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Brandon Marshall: Dynamic WR a Must Start for Fantasy Owners in Week 12

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 11:  Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a third quarter completion against the Houston Texans during the game at Soldier Field on November 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2012

Whether it's Jay Cutler or Jason Campbell under center for the Chicago Bears in Week 12, Brandon Marshall needs to be in the starting lineup of your fantasy squad.

Yes, he only caught two passes for 21 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers last week—ending a streak of six games with at least 80 yards receiving—and he tweaked his shoulder late in the fourth quarter.

But according to CBS Sports, Marshall's shoulder injury won't keep him out of action in Week 12 when the Bears welcome the Minnesota Vikings into Soldier Field for the first of two games against their NFC North rivals over the next three weeks.

The Vikings have surrendered five touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in the past two games, and after Detroit's Calvin Johnson, there might not be a better receiver in the NFL at going up and getting the ball than Brandon Marshall.

Speaking of Johnson, he had a monster game against the Vikings in Week 10, catching 12 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. I'm not suggesting that Marshall is going to put up similar numbers, but the Vikings are susceptible to giving up big days to big-time receivers—and Marshall is certainly that.

Still not convinced that Marshall needs to be in your lineup?

Consider these two nuggets, courtesy of Fox Sports:

Marshall. Marshall. Marshall. @bmarshall now has 7 TDs in his last 7 games.

— FOX SPORTS: NFL (@NFLONFOX) November 20, 2012

And Stats.com:

Brandon Marshall has accounted for an astonishing 45.9% of the @chicagobears receiving yards, the highest such rate since 1975 #NFL

— STATS_NFL (@STATS_NFL) November 24, 2012

Get Brandon Marshall back into your starting lineup if you took him out, and leave him there.

Multiple receptions, at least 80 yards and a touchdown are in store for you on Sunday.

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