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WR Brandon Lloyd has inked a 1-year deal with the 49ers.  He was cut by the Patriots last summer and spent 2013 out of football.  He posted 70+ catches and 900+ yards in each of the previous 3 seasons.  At 33 years old, though, it's tough to believe Lloyd has much left in the tank.  We wouldn't even consider him a lock to make the 49ers' Week 1 roster.  Lloyd is a long shot for fantasy value in 2014.

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1 year ago

Multiple outlets report that the Patriots will release WR Brandon Lloyd after all.  That rumor emerged a while back, but the team apparently tried to negotiate a new salary this week before his $3 million bonus came due.  Lloyd didn't put up huge fantasy numbers in his lone season with the Pats.  But his departure leaves a big hole, as he played 84.8% of the team's offensive snaps.  New England's offense has a lot of opportunities up for grabs with Lloyd and Wes Welker gone.  Lloyd instantly becomes the best wideout on the open market.

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Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd has a $3 million roster bonus coming up this weekend. The rumor had been that New England planned to dump him rather than pick it up. ESPN Boston reports, however, that the team is talking with Lloyd about restructuring his contract. So the Pats aren't keen on the bigger money, but they apparently would like to keep the mercurian receiver around. We'll see what happens if the sides can't agree on a new contract. Lloyd put up a decent 74-911-4 line last year, but that disappointed any fantasy football owners who viewed him as a WR2. Lloyd could get a bump with Wes Welker's departure and the potential absence of free agents Deion Branch and Julian Edelman.

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1 year ago

Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe reports that the Patriots likely won't pay WR Brandon Lloyd his upcoming $3 million option bonus. The team apparently tired of his erratic behavior both in practice and the locker room. The Pats are still mulling their options, however, given the sudden paucity of starting WRs. Wes Welker is heading for free agency. Same for Deion Branch. And Julian Edelman. Lloyd caught 73 balls for 902 yards and 4 TDs in his 1st season with New England. His fantasy ceiling would have been higher elsewhere last year. We'll see how this thing plays out, though.

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The Patriots have dusted off WR Brandon Lloyd over the past 2 weeks.  The offseason free-agent acquisition went 6 straight games from Week 7 to Week 13 without topping 45 yards.  He averaged just 2.7 catches and 5.2 targets during that span.  But over the past 2 games, Lloyd has racked up 24 targets, 17 receptions, 279 yards, and a score.  His 190 yards against the 49ers on Sunday night were a career high.  Lloyd's 10 grabs were his most as a Patriot.  He was on the field for 95 of 96 snaps and has all of a sudden become a focal point of this passing game.  Consider Lloyd a high-upside WR3 for this Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

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1 year ago

Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd (knee) is active for today's game against the Rams.  He was limited in practice all week, but there's been nothing to suggest that the knee is a real issue.  The bigger concern today is a matchup with shutdown CB Cortland Finnegan.  Lloyd is just a WR3 in fantasy this week.

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Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd (knee) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams.  Not surprisingly, the team has not updated his status.  We have no reason to believe that he's in danger of missing this weekend's game though.  Lloyd was limited/questionable with a thigh in Week 3 before going for 108 yards.  Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski have also been limited/questionable the past few weeks and have yet to miss a game.  We'll find out Lloyd's official status by noon ET on Sunday.  He's just a WR3 in fantasy though -- not because of the knee, but because of a tough matchup against CB Cortland Finnegan.

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Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd isn't even listed on the Week 7 injury report.  So much for that shoulder being a concern.  Lloyd has a tough matchup with Jets CB Antonio Cromartie but can still be used as a WR3 in fantasy.

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Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd appeared to injure his shoulder late in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. He made a diving attempt down the right sidelined and hit the ground hard. He didn't return to the game and wasn't in the locker room afterwards. Predictably, the Pats didn't update his status. We'll keep our eyes on the practice reports this coming week.

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2 years ago

Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd (thigh) is active for tonight's game against the Ravens.  He was limited in practice all week, but it sounds like Lloyd's injury is minor.  He's got a tough matchup tonight, but we'd keep him in lineups as a low-end WR2.

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Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd (thigh) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Week 3. We've heard no indication that he's in danger of missing Sunday night's game against the Ravens, but you just never know with the Patriots. And the late game makes it a tricky situation. We'd keep Lloyd in starting lineups while having a backup plan in place. Julian Edelman, Jacoby Jones, Golden Tate, and Doug Baldwin are a few of the lower-end options.

