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.