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) Isaiah Pead, RB, St. Louis Rams
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I don't like taking handcuffs, but Pead gives me some insurance if Daryl Richardson doesn't pan out. He was a highly regarded prospect last season but didn't see much action. He has the tools to be a featured runner. I look for 500 yards, 20 catches and a few TDs.
2) Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: My choice is Randle here because Murray does have some injury concerns, and I want to pick up his handcuff in case he misses some time. Randle will receive some playing time even if Murray is able to play 16 games. I would be happy with around 500 to 600 total yards and a few touchdowns.
3) LaMichael James, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Always have to wonder about Frank Gore's health, and many are underestimating how increased use of James, already their best changeup option behind the starter, could help fill some of the Michael Crabtree target vacuum. Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis might not get much aid from other WRs and TEs. James is in a position to be useful as a PPR flex play some weeks with his receiving and breakaway ability. Lotto tickets don't always come with this much talent.
4) Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: It's backup time, and since I have Danario Alexander and Antonio Gates, I might as well pair them up with Rivers, who will be working in a new offense. The word is that he has been throwing a lot more short and intermediate stuff, which doesn't bode well for fantasy necessarily, but when Eli Manning has one of those difficult NFC East matchups, or he is on a bye, I could certainly do worse than Rivers as his backup.
5) Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Of all the handcuff-type running backs, I like Rodgers the most. Rodgers played more snaps than the departed Michael Turner did last year and is a trusted piece of an offense looking to throw. Steven Jackson is turning 30 years old. While S-Jax can catch the ball, Rodgers makes a lot more sense on third downs. Rodgers recorded 53 receptions last year, a total Jackson has only exceeded once in nine seasons.
6) Seattle Seahawks D/ST
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Because this is a 12-team league and the pickings get rather slim by now, I thought it made more sense to get one of the top defenses than pick some highly speculative WR or RB who may not see much of the field. The Seahawks have a Week 12 bye, so that sets me for most of the season and I can get on to other matters. Seatle should be a top-5 defense and that is good enough.
7) Houston Texans D/ST
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Houston finished fifth in the NFL sacks last year, and with J.J. Watt just getting started, I expect another hefty sack total from this unit. Meanwhile, the return of linebacker Brian Cushing from injury and the addition of safety Ed Reed will only help the cause. I also like the matchups the Texans will get within their division.
8) Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I had trouble deciding here, and I'm still not sure. I have my eye on a particular RB, but I don't believe that I need to take him yet. Of course, one might say the same about the two TEs I liked, the other being Tyler Eifert. I decided to go after my choice of them. I think Eifert could catch 65 to 70 balls. Davis is healthy and was forging a rapport with RG3 before he was injured last year. I think he'll be quite a weapon (and potential flex play) from week to week, especially if RG3 isn't as inclined to take off this year.
9) San Francisco 49ers D/ST
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Although the San Francisco defense likely won't accumulate many sacks or interceptions, they're stingy when it comes to giving up yards or points. They allowed the second-fewest points in the league and the fourth-fewest overall yards last season. The 2013 defense could be even better if CB Nnamdi Asomugha regains the form he displayed in Oakland.
10) Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Entering a contract year, I like Cutler's upside and value. He could flirt with top-10 fantasy production at the position now that the offense won't be as vanilla and the offensive line has been upgraded a bit. He'll still make mistakes relying on his arm a bit too much, but I can see him throwing for 3,800 yards and 25 touchdowns this year.
11) Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: For as much as I like Andy Dalton, he's still a suspect QB1. Palmer could be my savior this season, and, at worst, I think he's a matchup play. I like the value at this stage of the draft for a player with 4,200-yard, 26-TD capability.
12) Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I was starting to get excited about Carson Palmer making it back to me as my backup. ::Shaking fist at Cory:: I'm not excited about any of my options at this juncture. I like several other tight ends as my backup to Greg Olsen, but Housler is starting to intrigue me more and more now that Arizona finally has a competent QB. He's athletic for a tight end and Palmer excelled with his tight end last year, Brandon Myers. There's plenty of upside here.
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