Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 8

by KFFL Staff on August 6, 2013 @ 12:30:22 PDT


Pages 1 | 2 | all'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) Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Time to take a risk! The seventh-round gem did well in spot duty last season and has a clear opening with fellow sophomore Isaiah Pead suspended for the first game of the season. What Richardson lacks in size, he makes up for in explosiveness. With the Rams' O-line improved, and talented receivers getting downfield, D-Rich could be one to watch in 2013. If he rushes for 800 yards, with 35-40 catches and a few touchdowns, it would serve as a solid season. The cubbard is open for more, though.

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph

2) Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Rudolph led the team in touchdown receptions by a wide margin last season and should have a good chance of accomplishing that feat again. The team added Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason, which should take some defensive focus off Rudolph. I would like to see around 60 catches and 500 to 600 yards and would be very happy if he were to duplicate his nine touchdown catches.

3) Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Was hoping the underappreciated Miles Austin would fall but will settle for the Austin with a higher ceiling. The rook could be a more dangerous Percy Harvin at his peak, and this Rams offense, while chock full of potential target hogs, has dangerous potential and will deploy Austin in numerous ways. He should inch toward 1,000 offensive hashmarks with seven or so touchdowns. His flashy speed was an attractive gamble at this spot.

4) Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Gates has been banged up over the past few seasons, struggling with foot problems. He hasn't had an 800-yard receiving season since 2009. However, he has had at least seven touchdowns in each of his past nine seasons, and with a new offense in place in San Diego, I expect that streak to continue. He remains a solid option, with not a ton left to excite at this position.

5) Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Shorts and the two Austins were players I would have liked to see still available, but Boldin suits my needs for a WR3. Training camp reports are littered with positive things about how quickly Boldin has digested a new playbook and is rapidly developing a strong report with Colin Kaepernick. The crafty vet turns 33 in November, but Boldin is coming off his best regular season with the Ravens (65 catches, 921 yards) and a stellar postseason (22 catches, 380 yards and four touchdowns in four games). There's every reason to believe Boldin will flirt with 1,000 yards and half a dozen touchdowns.

6) Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Griffin, coming off injury or not, has the potential to be the top scorer in all of fantasy football. Adding him gives me two of the best fantasy quarterbacks - on paper. I could not pass any longer. He also is good possible trade bait later, if he pans out again. I look for a top-10 performance, so 300-400 rushing yards and maybe 4-5 rushing touchdowns, but also maybe 4,000 passing yards, 25-30 passing TDs and the luxury of the great depth he provides behind Drew Brees.

7) Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I was looking to land Antonio Gates, Tavon Austin or RGIII with this pick, but since all three got snatched up within the last four picks, I will "settle" for Wilson. The Percy Harvin injury doesn't really scare me. After all, Wilson led all quarterbacks in scoring over the final nine weeks of last year without him anyway. Whether I use him in a trade or simply as a plug-and-play option, I couldn't pass up the value.

New York Giants RB Andre Brown

8) Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I like Brown more than Eddie Lacy, my seventh-rounder, but demand makes us do funny things, and a third, capable RB (or a second one, at least) is necessary. Brown should be more productive in the red zone than and should rival the point total of David Wilson -- much better value.

9) Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I had to settle for Plan B after Andre Brown was chosen with the previous pick. Selecting Rice here is a gamble because of his lengthy injury history, although he did play in every game last season. With the injury to Percy Harvin, he'll serve as Seattle's No. 1 receiver, and I anticipate him posting a stat line of 70-900-5 - not bad numbers for a WR3.

10) Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: J-Stew wasn't my ideal choice, but I desperately need RB depth. I said going into this year that I wouldn't take any of the Carolina backs because of the four-headed approach they take. I'm a firm believer talent wins out; Stewart is the most gifted back on roster. Hopefully he sheds his oft-injured label; he is due, isn't he? 1,000 total yards and eight scores are needed here. Full disclosure: I cried a bit when RG3 and Gates went off the board.

11) Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I wouldn't normally go this heavy at running back so early in a draft, but securing Detroit's backfield is too tempting to pass. Besides, I feel Leshoure will have weekly flex value even if Reggie Bush is healthy. I can't rely on Bush, Darren McFadden and Giovani Bernard to stay healthy. One never can have too many capable running backs.

12) Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: It's crazy that Moore typically gets overlooked as the No. 2 wideout in one of the NFL's most high-flying passing attacks behind Drew Brees. There are a lot of unproven names behind Moore on the depth chart, so I expect Brees to look his way often. Moore caught 65 balls, had over 100 targets and topped 1,000 yards in a "down" year for the Saints' offense. Sean Payton is back and and they'll come out guns blazing. Moore could easily have 70 catches, approach 1,000 yards and score seven or eight times.

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