7) Golden Tate, wide receiver, Seattle Seahawks
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: What the heck. Why not take two former Notre Dame stars with flier picks? Tate has been a disappointment in his pro career to this point, but with Matt Flynn slinging the pigskin around in Seattle now, I'm hoping this flier can turn into something. I realize the receiver stable is crowded with the addition of Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens, but I don't expect either of those aging vets to give Tate much resistance.
8) Shane Vereen, running back, New England Patriots
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Vereen is the pick here in case running back Stevan Ridley does not play well this season or is injured during the season. He did not have much of an impact last season but there is playing time available with no clear cut starting running back on the team. Since he is a handcuff for Ridley, I do not have big expectations for Vereen and will be happy if he has a solid season.
9) Rashard Mendenhall, running back, Pittsburgh Steelers
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Mendenhall (knee) could very well start the season on the PUP list due to a torn ACL late last season, in fact it might be a certainty. Either way, he provides depth at the position. If he can give me a week or two later in the season, it's worth stashing him away since his legs would be fresh. I wouldn't expect more than 400 yards and five rushing TDs, but that could come in handy in Weeks 10-16.
10) Rashad Jennings, running back, Jacksonville Jaguars
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The longer Maurice Jones-Drew holds out, the more Jennings endears himself to a coaching staff that has never even met last season's leading rusher since taking over the Jags. MJD has no leverage here. It's not just because two years remain on the RB's deal; Plenty of NFL personnel know that Jennings is more than starter-caliber (and a lot cheaper). Although Jacksonville will feel some allegiance to Jones-Drew once he's back with the boys, there's no telling how soon that'll be, which opens the door for an array of scenarios that don't favor him. Jennings' upside is far too great, especially if he gets 15 touches or more per game.
11) David Akers, place kicker, San Francisco 49ers
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Expecting a repeat of last year isn't realistic, as Akers averaged double-digit points per game and attempted 11 more field goals than the next closest kicker. While the 49ers added a lot of weapons to the offense during the offseason and should improve their proficiency for scoring, the system is still rather vanilla. I'm looking for 34 field goal attempts to go along with close to 40 PATs.
12) Buffalo Bills defense/special teams
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: There is simply no reason to reach for a defense in this format because points allowed are not scored. Fumbles, interceptions, sacks, safeties and scoring touchdowns are the only things that matter. If you look at last year's results the best fantasy defense averaged 9.6 points per game, which was less than Blaine Gabbert. The Bills' defense could become a big time fantasy unit and already features a strong return game. They signed defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson in the offseason and get Kyle Williams back from injury. Also, their schedule is among the easiest in the league. The final six games of the fantasy season will have the Bills play the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis
Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and the Dolphins a second time. Circle those wagons.
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