Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 8

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


Pages 1 | 2 | all'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.

Half of Round 8 down, six more picks to go

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