Brandon Marshall signs with New York Giants is a surprising headline. That’s because the veteran receiver seemed like a clear fit for the Baltimore Ravens after Steve Smith Sr. retired.
But on March 8, the Giants announced they inked Marshall to a two-year contract worth $12 million.
And even though it was a surprise when the Giants landed the 32-year old receiver, it makes plenty of sense why they signed him. The Giants need another receiver who can take pressure off of Odell Beckham, as opposing defenses will have to respect the skill set of Marshall. Now, if defensive coordinators base their strategy around double covering Beckham, Marshall will burn them for it.
For Fantasy players in 2017, this has a lot of implications. From Eli Manning to Sterling Shepard, there is a lot to digest in terms of how this move will affect the offense.
Let’s get right to it and breakdown the Fantasy implications of Marshall signing with the Giants…
Brandon Marshall Signs With The New York Giants
Fantasy Implications of Brandon Marshall Signing with the Giants
The first thing to watch is how Brandon Marshall will affect the value of Manning.
In 2016, Manning took a step back from his 35-touchdown season in 2015. He finished with fewer passing yards, fewer touchdowns, and more interceptions.
Within the organization, the Giants reportedly believe Peyton Manning’s younger brother has two or three years left as a starting quarterback. That means he’s not likely to top his totals from 2015, one of the best seasons of his career.
So if you weren’t planning on targeting him in your 2017 Fantasy Football draft, Marshall signing with New York shouldn’t change your mind.
In terms of the receivers in New York, this will hurt the value of Shepard. He had a solid rookie season, posting a 65-683-8, but those numbers will decline with Marshall in the lineup. Shepard was targeted 14 times in the red zone last season, and six of his touchdowns came from red-zone targets. However, that was mostly out of necessity. As a 5-foot-10 receiver, those targets will shrink with the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Marshall in the lineup.
That leads us to one of the most important questions…
Should I Draft Brandon Marshall in 2017 Fantasy Football Leagues?
Right now, Marshall is being drafted in Round 6, according to FantasyFootballCalculator.com.
That could change, and he could be drafted earlier now that he has officially signed with a new team. But with a price tag in Round 5 or 6, Marshall’s a solid investment. Even though he will be 33 years old by the time the 2017 NFL season starts, he will still be just two seasons removed from his 2015 campaign of 109 receptions, 1,502 receiving yards, and 10 touchdown receptions.
He’s not going to repeat that total with Beckham in the lineup, but he’s a solid addition to a team where he’s being drafted. If Fantasy players draft wide receivers in Rounds 1-3, that means Marshall could be the fourth receiver added to a team. I don’t know about you, but I would like my odds if I drafted Mike Evans in Round 1, T.Y. Hilton in Round 2, Allen Robinson in Round 3, and Marshall in Round 5 or 6.
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