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.
7) Roddy White, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: White is as consistent as they get, with back-to-back seasons of 100-plus receptions and 1,200-plus yards. He has put up 1,000-plus yards in five straight seasons. Matt Ryan is becoming a better fantasy option at the QB position, and the addition of new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will make Atlanta's aerial assault more potent than it has ever been.
8) A.J. Green, wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Green made a big first impression in NFL in his rookie season to become a very productive playmaker for the improved Cincinnati Bengals. Not only does Green have the ability to make the big play, he also is a receiver that can run all the routes in the tree. He will be entering his second year with Andy Dalton as the quarterback, which will allow their chemistry to improve even more. I do not expect Green to have the dreaded sophomore slump and think he can get at least 75 receptions and 1,200 yards.
9) Adrian Peterson, running back, Minnesota Vikings
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: At this juncture of the draft, I'll gladly roll the dice on Peterson's knee. There are reports that he might even see action in the preseason, and he 'should' be ready for Week 1. Sure, he'll likely be spelled a little more frequently, especially during the early going, but this guy was the No. 1 overall pick the past couple of years. He is too good to pass up. Now, hopefully he stays away from the seafood...
10) Brandon Marshall, wide receiver, Chicago Bears
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: A reunion with Jay Cutler. One of the best schedules for wideouts that a fantasy owner could ask for. Plus, ridic ability and high-end PPR consistency. Someone else can press his luck by taking Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks or someone else.
11) Andre Johnson, wide receiver, Houston Texans
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: A lingering groin injury may make me quickly hate this pick; if not, another injury problem probably will. Johnson can be elite when healthy and plays on an incredibly strong offense that wants balance. However, he's on the wrong side of 30 with consistent lower-body injuries, which has forced me pause several times from selecting him. While the injury downside is there, he still is capable of top-end numbers and, sans injury, has fewer questions than several other upper-tier receivers or mid-tier runners around him. 90 receptions, 1,300 yards and eight touchdowns are in store if the health is there.
12) Jamaal Charles, running back, Kansas City Chiefs
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: A year ago, Charles was selected in the top five but suffered a torn ACL in Week 2. All reports state he's feeling good after practicing with the team for the first time and even drew high praise from teammate, and likely touchdown vulture, Peyton Hillis. Adding Charles gives me the top-two rushers from 2010, a season where Thomas Jones played the role Hillis, who isn't exactly known for durability, inherits. Cleary, a timeshare can't hold down Charles, who's also an asset in PPR formats with an average of 42.5 receptions per season from 2009-10. The knee is the only question here, but I'm willing to take the risk in this spot.
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