Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 15

by KFFL Staff on August 9, 2013 @ 12:45:00 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) New York Giants D/ST
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I always seem to end up with the Giants D. But there's a reason: They have a serviceable D-line that consistently puts pressure on the opposing QB. They can be vulnerable through the air, but their secondary also has the talent to make a big turnover impact on any given week.

2) Philadelphia Eagles D/ST
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Philly has a lot of young talent on this side of the ball and could surprise with their conversion to a 3-4 alignment. I normally wouldn't opt for a first-year 3-4 team, but the division and personnel give me some encouragement.

3) Stephen Gostkowski, PK, New England Patriots
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: It is unlikely New England's offense will be as lethal as it has in the last few years. There have just been too many changes. However, Tom Brady and Co. are still going to move the football a lot between the 20s. Offensive regression may actually lead to kicker success in the form of more field goal attempts. Here's to 35 FGs and 50 PATs.

Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker

4) Green Bay Packers D/ST
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I wasn't impressed with the remaining options at running back or wide receiver, so I drafted a second defensive team. The Packers were in the top half of the league in most defensive categories and were second in sacks. On the flip side, they were tied for the fewest interceptions and were ranked near the bottom in forced fumbles. I'm hoping for 50 sacks and 10 interceptions out of them.

5) Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: He was kind of a hot property as a QB2 last year, I think, but after his disappointing 2012, folks have moved on. And the offense is supposed to be borderline run-centric. I get it. He's still kind of electric, to me. Locker may not turn out to be anything special, but he makes plays with his legs, is learning to play the game faster and has a wealth of talent to target. I'm looking for 200-plus passing yards, 1.5 TD passes and 0.5 INTs, with about 30 rushing yards, per game.

6) Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Jones is battling for the starting spot opposite A.J. Green in Cincinnati, and while Mohamed Sanu has the better NFL body, Jones has reportedly shown great chemistry with Andy Dalton during training camp. With the Bengals set to open up the offense more this season, whoever lands the starting gig should see plenty of looks as defenses focus on Green. At this point in the draft, it's worth the gamble.

7) Willis McGahee, RB, Free Agent
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: McGahee is currently a free agent, but he has been keeping himself in good shape, waiting for that almost inevitable telephone call. As injuries continue to mount in the NFL, sooner or later someone will need McGahee's services. It will depend on where he lands as to how much value he might have, but for now I am just happy to have him for depth. If no one picks him up in a few weeks, I can drop him and pick up a hot free agent.

Minnesota Vikings PK Blair Walsh

8) Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I like Fleener a lot more than his tag-team partner, Dwayne Allen, who is the superior blocker. Reggie Wayne, while quite impressive last season, is another year older and the team is looking to develop their other targets. This could be a breakout sophomore season in the making for Fleener and he's been criminally undervalued in this draft. I believe in Jared Cook but don't mind grabbing this lotto ticket.

9) Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Perhaps Heyward-Bey will realize the potential the Raiders saw when they made him the No. 7 overall draft pick in 2009. Sure, that was ridiculously high, but when he has been healthy, he has shown flashes of potential. Now, he'll actually have an NFL-caliber quarterback. As a No. 5 or 6 reserve for depth, you can do worse. If he wins a starting job opposite Reggie Wayne, 700 yards and a handful of scores is likely.

10) Cleveland Browns D/ST
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Here's my DT sleeper. The additions of DC Ray Horton and QB knocker-downer Paul Kruger should enhance the fantasy potential of an already stealthily loaded personnel group. Their opposing AFC North offenses have more cracks than people realize, too. THIS is why you save DT until the final 2 or 3 rounds.

11) Blair Walsh, PK, Minnesota Vikings
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Walsh led the league in field goals made last season and was a perfect 10-for-10 on field goals of at least 50 yards. He plays half of his games in a dome, which is ideal for a kicker. I am expecting a season similar to the one he put up in 2012.

12) Andre Roberts, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Roberts was a nice find for me late in the draft last season, and he holds sneaky value in PPR formats. He has improved his numbers across the board the last two years, and caught 64 balls last year. Michael Floyd is emerging and may leapfrog him on the depth chart, but Roberts' sure hands make him a more dependable flanker. I'm hoping for another 60 catches with 700 yards and a few TDs and maybe he can be a flex/bye week fill-in.

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