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2012 Fantasy Football Preview: Brandon Marshall, Randy Moss, Marques Colston and More

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Randy Moss (WR, SF)
With the signing of Randy Moss the Niners are hoping they’ve found a wide receiver who can compliment Vernon Davis.  While I think it’s unrealistic to expect Moss to be the same player he was years ago lost a step, there’s almost no way to not see him being the Niners’ top wideout next season.  As bad as Crabtree looked in games, he did have some productive fantasy days, so I think Moss is at minimum a WR3, with the upside to be a WR2.

Brandon Marshall (WR, CHI)
The Dolphins traded Marshall to the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.  He will be reunited with Jay Cutler who he caught balls from in Denver to start his career.  While they’ve done great things, it will be interesting to see how Marshall responds to playing in Chicago where they still hope to be a clock controlling team.  If he can keep his ego in check he should remain a WR1.

Marques Colston (WR, NO)
After tagging Drew Brees, it looked as if the Saints were going to lose their most productive WR.  They were able to make it work and signed Colston to a 5 year deal.  His fantasy value remains mostly unchanged, although it will be interesting to see how the loss of Robert Meachem and his field stretching capabilities affects the space Colston gets.

Vincent Jackson (WR, TB)
Vincent Jackson took the big contract Tampa Bay was offering, and looks to continue his success with Josh Freeman throwing him the ball.  While his talent hasn’t been questioned, he was often disappointing last year as he wouldn’t produce to expectations.  He still has the upside to be a WR1, but it’s risky especially now with a new quarterback.  This signing should increase the value of Mike Williams (and to some extent Arrelious Benn).  Williams should see a lot more single coverage and he should be able to capitalize on that to produce numbers many expected from him last season.

Robert Meachem (WR, SD) 
After losing Vjax, the Chargers wasted no time in signing Robert Meachem.  Phillip Rivers loves to throw the deep ball and Meachem remains one of the league’s best at stretching the field.  I think Meachem will be ownable in most leagues next year and I would put the sleeper tag on him.

Redskins acquire Rams’ 2nd overall pick    
With this bold move, it looks like the Redskins are going to take RGIII to be their QB of the future.  If this turns out to be the case, I like how this benefits the wideouts for Washington as I watched Griffin extensively last year (he led my CFB Fantasy team to the title) and he’s already a better passer than Grossman/Beck.  His athleticism should also lead to some rushing touchdowns which would normally lower the value of the RB’s, but with all the Shanahanigans it’s hard to see their value dip any lower.

Written by Ilyn Yeh exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com
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