears the Panthers were just being cautious sitting him out of the team’s preseason game last week. Williams’ running mate Jonathan Stewart continues sit out with a sore Achilles tendon.

Williams is in line to start for Carolina Week 1 of the regular season and he is a must start RB1 in all formats. In his third NFL season he had the breakout year in 2008 many fantasy football owners have been waiting for since his rookie season.

Stewart is questionable for the start of the regular season; he is low-end RB2 when healthy. Keep on eye on this situation as the regular season approaches. Williams is ranked the No. 7 running back on the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets and he could see increased value if Stewart misses any time.

Knowshon Moreno returns to practice after missing time with knee injury

Denver Broncos rookie running back Knowshon Moreno returned to practice Tuesday after missing the Broncos’ last two preseason games with a sprained MCL suffered during the team’s first preseason game. He is not expected to play in the team’s final preseason game, but he could be ready to go for Denver’s Week 1 match-up with the Cincinnati Bengals.

This is good news for owners who have drafted Moreno. He may not be the Broncos’ No. 1 running back for Week 1, but it is likely only a matter of time. Consider Moreno as a RB3 at this time as Denver has a crowded backfield, but Moreno is the most talented running back on this roster and it will be hard to keep this kid off the field.

Matt Cassel suffers knee injury, questionable for start of the regular season

In a story of fate meets irony, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel suffered what is being reported as a sprained MCL in the team’s third preseason game. If it was fate that Tom Brady’s season ending knee injury in Week 1 of the 2008 NFL season allowed Matt Cassel the playing time to showcase his skills and earn him a multi-million dollar multi-year contract with the Chiefs, then it’s irony that a similar knee injury could cost him playing time this season.

The Chiefs have not officially listed Cassel’s injury on the injury report and they don’t have to until Wednesday before Week 1. At this point you should not expect Cassel to start Kansas City’s season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

He has had an up-and- down preseason and should not be considered anything more then a QB2 even without the injury. The Chiefs are a rebuilding team with a new coaching staff and they will likely struggle offensively this season.


Can Brandon Marshall Produce As a WR2 In Fantasy Football