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Fantasy Dozen: Lloyd, Driver rise again

Originally Published: October 17, 2004
By Scott Engel | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
Every Sunday, we look at 12 important lessons to be learned from the day's games in the Fantasy Dozen. In Week Six, some receivers had good outings, but not all of them have earned our trust yet.

Brandon Lloyd is back: Lloyd is healthy again, as is QB Tim Rattay, and the two clearly have a good on-field relationship. Lloyd has scored in two consecutive games, and has regained the faith of some fantasy owners who had clearly written him off after a slow start. Lloyd has the ability to make the key catch with his good hands and body control, and as demonstrated on his 33-yard scoring catch on Sunday, he can also make the occasional big play. Lloyd did have one miscommunication with Rattay in which he appeared to let a ball sail over his head instead of catching it. But the two should continue to work through any issues. He's a quality No. 3 fantasy receiver right now.

You must take Willis McGahee very seriously: McGahee was Buffalo's featured back because Travis Henry had a foot injury, yet after his performance against Miami, it's clear McGahee is the more appealing of the two RBs right now. Even though he was denied near the goal line more than once, McGahee still battled hard and was tough to bring down. Those 111 yards came against the winless Dolphins, yet Miami's defense is still sturdy, and passing the 100-yard mark against them is an accomplishment of note. McGahee added more balance to the Buffalo offense, and fantasy leaguers should expect to see more of him in the near future, because he challenges defenses more than a healthy Henry did earlier in the year.

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