7) Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Detroit Lions
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I just can't pass up a young QB that topped 5,000 passing yards and threw for 41 scores in his first full season in the NFL. The guy has a cannon for an arm and is a fierce competitor. Oh, he also has by far the most talented wide receiver at his disposal in Calvin Johnson. Not banking on him throwing 663 times again this year, but regardless, he should be a beast. In theory, he'll make up for what will probably be a weak RB corps for me now.
8) Jordy Nelson, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Nelson had a monster year in 2011 after becoming the No. 3 receiver and should be in store for another fantastic season now that he is one of the starting receivers. Nelson will be just one of the options that quarterback Aaron Rodgers has to throw to, but he did lead the team in receiving touchdowns in a wide margin last season. I hope he will be able to surpass his 68 receptions of a year ago, but I would be fine if he posted around 1,200 years and 10-12 touchdowns.
9) Dez Bryant, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Bryant might not make the best decisions off the field, but there is no denying that he is a tremendous talent when he is in between the sidelines. Bryant has looked good in camp, and he should have a monster season. As long as Tony Romo can stay healthy, the Cowboys offense should be pretty prolific.
10) Miles Austin, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Some RBs at this stage appear to be good value picks, but they still have quite a few issues that I don't care to deal with. Austin has a couple of his own: his health, and his QB's health. Those are the only two things to worry about, and after the offseason he had, I'm not worried about one of them. If Tony Romo is upright for most of 2012, the versatile Austin scores WR1/WR2 numbers (~80 receptions, ~1,200 yards, ~10 TDs).
11) Stevie Johnson, wide receiver, Buffalo Bills
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Not a sexy pick and a little higher than I'd like to take him, but I anticipate Eric making a strong push for WRs at the turn before my next pick and I'd prefer to take the lesser of the evils remaining. Johnson had fewer than four catches only three times last year and remains WR1 on a slowly improving Buffalo squad. I considered several other receivers here, but Johnson is less of a one-trick pony than they are and should be more consistent weekly despite not having a very high ceiling. I'm looking for 80 receptions, 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns.
12) Eli Manning, quarterback, New York Giants
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I've selected three running backs to begin my draft so taking two wide receivers in this spot would make a lot of sense. However, I view Eli has the last elite quarterback available and ahead of Cam Newton and Michael Vick. Manning used the deep ball more than anyone a year ago with 109 attempts of 20 yards or more. While he amassed a career high 4,933 yards Manning only managed 29 touchdowns. Eli will keep chucking it long and has at least 35 scores in him. Surprisingly, I missed Matthew Stafford by only five picks.
How do you feel about each selection? Would you have made the same move? We want to hear your thoughts in the comments area below.
Access all of our free fantasy football rankings, cheat sheets and preseason draft guide releases!
Round: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
| 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16
About KFFL Staff
KFFL, part of USA TODAY Sports, has been turning fantasy sports players into winners since 1996!
We are your one stop for all of your fantasy football, baseball, NASCAR, hockey and basketball needs all year long.
Don't miss these great reports....