Brandon Marshall’s Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 9

Despite the absence of quarterback Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall continues to be an elite fantasy option regardless of matchup.

With the veteran Josh McCown under center on Monday Night Football, Marshall had brought in six receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown through three quarters of action as the highest-targeted player in the passing game. He finished the day with seven for 107 and a score as the focal point of the offense.

Brandon Marshall already has more receiving yards tonight (84) than he did in the 2 meetings vs Packers last season (80)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 5, 2013

Now Marshall has six receptions or more in eight games as one of fantasy’s most reliable options.

Marshall was not the only receiver getting in on the action, as second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery caught five for 60 and a score in that timespan.

Jeffery’s contributions do little to hurt Marshall’s fantasy value. In fact, they help because defenses will have to better account for Jeffery if he continues to produce at a high level, which translates to more opportunities for Marshall.

No matter who is under center, Marshall is a top-five player at his position in fantasy. He’ll easily produce no matter the circumstances and is an easy lock in every lineup the rest of the year, and smart owners will ensure no trade offer will entice them to give him away.

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