The San Francisco 49ers selected Oregon running back LaMichael James with the 61st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Fantasy analysis: Talk about a surprise pick ... James joins a very crowded backfield, but it won't be surprising to see someone released. Anthony Dixon is probably the first to go. Kendall Hunter is likely to be hurt the most by this addition, and Frank Gore's touches should be reduced even more.
The Niners could have a powerhouse offense in 2012. Their passing game has opened up with several additions, and now their backfield has another legitimate home run threat. While Hunter had that potential, James takes it to a new level.
Fantasy footballers should let this play out a little bit before making any rash decisions, but James deserves a spot on 2012 rosters. He is, at this point, a late-round flier, especially in point-per-reception leagues. His long-term value is potentially out of this world, depending how the backfield shakes out this season.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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