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) Sebastian Janikowski, place kicker, Oakland Raiders
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
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.
2) Green Bay Packers defense/special teams
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
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.
3) Stephen Gostowski, place kicker, New England Patriots
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
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.
4) Mason Crosby, place kicker, Green Bay Packers
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
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.
5) Matt Prater, place kicker, Denver Broncos
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
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.
6) Nate Kaeding, place kicker, San Diego Chargers
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
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.
7) Dan Bailey, place kicker, Dallas Cowboys
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Dallas figures to score often this season and Bailey is their kicker. In 2011, as a rookie, he connected on 32 of 37 field goal attempts. He is having an excellent camp. He will be a sound kicker for my team. I look for him to kick 30 or more field goals and lots of extra points for the dynamic Dallas offense in 2012.
8) Robbie Gould, place kicker, Chicago Bears
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: One thing that impressed me about Gould is that he was 6-for-6 from 50-plus yards last season. He's an extremely accurate kicker, and his offense is projected to pick it up a notch this season. There are kickers out there with higher-powered offenses, but none as accurate as Gould.
9) New York Giants defense/special teams
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: An ultra-aggressive defensive coordinator, arguably the deepest, most dynamic front four in the game, and an improved linebacking corps make the Giants a quality No. 1 fantasy D. I expect a top-five showing from this unit.
10) New England Patriots defense/special teams
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Tough decision here: I think the Chargers' D could improve leaps and bounds this year, but their division always plays tough. And the Pats have a better schedule, and ... look at their AFC East foes. Any improvement from the secondary, including a full season from Patrick Chung, will complement what rookies Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower can offer. They'll still own a solid pass rush, too.
11) Jason Hanson, place kicker, Detroit Lions
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The 42-year-old Hanson showed no signs of slowing down in 2011, converting 24 of 29 field goal attempts and making all 54 of his extra-point attempts. I expect him to have another solid season in 2012, due to the Lions' high-powered offense and the fact that Hanson will play more than half of his games in a domed stadium.
12) Mike Nugent, place kicker, Cincinnati Bengals
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: After being somewhat of a bust in his time with the New York Jets, Nugent has landed on his feet in Cincinnati. In his season and a half with the Bengals, he has connected on 48 of his 57 field goal attempts. He is coming off a career-high 33 makes last year on 38 attempts, and he tied a career-high with four field goals from beyond 50 yards. I also expect his PAT total to jump in 2012 as the young Cincinnati offense continues to improve.
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