Brandon Marshall is a beast. He has consistently put up monster numbers year in and year out. There are only a few concerns when looking at Marshall. He has bum hips. Undergoing surgery this off season (super secret surgery) has thrown up some red flags about his durability in the coming years. There is some precedence with this however. In 2009, his left hip went through intensive surgery. He went on to have a 101 catch, 1000+ yard, 10 TD season. In most fantasy football leagues, you are less concerned drafting a player who will produce for multiple years anyway, so a repeat performance of 2009 is very likely. Marshall is also being introduced to a new system. New systems take time to learn right? Not for Marshall. Last year the Broncos offense went through a massive overhaul losing Jay Cutler and one Mike Shanahan. Somehow, Marshall racked up some nasty fantasy points. But this is a wild cat offense. The craziest, most ridiculous, and simplest offense there is. Look for Marshall to thrive.
You cannot talk Dolphins without talking about one of their most important players, Ronnie Brown (I really wanted to say Jake Long, the greatest player in the NFL bar none). Brown is having a weird off-season. Foot injuries and contract negotiations are normally bad signs. Ricky Williams is in his last season, but that is an article in itself (will he try for a pro bowl year? or just avoid injury? to be continued…). But the fact remains that the Dolphins can run the ball, ranking 4th in rushing offense last season in the NFL. With his new elite receiver, Chad “finally Ted Ginn is gone” Henne can get his strong arm working down field to counter defenses that are loading the box against the rushing attack.
All things considered, I expect Marshall to have exactly the same fantasy success as last year. Bold statement I know. The Dolphins addressed many questions this off season (and I am not even talking about Jeff Ireland) by electing a starting QB and getting a stud WR. Brandon Marshall will be better this year, but will have to work harder to put up numbers, the defenses are far better in the AFC East.
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