Fantasy Football 2011: The Dynasty Impact of Malcom Floyd's Return to San Diego

Ken KellyContributor IIIAugust 6, 2011

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 5:  Wide Receiver Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers goes up for a reception  against Cornerback Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Much like DeAngelo Williams of the Carolina Panthers, Malcom Floyd has turned down more lucrative offers in terms of guaranteed money in exchange for staying with his current team.

Floyd’s decision throws a monkey wrench into a few teams' plans and is a bit of a surprise considering that clubs like the Baltimore Ravens were courting him heavily.

His two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers creates a ripple effect in dynasty leagues. We examine the players whose values are most affected by his decision. 


Malcom Floyd, WR, SD

Floyd’s owners can’t be thrilled with his choice. While he’s been fairly productive in San Diego, he’s still no better than the third option in the team’s passing attack behind Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates.

He squandered a golden opportunity last season when injuries hit the team by posting a pedestrian 37 catches, 717 yards, and six scores in 11 games. Those numbers aren’t terrible by any stretch, but when you consider that he was option number one for many of the games he played in, you have to be disappointed.

Over Floyd’s six-year career with San Diego, he’s posted 134 receptions, 2,314 yards, and 15 touchdowns. His yards-per-catch average is an impressive 17.3, making him an effective deep threat.

Unfortunately, you just can’t expect much more than 700 yards and a few scores from him in San Diego.

Floyd makes for a decent WR4 or high-end WR5, but his owners hoped for much more during free agency. Floyd is currently ranked No. 51 in our Dynasty Essentials Guide and was primed to move up if he found a better situation.

Re-signing in San Diego isn’t going to do the trick. 


Vincent Jackson, WR, SD

Jackson is back in San Diego as well and primed for another big season. Floyd’s return shouldn’t affect the number of targets or scores he gets.

He’s simply going to get his. 


Antonio Gates, TE, SD

Ditto for Gates…unless that injury gets worse.


Philip Rivers, QB, SD

You have to love the stability of this offense for Rivers. He’d excel with anyone, but Floyd brings an added dynamic to the Chargers. 


Ryan Mathews, RB, SD

Floyd’s return should help keep defenses honest, but we have our own concerns about Mathews at this point. Shouldn’t he be showing us something other than a tendency to get hurt right now? 


Patrick Crayton, WR, SD

Crayton was actually running with the starters for much of this week.

Charger fans are likely pretty excited that’s not a permanent thing. The only consistent performance Crayton has been able to yield so far in his career is a knack for running his mouth.

He’s waiver-wire material at this point. 


Vincent Brown, WR, SD

Brown is still a viable sleeper in rookie drafts as a player the Chargers really like. His short-term production takes a hit with Floyd returning, but you couldn’t have expected much from him this season anyway. 


Laurent Robinson, WR, SD

Robinson had an outside chance of actually getting a starting job before Floyd decided to come back. With the latter's re-signing, it’s going to be tough for Robinson to carve out playing time or even make the team. 


Seyi Ajirotutu, WR, SD

The depth chart is stacked against this DLF favorite as well. He needs a nice preseason to stay on the team. 


Torrey Smith, WR, BAL

Typo?  Nope, not at all.  

The Ravens were pushing hard for Floyd. After losing out on him, they’re left with very few options on the free-agent market, especially with Braylon Edwards' signing in San Francisco. It looks as though Smith may be playing a key role for the Ravens sooner rather than later.

The arrow is pointing up here.


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