Fantasy Football Player Rankings, Week 10: Brandon Lloyd, Kyle Orton Ready To Help Fantasy Owners

With the Broncos back from their bye week, fantasy owners have decisions to make on who should start and who should be benched.

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Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 10: Complete Rankings For Chiefs-Broncos Game

With the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos poised to play their game in little over a day, let’s take a complete look at the fantasy picture.

QB: Kyle Orton Vs. Matt Cassel
Kyle Orton has been burning opposing defenses for most of the season and has put up 138 fantasy points under ESPN scoring rules. He came out as the No. 7 QB to play this week, according to ESPN’s fantasy experts. With the Chiefs easy to pass on, Kyle Orton should have another big day.

Matt Cassel checks in at No. 16 among QBs and could turn into a better option if he and Dwayne Bowe connect on some long passes.

RB: Knowshon Moreno Vs. Jamaal Charles & Thomas Jones
The Broncos’ rushing defense is an absolute sieve, ranking 31st at 154.6 yards per game. This bodes well for both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, who lead the top rushing attack in the league.

Both Charles and Jones rank above the Broncos’ main rushing option, Knowshon Moreno. The Chiefs have a top 10 rushing defense and with the Broncos having Orton throw often and early, Moreno could still be in line for 11-15 carries. For Moreno to be a reliable fantasy option he’d need to get 20-plus carries.

WR: Brandon Lloyd Vs. Dwayne Bowe
As we looked earlier in the week, the Broncos have a wide array of fantasy talent at the position, starting with Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd and the Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe should start, but the Broncos’ Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal are decent third wide receiver options.

Defense: Broncos Vs. Chiefs
We started the week with a discussion of the Broncos’ and Chiefs’ defenses. The verdict still remains the same: the Broncos defense should not be starting in any league.

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Fantasy Football Players Rankings, Week 10: Denver Broncos Wide Receivers

The Denver Broncos' Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd have been one of the top quarterback-wide receiver duos this year. Lloyd currently leads the league in receiving yards with 876, with Atlanta Falcons wide receiver checking in second with 796 yards. Lloyd's done this with a 20.9 yard per catch average so he is the deep threat for the Denver Broncos. Though he has three fewer receptions that fellow teammate Jabar Gaffney, Lloyd has been Kyle Orton's target 79 times this season, best on the team.

Anyway it's broken down, Lloyd is the best receiver on this team. He has 17 plays of 20-plus yards, averages 109.8 yards a game and 39 of his catches have gone for first downs. This is a guy fantasy owners should start every Sunday, even with the Broncos playing poorly as a team. As long as Kyle Orton will throw the ball to win games for the Broncos, Brandon Lloyd is going to be on the other end of the pass more often than not.

In ESPN.com's wide receiver rankings for week 10, Lloyd comes in as the eighth best wide receiver this week. Farther down the list, Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal come in at No. 40 and No. 46. Kyle Orton does like to spread the ball around to his receivers, which helps both Gaffney and Royal. Both would be decent options for a third wide receiver this week.

The Denver Broncos have the eighth best passing defense this season, which doesn't work too much in favor of the Kansas City Chiefs. However, Dwayne Bowe has been putting up decent numbers in a passing offense that is near the very bottom of the league. He's No. 18 in ESPN's rankings and is projected to get 12 points this Sunday. He's had two games of 20-plus points this year, too.

Verdict: Start Brandon Lloyd without hesitation, but use Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal as third options at the position; start Dwayne Bowe and hope he can beat the Broncos' secondary (unless you're a Broncos fan).

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