Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 8

by KFFL Staff on August 6, 2012 @ 17:10:43 PDT

 

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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) Jahvid Best, running back, Detroit Lions
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Given that his bones are made of glass and he is still battling some lingering effects from his concussion last year, this is a risky pick. However, he is an explosive weapon, especially in the passing game, when he is healthy. Detroit is going to throw the ball most of the time anyway, and Best had 58 catches in 2010. I'll take my chances that he gets on the field and becomes a useful part of a high-scoring Lions' offense. Matthew Stafford finally stayed healthy last year and erupted into a fantasy juggernaut. I am hoping Best follows suit.

2) Nate Washington, wide receiver, Tennessee Titans
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Washington posted career highs in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,023) and touchdowns (7) in 2011 - not bad numbers for a WR3. If Jake Locker beats out Matt Hasselbeck for the Titans' starting quarterback job, that's good news for fantasy teams that own Washington - he caught all four of Locker's TD passes last season.

3) James Starks, running back, Green Bay Packers
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Hopefully the early-camp snafus will come and go. He's the Pack's best bet at a full-time worker, and this offense is powerful enough to boost someone who already boasts raw skills. 1,200 total yards, 25 catches and eight touchdowns marks the low end of my expectations - at this juncture, I'm taking a shot.

4) Mike Williams, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Tampa Mike is my favorite bounce-back receiver for 2012 and has sleeper written all over him. With Vincent Jackson taking most of the safety shades away from Williams' side of the field, the third-year receiver will find plenty of room to work in one-on-one coverage. Josh Freeman is maturing and has a great offensive line to allow him time to pass. Williams will catch 75 balls for 975 yards and score seven or more times.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins

5) Pierre Garcon, wide receiver, Washington Redskins
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: A line of 70-947-6 isn't a bad year while playing on the hapless Indianapolis Colts last season. He has improved each of the last two seasons and could improve upon last year's numbers with more talent around him. QB Robert Griffin III should have his growing pains, but Garcon could be the team's No. 1 receiver. That is pretty decent upside for a WR4.

6) Kyle Rudolph, tight end, Minnesota Vikings
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: As a rookie in 2011, Rudolph caught 26 balls for 249 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns, catching 79 percent of the passes hurled his way. He is widely regarded as an up and coming TE and makes a fine backup for me in this league. TE John Carlson was signed in the offseason and it had been thought he would deeply cut into the production of Rudolph, but Carlson suffered a sprained MCL in training camp, which follows his lost season in 2011 due to a torn labrum. Rudolph likely will be the No. 1 TE for the Vikings and it is reasonable to see him (and also Carlson) as a safety valve for young QB Christian Ponder. He should double last year's output, posting about 45-50 catches for about 500-600 receiving yards and five to six TDs. He makes a possible flex play on the weeks when the matchup is favorable.

7) Santonio Holmes, wide receiver, New York Jets
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I wasn't interested in any of the RB options as I look to build solid depth, so I went with Holmes as my No. 3 receiver. There are plenty of questions with the Jets and Holmes, mainly his attitude, but I expect Mark Sanchez to continue to look Holmes' way often, even though this is a run-first offense. I'm hoping Holmes will be determined to start the season off strong after the meltdown last season.

8) Lance Moore, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Moore is one of several weapons quarterback Drew Brees has to throw to and should get a bigger role this season with wide receiver Robert Meachem going to the San Diego Chargers. He was tied for the team lead among wide receivers with eight touchdowns and has posted that touchdown total each of the last two seasons. I hope Moore will be able to catch around 70 passes for 800 yards and score seven to nine touchdowns.

Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans

9) Ben Tate, running back, Houston Texans
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Tate filled in admirably at times for Arian Foster last season, posting 100-yard games in his first three NFL games. In total, he hit the century mark four times. Arian Foster is a tremendous talent, and there is no denying that, but he has also been susceptible to the injury bug. When, not if, the injury bug strikes Foster again, I'll have Tate ready to go.

10) Fred Davis, tight end, Washington Redskins
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I suppose that I should begin to accumulate some RB depth, but again, the options here just aren't overwhelming. Each of the pair of teams that picks after me at this turn has greater needs, even if I cared to address the position. Davis, a hell of an athlete, caught 59 balls for 796 yards and three scores in 12 games last season while dealing with a mild mess at QB. If he stays away from the ganj, he should be a favorite of Robert Griffin III and put up numbers comparable to any WR I could choose here, too. I get legit option for my flex spot as well as insurance in case Antonio Gates' foot becomes an issue. I wouldn't have considered any other TE with this pick, likely.

11) Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Washington Redskins
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Ending up with a rook as my No. 1 quarterback (at least for now) wasn't the game plan going in; bad execution of my draft strategy put me in a lurch at quarterback and forced some risk taking. Griffin has as much or more bust potential as he does boom potential; I'll have to follow up soon with another quarterback. We've been spoiled with rookie QBs in recent years and this selection was a reach. The Cam Newton comparisons are silly, but RGIII will make plays with his legs, which should help bolster his mediocre passing numbers this season. I'm looking for 3,000 yards passing and 18-20 passing touchdowns to go along with 600 yards rushing and hopefully close to eight scores on the ground. Hopefully he limits his turnovers.

12) Denarius Moore, wide receiver, New York Jets
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: When I opted to take three PPR-friendly running backs (Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles and Doug Martin) to start my draft my belief was that a number of solid wide receivers would be available later on. That has paid off thus far with Jeremy Maclin and Torrey Smith. Now I can really build up some depth at the position with these selections. Lower-body injuries limited Moore to just 33 catches a year ago as a rookie, but his relationship as Carson Palmer's top target, especially deep, was obvious. While Palmer's play at quarterback doesn't excite me, I don't mind grabbing what could be a very explosive sophomore receiver.

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