Other Broncos WRs poised to break out

Updated: September 16, 2011, 8:28 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Not only did the Denver Broncos lose to the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, but it's been an unsettling few days since then for the team's key fantasy options. First, many people in Denver have seemingly forgotten how good Kyle Orton can be, and they're predictably and impatiently calling for Tim Tebow. Let me remind you that Orton is so awful that he was leading the NFL in passing yards through 11 games last season with 3,370 and had 20 touchdown passes with only six interceptions at the time. The benching wasn't exactly his fault.

Next, disappointing running back Knowshon Moreno and his sore hamstring are likely to be nowhere near the field this week, making the choice easy for frustrated fantasy owners on the fence about using him and meaning Willis McGahee made a really good call signing a contract in Denver (and DeAngelo Williams did not). McGahee is going to be like Cadillac Williams this week, a nice free-agent add who will put up big numbers, just a day earlier, and who is still out there in many leagues.

Then there's Brandon Lloyd. Ho hum. Anyone remember him? The best wide receiver in fantasy last season pulled a hamstring in the loss to the Raiders and did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. His participation in Sunday's game seems unlikely at this point, enough for me to lose faith and remove him from the Friday updated rankings (my cohorts agreed). OK, so Lloyd probably will not play, but Orton was given a vote of confidence ... someone's got to catch the ball.