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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