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) Brian Quick, wide receiver, St. Louis Rams
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Like Jerry Rice, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens before him, Quick hails from a FCS school. He's also working with receivers coach Ray Sherman, who tutored each of those aforementioned greats during different stops of his career. OK, I won't get too carried away but clearly Quick has a great opportunity to succeed in his rookie season playing for a team that desperately needs someone to step up as the No. 1 wide receiver. If Sam Bradford can get rid of the ball quicker and stay healthy his new 63 target will get off to Quick start.
2) Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Welcome to Russian roulette ... fantasy football style. I can't remember the last time I fielded three QBs in a 16-round draft, but waiting on the position has forced my hand a bit. The two prized rooks and an old vet that has already once retired should provide some interesting weekly decisions - or, I'll simply throw a dart at three photos on the wall. The Colts' D will stink this year, their running game is quite questionable, and Luck is billed as the next elite franchise quarterback. He will have to throw a lot this year, and if he's as heady as everyone says he is that will provide a lot of garbage fantasy points along the way. I'm banking on 4,100 yards passing, 27 touchdowns and, sadly, probably close to 20 interceptions along the way.
3) Brandon LaFell, wide receiver, Carolina Panthers
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: LaFell enters the fabled Year 3. Unfortunately for prognosticators, Year 3 isn't as much of a marker as it used to be. For LaFell, who's reportedly building on a strong rapport with ball-flinger Cam Newton, it may well apply, however. LaFell had a decent rookie campaign, especially in the second half, and he had some strong games to close out last year. Panthers coaches are uncertain about only how much he wants it, at this point. We'll see.
4) Kendall Wright, wide receiver, Tennessee Titans
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Wright was a tremendous talent at Baylor, pairing with Robert Griffin III for a spectacular season. Wright was tremendous in the offseason program, and the coaching staff doesn't expect him to be too far behind despite signing rather late. It's normally not good practice to snag two rookie wide receivers, but if you can get the two best, it's certainly better than a veteran on the downside of his career or a retread who is high on the depth chart now. I like Wright for 750 yards and five scores in his initial NFL campaign.
5) Coby Fleener, tight end, Indianapolis Colts
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I decided to take a flier on Fleener because of the chemistry he had with quarterback Andrew Luck during college which could be brought to the Colts. The two connected for 17 touchdowns in their last two seasons at Stanford but things could change under offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Luck could look for Fleener at times this season just because of their past success. I know most rookie tight ends do not have a big impact, so something around 45-50 catches, 500-600 yards and four to six touchdowns could be nice.
6) Michael Floyd, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: For my No. 5 receiver, I am looking for a pass catcher with high upside, and I think Floyd is the most worthy remaining candidate. His pure athleticism and raw talent will shine through enough to make him an option - eventually - in Arizona's passing game this year. Larry Fitzgerald will take plenty of attention off the other receivers, and the Cards are expected to go with more four-man sets. The QB situation may determine a lot here, but Floyd has the skills to post around 50 catches in his rookie season.
7) Philadelphia Eagles defense/special teams
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The elite defenses are starting to fly off the board. It is time to get one. It came down to the Philadelphia Eagles or the New York Giants, in my opinion. I went with the Eagles because they have DeSean Jackson as a return man, their defense came on extremely well the last month of the 2011 season when the Eagles surged, and the Giants may well suffer from the so-called "Super Bowl hangover."
8) Chicago Bears defense/special teams
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The Bears D/ST scored nine times last season, six of which came on defense. They have a solid run defense and an improving secondary. I'm skeptical of their pass rush with Julius Peppers commanding double teams on the end, but their return game remains a force. They have a tough schedule, but I could easily see them as a top-five DT again this season.
9) Chad Johnson, wide receiver, Miami Dolphins
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: This is another pick that may draw the ire of some fantasy ballers, but I am not convinced that Ocho is done. Johnson's one-year run in New England was miserable, although it has humbled and refocused Chad to get back to his roots. I'm buying what he's selling, and it should result in an acceptable PPR spot/flex play for me. I have nothing to lose and something to gain at this point in the draft.
10) Alex Green, running back, Green Bay Packers
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Not too many commodities stand out right now, so it's time to handcuff one of my RB situations. Green has looked impressive so far, and though I have confidence in Starks long term, the Packers haven't been impressed by his early-camp activities. This could be a frustrating situation for me, but at least I have a head start on what could be a surprisingly productive backfield. If he nails down a tandem role, he should get 700 or so total yards while approaching 30 catches.
11) Baltimore Ravens defense/special teams
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I planned to take the best available defense here, although I was secretly hoping the Chicago Bears would have fallen three more spots in the draft. Baltimore had the third best overall defense in the NFL last season, ranking fourth in passing yards allowed per game (196.2) and second in rushing yards allowed (92.6). Even though LB Terrell Suggs will miss most of the season and team leaders Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are a year older, the Ravens boast what is arguably the strongest D in the league.
12) Jerome Simpson, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The Coastal Carolina product is coming off his best season in the NFL, and although he will be suspended for the first three games of 2012, he will still have plenty of time to make an impact for my team. While Percy Harvin may be the top target in Minnesota, the speedy, 6-foot-2 Simpson is the more explosive option. He is a bigger target for young QB Christian Ponder, and as we all saw when he flipped his way into the end zone last year, he has athleticism to spare. Simpson is just now coming into his own after needing a few years to adjust to the level of competition in the NFL, and I think his career is ready to take off. He might not be the most consistent player, but I expect enough big games to make him a solid bench option.
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