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Disgruntled yet immensely talented wide receiver Brandon Marshall is arguably the biggest fantasy head-scratcher entering this season. Where to draft him? What's a reasonable forecast for his production?

Those questions are front and center in the fantasy world for a player who over the past two seasons has averaged 103 catches -- pure gold in PPR leagues -- and 1,295 receiving yards.

Still, Marshall's offseason issues -- hip surgery, court trial, new offense, new coach, etc. -- add up to more red flags than at a China pride march.

"He's still worth a pick between late Round 4 and Round 6, but use caution on Draft Day -- Marshall's Fantasy owners could be in for a long year," according to CBSSports.com, which still considers him a weekly contributor as a low-end No. 1 fantasy wide receiver.

Marshall is projected on ESPN for 76 receptions, 1,004 yards and nine touchdowns.

For a player with his two-year averages in catches and yards, Marshall should have more touchdowns. It's a bit puzzling why he doesn't, but that ultimately has kept him from ascending to among the top five fantasy wide receivers.

So it's also somewhat peculiar he's projected to catch almost a full three more touchdowns than his two-year average this season as he adjusts to a new quarterback and deals with his preseason suspension.

The player nicknamed Baby T.O. makes an updated appearance on FFToolbox, and it's not where Marshall owners want to see him. In his Biggest Draft Mistakes You Can Make column, FFT's Jeb Gorham writes: "With Cutler gone to Chicago, a new no-nonsense coach and his poor attitude, Marshall is a definite to avoid."

Fantasy players don't necessarily seem to be paying attention. Marshall's ADP on FantasyFootballCalculator is 54, and on MyFantasyLeague.com, he's 46th.

By Gene Wang  |  September 3, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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