7) Hakeem Nicks, wide receiver, New York Giants
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The decision for me in Round 3 was to select between a questionable RB or get an elite WR, so the choice was obvious. After losing out on Victor Cruz (taken the pick before), I "settled" for Hakeem Nicks. Nicks has a foot injury, but reports say he is healing well. Based on his production in 2010 and 2011, it is reasonable to predict 75-80 receptions for about 1,100-1,200 receiving yards and 8-10 TDs.
8) Mike Wallace, wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Todd Haley's offense has reportedly been simplified to focus more on getting open, which could bode well for Wallace, whose route-running skills have been questioned. That is a plus, of course, if Wallace ends his holdout. Wallace is a first-round talent, and quite a risk at this stage, but the risk is worth the reward in my opinion. Should he report to camp, and he enters the season motivated to land a huge deal, a 75-1,200-10 season is well within reach.
9) Julio Jones, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Jones' durability concerns scare me. He is so physical that it seemingly elevates his chances of suffering an injury. It was worth the risk, as he is a beast in a high-powered offense with a blossoming quarterback. Jones could see single coverage with regularity if Roddy White continues to destroy defenses. This was a value pick with crazy upside. I expect no less than a 70-1,100-8 line from Jones.
10) Jimmy Graham, tight end, New Orleans Saints
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: You must allow breathing room for your strategy. I was going to wait on a tight end, but this value is too tantalizing for me to pass up the No. 1 target in one of the best aerial setups. They won't miss too many beats even without Sean Payton there.
11) Cam Newton, quarterback, Carolina Panthers
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Tim made a wise decision drafting Graham with the 34th overall selection, because I was fully prepared to take him with my third-round pick. Instead, I ended up with a nice consolation prize in Newton, who not only set a record for most passing yards by a rookie (4,051) but was far and away the most prolific running quarterback in the league, rushing for 706 yards and 14 touchdowns. For anyone concerned about a sophomore slump, just remember that Newton compiled these numbers despite not having the opportunity to make as smooth of a transition to the NFL as most rookies because of the lockout-shortened offseason.
12) Marques Colston, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: He has topped 1,000 yards and had at least 70 catches in five of his six seasons in the NFL, and he played just 11 games in the one year he didn't reach those totals. Last year, Colston had 80 catches and nearly 1,200 yards despite missing almost three full games. Drew Brees spreads the wealth in New Orleans, and another 1,000-yard season is a given for his favorite receiver. With Robert Meachem leaving for San Diego, I am expecting Colston to have one of his better years.
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