7) Roy Helu, running back, Washington Redskins
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Wow. I can't believe I'm actually taking a Redskins running back. Mike Shanahan will be my worst enemy this year, most likely. While Evan Royster seems to be impressing the most in training camp, the reality is that Helu is by far D.C.'s most talented runner, and even Shanny will have to see this at some point. I'm not expecting Tim Hightower to factor into this picture much, if at all. Helu's superior pass-blocking skills will go a long way in earning him PT, especially since Washington will want to protect RGIII as much as possible.
8) Philip Rivers, quarterback, San Diego Chargers
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Rivers has been a consistent fantasy quarterback the last four seasons, and nothing indicates that he can't do the same this season. He did lose a top target in wide receiver Vincent Jackson but does have newcomers in wide receivers Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal to throw to. He will also have a healthy tight end Antonio Gates as a target. I would be happy with around 4,500 yards and 25 to 30 touchdowns this season.
9) Peyton Manning, quarterback, Denver Broncos
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Being able to get Manning in the sixth round is a solid spot. Any earlier would be foolish, as while he might very well be healthy, he will not be All-Pro caliber anymore. He is learning a completely new offense, has new teammates - we all know Peyton is a creature of habit - and he was awfully comfy in Indy. That being said, he'll still be good. A 4,000-yard, 30-TD season would be just fine, please.
10) Matt Ryan, quarterback, Atlanta Falcons
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Well, this would've been my pick whether Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning were still on the board or not. I can appear to be part of the run but still nab the QB I targeted all along. I'm the 11th to select a QB, but I get a 2011 top-10 passer with one of the best schedules in football, two of the most dangerous receivers in the league and an offense that's going vertical in 2012. Score.
11) Reggie Wayne, wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The three QBs I targeted just went off the board one pick after another in front of me, so my urgency to land one of the remaining ho-hum QBs isn't high. Wayne managed a 76-960-4 line last year with absolutely nothing at quarterback; if Andrew Luck is everything he has been touted as being, I expect those numbers to go up considerably seeing Wayne is the only dependable receiver on roster. There's not a lot of boom with this pick, but steady PPR value cannot be ignored. He doesn't have youth on his side anymore, but as my WR3 he's capable of posting a 90-1,100-6 line that I'll be happy with.
12) Jermichael Finley, tight end, Green Bay Packers
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: While he has been unlucky with injuries, Finley's athleticism still stacks up favorably against any tight end in the game. The Packers feature an equal opportunity passing offense, so Finley may not light up the stat sheet each week. However, he's basically playing wide receiver for a scoring-machine QB and just needs a healthy season to prove the hype that's surrounded him the last few years was warranted.
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