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) Randy Moss, wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Yes, Moss took a year off after quitting on three teams in 2010. And, yes, Alex Smith is not much of a gunslinger, and recent reports say the new passing offense is experiencing some growing pains. However, a happy Moss (and Moss has been extremely thus far in camp) is a productive Moss. Should Moss flame out as many fear or Smith simply can't deliver the ball to him frequently enough having to drop my fifth wide receiver is not going to break my team. If Smith is ever going to develop into the quarterback the 49ers envisioned when they drafted him it will happen this season, with a big boost coming from Moss. Consider me intrigued.
2) LeGarrette Blount, running back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: While it appears Doug Martin is the top dog among the backs for the Bucs, he's an unproven rook and we've seen plenty of them fall on their faces over the years. Blount had a down year in '11, mostly due to the Bucs playing from behind often and not being able to give him the necessary touches. He's a load to bring down and fairly nimble for a big guy, but he lacks the team's confidence on third downs. In a worst case, I see him splitting time with Martin in a 60-40 or 70-30 split in Martin's favor. As my RB4, he provides me with plenty of upside and little downside based off the late pick investment. His floor is 600 yards rushing and six touchdowns; his ceiling might be more than double that if the stars align for playing time.
3) Jonathan Baldwin, wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Week 7 looks like it's going to be a real bitch. Who cares. Baldwin is one of the most talented receivers remaining, and the more time Dwayne Bowe spends at home, washing his tights, the more time a dedicated Baldwin spends working as KC's No. 1 wideout. The Chiefs' offense is built on the running game, but a rebounding Matt Cassel throwing to the talent that his team has amassed outside may provide them with the tools to be somewhat balanced.
4) Ryan Williams, running back, Arizona Cardinals
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Williams is essentially in his first year in the NFL after missing his entire rookie season due to a serious knee injury suffered in the preseason. He and Beanie Wells will form a powerful, yet very brittle tandem. Williams has the most upside, and should be a solid flex option at times when the matchup is favorable.
5) Brent Celek, tight end, Philadelphia Eagles
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Celek took some time to find chemistry with quarterback Michael Vick at the start of the 2011 season but finished the season with a touchdown in each of his last three games. Celek has not put up amazing stats during the last few seasons but is a reliable target for Vick. I would be fine with similar stats that posted in 2011 but a little improvement in each category would be a bonus.
6) Sam Bradford, quarterback, St. Louis Rams
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Last year was a lost campaign for Bradford due to injuries and the presence of Josh McDaniels as offensive coordinator. I'm expecting St. Louis as a whole to rebound dramatically, making Bradford a sleeper as my backup QB. Hopefully I won't need him much, but Stafford has only put together one healthy season to date, so I needed to protect myself.
A run on backup rushers finished off this round.
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