Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 13
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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