Brandon Lloyd Fantasy News

Monday, October 6, 2014, 10:54am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

WR Brandon Lloyd made his first impact on Sunday, catching three passes for 76 yards while seeing significant time as the 49ers’ No. 3 wide receiver.

Stevie Johnson saw just five snaps on offense in the entire game but still managed to catch a touchdown pass.

Rookie Bruce Ellington was on the field for eight plays, which included one rush attempt for no yards and his first NFL reception for just 1 yard.

Fantasy Impact:

Through five games, Johnson is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 15 receptions for 183 yards and two touchdowns, while Lloyd has six catches for 109 yards. It could have just been part of the plan this week, or it could be a trend that sees Lloyd get more time. Both Johnson and Lloyd would be risky plays regardless, but it's worth monitoring in deeper leagues.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014, 7:11pm

49ers Inactives
Tramaine Brock CB
Anthony Davis T
Demarcus Dobbs TE
Josh Johnson QB
Brandon Lloyd WR
Marcus Martin C
Quinton Patton WR

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (calf, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 1. The questionable tag is a bit worrisome, but Crabtree’s calf injury isn’t considered serious, so he should be fine for a terrific matchup against the Cowboys. This is definitely something worth monitoring throughout the weekend, however. Complicating matters, the 49ers play in the late round of games on Sunday. Stevie Johnson and/or Brandon Lloyd figure to step in if Crabtree can’t go. Anquan Boldin would be the player to start though.

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:20pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The 49ers brought back Brandon Lloyd this offseason. They also acquired Stevie Johnson and drafted Bruce Ellington. And Quinton Patton has flashed this offseason. So who is in line to be the 49ers' No. 3 receiver, behind starters Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree? The position seemed earmarked for Johnson but he did not get much run in the third preseason game. The 49ers may use this game to get a better feel on their third receiver, even if Kaepernick is long gone from the game and Blaine Gabbert and Josh Johnson are the ones throwing the ball. In any event, coach Jim Harbaugh said he felt "very good" about Stevie Johnson being on the 49ers' 53-man roster.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick 'benefiting' from 'strong' passing game

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 11:44am

ESPN - [Full Article]

At no point last season did the 49ers’ aerial attack look as strong as it has during this training camp. Actually, it’s stunning to see how much better this area is than it was last season. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is surely benefiting. A few examples: As a rookie, Quinton Patton was the No. 3 receiver last year. This year, he’s improved, but he might be the sixth and final receiver on the 53-man roster. Jonathan Baldwin was a frontline receiver for a spell in 2013. This year, he was cut 10 days into training camp. The additions of veterans Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd and explosive fourth-round pick Bruce Ellington to go with holdover starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin make for a pretty special group. It has showed in camp.

Fantasy Impact:

In his last 18 games with Michael Crabtree in the lineup, Kaepernick has averaged 20.9 FP, which equate to #3 QB numbers. In 11 games without Crabtree, he averaged 16.1 FP. He averages 2.5 more pass attempts (i.e. the 49ers throw the ball more) and his YPA jumps from 7.4 to 8.4 with his top receiver in the lineup. The addition of Stevie Johnson should help as well. We like Kaepernick in the 8th to 10th round, depending on format.

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:00am

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Former Washington and Dallas wide receiver Lance Lewis is joining the 49ers’ injury-depleted unit, he posted Friday night on Twitter.

A corresponding roster move is unknown at this time.

Lewis’ addition makes sense in that Chuck Jacobs hyperextending his right knee late in Thursday night’s 23-3 exhibition loss to the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact:

The 49ers have practiced for a week without Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd because of what’s believed to be leg injuries.

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:13am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Top 49ers WR Michael Crabtree’s return to full health – and he sure looks like he has, moving well in Saturday’s practice and making a one-handed catch in traffic – headlines a group with improved depth and talent.

Anquan Boldin remains tough and crafty at age 33. Stevie Johnson, who had three straight 1,000-yard seasons in Buffalo from 2010 to ’12, arrived in a trade. General manager Trent Baalke made a point to praise rookie Bruce Ellington (“a young guy that’s come in and showed an awful lot of promise”) second-year pro Quinton Patton (“a year older, a year better”), and even 33-year-old Brandon Lloyd (“playing like he’s 28 years old out there”). RB Frank Gore said it’s “by far” the best receiver group the 49ers have had in his 10 seasons.

Fantasy Impact:

The 49ers have a lot of big names at WR, but outside of Crabtree and Boldin, fantasy owners will have to see where Johnson fits in, and perhaps even Lloyd. Either way, QB Colin Kaepernick figures to benefit the most from this experienced group around him.

49ers looking to improve passing game

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:01pm

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

The No. 1 mission of this 49ers training camp: boosting the Colin Kaepernick-led passing attack.

The 49ers tout the deepest receiving corps of Harbaugh's four-year tenure, and they have arguably the league's best offensive line.

The 49ers clearly realized he couldn't improve the passing attack without better targets.

"We're a lot deeper at receiver," starter Anquan Boldin said.

First, the 49ers acquired San Francisco native Stevie Johnson in a draft-day trade with Buffalo. They lured Brandon Lloyd out of a one-year hiatus (as they did with Randy Moss in 2012). And they drafted speedster Bruce Ellington in the fourth round out of South Carolina.

"It gives us an opportunity as an offense to do a lot more," Kaepernick said. "You have a lot of weapons that you can put in a lot of different places. ... They all have the capability of getting open and making plays."

