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) St. Louis Rams D/ST
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I really like what the Rams have built with their front seven. Chris Long and Robert Quinn look like emerging stars on the edges, and Janoris Jenkins looks like an emerging star at corner. They have had issues tackling and allowing big gains, but they have also had a penchant for big plays off turnovers. Jeff Fisher is building something special. I'm taking them a little earlier than accustomed, but there are questions with the options that could go ahead of them. I'm looking to cement a defense on the rise that could wind up in the top five at season's end.
2) Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: The Bengals have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL with Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins and Michael Johnson being able to get to the quarterback. The team also has two solid cornerbacks that have the ability to intercept passes. The addition of James Harrison should help the team's pass rush abilities. I am hoping for 45 to 50 sacks and around 15 interceptions.
3) Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Tough decision between Eifert and Coby Fleener, but I'm a much bigger believer in Fleener's backup than Eifert's. At ND, Eifert lined up as as wideout often, and Cincy should use him in a similar fashion, with Gresham taking the offensive back seat. If Eifert catches 50 passes for about 600 yards and six or seven scores to be a sometimes flex play alongside Tony G, that'll ease the pain if Fleener breaks out.
4) Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: As I did previously with Chris Johnson/Shonn Greene, it's time to cover bases and nab Jackson just in case something terrible happens to C.J. Spiller during the course of the season. I hope never to have to start F-Jax, but if Spiller goes down, at least I have insurance.
5) Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Since Aaron Rodgers has the super early bye in Week 4 I'll grab a backup QB, something I rarely do otherwise. Vick has a tighter grip on the starting gig than most believe and will be piloting a very intriguing offense. There could even be some trade value built up by the time I no longer require Vick's services.
6) Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Last year as a rookie, Allen caught 45 balls for 521 receiving yards and three TDs for the Colts. He surprised many, and now seems poised for a possible breakout this year into elite TE status. He is worth the risk and gives me greater protection in case Brandon Myers does not produce well in New York. I look for 50-55 catches for 600-700 yards and possibly 5-6 scores.
7) Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: After a 10-touchdown campaign in 2010, Lewis has seen his role drastically reduced the past couple of seasons. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has already said he plans to change that this year by using the 6-foot-6 Lewis as more of an offensive weapon rather than a blocker. With receiver Justin Blackmon suspended for the first four games and the Jaguars short on offensive playmakers in general, 50-60 grabs and 6-plus scores aren't out of the question if Lewis is actually turned loose as a pass-catcher.
8) New England Patriots D/ST
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I don't think too many are high on the player I have in mind at QB2, and I leave kicker until the end, so might as well grab the D. I love the Bengals' unit, but I figured it'd be too late to get it by this time. The Pats' D is KFFL's top-rated unit. I like the possibilities considering their schedule and track record. I'm a little more comfortable with them because I think their O's greater emphasis on the running game will put its D in fewer compromising positions.
9) Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Moreno is listed as the No. 3 running back on Denver's depth chart behind Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball, but all three players could see a decent amount of playing time. I don't see him gaining more than 500 yards this year but I could certainly do a lot worse when it comes to picking a RB4.
10) Dexter McCluster, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Andy Reid has been intrigued by him for quite some time and when you look at the KC offense it's basically Bowe, Charles and nobody else to catch passes from Alex Smith. McCluster can be that key third option and potential PPR gold. Look for Reid to find ways to get him the ball in space, which will significantly improve his low YAC. I'm expecting 70 receptions, around 800 yards and a couple of TDs.
11) Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Having already drafted Darren McFadden, Murray made sense for me. He is a high-upside player and comes with mitigated risk this late in the draft. Hopefully he can beat out the bland Rashad Jennings.
12) Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Powell has clearly become the handcuff option to Chris Ivory in New York. Although I don't own Ivory, he's had trouble staying healthy and has never been a lead back in his career over a full season, so it remains to be seen if he can handle it. The Jets' offense could be the worst in the league, but their running attack has to be more productive than the alternative.
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