Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 9

by KFFL Staff on August 7, 2012 @ 15:38:46 PDT


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7) Titus Young, wide receiver, Detroit Lions
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: The safest picks are long gone by now, and in the second half of the draft we get more into guess work, speculation and what your gut tells you. Detroit has a marvelous young passer and one elite WR. The rest of the offense is up for grabs. Titus was a rookie in 2011 and caught 48 passes for 607 yards, with six TDs. He will be either the No. 2 or No. 3 WR for the pass-happy Lions this year. With RB Jahvid Best still out (concussion) and no clearly-established running game to fall back on, Young figures to be a key component of this offense. Look for him to rack up 60-70 catches for 850-950 receiving yards and seven to eight TDs. I view him as a solid No. 3 fantasy level WR, with lots of potential upside.

Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets

8) Dustin Keller, tight end, New York Jets
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I was resigned to the fact that I'd have to settle for an uninspiring pick at tight end, but Keller has a ray of hope. He led the team in targets last season, and he could be a decent surprise in a PPR league with the unproven talent around him at wideout. He had a 65-815-5 season last year. I'm hoping defenses key in on stopping the run so much that Keller can break through a few more times.

9) David Wilson, running back, New York Giants
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Something about Wilson intrigues me more than his situation in a pass-hapy offense should warrant. Perhaps it is his explosive nature. The electrifying back has a great chance to be a regular contributor, and his prospects of starting are reasonable given Ahmad Bradshaw's injury history. I won't put a cap on what Wilson is capable of as a rookie; as my fourth back, I'll take a minimum of 1,000 total yards and five touchdowns.

10) Darrius Heyward-Bey, wide receiver, Oakland Raiders
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Though Greg Knapp is typically run-first, DHB should benefit from Carson Palmer having a full offseason to work things through. Heyward-Bey took steps forward last year and should continue on the way to a 1,000-yard season, 60-70 receptions and six or seven scores.

11) Anquan Boldin, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Boldin's Pro Bowl days appear to be behind him, but I still expect him to be a decent No. 4 fantasy WR in 2012. He led Baltimore in receiving yards and was second in receptions despite a partially torn meniscus that caused him to miss the final two games of the regular season. Now healthy, I expect him to post a line of 70-900-5.

12) Matt Schaub, quarterback, Houston Texans
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: If something happens to Drew Brees, I am probably in a lot of trouble, but is always nice to have an insurance policy. He played just 10 games last season, but he topped 4,000 yards in 2009 and 2010, throwing a combined 53 touchdowns. When healthy, he can put up big numbers in a high-powered Houston offense. Schaub is good for about 300 yards and a couple of scores just about every start, and those aren't bad numbers for my backup QB.

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