7) Detroit Lions defense/special teams
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The Lions showed last year that their defensive line bolstered by standouts Cliff Avril and Ndamukong Suh is a force to be reckoned with. The unit lost only one starter (Eric Wright) and their first four games of the season are against squads that were aerially challenged last year. Overall, their slate of games in 2012 looks quite promising for plenty of sacks and INTs.
8) Vincent Brown, wide receiver, San Diego Chargers
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I took a chance on Brown here, because he is on a team that throws the ball frequently and will get his fair share of playing time. He could get a shot at the No. 3 wide receiver job during the season. He did have some impressive outings during the 2011 season and will look to add to that development. I hope he can get 500-600 yards and around five touchdowns.
9) Eddie Royal, wide receiver, San Diego Chargers
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Royal will be working in the slot in a high-octane offense. With Philip Rivers throwing him the football, I see a resurgence for Royal. Really, there aren't a ton of other "great" receivers on the Chargers roster, just a bunch of good ones. Royal would easily emerge as a top receiving option if he catches Rivers' eye early. Royal posting 750 yards and six TDs wouldn't be shocking.
10) Arizona Cardinals defense/special teams
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: If you don't get an elite DST, you're riding the hot unit and/or playing the matchups. I like the Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons and, in particular, our highly ranked San Diego Chargers to be those types. The Cardinals open the 2012 slate at home (where they're just money) against a team with some real uncertainty about the aerial part of its attack. I'll hope to grab Cincy for some possibly juicy matchups right after that.
11) Greg Olsen, tight end, Carolina Panthers
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Olsen has the potential to elevate his numbers considerably this year with Jeremy Shockey out of the picture. Sharing duties last year, Olsen still posted a 45-540-5 line and should see his targets (5.9 per game last year) increase. I expect him to finish in the 60-700-7 area this season.
12) Montario Hardesty, wide receiver, Cleveland Browns
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: A torn ACL robbed Hardesty of his 2010 rookie season while a calf injury caused him to miss half a dozen games last year. However, it's the troublesome knees of rookie Trent Richardson that may open the door for Hardesty to receive a lot more playing time than expected in 2012. It's all very speculative, but what else can you ask for from Mr. Irrelevant?
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