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Bears | Brandon Marshall playing heavier

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall said he plans to play at 235 pounds, which is about 5 pounds heavier than he's accustomed to playing. Marshall said he added the weight to try to break tackles and improve his yard-per-catch ratio. "The thing that separates me, the thing that I can be the best at is breaking tackles and getting upfield," Marshall said. "So I'm focused on getting stronger, especially my hip, my waist down area and maybe playing with a few extra pounds. I played since my freshman year in college at 230. This year I'm going to play at 235. I'm lean like I was in college at about 6.3 percent body fat, ready to rock and roll."

Fantasy Tip: This shouldn't be taken as a grain of salt. Adding weight, whether it's bulk or not, restricts flexibility and could reduce his breakaway speed. He's already dealing with a hip problem, and the added weight to the lower body can just put more torque on his body - not to mention the potential speed reduction could lead to more hits. Five pounds isn't a lot, and probably won't make a big difference. However, the difference in separating from a defender is miniscule as well. We aren't saying you should avoid Marshall or he isn't worth being a No. 1 fantasy receiver. We are simply saying, if you own him, monitor him. He could have a career season and make this a moot point. Or...

2013-08-02 07:00:53 | Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

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