Marshall wants less receiving pressure: Last season, the Chicago Bears passing game featured Brandon Marshall, Brandon Marshall and more Brandon Marshall. The wideout finished 2012 with 194 targets and 1,508 receiving yards. By comparison, Matt Forte was second with 60 targets and Earl Bennett was second with 375 receiving yards. This season, Marshall is hoping that the addition of Martellus Bennett to the offense will help spread the ball around and alleviate some of the pressure on him. Under new coach Marc Trestman, the sense is that the targets will be spread around a little more, which is good news for Forte, Martellus Bennett and others. It could affect Marshall’s production, but it shouldn’t hurt him enough to concern fantasy owners.
Giants to use ‘hot hand’ at RB: For fantasy owners, there is no phrase more frustrating than “we’re going with the hot hand.” But that could be the case for the New York Giants backfield this season. According to reports, the duo of Andre Brown and David Wilson could see their playing time determined by who’s having the best day. For the moment, Wilson appears to have a slight lead for the starting nod — which would give him the edge on fantasy draft boards — but if there’s a chance Tom Coughlin could run a rotation, it would certainly downgrade the pair of them.
Steelers have big expectations for Sanders: With the Pittsburgh Steelers seeking a new No. 1 receiver, the expectations for Emmanuel Sanders have been heightened. The speedy wideout says the team is looking for 70 catches and 1,000 yards out of him this season. Last season, Sanders caught a career-high 44 passes but with Mike Wallace out of the mix, the idea that he could push that number in the range of 70 receptions isn’t ridiculous. It just reinforces why I’ve considered him a sleeper for 2013.