Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has benched WR Brandon Marshall for the team’s season finale against the Chiefs.
“Our word for the week has been accountability. And we’re looking to put the 45 guys on the field on Sunday that want to play together, want to help us try to win and qualify for the playoffs,” McDaniels said. “… And anybody that showed any indifference to that, we’ll play without them.”
With Marshall on the sidelines, fantasy owners will lose one of the league’s top wideouts in Week 17 matchups. With WR Eddie Royal questionable due to a head injury, WR Jabar Gaffney could see a ton of targets.
If you need a wideout, adding the veteran in larger leagues is worth considering based on the favorable matchup.
In other fantasy-related news, a report by The Times-Picayne indicates that Saints coach Sean Payton will list Drew Brees as the third quarterback against the Panthers. The team has already clinched home-field advantage in the NFC, so Payton will rest Brees.
He could also decide to rest other starters like WR Marques Colston and TE Jeremy Shockey, while RB Pierre Thomas has already been ruled out with injured ribs. It looks as though RB Reggie Bush (knee) could be limited or rested as well.
Fantasy owners would be wise to bench their prominent Saints.
The report indicates QB Mark Brunell will get the start, but the matchup in Carolina in not a favorable one. If you need a sleeper, take a chance on RB Mike Bell. He could draw the start against a weak run defense.
I’d also expect RB Lynell Hamilton to see an increase in touches as well.