Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 7
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.
Fantasy football analysis: Last year as a rookie Smith was targeted 36 times on pass attempts of 20 or more yards downfield, third most in the NFL. Unfortunately, Joe Flacco struggled with accuracy on his deep ball after being one of the better distance throwers in 2010. Now that Smith has a season under his belt and is working to become a more complete receiver it would not be a surprise to see him bump Anquan Boldin from the No. 1 receiver role in Baltimore. Assuming Flacco returns to normal on completing the big pass, Smith will provide a healthy return as my WR2.
Fantasy football analysis: When hindsight kicks in, I'll probably regret not taking a quarterback here; but, honestly, they're a dime a dozen at this point. Eric helped make the decision easier, as I had my eyes on Torrey Smith with my last pick and was considering him here. However, the safer decision (and my draft has oddly taken a massive turn towards safe picks the last few rounds) is securing another starter before filling in another backup slot. A lot of teams still need a tight end, and I fear the last two tight ends I really like would be gone before my next pick. Enter Gonzo, who was the third-best tight end in this scoring system a year ago. Asking for another 80-875-7 stat line would be ambitious, but with the aerial attack Atlanta has built with Julio Jones and Roddy White on the outside, Gonzo will continue to create havoc over the middle and he's always getting looks in the red zone. Seventy receptions, 700 yards and six touchdowns should be well within reach in what will likely be the vet's final year.
Fantasy football analysis: The RBs in this stretch - minus C.J. Spiller, whose sitch and schedule just turn me off - fail to excite me. I'd rather fill my WR3 spot with a good rebound candidate. Jackson isn't a holdout this year, and there's less turmoil in Eagles camp in general. If Michael Vick is still dangerous, so is his favorite deep threat, who should notch at least 60 catches, 1,000-plus yards and six or seven TDs in 2012.
Fantasy football analysis: OK. I picked up Dez Bryant earlier. Now Kenny Britt? No, I don't have a thing for guys who appear in police blotters. However, these guys are tumbling down the draft board due to their indiscretions off the field. On the field, they are tremendous talents. Britt was on his way to a Pro Bowl berth last year until a serious knee injury derailed his season. As a third WR on my roster, I could certainly do a lot worse. I like what I've seen in glimpses from Britt, and I hope he can stay healthy and out of the commissioner's office.
Fantasy football analysis: Stewart has been a solid rusher since entering the league but became a factor in the passing game last season. The main problem for Stewart is that he will be sharing playing time with running back DeAngelo Williams and fullback Mike Tolbert, but he should have a steady role in the offense this season. I hope he will be able to get at least 1,000 total yards, 30-35 receptions and six to eight touchdowns.
Fantasy football analysis: I was hoping, like several others before me, that Torrey Smith would fall to me with this pick. Oh well. I don't mind settling for Gresham, who is ready to break out in Cincy's West Coast offense. Andy Dalton will only get better. The same goes for A.J. Green, who can stretch the field and allow Gresham to thrive underneath and over the middle. I'm expecting Gresham to catch close to 80 balls and score seven to eight times.
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