13) Brandon Marshall, wide receiver, Chicago Bears
Point-per-reception leagues will value him higher. Marc Trestman, an offensive mind, will call the shots in Chicago this year. Expect huge things once again from Jay Cutler and Marshall.
14) Peyton Manning, quarterback, Denver Broncos
Someone will overvalue Manning on draft day, but for the sake of respectability, he deserves to come off the board in the early second round. The added weapon of Wes Welker should only strengthen this passing game, which will cause some owners to jump the gun.
15) Alfred Morris, running back, Washington Redskins
Al-Mo may also be overdrafted based on last year's success. Unless Robert Griffin III (knee) is up to par early in the season, Morris could experience a significant drop-off in stats. He is one of the riskiest picks in this year's running back crop, despite being one of the most consistent players in fantasy football a year ago. Stay tuned....
16) A.J. Green, wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals
Green proved his rookie season was no fluke, and he may be the best wide receiver under 25 in the NFL. A sophomore line of 97-1,350-11 is downright scary to think about. Expect much of the same in 2013.
17) Steven Jackson, running back, Atlanta Falcons
A new home for an old dog could be the right combination for fantasy football glory. Jackson enters a Falcons offense that isn't its former run-happy self, but that does not mean there is not room for his services on the ground and through the air.
18) Stevan Ridley, running back, New England Patriots
New England's wide receiving corps is shaping up to be a disaster thus far, and it wouldn't be a total shock to see a return of ground game as the Pats' preferred means of attack. Ridley is at the very least a safe bet for touchdown production.
19) Julio Jones, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons
Much like A.J. Green, Jones improved significantly as a sophomore. Having Roddy White take pressure off him doesn't hurt, but Jones' ability to take the top off a defense is astounding. He could go much higher than this, and I would have a difficult time arguing against it.
20) Dez Bryant, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
Few wideouts possess the physical skill set of one Dez Bryant. Few wideouts possess the maturity concerns of one Dez Bryant. He is a risk-reward maven who has finally produced more reward than the risk you assume in drafting him.
21) Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals
With the addition of Carson Palmer at the helm, Fitzgerald goes from near fantasy afterthought to a shining star once again. Draft him with confidence as a midrange No. 1.
22) Matt Forte, running back, Chicago Bears
This is where you get into an area of the draft that can go a number of directions. Forte has a proven track record to go on and fits Marc Trestman's system very well. There is low-end RB1 potential as long as Forte remains healthy.
23) DeMarco Murray, running back, Dallas Cowboys
Speaking of potential and injury concerns ... Murray has all of the tools to be a dominant rusher in this league, but durability problems have held him back. Don't be gun shy but rather be aware of what you are buying here.
24) Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver, Denver Broncos
Perhaps the AFC's version of Dez Bryant, minus the baggage, Thomas has an elite quarterback in a pass-friendly system to his credit. He is a downfield beast and should only benefit from the addition of Wes Welker.
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About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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