Brandon Marshall Fantasy News

Marquess Wilson penciled in as Bears WR3
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2:42pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Marc Trestman said the Chicago Bears are not "anointing" Marquess Wilson as the No. 3 receiver in the offense, but the coach hopes the second-year player can develop like Alshon Jeffery did a year ago.

Wilson apparently will get the first shot at replacing Earl Bennett, who was released Tuesday after declining to take a pay cut. It creates a sizeable void in the offense. Bennett was only fifth on the team in receptions with 32, but he was on the field for 51.2 percent of the snaps.

That means the Bears must replace Bennett’s playing time with a new wide receiver or make a subtle shift in the offense and not rely on three-receiver sets as often. Wilson, a seventh-round pick last year from Washington State, has a wide-open opportunity.

“I think he showed that we can work with him and develop him,” Trestman said Sunday at the NFL owners’ meeting. “He’s got the football intelligence that we’re looking for and the ability to be flexible within the offense. He was consistent. So we’ll see how it goes. We’re not anointing people at this point in time. He’s going to have a chance to compete and be a part of what we do after Alshon and Brandon (Marshall). We’ll see how it goes. We’ve got a long way to go but we like (Wilson) and we’re excited about him to develop him and work him.”

Fantasy Impact:

Bennett wasn't much of a fantasy factor, and there probably aren't enough targets to go around to make Wilson fantasy-relevant (top 60) in 2014, though he looks like a good prospect in dynasty formats. He'll be a good handcuff for either Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery in deeper leagues.

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Bears sign Jay Cutler to seven-year deal
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 10:53am

Brad Biggs, Twitter - [Full Article]

According to beat writer Brad Biggs, the Bears have signed QB Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract.

Fantasy Impact:

No numbers have been released yet, but they are bound to be big given how quickly this deal went down. Cutler averaged 16.9 fantasy points per game in the 10 games where he attempted at least 10 passes. That average tied Ben Roethlisberger for 16th among QBs. Under Marc Trestman, the Bears threw early and often, and the offense has a bright future given the weapons (Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett) at Cutler's disposal.

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MNF Injury Report - Cutler OUT
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 6:03pm

Cowboys

OUT
CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Dwayne Harris (hamstring)

PROBABLE
WR Dez Bryant (back), LB Justin Durant (hamstring), TE Gavin Escobar (hamstring), DT Jason Hatcher (neck), LB DeVonte Holloman (neck), LB Sean Lee (hamstring)

Bears

OUT
LB Lance Briggs (shoulder), QB Jay Cutler (ankle)

QUESTIONABLE
S Anthony Walters (groin)

PROBABLE
G Kyle Long (ankle), WR Brandon Marshall (quadricep), S Major Wright (hamstring)

Fantasy Impact:

Jay Cutler hoped to be back for this game, but Josh McCown will get another start and continues to play well - likely giving the Bears more flexibility with Culter's ankle. WR Brandon Marshall is probable, he didn't practice Thursday but was a full go Friday and Saturday.

For the Cowboys, Dez Bryant is probable and was a full participant Thursday through Saturday. On a defensive note, Dallas could be looking at a huge lift on defense as LB Sean Lee is listed as probable.

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Josh McCown ready to start in Week 9
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 10:19am

ESPN Chicago - [Full Article]

With a bye week and extra prep time for Monday night’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers, QB Josh McCown has exhibited confidence in the locker room and on the practice field, and expects to fill in for Cutler with little to no drop-off in production. McCown is a little more willing than Cutler to take off and scramble for yardage when things break down, and his athleticism is very similar to that of the starter. Count on McCown scrambling some against the Packers, but he’ll also try to lean on Brandon Marshall early because his involvement is crucial to success for Chicago.

The extra preparation should make for an eye-opening performance from McCown. Having been a part of the offense from the time Marc Trestman laid the foundation, McCown is just as much of a master of the offense as Cutler. Look for an efficient performance from McCown, where his passer rating is somewhere in the high 80s to 90s with limited turnovers.

Fantasy Impact:

The Packer defense has been playing well even without LB Clay Matthews, but McCown has the tools to post a nice fantasy line. The Bears have a quality group of receivers and their struggling defense may force the offense to throw more than usual.

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