Fantasy football analysis draft: Round 1

by KFFL Staff on July 31, 2013 @ 11:28:59 PDT

 

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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) Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: How can I not select AD with the top overall pick after he topped 2,000 rushing yards coming off a serious knee injury? The guy is a stud and clearly is still the best player in the league. Even though the rest of Minnesota's squad is shaky, the offense runs through Peterson, and there's a good chance he'll come close to another 2,000-yard season with double-digit scores.

2) Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I really wanted to go with Trent Richardson here, but I couldn't bring myself to pulling the trigger. Charles will be a PPR stud in Andy Reid's pass-friendly system. I'm expecting at least 60 receptions and 2,000 total yards of offense. Doug Martin and Arian Foster scare the tar out of me this year. Charles is the safest high-upside player on my board.

3) Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Like many, I have some concerns around the heavy workload Foster has had during his short NFL career. However, the Houston offense is built around him and I believe his wheels have at least one more 1,300-plus-yard, double-digit touchdown season easily within reach. Throw in another 40-plus receptions and 300 receiving yards, and I expect Foster to once again be in the upper echelon of fantasy backs in '13.

>Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4) Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: I would have selected Martin even if Charles and Foster were still available because both players represent huge injury risks. In addition, new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has a knack for not utilizing his running backs to their fullest potential and I can envision Ben Tate getting increased playing time for the Texans. On the other hand, the Buccaneers have no other viable options at running back besides Martin. I expect 1,200 rushing yards, 50 receptions, 500 receiving yards and 10 combined touchdowns from Martin in 2013.

5) Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: Calvin Johnson is the safer pick, but T-Rich's ceiling has to include something in the neighborhood of 1,800-plus total yards. He played in 15 games last season but essentially missed a couple of others. Richardson is supposed to be completely healthy, and he's the focal point of a potentially burgeoning O that'll utilize him a ton both on the ground and through the air.

6) Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring

Fantasy football analysis: In what some considered a disappointing 2012 season, Rice still managed more than 1,600 yards from scrimmage to go along with 10 scores and 61 catches. Even with Bernard Pierce stealing some touches, I don't expect anything less from Rice in 2013. He is still Baltimore's most versatile offensive weapon, and the loss of Anquan Boldin in free agency and the injury to Dennis Pitta should mean extra action in the passing game for one of the best all-around backs in the game.

 

Picks 7-12 are awaiting your opinion

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