Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd might experience a dip in fantasy production this season with head coach John Fox's increased focus on the running game.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd had a breakout season in 2010 by leading the league in reception yards with 1,448. He grabbed 11 touchdown receptions as well. Lloyd was a great fantasy asset as he was the main target for Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow. He is the No. 1 receiver entering the 2011 season, but might his numbers take a dip and hurt fantasy owners?
Head coach John Fox intends to focus on the running game once again and has brought in Willis McGahee to help improve the team's red zone attack. Fox also likes to involve his tight ends in the offense, and Daniel Fells and Julius Thomas are usually on the field in two tight ends sets.
Eddie Royal is back from hip surgery and is starting on the opposite side of Lloyd (the slot is no longer an official starting position in the Broncos' offense). Second-year wideout Eric Decker is a sleeper and is currently the third wide receiver.
SB Nation's/Fake Teams' wide receiver rankings have Lloyd as the 14th best receiver, but that is because one prognosticator ranked him sixth. The others have him in the late teens or in the mid-20s. Fourteenth is about right for Brandon. As the main target in the passing offense, Lloyd should be productive even with an increased focus on the ground game.