Marshall a nice fantasy fit in Chicago

Reunited, and it feels so good.

That’s the song fantasy owners will hear in Chicago, as the Bears acquired Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins for a pair of third-round picks. The move puts Marshall back with Jay Cutler – the two combined to form one of the best quarterback-to-wide receiver combos in fantasy football during their time in Denver. It also gives the Bears their first No. 1 wide receiver in well, maybe forever (apologizes to Marcus Robinson and Marty Booker).

An athletic receiver with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, Marshall is now a borderline No. 1 fantasy wideout heading into 2012. Not only is he reunited with Cutler, but Marshall will no longer have to face Jets CB Darrelle Revis twice a year. What’s more, he now has one of the easiest schedules in the league (based on fantasy points) at his position.

While the team still needs to upgrade its offensive line, this deal is a good starting point in helping Cutler’s appeal. He’s not going to be a surefire No. 1 fantasy quarterback, but the veteran out of Vanderbilt should be a better reserve and matchup-based starter across the board.

In Miami, the Fins are now left with Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Clyde Gates as their best wide receivers. That’s not saying much – but then again, the free-agent period has just started.

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