The question is, "do you put much fantasy football stock in Eddie Royal this year or do you predict a falloff?".
Well, the mere fact that we are all fascinated with Royal's performance last season and his potential should answer your question. He was and will be that good! I do think it is possible that Royal's 91 catch season last year may not re-produce again this year, but to think he can't catch 80 balls just because Kyle Orton is his QB is insane. Who did Orton have to throw to last year, exactly! I am not insinuating Orton is an outstanding QB, but with weapons like Brandon Marshall, Tony Scheffler and Eddie Royal along with an outstanding leader on the sidelines, see Josh McDaniels below, running the show, success is eminent.
The first part of this video is Brandon Marshall, but the second half, well, is the guy that will be on my fantasy football roster - AGAIN THIS YEAR!
Royal has lightning fast speed with good hands. Just say his name three times, Eddie Royal; Eddie Royal; Eddie Royal. Wow! It's powering, house-holdish and catchy. Ok, maybe I am a little too fascinated with him, but you get the picture or if you don't, then what I am telling you is expect another good to great PPR fantasy football season from Eddie Royal. In PPR and deep leagues you should see Eddie Royal coming off the board around the 4th to 5th rounds, only because people are skeptical and may not know who he is - yet.
According to USAToday and the Associated Press, "We wouldn't usually project a second-year receiver to repeat a 91-catch rookie year, but Royal could actually improve on that."
"Head Coach: Josh McDaniels
Josh McDaniels was introduced as the 12th head coach in Broncos history on January 12, 2009.
McDaniels spent the last eight seasons (2001-08) on the coaching staff of the New England Patriots, helping the franchise win three Super Bowls, four AFC championships and six division titles en route to posting the NFL’s best overall record (111-34 / .766) during that time. He was the Patriots' offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach during the previous three years (2006-08), directing an offense that led the NFL in points per game (28.8) while ranking second in the league in yards per game (370.8) and third in fewest turnovers (63) over that stretch."
In other words, don't be afraid of the Broncos, especially their receiving core, just because Kyle Orton is the QB.