Fantasy Football: The Impact of Brandon Lloyd's Move to St. Louis Rams

Nick MarroCorrespondent IIOctober 17, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2: Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos makes a catch against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matt Ludtke /Getty Images)
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Sides are ironing out the details of a trade that would send wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to the St. Louis Rams.

This trade likely won’t affect Lloyd’s fantasy value too much, as he’ll continue to perform as a middle-of-the-road WR2. He’s the only formidable target in St. Louis and will stunt the potential of Mark Clayton, who is set to return in Week 7.

Sam Bradford’s value goes up, as he finally has a proven No. 1 option. The addition of Lloyd combined with the return of Clayton means things could get a lot easier for the Rams QB.

Lloyd opens things up for guys like Lance Kendricks underneath. He will also take a lot of pressure off of Steven Jackson and the running game.

The departure of their No. 1 wideout should mean an increase in looks for Eric Decker. Decker doesn’t have the raw talent that Lloyd possesses, but his increase in targets will outweigh the fact that he’s going to be seeing more difficult coverage.

Demaryius Thomas could be an interesting sleeper moving forward—he’ll be the Broncos’ best option in the red zone.

Tim Tebow’s value takes the biggest hit, as Lloyd made him look a lot better than he actually was in 2010. Tebow will need to dramatically increase his accuracy if he hopes to connect with his now-mediocre receiving corps.