Only two years removed from a stellar 2015 fantasy season where he caught 109 passes for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns, Brandon Marshall will be playing with Eli Manning this year. While he had some good seasons with Jay Cutler in both Denver and Chicago, Manning is a much more successful passer than any of the other quarterbacks Marshall has played with. The Giants run an offensive system that emphasizes prolific passing numbers and should allow Marshall to use his physicality after the catch to rack up additional yardage.
Marshall will be the WR2 on a team for the first time in his career, playing opposite Odell Beckham Jr. The 33-year-old Marshall battled injuries during a down year with the Jets last season, recording only 788 yards and three touchdowns. Marshall may continue his decline as he enters his 12th season, and he may lose targets to second-year slot receiver Sterling Shepard. Marshall will help the Giants, but his days of being a top fantasy player may be over.
2017 Bottom Line
There is reason to like Marshall, as the Giants were eighth in the league in passing attempts last season and should be able to feed multiple receivers in their offense. However, he’s too risky at this point in his career to count on. With an ADP in rounds six and seven, there should be better options available on the board. If you can get him as a WR4 in round 12 or 13, then he’s worth rostering, but he’ll likely go long before his value says he should.