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2 years ago

Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd has been limited the past 2 days with a thigh injury.  There's been no indication that he's in any danger of missing this weekend's game against the Ravens though.  We'll have another update tomorrow, but Lloyd seems safe to pencil in as a low-end WR2.

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2 years ago

Few players generated more buzz this spring than Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd.  He's continued to impress early in training camp with both his physical ability and understanding of the offense.  Lloyd has reportedly made plenty of highlight reel grabs, and QB Tom Brady is already comfortable getting him the ball.  “He knows what he’s doing out there,” Brady said of Lloyd.  “He wants to be a big part of this offense -- I obviously want to help him become a big part of this offense. So there’s constant communication between the two of us."  Lloyd has always been a supreme talent.  And now he's in the best situation of his career.  We still think he may struggle for consistency in an offense brimming with pass-catchers, but few WRs will have more week-to-week upside than Lloyd.

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2 years ago

Patriots QB Tom Brady came away from OTAs and minicamp impressed with WR Brandon Lloyd's skill-set.  "He's got great ball skills and great body control," Brady opined.  "If you get it near him, he's going to catch it. It's just a matter of sometimes it doesn't look like he's really open and then boom, he springs open on you. So sometimes you think, 'Oh he's covered,' and then you get off him and then you watch the film and you're like, 'How did he get open?' He knows what he's doing to set the guys up and he makes the move and you have to trust that he's going to beat the guy and he does. It's just really a matter of, don't really let your eyes take away from what he's doing in his route, because ultimately he's going to get open at some point."  By all accounts, Lloyd had a terrific offseason, quickly settling in with the offense and his QB.  With his talent and supporting cast, Lloyd certainly carries big-time fantasy upside.  But we're still skeptical about his week-to-week consistency with all the mouths to feed in New England.  Lloyd is currently the 27th WR off the board in average fantasy drafts.

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Unsurprisingly, WR Brandon Lloyd already feels comfortable in his new digs with the Patriots.  He's been reunited with OC Josh McDaniels, who sparked Lloyd's career over the past 3 seasons.  “It helps because I’m familiar with the offense," Lloyd said. “I’m familiar with the nuances of the offense, so that definitely helps with the transition."  Patriots beat writers have been gushing about Lloyd's performance at OTAs over the last week.  A talented receiver on an explosive offense, Lloyd is certainly an intriguing fantasy option this year.  But he may struggle to find enough targets to be a consistent weekly option.

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Well, it finally happened. The long-rumored move of WR Brandon Lloyd came to fruition on Saturday. The free agent reportedly agreed to a 3-year, $12 million deal. That's an obvious bargain compared with the big money thrown at other WRs in the 1st week of free agency. Chalk it up to the allure of the Patriots mystique. Lloyd becomes an obvious starter at the X spot in New England. He'll take reps away from the unexciting Deion Branch and make Chad Ochocinco even more irrelevant than the veteran has made himself. Tom Brady, meanwhile, gets the big-play wideout that was lacking from the 2011 offense. The Lloyd signing can only help Brady's fantasy outlook. Lloyd certainly won't get as many targets as he drew in St. Louis, but he can be a strong WR3 with WR2 potential.

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Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rams won't use the franchise tag on WR Brandon Lloyd. This doesn't come as a surprise. We hadn't heard any indication to the contrary. Barring a new deal within about the next week, Lloyd will hit the market amid a deep WR class.

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Rams WR Brandon Lloyd is already looking comfortable in the team's offense.  "It looked like he didn't skip a beat," HC Steve Spagnuolo said.  "Kind of stepped in there and looked like he had been in there for a month."  It's no surprise.  Lloyd is familiar with OC Josh McDaniels' offense from their time together in Denver last season, when Lloyd racked up an NFL-high 1,448 yards.  He'll immediately step in as St. Louis' #1 WR and will be a viable WR2 option in fantasy.

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2 years ago

NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora is reporting that the Broncos have agreed to trade WR Brandon Lloyd to the Rams.  It's a best-case scenario for Lloyd.  He'll be reunited with OC Josh McDaniels, who helped Lloyd post a career season in Denver last year.  Lloyd knows the offense and will immediately become the top option in the passing game.  And in Sam Bradford, Lloyd will be catching passes from most talented QB he's ever worked with.  He has top-15 upside the rest of the season.  WRs Brandon Gibson and Danario Alexander figure to duke it out for the #2 WR spot, but both guys' fantasy outlooks take sizable hits with the addition of Lloyd.  Bradford, meanwhile, finally has a legitimate #1 WR to work with and could approach QB1 value the rest of the way.

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