It’s a happy day for the Denver Broncos and fantasy football owners alike, as the NFL has decreased the suspension of Brandon Marshall to just one game.
Marshall was initially suspended three games for violating of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy, but it was dropped to one game after his appeal. He will also pay an additional fine of one game check in addition to missing the team’s regular-season opener against the Oakland Raiders.
This is tremendous news for Marshall’s draft value, as it makes him a more viable No. 1 fantasy wideout.
The once little-known receiver from Central Florida had a breakout season in 2007, catching 102 passes for 1,325 yards and seven touchdowns. His impressive numbers vaulted him into the fantasy spotlight and made him one of the more attractive options at his position.
The favorite target of Jay Cutler (whose value increases as well in light of this news), Marshall now has a chance to post similar totals in an offense that could lean on the pass more than in previous seasons.
He should now be seen as a top-12 receiver and will come off the board in the third to fifth round in most formats.
With Marshall back in the mix after one game rather than two or three, the value of Darrell Jackson takes a hit. Rookie Eddie Royal is expected to start opposite Marshall, so Jackson will fall to fourth on the depth chart.
Brandon Stokley will continue to see time in the slot, but he has little draft value.