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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