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By Michael Blunda

Kyle Orton played like a fantasy stud for most of the season's first few months and had the schedule to finish the year on a high as well. But instead, his play has deteriorated at a horrible time.

Against two porous pass defenses in the Chiefs and Cardinals the past two weeks, Orton has looked nothing like the gunslinger he was early on. After eclipsing 300 yards six times and throwing for multiple TDs on six occasions during the season's first 11 contests, the Denver QB has thrown for a miserable 283 yards, no TDs and three INTs in his last two games combined. It has brought back bad memories of his days in Chicago, when he was nowhere near the fantasy radar.

What exactly is wrong with Orton isn't known, but he has played poorly enough in these two outings that owners can't possibly stick with him with the entire fantasy season on the line, especially against an Oakland team this week that held him to 198 yards in Week Seven. Right now, he isn't even an auto-start vs. Houston's porous secondary in Week 16.

The other question is what to do with someone like WR Brandon Lloyd, who had been lighting up the league but has watched his stats dip with Orton's. The Raiders held him to one catch in Week Seven, so start Lloyd at your own risk.

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