Biggest WR Shocks Of The 2010-11 Fantasy Football Season
#1. Brandon Lloyd (Den - WR) No one would have guessed that Brandon Lloyd of the Denver Broncos would be the top fantasy wide receiver of the year. Originally playing on the 49ers, then as the #2 receiver in Washington, then went to Chicago for a year, Lloyd had never even come close to breaking the 1000 yard mark in a single season. However in the 2010-11 season, Brandon Lloyd teamed up with Kyle Orton and was able to stay healthy for the 16 game season. Totaling 1448 yards for the season, Lloyd became the leading receiver in the NFL (Roddy White was a close second with 1389 yards). This guy was taken in the last two rounds in most drafts and in some leagues he wasn't even drafted. People may have believed that Manning-Wayne, Schaub-Johnson or Romo-Austin would be the best combo this year; But no one expected that Brandon Lloyd and Kyle Orton would be the combo to create the top fantasy receiver of the year.
#2. Stevie Johnson (Buf - WR) It was the common conception this year that Lee Evans would be the top receiver for the Buffalo Bills. Since he was on the not-so-great Bills, even being the Bills #1 receiver Evans was projected to be just a mediocre fantasy receiver. However, by week 3, many took notice of Steve Johnson and after week 7 when he put up 158 yards and a TD against Baltimore, every fantasy owner knew about Steve Johnson. Halfway through the season, his name was changed to Stevie Johnson after he said on a broadcast that "Stevie" was the actual name he preferred to be called. Anyway, this guy shined on the Bills for the rest of the season and probably was not even drafted in most fantasy leagues at the start of the season. I am not sure about top ten, but he probably will be a top 15 fantasy receiver next year.
#3. Dwayne Bowe (KC - WR) I don't want to call this guy a big shock this season, since many are aware of his great abilities as a receiver. However, Bowe did not have a great season last year, playing in only 11 games, due to injuries. In addition to this, he started the 2010-11 season off relatively slow and it was looking like it was going to be another poor season for Bowe. In Week 6 he had 108 yards and 2 TDs and this gave fantasy owners hope. Then in Week 10 he exploded for 186 yards and 2 TDs and finished the season with 15 TDs; three more than any other WR in the league. He should be a top 10 fantasy WR next year, but I feel his inconsistency would prevent him from being a top 5 fantasy receiver; meaning he will have huge weeks, but then some weeks he may only get about 30 to 40 yards.