When one looks at the top of the leader board in the receptions category in fantasy football, the usual suspects abound such as Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith of the Giants, etc. One name that doesn’t seem to fit on the board however is Denver Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd who comes into Week 5 with 25 receptions for 454 yard and 1 TD. Shocker to say the least. This is the same Brandon Lloyd that blew opportunities with the Redskins, Bears, and 49ers correct? Yes it is and he is fitting right in with the high-octane aerial attack that QB Kyle Orton has been leading so far this season. No doubt Lloyd has registered in the minds of fantasy football owners once again and many are wondering if he is in fact for real this time or will he once again underachieve and leave us disappointed again? Lets look at Lloyd more closely and figure this out.
As far as Lloyd and his career is concerned, as I mentioned before the man has been nothing but a mediocre player throughout the course of his previous 7 seasons in the league. He also was a fourth round draft choice so even coming out of college he wasn’t looked at as a top notch receiving talent. Part of the problem with Lloyd was a bad attitude and immaturity which got him run out of San Francisco and Washington. So far so good however in Denver as Lloyd has not gotten into any trouble with the coaching staff or with his teammates. The chance of combustibility will always be there but for now its shouldn’t be a worry.
The other issue that makes Lloyd look better to fantasy football owners however is the fact that the Denver Broncos are doing their best to copy the early 2000 St. Louis Rams offensive blueprint which was to pass, pass,…..and than pass some more. QB Kyle Orton already has an obscene 1,419 yards and 6 TD’s through four games and the has shown a great ability to get rid of the ball quickly and to find his receivers in the process. The main reason for this is the fact that Denver has quite possibly the worst running game in the NFL and thus have to pass out of necessity but that is actually a great thing for Lloyd’s prospects going forward. Orton and company show no sign of slowing down with the passing game and so Lloyd and fellow WR Eddie Royal should continue to get their catches and scoring chances. Lloyd really is in the best possible place outside of maybe Indianapolis or Green Bay as far as being in a big passing offense and that will go a long way toward boosting his value for the rest of the season.
All in all Brandon Lloyd is someone that all fantasy football owners should be paying attention to as he has played too well to ignore. If he wasn’t in a situation in Denver where they have to throw the ball so much out of necessity than I would be a little leery of him in thinking this was just a hot stretch but the fact of the matter is that the Broncos have a good thing going right now and likely will continue to chuck it. Lloyd is even more valuable in PPR formats and he certainly should be snatched up immediately in that setup. Those in TD heavy leagues don’t have to go as crazy but again any player in an offense such as this should be studied closely to see if he can help you. Go out and get him and ask questions later on.