Brandon Marshall, Lance Moore, Nate Burleson Highlight Undervalued Receivers

We have provided you plenty of fantasy football advice leading up to the start of the season. We’ve recommended two groups of running backs, a few different quarterbacks, and some tight ends. Now here are a few wide receivers who are being undervalued in fantasy drafts (they’re going lower than where they’ll finish the season).

Brandon Marshall is known for being a troublemaker, not to mention his recent borderline personality diagnosis. I suppose he always carries the risk that he could bail on a season Randy Moss-style, but I just don’t see that happening. Here’s the deal: Marshall has been ranked lowly by a few fantasy sources and can be had for a cheap price. I recently took him in the sixth round of a draft and believe he’ll provide fourth round production.

There are two reasons Marshall has been ranked lowly by fantasy outlets. One, his numbers last year were not very good (86 catches, 1,014 yards, three touchdowns). Two, his quarterback is Chad Henne. While Henne certainly limits his upside with the Dolphins (don’t expect 1,400 yards or double-digit touchdowns), Marshall had respectable numbers despite playing in 14 games. Give him a full season and you can expect something like 95 catches, 1,100 yards, and six touchdowns. Marshall won’t knock your socks off, but he’s a fourth-round player you can get in the fifth or sixth round of some drafts.

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Nate Burleson Guarantees Victory for Detroit Lions over Bears

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get tired of players guaranteeing victory, especially when they don’t deliver. That goes for Neftali Feliz, Brandon Marshall, and some unknown player for Pittsburgh. We can add Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson to the list.

Apparently Burleson added a guarantee to the end of his radio show and was asked to categorize his statement on Thursday. “Did I or did I not guarantee a win? How should I answer this? This is what I said – ‘We will win on Sunday.’ That’s what I said at the end of my (radio) show. You can take it as a guarantee, Chicago can take it as a guarantee, they can take it however they want. At the end of the day, they know what our intentions are when they come in to Detroit. I’m not trying to stir up anything, but we play to win the game, we want to try to win on Sunday and we think we’ve got a chance to win.”

Well, there’s a big difference between having a chance to win and trying to win, and actually winning. Now we’re just starting to confuse intending to win with actually guaranteeing victory. That’s no foreign issue for Burleson who “guaranteed” a win over the Arizona Cardinals last year while he was with the Seahawks. The Cardinals went 10-6 and swept Seattle. With Drew Stanton starting at quarterback, I’ll firmly disagree with Burleson’s guarantee once again.