KFFL.com's Fantasy Football Analysis Draft (FAD) brings you behind the scenes on all 16 rounds of an actual fantasy football league draft. Each of our experts participating give you their analysis on why they took the player they did. This is not a mock fantasy football draft; this league will be played out during the course of the 2012 fantasy football season ... each participant is drafting to win!
A standard scoring system with one point per reception (RB-WR-TE) was used for this draft.
1) Drew Brees, quarterback, New Orleans Saints
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Brees is coming off a year when he led the league in passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage. The bounty scandal has created plenty of drama and left the Saints without a coach, but Brees got a big new contract and still has plenty of weapons to work with. Picking at the turn, I had no shot at one of the elite running backs, and I can't afford to reach for a player. Brees provides the consitent high-scoring output I need.
2) Darren Sproles, running back, New Orleans Saints
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I felt that quality QBs, WRs and TEs would still be available in later rounds, so I drafted a second running back here, knowing he wouldn't have been on the board for much longer. Sproles was an absolute monster in PPR leagues last year, having led all NFL running backs in receptions (86), receiving yards (710) and receiving touchdowns (7). As if that wasn't enough, he also averaged nearly seven yards a carry in 2011, racking up 603 yards on the ground on only 87 attempts. The fact that he is the team's primary kickoff and punt returner is another plus. I figure that Sproles' production in 2012 will be similar, with 90 catches, 700 receiving yards, 600 rushing yards and 12 combined touchdowns.
3) Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Changing up my usual strategy and going with more WR security and what I feel is more suitable second-round value. There's enough depth at QB and TE for me to wait. Now, as for RBs....
4) Greg Jennings, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I looked at several receivers here and felt Jennings was the best bang for my buck. I like the upside and fear the inconsistency. However, in this offense, Jennings could strike paydirt on any passing play. I'll take my chances that he returns to his 2010 form and scores double-digit touchdowns while eclipsing 1,200 receiving yards.
5) Tom Brady, quarterback, New England Patriots
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I really wanted a receiver with this pick, but the two options I was considering had risk involved. I can't fathom taking a risky player that should be elite over a player that you can count on as elite. Brady has a plethora of options to throw to and is coming off career highs in completions, attempts and yards. While another 5,000-yard season is probably out of the question, the arsenal of tight ends and addition of WR Brandon Lloyd make a 4,000-yard, 40-touchdown season pretty safe to assume.
6) DeMarco Murray, running back, Dallas Cowboys
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: At this point it came down to either a top RB or WR. I believe there is more depth at WR and that Murray, if he can stay healthy, will have a monster year. I would be happy with 1,200-1,400 yards rushing, 10-12 rushing TDs and whatever catches he can also make. I believe he will be the focal point of the Dallas offense in 2012 and is a top tier RB, if healthy.
The second half of Round 2 is a treat to analyze.
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