Brandon Lloyd’s fantasy value on the rise

Some things just go well together. Peanut butter and jelly. Baseball and Cracker Jacks. David Lee Roth and Van Halen. I think we can add Brandon Lloyd and Josh McDaniels to that list.

The veteran wideout signed a three-year deal with the New England Patriots on Saturday, a move that reunites him with McDaniels in an offense that will put Lloyd firmly on the fantasy map in 2012. Two years ago, Lloyd came out of nowhere to post career bests across the board (77 catches, 1,448 yards, 11 TDs) under McDaniels as a member of the Denver Broncos. In fact, he was the top-scoring wide receiver in the world of fantasy football that season.

Can he match those totals again with the Patriots?

Well, Lloyd will be in an offense with far more weapons than he played with in Denver, including players like Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. But he’ll also be catching passes from one of the best quarterbacks to ever grace the gridiron in Tom Brady. So while leading his position in fantasy points again might not be realistic, finishing in the top 15 isn’t a stretch — especially since he’ll see minimal double coverages from opposing defenses.

McDaniels has never been timid about throwing the ball either, so there will be more than enough opportunities for Lloyd to make a solid statistical impact as New England’s new deep threat. He’ll be worth a middle-round look and could emerge into a terrific No. 2 fantasy wideout.

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