Terrace Marshall
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Terrace Marshall Jr. Is This Year’s Chase Claypool

If you’re towards the end of your fantasy draft and looking for a receiver with some upside to stash on your bench, don’t waste your time on the Devante Parkers and Jalen Reagors still on the board. Instead look towards the rookie that has been going largely unnoticed by the casual fantasy football players, Terrace Marshall Jr.

On paper, almost everything points toward Terrace Marshall Jr. emulating the rookie season Chase Claypool had last year. Wide Receiver 3 on the depth chart? Check. Both receivers ahead of him aren’t true X receivers? Check. Best contested catcher on the team? Check. Not to mention, Marshall Jr. has one more check that Claypool didn’t have. He gets reunited with his former coach at LSU, Joe Brady, who now has done a commendable job as the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator. I’m extremely sure that Brady will be able to utilize Marshall effectively, considering how long they’ve known each other.

Although it may seem like a crowded offense with D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Christian McCaffrey all set for their fair share of targets, I believe Marshall’s skill set is different from anyone else on the team and it will show especially in the red zone. His size makes me believe the upside for a lot of touchdowns and explosive plays is there for the taking in this intricate offense engineered by Joe Brady. Sam Darnold is at bare minimum, a guy who can sling the ball downfield which is why I’m not too worried about quarterback play.

Although everyone’s eyes are on the “next Justin Jefferson”, DeVonta Smith or Rashod Bateman likely have a better shot at a season like that simply due to less competition. A Chase Claypool or even Tee Higgins type season is by no means a bad consolation prize, however, and that is exactly what seems to be on the cards for Terrace Marshall Jr. in fantasy football this year.

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