KFFL.com's Fantasy Football Analysis Draft (FAD) brings you behind the scenes for all 16 rounds of an actual fantasy football league draft. Each of our experts participating give you their analysis on why they made each selection. This is not a mock fantasy football draft; this league will be played out during the course of the 2013 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) Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I was trying to decide between V-Jax and Welker for this pick, and Pio made it for me by taking Jackson. I'm cool with Welker in this format. There are plenty of questions whether there are enough targets to go around, but Manning has always liked throwing to slot receivers. And Welker will probably be doing a lot of what he did in New England. I look for 90-100 catches, 1,100 yards and 6 or 7 scores.
2) DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I was trying to decide whether to take Murray or Darren McFadden for my No. 2 running back and decided to go with Murray because the Cowboys have the better offense in my opinion. Even though he has dealt with leg injuries in the past, I am hoping Murray will be able to post around 900 to 1,000 rushing yards, seven to nine touchdowns and around 30-40 receptions.
3) Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The rook has a clear shot at workhorse duty and already has the pedigree to be on the field for all downs. Pittsburgh wants to get back to a pounding gameplan, and a healthy O-line should help them achieve the goal. Bell getting 1,300 total yards with 10 scores would bolster my flex spot. I'm comfortable with three RBs this early the way this draft has gone.
4) Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I thought about taking Cam Newton here ... as living in the RDU area, I get to watch all of the Panthers games on local tube. But the smartest pick here is Nicks. Sure, he's coming back from injuries, and always seems to be on the sidelines with something, but when he is on, he can be fantasy gold. Pairing him with Victor Cruz will force me to prick up my ears when I see a FOX Sports scoring update from the Meadowlands.
5) Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Outside of Calvin Johnson and Jimmy Graham, I'm willing to wait to get a pair of arms this season. I'm also not going to overreact to runs on wide receiver. Here in Round 4 I'm stuck with Colston. All he's done is average nearly 1,100 yards and more than eight touchdowns over the last four seasons. Colston is another 30-year-old dude going too late in drafts.
6) Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: One of the problems of a 12-team league is that the talent thins rapidly, but I think Bowe is going to shine in Andy Reid's offense with Alex Smith throwing to him. He's the best they have, and Reid prefers to throw, so I look for 1,100 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. I prefer him to Hakeem Nicks, because Bowe is more durable, so this is as nice consolation grab.
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