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Week 3 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Why You Must Sit Brandon Marshall

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 19:  Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins reacts during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst ISeptember 21, 2011

Dragging Brandon Marshall to your bench is never an easy thing to do. 

But this week against Joe Haden and the Cleveland Browns, it might be in your best interest. 

Miami oddly plays better on the road, but Cleveland's defense is better than advertised with Haden. 

Marshall will have a distinct size advantage over Haden, as he does against almost every NFL cornerback, but I like the former Florida Gator's physicality and willingness to play bump-and-run coverage.

He was smothering against the bigger A.J. Green in Week 1, holding him without a catch until a quick snap clinched the win for Cincinnati.

Haden didn't match up with Reggie Wayne for the entire game last week, but Indianapolis struggled through the air and Wayne only hauled in four catches, a very low number for him.

The Dolphins will turn to their rookie runner Daniel Thomas who ran for 107 yards on 18 carries against the Texans last week, thus taking pressure off Chad Henne and the passing game. 

That doesn't bode well for Marshall owners.

Miami won't totally abandon the pass, but this is one of the tougher matchups for Marshall.

I think secondary options like Davone Bess and Anthony Fasano have a much better chance to get the ball from Henne because the focal point of Cleveland's defensive game plan will be to stop Marshall at all costs.

Along with that, do we even know what type of game we're going to see from Chad Henne?

He looks like he's in full command of the offense one week, then he's flustered and makes many poor decisions the following Sunday.  

Also, the Browns should control the clock with Peyton Hillis, giving the Dolphins less time on offense.

This is the ideal time to take a risk and play someone in that WR 1 or WR 2 spot that usually sits on your bench. 

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