Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 9
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: Floyd has outproduced new teammate Robert Meachem in receiving yards each of the last three seasons. This comes despite the fact Meachem played in every single game during that time while the M80 missed a total of nine contests, more than half a season. After Floyd returned to action in Week 13, he tallied 95 or more yards with a touchdown in four of the final five games of the season. So why exactly is Meachem going ahead of the guy that stands 6-foot-5, is a better pass catcher, already knows the offense and has a strong rapport with Philip Rivers? Floyd may not reel in a lot of receptions, but he collects yardage in big chunks and should not feel threated as the No. 1 wide receiver in San Diego.
Fantasy football analysis: Rice showed in 2009 (83-1,312-8) he is capable of being an upper-tier fantasy receiver. Unfortunately, injury-riddled seasons ('07, '08, '10 and '11) have been the norm and greatly hurt his fantasy production along the way. He is working his way back from surgery on both shoulders and may not even be a lock for Week 1. However, as my fourth receiver, Rice can provide a lot of bang to my lineup if he can return to anything close to his '09 form. That might be asking for a lot, but I'm willing to take that gamble in the ninth round. Hoping for 60 receptions, 900 yards and six touchdowns, but I'll probably get six games and 15 receptions out of this oft-injured talent.
Fantasy football analysis: Smith looks like one of the best bets for something close to full-time duty, or at least the more beneficial duty in a PPR league, remaining. I never had much faith in Jahvid Best's health, and punishing runner Mikel LeShoure will be getting his first taste of real NFL action, perhaps primarily as the back to spell Smith. Smith sounds as if he finally understands the importance of taking care of his body, so hopefully I have him for more than six weeks.
Fantasy football analysis: I know, I know...two QBs in the first nine rounds? However, I am still a little gunshy with Peyton Manning after sinking a third-round pick into him last year. He "looks" like the same guy, he is reportedly healthy, but it isn't a certainty. Of course, Big Ben recently revealed he has a rotator cuff issue, but I still expect the Steelers to air it out. Plus, he has a juicy primetime matchup (@CIN) when Manning has his bye. In addition, I can pair Roethlisberger with Antonio Brown, if I so choose. Best player on the board-type pick here.
Fantasy football analysis: Ridley may take over running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis' role with the Patriots, which means there will be opportunities for touchdowns near the end zone. Ridley will be another one of my running backs that will split time with other backs, but he is expected to get his fair share of carries even if he does not help in the passing game much. I would be happy with at least 750 yards and six to eight touchdowns.
Fantasy football analysis: I was really hoping to snare Stevan Ridley with this pick. Uggh. Little, following my Holmes pick, helps build good depth for my WR corps. He's a physical specimen that should only continue to improve this year. The Browns' offense, although not outstanding, should dramatically improve with a more capable QB (Brandon Weeden) and a talented rookie runner (Trent Richardson). Little's imposing presence will make him a good red zone target for Weeden.
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