2011 Fantasy Football Week 4: Kyle Orton, Brandon Lloyd Hope To Exploit Packers' Secondary

Kyle Orton could have a big day against the Packers, like Drew Brees and Cam Newton did. But do you trust Orton to come up with that performance after what he's shown so far this season?

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Week 4 Fantasy Football Injury Report: James Starks Goes For Packers With Ryan Grant Out, Knowshon Moreno Returns For Broncos

It's Sunday and time to make those last minute roster changes to lead your team to victory. Injuries, of course, always factor into a game. Let's break down how the major injuries affect Sunday's Broncos vs. Packers game.

Running back: The Packers' Ryan Grant is out for the game with a bruised kidney, so he should SIT. However, his replacement, James Starks, is a START.

As for the Broncos, Knowshon Moreno is probable for this game and should receive carries when Willis McGahee needs to leave the game. For this week Moreno is a SIT while McGahee is a START since he will likely still receive the goal line carries.

Wide receiver: Brandon Lloyd returned from a groin injury last week, but had just 48 yards. That wasn't due to injury, but rather the offense John Fox runs. He and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy want to get him more involved and the Packers' secondary is leaky. START Lloyd

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Fantasy Football Week 4: Brandon Lloyd Dealing With Reduced Role, But Could Have Big Day Against Packers

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd has gotten off to a rough start this season. Through three games, Lloyd has played in just two games and caught 10 passes for 127 yards. A groin injury prevented him from playing in the second game of the season, but the offense isn't as geared to putting the ball in Lloyd's hands as it was last year with Josh McDaniels at the helm.

But that doesn't mean Lloyd's not involved in the playbook. As Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post reports, Mike McCoy has specific plays designed for the wide receiver, mostly the deep pass ones. We haven't seen many of those and Lloyd has his own thoughts on this:

"I think it's just us, the coaching staff staying true to running the ball. I think we've kind of gotten into a game-management mode, into an aggressive 'take control' mode, and I think that's what has limited us," Lloyd said.

And outside of Willis McGahee's 101-yard performance against Cincinnati, the running game has struggled to do that. Also, the emergence of Eric Decker provides Kyle Orton with a second target to look for when Lloyd isn't open.

Still, the Packers have allowed over three hundred yards passing in all three games this season, and over 400 to Drew Brees and Cam Newton. If Orton and Lloyd find their connection again, it means good things for the Broncos and fantasy owners.

Check out Mile High Report for more on the Broncos.

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Week 4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Eric Decker Still Available, Ready To Contribute

As we already looked at which Denver Broncos should start or sit, should there be any reason to pick up a Denver Bronco player for fantasy purposes. Right now wide receiver Brandon Lloyd and running back Willis McGahee are the only two Broncos who are widely held in leagues. Lloyd is the No. 1 wide receiver for the Broncos and McGahee, despite last week's inability to do it, should pick up carries at the goal line.

But if anyone should troll the waiver wire this week, Eric Decker is likely still available. A return touchdown in the first game and two touchdown receptions in the second game put Decker on the map, but could he repeat that once Brandon Lloyd returned? As Sunday showed, Decker did receive plenty of looks and caught seven passes, though Lloyd wasn't exactly his old self.

According to numberFire's wide receiver projections, Lloyd should out produce Decker this week by over five points. Here's how they compare:

Brandon Lloyd Eric Decker
Total Points 10.71 Total Points 5.63
Receptions 4.57 Receptions 2.87
Rec. Yards 71.68 Rec. Yards 43.8
Total TDs 0.59 Total TDs 0.21

 

Both, though, are high risks options with Kyle Orton at quarterback. Orton, the No. 20 quarterback this week, is projected to throw one touchdown and one interception. Still, Orton could surprise against a porous Green Bay pass defense.

For more projections, visit numberFire. Check out Mile High Report for more on the Broncos.

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2011 Fantasy Football Week 4 Start/Sit Options: Kyle Orton Could Have Nice Game Against Packers, If You Trust Him

Kyle Orton could have a big day against the Packers, like Drew Brees and Cam Newton did. But do you trust Orton to come up with that performance after what he's shown so far this season?

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