There is a minor buzz around Eddie Royal these days. Partly because he’s been playing well, and partly because of doubts surrounding Brandon Marshall. Marshall wasn’t even listed as one of the top 3 receivers on Denver’s most recent depth chart. His leg injury and the recent talk that Eddie Royal will be taking a bigger role in the offense have kept him from participating fully at practice.
Looking at the average draft position for both receivers, it appears that Royal is creeping up a bit. For 12-team drafts, Marshall is going at 4.02 while Royal is being drafted at 5.10.
Ever since Marshall’s blog post vaguely declaring that it is “time for a change”, the trade rumors have been holding back his value relative to his actual talent. Throw in an injury that has sidelined him since August 2, and it is only a matter of time before his value starts to drop. Fantasy owners are going to want to see some progress both with his leg and with getting along with his team (whichever one he ends up with).
It’s likely that Royal will continue to climb in the rankings. He showed a lot of promise last year going for 980 yards and 5 TDs. Even though Orton is less talented than Cutler, the porous Denver defense will likely keep the offense in a lot of passing situations.