Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 15
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: Regardless of the coaching staff or the success of the offense, the Raiders continue to supply Janikowski with field goal attempts from long distance. Over the last three years, he's averaged 11 attempts of 40 yards or more and 8.3 chances from 50-plus. While the other big name kickers on the board, like Stephen Gostkowski and Mason Crosby, would offer a more consistent stream of extra points, but I'd rather go fishing for those big weeks Sea Bass puts up from time to time.
Fantasy football analysis: The Pack may be generous in the yardage they allow, but they are a big-play group. They found the end zone seven times last year, including two special teams touchdowns, and led the league in interceptions (31). With a prolific offense, opponents are often playing from behind, which plays into the Packers' aggressive attack.
Fantasy football analysis: No point in thinking too hard about this one. I need a kicker; I need a defense. The Pats' booter is one of the few obviously good choices on his side. He's been among the best because New England's offense is among the best (and because they don't stop trying to score). I'll be happy with one of several big-play or sleeper D's remaining.
Fantasy football analysis: Crosby is the beneficiary of a high-octane offense. He'll either boot plenty of extra points, or he'll be in position for a lot of field goals. Either way, Crosby will be a high scorer. Look for 100 points easy, and perhaps upwards of 120.
Fantasy football analysis: Prater was the choice here because he will be kicking for an offense that has quarterback Peyton Manning at the helm, which can produce the possibility of more points for him. Prater plays half of his games in Denver which helps in long field goals since there is thinner air. He hit three of the four field goal attempts from at least 50 yards last season. I hope will be able to get me at least 120 points with several 50-yard field goals.
Fantasy football analysis: I'm not at all worried that Kaeding will lose the job to last year's replacement, Nick Novak. Kaeding is fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered on the opening kickoff in Week 1 last year, so I'm expecting him to return as one of the most reliable booters in the league. The loss of Ryan Mathews for the first couple games could actually boost Kaeding's early-season trey tries, too.
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