Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 12

by KFFL Staff on August 8, 2012 @ 17:37:31 PDT


Pages 1 | 2 | all'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) Davone Bess, wide receiver, Miami Dolphins
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: He is never going to be a big yardage guy or catch a lot of touchdowns, but in a PPR league, Bess makes a nice bench option. Lining up mainly in the slot, he has topped 75 catches in two of the past three seasons. With Brandon Marshall now in Chicago, Bess might even see his role increase a bit. He isn't flashy, but he has great hands and will get his share of catches.

2) Ryan Fitzpatrick, quarterback, Buffalo Bills
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: My game plan in the 12th round was to grab a backup for Cam Newton. Fitzpatrick's performance during the second half of last season was greatly hindered by several cracked ribs that he suffered a few days after signing a six-year contract extension. Now healthy, I expect him to exceed 3,500 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.

3) Andy Dalton, quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I smell a backup QB run, so I'll grab mine now. I'm not expecting a giant breakout from the sophomore, but he showed enough with A.J. Green to give hope he can be useful for what I'm hoping will be a few games - really, only one. Jermaine Gresham and Mohamed Sanu should give this West Coast offense some more potency, too. If Dalton finishes with something near 3,750 yards, tears through the Miami Dolphins in Week 5 with Romo on a bye, and offers a few solid performances (if it comes to that), I'll be pleased.

4) Santana Moss, wide receiver, Washington Redskins
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: This pick will catch a lot of flak, but Moss is ready for a resurgent season. He shed 16 pounds this offseason and is hungry. I'm not worried about Joshua Morgan, and the inexperienced Leonard Hankerson is coming off a scary hip injury. Moss lost four games due to a broken hand and finger last year. I'm expecting around 70 receptions for 850 yards and five touchdown receptions. Maybe, just maybe, he can surprise like he did in 2010.

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans

5) Owen Daniels, tight end, Houston Texans
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I've considered taking Daniels a couple of times, but I can't pass him up again. He was a bit of a bust last season with a 54-677-3 line as the team focused more on the running game due to injuries. He provides security if my previous TE selection, Dustin Keller, doesn't pan out and also makes a nice late-round flier. It's a make-or-break year for him. Maybe this is the year he puts out a 65-800-5 season.

6) Rueben Randle, wide receiver, New York Giants
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Yes, he is a rookie and a highly speculative pick, but this is late in the draft and time for hunches. My belief is that Hakeem Nicks, who seems to miss games every season with injuries and who is currently injured (broken foot), will be replaced in the lineup by Randle if need be. Randle will probably be a good fill-in player as a hedge against injuries and bye weeks. The Giants have turned into a passing team and he will probably be their third WR, so I took him for depth and to guard against another Nicks injury. I hope for a line of 40-650-5.

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