NFL fantasy football: Brandon Lloyd to join the elite?

Patriot games: According to Field Yates of, New England Patriots wideout Brandon Lloyd has “caught almost everything thrown his way, and could be a massive part of the Patriots passing game in 2012.” Lloyd is entering his eleventh season as a professional, and this will be the first time he’s had an elite quarterback aiming for him. In comparison, Randy Moss joined the Patriots in his tenth season as pro, which culminated with a career-high 23 TDs and saw his second-highest career total of 1,493 receiving yards. Though Deion Branch started his career with the Pats, it wasn’t until he rejoined them in his tenth season (2010), that he recorded a career-high 14.7 YPC and tied his season-best five TDs. What to take from this? Tom Brady rejuvenates even the most seasoned veterans. With an ADP of 58.96 in fantasy football leagues, Lloyd carries considerable value as a sixth-round pickin drafts.

History is on Brandon Lloyd’s side to join the elite ranks. (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)

New tricks: Brian McIntyre of reported the Indianapolis Colts plan on lining up wide receiver Reggie Wayne “all over the offense.” Wayne will be entering his 12th season, but he is enjoying the change in job description because he has “a little bit more freedom to do some things.” Although the veteran is projected as a borderline No. 3 or 4 wideout in fantasy football leagues, fantasy expert Matt “Money” Smith believes Wayne is in store for a 1,000 yard season.

Big target: According to The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis is ready for a rebound season. Coach Bob Bratkowski expects Lewis to “be a really good red zone target because of his size.” With reports quarterback Blaine Gabbert has improved after a bumpy rookie campaign, the UCLA product could potential be worth selecting as a reserve in fantasy football drafts. With Maurice Jones-Drew holding out, the Jags could be forced to rely heavily on the passing game. Lewis is only one year removed from a ten touchdown, 700 yard performance which saw him finish fourth among all fantasy tight ends. With an ADP of 150.46, owners can wait until the later-rounds, making Lewis well worth the risk.


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