7) Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I needed a quality WR as I only had one. Despite being 34 years old, Steve Smith is still the go-to guy in Carolina and over the past two years has averaged 76 catches for 1284 yards and 5.5 receiving touchdowns per season. He has a solid rapport with QB Cam Newton and there is no reason to believe he will decline this year. I look for 1,200 yards receiving on 70-75 catches and about 6-7 receiving touchdowns. He will be a solid second receiver for me.
8) Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I'm not sold on Ronnie Hillman beyond a change of pace back and Knowshon Moreno never stops getting injured. Bell will be the starter much sooner than later. If Peyton Manning can trust Bell in pass protection on Sundays, then the coaching staff will junk whatever pecking order comes out of camp. Being tied to a top fantasy quarterback can harm the backfield but Manning will quickly change to a run play when he prefers that matchup. Ball is more than ideal as my RB3.
9) Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Wallace has plenty of big-play ability, and he is even expected to see some time in the slot. He should see more short and intermediate receptions, helping out PPR owners. However, he is a downfield threat, too. WRs are starting to dry up, but Wallace easily has 1,000-yard and six or seven touchdown ability.
10) Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Well, I waited a bit too long for WR depth, so I figured I'd settle for the most consistent PPR target at this juncture. I'm mildly concerned about Tony G losing some targets to S-Jax, but this offense can spread the wealth. 80ish catches from a TE is just as good as a WR2. Time to hunt for catcher bargains.
11) Stevie Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Johnson will be playing in an up-tempo offense this season, which may mean more opportunities for targets. Johnson has also been working in the slot during training camp and could get more favorable matchups during the season. As Buffalo's top receiving threat, I am hoping for around 80 catches, 1,000 receiving yards and five to seven touchdowns.
12) Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I feel a little better about this pick because it's a PPR league, but it's fair to say I would have been better served taking a RB2 on my last turn when I took Manning/Welker. There's a lot more depth at those positions, and I was more focused on scoring points than roster stability. We'll see if that comes back to haunt me. Matthews is a shaky RB2 because he can't stay on the field. In his defense, it has been freakish things like broken collarbones that have stunted his growth. He's a good receiver that can catch 30 balls and rush for 1K yards. He's a boom or bust pick right now, and I'm hoping this is the year he breaks out.
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