Brandon Lloyd | WR
2013 Experience: 11th Season I had high hopes for Lloyd last summer as he signed with the Patriots and reunited with Coach McDaniels. While Lloyd caught over 70 balls on the season, it was a disappointment for both fantasy owners and the Patriots as the moved on from Lloyd after one year.
As of early May, Lloyd’s market has been quiet, but I’m sure we will see him on a team, at the latest by the end of August. Don’t look to Lloyd in your draft unless your in a deep league. He still has game, but he will need to prove to us he can be a consistent, productive option wherever he lands.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Brandon Lloyd here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
August, 2012 Fantasy Projections
It’s time to jump on the Brandon Lloyd bandwagon that has been building up over the summer in fantasy circles. Lloyd is a worthy WR2 in a deep class of receivers this year. It is possible that we could see even better overall numbers from Tom Brady as he will pick apart defenses with ease, and with Lloyd inserted as the option over the top, his production could be more than the projected stats below.
Still working with Josh McDaniels, Lloyd has a good home and the by far the best quarterback to work with in his career. Look for this veteran to be everything we hoped Chad Ochocinco would be in this offense a year ago as he will have no problems picking up the offense.
Yes, there are a few weapons to share the wealth with so his value is hurt some in PPR leagues, but I point to his upside with Brady and his relatively good health in recent years as reasons to hold him as a firm top 20 on your draft board. Currently going as the 21st receiver off the board, Lloyd is a solid addition to your team, and if you can some how snag him as a WR3, consider that the kind of steal that can have you walking away from of your competition.
Early 2012 Fantasy Projections
The Patriots finally landed a vertical threat in Brandon Lloyd, who will reunite with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for the third, time in three years, with three different teams. Lloyd has been successful in McDaniels offense each of the past two years and there’s no reason to believe he won’t excel this year.
That said, Lloyd is probably no higher than a WR3 at this point because the Patriots love to spread things out. Lloyd should be an active receiver weekly, especially if Deion Branch is phased out of the offense over time.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Did anyone really see Brandon Lloyd coming last season? Sure, there was talk about him looking good in camp, and he had spent time with Kyle Orton with the Bears, but where did that stat line come from? I guess it goes to show you that some players are just late bloomers as Lloyd could always make the unbelievable play, since he came up with the 49ers but could never put the entire package together.
Whatever the reasons, Lloyd earned an opportunity for more playing time with Brandon Marshall gone from the team, and he went on his way to almost 1,500 yards receiving on just 77 receptions and eleven touchdowns. While Lloyd was one heck of a waiver wire pickup, he will probably go as at least a top 25 receiver, even if Orton goes to another team.
With Coach Josh McDaniels gone, I believe it will be imperative for Orton to stay with the Broncos to ensure that Lloyd can remain at least a No.2 receiver option for fantasy leagues.
Coming into the summer, Lloyd’s ADP value on Mock Draft Central is listed as the 15th best receiver (39.86 average pick) taken for PPR leagues and just about the same for standard redraft leagues. This values Lloyd as a mid No.2 receiver to take in ten team leagues and is going as a late fourth round selection. Again, if Orton should stay with the Broncos, I don’t have a problem with fantasy owners going for Lloyd in the first five round of a ten team league.
But if Orton should go, you need to view Lloyd as more of a flex play to No.3 receiver as Tim Tebow did show he could get the football to Lloyd but has much developing to do, and Lloyd’s consistency should be a problem.
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