Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 8

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

 

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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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