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How Will Brandon Lloyd Fare in 2012?

Any fantasy football owners worried about New England’s Brandon Lloyd in 2012 should feel much better after Week 1 of the NFL season. Tom Brady has a variety of receiving options at his disposal, but the big four targets of Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Lloyd should be able to help each other get single coverage and plenty of open looks all season long.

In fact, after one week, it looks as though Lloyd might actually benefit the most from the talent around him. Considered by many to be the fourth option for Brady, Lloyd is still very capable of being a dependable receiver. With defenses eying to stop the two-headed monster at tight end and the Brady-Welker connection, Lloyd will be open or at the very least get plenty of one-on-one situations most of the season.

Going into fantasy football drafts, Lloyd slipped in a lot of drafts because there were so many uncertainties surrounding him. Would he be targeted enough on a crowded team? It is crazy to just assume that what happened in Week 1 will happen throughout the season, but at the same time, what is going to change offensively for the Patriots as the season progresses?

When a wide receiver gets on the wrong side of 30, they begin to slow down a bit. Injuries to any of the other wide receivers and tight ends on the Patriots, and of course Brady, can also derail Lloyd’s season. Other than that, teams are not going to focus on Lloyd when they know leaving other guys open on the Patriots will lead to more damage. Lloyd will be considered throughout the season as no better than the fourth option on a very talented offensive team. Considering his draft position, that is fine in most people’s eyes.

The most important factor for owners of Lloyd in their fantasy football leagues is that he already looks to have the trust of Bill Belichick, Brady and the rest of the Patriots. This is always a bit of a problem for newcomers to the system. Randy Moss succeeded in the past, while Chad Johnson all but disappeared after his arrival. By catching five passes for 69 yards in the first week, Lloyd is already acting like a seasoned Patriots veteran. Fantasy owners should feel very confident for taking a chance on Lloyd in their draft.

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