Fantasy Impact:

In his last 18 games with Crabtree in the lineup, Kaepernick has averaged 20.9 FP, which equate to #3 QB numbers. In 11 games without Crabtree, he averaged 16.1 FP. He averages 2.5 more pass attempts (i.e. the 49ers throw the ball more) and his YPA jumps from 7.4 to 8.4 with his top receiver in the lineup. The potential Vernon Davis holdout is a concern, but with Johnson in the fold, the 49ers are deep at receiver.

Monday, June 30, 2014, 8:25pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Who will become the 49ers slot WR? Former Bills WR Stevie Johnson along with former Patriot Brandon Lloyd are on the 9ers roster and look to be two of the favorites.

Fantasy Impact:

Odds look to favor Steve Johnson in the end, as Lloyd is coming off a year where he didn't even play. The 9ers still have Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin on the outside with Vernon Davis the TE, so the position winner will have to fight for targets. Just one of many upcoming camp battles to monitor...

Colin Kaepernick 'seeing things' differently

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:11pm

49ers - [Full Article]

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick signed a six-year contract extension and has continued to be a vocal leader throughout the offseason. That's even on a Super Bowl-contending club. In showing his moxie, Kaepernick has proved to his coaches that he can handle more on his plate. The fourth-year quarterback is "seeing things" differently, according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who has used the offseason practices to emphasize red zone plays.

Kaepernick has a bevy of wide receivers to utilize in minicamp, a group headlined by Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin and boosted with the additions of Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd. The 49ers have sprinkled in receivers, experienced and inexperienced, throughout the offseason. The camp session figures to be one last period for Kaepernick to mesh with his deep group of targets before training camp rolls around.

Fantasy Impact:

In his last 18 games with Michael Crabtree in the lineup, Kaepernick has averaged 20.9 FP, which equate to #3 QB numbers. In 11 games without Crabtree, he averaged 16.1 FP. He averages 2.5 more pass attempts (i.e. the 49ers throw the ball more) and his YPA jumps from 7.4 to 8.4 with his top receiver in the lineup. He's a solid QB1 with upside.

49ers sign Brandon Lloyd to a one-year deal

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 3:21pm

49ers - [Full Article]

The San Francisco 49ers announced they have signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Lloyd was out of football in 2013 and doesn't have a reputation for being a good locker room guy. The 49ers are looking for receiver depth behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.

Saturday, September 7, 2013, 10:12am

Jason LaCanfora, Twitter - [Full Article]

Plenty of teams with need at wide receiver, but I continue to hear free agent Brandon Lloyd does not intend to play football.

Patriot WRs: 'faster, bigger, smarter, deeper...'

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 8:43am

ESPN Boston - [Full Article]

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston had the following to say about the Patriot WRs:

Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and rookies Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce will make up the Patriot receivers this year. If things continue on their current course -- and that remains an "if" at this point because everyone still expects some rocky moments and adversity along the way -- the Patriots should be faster, bigger, smarter, deeper, tougher and more explosive than they were last year.

To get to that point, the Patriots went the tear-down-and-rebuild route, with each decision on last year's top receivers (Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Deion Branch) having its own unique dynamic. What has resulted for the 2013 corps is a higher upside. But also still an element of the unknown.

Fantasy Impact:

It seems the tune has changed a bit from before camp and the whole Aaron Hernandez mess. The Pats have looked good in joint practices and the first preseason game against the Eagles, but the Eagles defense likely isn't going to be very good. Still, guys like Dobson and Thompkins are now on the fantasy radar map.

Aaron Dobson could start immediately

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 11:57am

ESPN Boston - [Full Article]

The Patriots have not had a receiver with Aaron Dobson's sort of size and speed combination during either of the past two seasons.

What makes Dobson intriguing is the ability to be a factor on the perimeter and after the catch. The Patriots relied on Brandon Lloyd as a perimeter target in 2012, but Lloyd's limited run-after-catch ability limited the offensive explosiveness. While Dobson is just a sufficient make-you-miss runner, he has the acceleration, straight-line speed and contact strength to explode up the field vertically.

On paper, it would appear that Dobson has landed in a role conducive to early playing time and production.

Fantasy Impact:

Dobson is entering a great situation opportunity-wise, but don't forget that the New England tight ends are going to eat up a ton of targets, as will Danny Amendola, whom the Patriots signed to fill Wes Welker's considerable shoes. Even if he starts, he's likely to be the fourth option in the passing game.

Patriots cut Brandon Lloyd

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 5:19pm - [Full Article]

Brandon Lloyd reportedly was willing to take a pay cut in order to stay with the New England Patriots, but that won't be enough to keep him around.

The Patriots released Lloyd on Saturday after only one season with the team, a club source told's Albert Breer. The team later confirmed Lloyd's release.'s Ian Rapoport reported that it's possible Lloyd will return at a lesser salary. Lloyd was due a $3 million roster bonus after a season in which Lloyd caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns, but it was clear he wasn't going to get that bonus.

Lloyd didn't provide the vertical threat that the Patriots were hoping for, and there were reports that his erratic behavior was not a great fit in the locker room. His potential future in New England could depend on what else the Patriots get accomplished in free agency.

Fantasy Impact:

If the Patriots don't add anyone (Darrius Heyward-Bey?), Donald Jones would be a nice sleeper if he ends up starting. After a stellar 77-1448-11 season in Denver, Brandon Lloyd is now trying to join his fourth team in three years. He has played for six teams in his career.