Offseason Fantasy Trade: Jeremy Maclin for Brandon Marshall

I may have quit my year round fantasy football league but I still hear the news. In a PPR league Jeremy Maclin was traded for Brandon Marshall. I never take “fantasy salary” into account when it comes to trades. So lets just analyze the players shall we?

I was weary of Brandon Marshall this past season. I only owned him for a short time on one roster. My concerns were justified and had to do with the QB. Chad Henne never lit a fire under anyone’s fantasy keister. Bill Parcells has realized Henne is wasting Marshall’s talent. It looks incredibly doubtful that Henne will be the starting QB if we have an NFL 2011-2012 season. This only increases Marshall’s value. His 2010 campaign wasn’t stellar – 86 catches, 1014 yards, and 3 TDs. He amassed a mere 204 fantasy points in PPR and finished 26th in WRs. Players like Santana Moss (16th), Danny Amendola (12th), and you guessed it Jeremy Maclin (14th) finished higher.

Jeremy Maclin had a great year for a WR2 – 70 receptions, 964 yards, and 10 TDs. The key number here is the 10 TDs. However, lets not forget that DJAX did miss a few games and Mr Vick was playing out of his gourd. I seriously doubt that Maclin will repeat his 10 TD performance this fall. I love Maclin’s speed and don’t get me wrong I believe he will be a legit fantasy producer. However, I don’t feel that he has the game breaking ability that Marshall has after the catch. 

You can make the argument that Maclin is only 22 and Marshall is 26. That is a flawed argument if you believe in a fantasy football championship. I don’t play for the future I play for the now. The now is Brandon Marshall. Miami paid too steep a price to have a repeat of his 2010 performance. Until last year Marshall had 3 straight seasons of 100+ catches. Parcells knows if he gets a legit QB under center we will see a repeat of Marshall’s 2009 – 101 receptions, 1120 yards, and 10 TDs.

This trade is a simple case of the sell high buy low philosophy. I am a big proponent of this. Marshall is a classic buy low candidate while Maclin is a classic sell high. Why this may not seem clear cut to the average fantasy football player is simple- The impending lockout. Teams have not been able to sign or trade players. This has made the fantasy football offseason VERY difficult to write about. It also makes it difficult to make fantasy trades. Once the smoke has cleared Parcells will be able to make the moves. I guarantee one of his first will be a new QB!

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