A quick look into a few players that may be teetering on the fence in your mind come draft day.
Matt Flynn - For being relatively unknown in the NFL, Flynn was one of the most sought after free agents in the 2012 off-season because so many teams were desperate to find that franchise quarterback to push them over the top. Matt Flynn has only had 2 starts as a pro, but his most recent one in the last week of the 2011 regular season against the Detroit Lions was one for the ages. He took full advantage of the opportunity and was able set the franchise record for passing yards and touchdown passes in single game for Green Bay. In 2012 Flynn will take the reigns in Seattle where they have put together some great pieces to help the young signal caller get off the ground. With up and coming star Doug Baldwin along with seasoned vets Sidney Rice and the talented yet underachieving Golden Tate, Flynn already has the wide receivers in place to be successful. Zach Miller will provide another reliable set of hands and the addition of Kellen Winslow Jr. should only help the young signal caller become more comfortable in Seattle. With Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch providing a smash mouth running game (and rainstorms of Skittles) Seattle should provide a comfortable place for Flynn to spread his wings and fly.
With a full off-season in Seattle to get up to speed with the receivers and offense I look to see Flynn firing right out of the gate. Playing in a relatively weak NFC West I can see Flynn as the piece that pushes them into the top spot year in and year out. Not to say that he will not experience some bumps in the road next season, but overall Flynn should have a very productive 2012 campaign in Seattle. I view Matt Flynn as more of an injury/bye week fill in or a Quarterback 2 in most fantasy formats for the upcoming season but surely has the potential to lead your team to the promised land in the second half of the season. He should provide great value for where you should be able to grab him in your fantasy football draft.
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Brandon Lloyd - The 2011 NFL season was a trying experience for Brandon Lloyd. Early in the season he saw the Quarterback that relied on him heavily (Kyle Orton) get benched in favor of an inaccurate run-first Quarter back (Tim Tebow). Shortly after the demotion of Orton Lloyd was traded to the St Louis Rams whose young QB (Sam Bradford) went through some second year growing pains to say the least. The 2012 NFL off-season brought Lloyd to the perennial Super Bowl contender New England Patriots and it would seem that things are looking up for Lloyd, but target issues loom on the horizon. With names like Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, and Deion Branch already on the same page with Tom Brady it will take a big off-season connection to move into the pecking order. Brandon Lloyd is a great talent, but I think that the 2011 season really hurt him by not being able to showcase his talents to the fullest extent. With the Patriots 2 stud Tight ends in line for a majority of the touch down receptions and Welker averaging 100+ catches every year I see an inconsistent season ahead for Lloyd. Not to say that he won’t have the eventual great game, but he will not provide the consistency that any of those other 3 will bring week in and week out. If Lloyd would have signed just about anywhere else in the NFL he might have been in line for another All Pro season like he had in 2010. Many will reach for Lloyd in the year’s fantasy draft, but I would view him as a wide receiver 3 with upside.
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