Brandon Lloyd and Fantasy Football's Week 4 Trendy Pickups

Ray TannockSenior Analyst ISeptember 30, 2010

DENVER - AUGUST 30:  Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos catches a 16 yard pass against Trumaine McBride #26 of the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 30, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The bye week is upon us, and that means it’s time to start looking more heavily at start-sit options that can be plugged into your roster, even if it is for just a week or two.

The last three weeks have afforded many managers two specific things:

1. A rash of injuries.

2. Unexpected performances by players who were thought to be fantasy-irrelevant.

Today I would like to highlight three players who could have a significant impact in Week 4, while also providing some quality direction to some other great advice, in an attempt to answer as many questions as possible.

This is especially good for all of you newbies out there who are trying to get a better understanding on what’s going on around the league.

And here we go!


WR, Brandon Lloyd, Denver Broncos: Over the past three games, Lloyd has become a solid fantasy play, leading the team in receiving yards (339) despite being third in total team targets.

Where did this come from, Santa Claus?

Lloyd has been widely viewed as a bust for some time now, but being a Bronco has seemed to revive his fantasy worth, at least in the interim. Another key point is that QB Kyle Orton seems to favor targeting Lloyd in the end zone quite a bit, so his standard-league and PPR-league value is enough to pick him up.

The Broncos do face the Titans this week, but regardless of the defense, Lloyd just always seems to be forgotten when a play starts. He’s worth the grab.


RB, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots: The guy with the longest name in the NFL has suddenly become a viable waiver-wire pluck thanks largely to his rising performance, an apparent injury to RB Fred Taylor, and Tom Brady’s realization that he needs to get the ball to more people than Wes Welker and Randy Moss.

Taylor left last week’s game with a toe injury and is in jeopardy of not starting this week, so Green-Ellis could wind up being a nice pluck, even against Miami.


WR, Victor Cruz, New York Giants: Mario Manningham has been abruptly listed on the injury list with a concussion he apparently sustained last week, but never informed the staff until after the fact.

With the way the league is handling head injuries, Manningham could miss some time, and there is a good chance that Cruz could start this week against Chicago.

Cruz was a training camp sensation and the coaching staff is very high on his play-making abilities, so Cruz could also be worth stashing away as a pickup in keeper and dynasty leagues.

Need help with Start-Sit advice? You might want to come check out my WK 4 WR Start Sit Column.

Need a more extensive look at some rising talent? Come read up on Potential Sleepers for WK 4

Have a question regarding some recent RB news? I think you might like this piece I did earlier this week.

I hope everything helps, guys, and good luck to all of you this week. Also, remember this is the first bye week, so Dallas, Minnesota, Kansas City, and Tampa Bay are all not playing.