Fantasy Football: Terrace Marshall Is a High-Upside Addition to the Panthers

There is a lot to like about Marshall's prospect profile. Will that translate into fantasy football success in Carolina?

The Carolina Panthers moved up to 59th overall to draft receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. on Friday night in the second round.

Over his final two college seasons at LSU, Marshall amassed 23 touchdowns on 94 catches, averaging 104.4 yards per game in 2020. Per PlayerProfiler, his college dominator rating sits in the 92nd percentile, and he owns an 86th-percentile breakout age.

What will Marshall do for Carolina in 2021?

Player Comparisons

numberFire's JJ Zachariason and Jim Sannes break down Marshall's profile, and JJ gives his top comparison.

Brandon Gdula's draft database has found these 10 prior prospects to have the most similar statistical profiles to Marshall. Keep in mind that these are based not on play style or traits but age, athleticism, draft equity, experience, efficiency, and production.

Terrace Marshall Jr. Profile Comparisons Similarity
Justin Hunter 92.2%
Denzel Mims 91.6%
DJ Chark 89.4%
Justin Jefferson 86.0%
Sidney Rice 85.4%
Devin Street 84.9%
Rueben Randle 84.8%
Josh Reynolds 84.0%
J'Mon Moore 84.0%
Aaron Dobson 83.8%

Gdula's Take: College team has nothing to do with my projections and similarity scores, but Marshall has two LSU wideouts -- D.J. Chark and Justin Jefferson -- in his top six. He rates as a plus athlete and broke out early, which helps overcome some market share concerns.

Marshall's 2021 Fantasy Football Projection

Marshall will be walking into a Panthers' receiver room that already has D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson, two guys who played pretty well last season despite an iffy quarterback situation. That quarterback situation could -- emphasis on could -- be better in 2021 with the acquisition of Sam Darnold, but it's unlikely Darnold will be able to support three fantasy-relevant wideouts next year.

Zachariason's initial rookie-season projections for Marshall include 63 catches, 747 yards and 4.2 touchdowns, making him the PPR WR51 for the season.

On FanDuel Sportsbook, the Panthers are listed at +6500 to win the Super Bowl and +1200 to take the NFC South, and they have a win total projection of 7.5 on FOX Bet.