7) Pierre Thomas, running back, New Orleans Saints
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Knowing that my RB depth is rather suspect, I wanted to do a little handcuffing of my last pick (Mark Ingram). Thomas is healthy and although he'll compete with touches in this three-headed moster of a RB committee, he did manage 50 catches and six total touchdowns last year in the same arrangement. Not bad for an RB5.
8) San Francisco 49ers defense/special teams
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The 49ers defense had another strong season in 2011 and has all of their starters coming back this season. Aldon Smith will now start at outside linebacker, which could help add to his impressive 14 sacks he recorded last season. Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has the ability to score on kick and punt returns if he makes the final roster. Even if their forced fumble and inception totals drop a bit, they still have the ability be a top fantasy defense.
9) Pittsburgh Steelers defense/special teams
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Being a Browns fan, it is hard for me to cheer for anything black and gold. However, we must be objective, DSTs are going to start coming off the board, and I don't want to miss the boat. Plus, with a rookie QB and rookie RB for my Browns, the Steelers' D will get to tee off against those inexperience orange helmets twice. Should be good fantasy production, at least when Cleveland is on the schedule.
10) Jake Locker, quarterback, Tennessee Titans
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: If this draft were two or three weeks from now and there was still no clear winner in the Titans' QB battle, I'd either draft Carson Palmer or wait a little longer. But it's my pick, and a lot will happen between now and when the season begins. Tennessee installed some spread looks last season and has put in some run 'n' shoot elements for this one. Locker could fall flat on his face, but there's a ton of upside in the mobile, strong-armed passer.
11) Carson Palmer, quarterback, Oakland Raiders
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: This wasn't who I was hoping to back RG3 up with, but when surveying the rest of the options at quarterback it's time to pick the lesser of the evils remaining. Once Palmer shook off the rust after a few games last year, he was a top-12 fantasy quarterback down the stretch. The Raiders have some young receivers starting to come into their own, and Palmer is going to have to chuck the ball a lot. Hopefully he keeps the interceptions at a minimum. I'm looking 3,800 yards passing and 26 scores, which just might make him my No. 1 QB if RG3 doesn't live up to his high billing.
12) Evan Royster, running back, Washington Redskins
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I haven't taken a running back since selecting three in a row to begin my draft. While I'm confident with those guys it's dangerous to go any further without adding some depth to the position. Just about every Mike Shanahan backfield looks messy during camp, so Royster's chance to be named the starter is very much alive. In fact, he'll get the first look in preseason while Hightower, who wasn't an explosive runner before blowing out his ACL, isn't ready for action yet. At the very least Royster will keep the seat hot under Helu, the assumed Week 1 starter.
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