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) Jacob Tamme, tight end, Denver Broncos
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Tamme showed a solid rapport with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis when he had to fill in for Dallas Clark, catching 67 passes for more than 600 yards in 2010. With prior experience working together, I expect Manning to lean heavily on Tamme this season to move the chains and in the red zone. A full season as starter should result in a big catch total for Tamme. I'm not expecting 1,000 yards, but I think 80-plus catches and eight or so touchdowns is a real possibility.
2) Felix Jones, running back, Dallas Cowboys
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: With only two RBs on my roster (who happen to share the same bye week), the time had come for me to acquire more depth at that position. Jones will serve as the backup to DeMarco Murray, as well as the Cowboys' primary kickoff returner, and should be in line to receive 10-12 carries a game. I'm hoping for 600 rushing yards and three touchdowns out of him - as long as he remains healthy and is able to limit his fumbles.
3) Danny Amendola, wide receiver, St. Louis Rams
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Why not have Wes Welker and Amendola on the same PPR squad? Sure, it's Amendola's third offense in three seasons, but it's quite similar to the 2010 setup in which he hauled in 85 tosses. He's healthy after his fluke elbow injury last year and should approach that number, along with about six scores and 800 yards, as the most consistent Rams target week to week.
4) Josh Freeman, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Drafting Michael Vick forced my hand to take a backup in the 10th, which is a few rounds earlier than I would have liked to. I felt compelled to draft Jay Cutler, but Chicago's offensive line is particularly offensive. I'd rather take my chances that Josh Freeman breaks out in what will be a more balanced system than I feel it is getting credit for. Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Doug Martin, Dallas Clark ... Freeman has the weapons to rebound, and his OL is arguably the best in the league. I expect 3,900 passing yards and 29 total touchdowns.
5) DeAngelo Williams, running back, Carolina Panthers
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Williams has a ton of talent, and a ton of capable running backs around him. Talent usually prevails in the end, and the former 1,500-yard rusher is adequate in rushing and receiving. I'm hoping he lights it up this preseason and earns a prominent spot in Carolina or somewhere else, but my expectations are tempered.
6) Joe Flacco, quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I needed a back up to Aaron Rodgers who was at least middle of the pack. Flacco is a better-than-average fantasy QB and even though the Ravens run the ball a lot, Flacco should have enough for about 3500-4000 yards passing and 22-25 passing TDs. For a back up, that is quite good enough. He is reliable and I value that in a backup.
7) Mark Ingram, running back, New Orleans Saints
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I know the Saints have plenty of weapons on offense besides Ingram, and he'll have to compete for touches with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas, but he's clearly the most explosive back and he'll be used plenty around the goal line on a squad that will score frequently. I'm expecting much more from him following his injury-marred rookie campaign.
8) Jay Cutler, quarterback, Chicago Bears
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Cutler has had some trouble with interceptions in his career but has also been a successful passer through the years. He received a new weapon this season in wide receiver Brandon Marshall to go along with the rest of the receivers. Hopefully, for Cutler's sake, the team will be able to fix their offensive line problem and give him time to make plays. I am comfortable with having Cutler as my No. 2 quarterback in case something happens to Philip Rivers.
9) Justin Blackmon, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The newly signed Blackmon has already run afoul of the law and finds himself behind trying to pick up the offense in J-Ville after holding out and making himself the final first-round pick of 2012 to ink a deal. That's OK, though, as there is plenty of time for Blackmon to catch up, and he is a solid No. 4 fantasy option. If he is A.J. Green lite, I'd be pleased. A total of 700 yards and six TDs is not asking all that much.
10) Isaiah Pead, running back, St. Louis Rams
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I don't care to handcuff any of my other runners, but considering how much S-Jax is expected to get the rock in St. Louis' run-centric O and how much time there is between now and the start of the season, it'd be a hell of a bummer to lose my RB2 and not have some consolation. The reports about Pead, a slashing runner with good hands, are glowing.
11) Randall Cobb, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I should have taken a backup quarterback I was eyeing with my last pick; my waiting on the position comes back to haunt me again. There were a number of directions I wrestled over here, ultimately deciding, and slightly reaching, for Cobb, who had just 24 receptions for 369 yards and a score last season. Training camp reports have been very positive and the high-octane Green Bay offense loves to spread the ball around. Inconsistency will be an issue due to the vast amount of weapons, but this guy seems too talented for the Packers to keep off the field. I'm looking for 50 receptions, 750 yards and five scores in his sophomore year.
12) Jared Cook, tight end, Tennessee Titans
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: While I'm pleased with getting Jermichael Finley to end the sixth round, his history of injuries requires an insurance policy. A year ago in this league I took Antonio Gates in the fourth round and Jimmy Graham five rounds later as Plan B. That obviously worked out extremely well and aided me big time in winning the championship. While I'm not forecasting Cook to have the same type of breakout season, he has prototypical size and earned an increased role at the end of 2011. Over the final three games, Cook averaged seven catches and 111.7 yards per contest. If the Titans put Jake Locker under center, Cook has the potential to emerge as a top-10 fantasy tight end.
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