The NFL has suspended Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall for three games for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy. According to reports, Marshall's suspension could be reduced to two games if he completes counseling.
This shouldn't come as a surprise after Marshall met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month about his numerous off-the-field incidents. The up-and-coming Denver star will now have some time to sit in the corner on an official time out by the league, and fantasy football players will have to adjust accordingly.
Taking three games out of the equation, KFFL now projects Marshall to haul in 69 to 79 receptions, 917 to 1,067 yards receiving and five to seven touchdowns on the season.
This clearly diminishes Marshall's fantasy football draft stock, where he previously had an average draft position (ADP) of 57th overall - or the latter half of the fifth round in a standard 12-team league. Look for him to drop at least one or two full rounds because of the suspension.
With Marshall out two or three games to start the season, the Broncos will have to rely on Brandon Stokley, Keary Colbert and Darrell Jackson as their top three targets amongst the receivers.
Our sources noted Colbert had the early advantage over Jackson, but it is important not to count Jackson out. Despite his miserable year with the San Francisco 49ers last year, Jackson is not that far removed from solid play with the Seattle Seahawks. Colbert and Jackson should be watched closely during the remainder of training camp but neither should be considered more than a No. 5 fantasy option with upside at this point.
Marshall is still worth owning and should be considered a No. 2 fantasy football receiver with serious potential upon his return. However, in the meantime, you will need to cover your bases for the first few weeks of the season while he serves his time.
About Ryan R. Bonini
Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA
TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer
of the Year by the FSWA,
received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.
His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo!
Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured
on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA,
FSWA and FSTA.
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