2014 Fantasy Football: Replacing Brandon Marshall in Week 4

If you haven’t made plans yet to replace Brandon Marshall for your fantasy football team in Week 4 if he can’t suit up, you still have time to find a replacement if the star receiver can’t start.

Marshall missed practice every day this week, and he is currently listed as questionable. If your bench is a little shallow at the receiver position, or if some of your receivers are on a dreaded bye week, you need to head over to your local waiver wire and see who is available.

For ESPN standard scoring leagues, these are some widely available options who I feel are serviceable options. Granted, these players aren’t going to put up Marshall-like numbers if you need to replace the Chicago Bears‘ star receiver, but they should provide your team with some fantasy relevance.

Here are three, widely available receivers I would add in case you need to replace Marshall:

Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

This is a case where you want to dismiss the overall talent(or lack thereof) of this team, and focus on the talent Allen Robinson can provide for your fantasy football roster. Robinson currently leads the Jaguars in targets with 19, and the rookie has recorded two straight games of 70 or more yards. The jury is still out on Blake Bortles, but he is a much more competent option than Chad Henne, and he provides Robinson with a much greater chance of fantasy success. The Jaguars’ defense is the worst in the league by far, and that means the offense will normally play from behind. That means, the ball will constantly need to be thrown, and with a rushing attack which has yet to find a rhythm, the offense will rely heavily on Bortles to move the ball. In an article I wrote back in May, I said that if Bortles became quarterback, Robinson would become his favorite target, and he would be a must add for fantasy football players. Shockingly, the rookie receiver is only owned in 1.6% of ESPN leagues. He is a solid start against the middle of the road defense of the San Diego Chargers.

 

Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers

Quarterback Philip Rivers is going to have a field day against a defense that allows an average of 306 passing yards per game. Malcom Floyd has been boom or bust in the past three weeks, but with a matchup like this, you can’t pass on the veteran if you need a quick fill for your receiver slot. Even though he only found value as a deep threat last week, Floyd still has three catches of 20 or more yards for the year, and he will have several opportunities for success against the porous Jaguars’ defense. Only owned in 4% of leagues, Floyd is good fill in for Week 4.

 

Stevie Johnson, San Francisco 49ers

If Vernon Davis sits out against the Philadelphia Eagles, I give you my blessing to start Stevie Johnson if you absolutely have to pick a receiver up off of the waiver wire. With Davis out of the lineup in Week 3, Johnson finished the day with nine receptions off of nine targets, and 103 receiving yards. Sometimes it won’t always make sense who a quarterback looks to as a safety blanket replacement, but Johnson is obviously the replacement for Davis. With Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin in the lineup, however, you can only start Johnson if Davis sits. Owned in less than 7% of leagues, Johnson should just be hanging out on your waiver wire.

 

 

All of these game are later in the day, so you should have plenty of time to make the appropriate move once Marshall’s status is determined.

 

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