Fantasy Football Analysis Draft II - Round 6

by KFFL Staff on August 6, 2009 @ 01:00:01 PDT's Fantasy Football Analysis Draft II brings you behind the scenes with each fantasy football pick. Who did each fantasy football expert consider? What do they need the selected player to accomplish on the fantasy football field to make the pick a success? Tune in for each round and find out! Along the way, we welcome you to share your thoughts on each selection and each fantasy football team as they develop!

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1) Jonathan Stewart, running back, Carolina Panthers

Team: William Del Pilar, | Team Roster

Reason: This one was easy. I needed to handcuff my first-round pick of DeAngelo Williams to the big man. If anything happens to Williams, Stewart becomes a stud in the making and, in his own right, is a legitimate No. 3 fantasy or flex position fill-in. Some of the positives I like about Stewart: He was durable last season despite having offseason toe surgery. Based on his sixth-round draft slot he is easily the running back with the most upside to outperform it, much like Williams last year. One positive is that he's still learning the pro game. Remember, he came from a spread offense in college. There's the potential for an even split depending on how the season goes, and he's better suited than Williams to see goal line carries.

Others Considered: None

Standards Set: KFFL projects 227 attempts, 931 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns, 11 receptions, 94 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.

2) Thomas Jones, running back, New York Jets

Team: Ian Riley, OPEN Sports | Team Roster

Reason: I would be lying if I said I was expecting Jones to pick up right where he left off last season. His age combined with the competition he is facing for touches are surefire signs of a decline in production. He is still the starter, and the Jets' offensive line is solid, so I see no reason he can't finish in the top 20 when all is said and done.

Others Considered: Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson

Standards Set: I would be very happy with 75 percent of last year's totals, 1,150 total yards and eight touchdowns.

3) LenDale White, running back, Tennessee Titans

Team: Scott Engel, | Team Roster

Reason: In a PPR league, White will naturally fall to the middle rounds. Yet I've also seen him slip this far in standard formats. With the rise of Chris Johnson, some fantasy owners seem to be down on White. That doesn't resonate with me. The two running backs have already proven they can produce well together, not at the expense of each other overall.

Others Considered: Some minor consideration given to Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson and a few of the top remaining quarterbacks.

Standards Set: White has reportedly trimmed down and is playing in a contract year. I can see him getting closer to 1,000 yards and easily scoring in double figures again.

4) Antonio Gates, tight end, San Diego Chargers

Team: Ryan Lester, | Team Roster

Reason: Gates took a step back in 2008 but remains one of the elite tight ends in the league. He is a scoring machine with 49 touchdowns the last five seasons. He has committed himself to conditioning during the offseason and could rebound in a big way. He could easily be the highest scoring tight end, and to get him in the sixth round was too much of a value to pass up.

Others Considered: None

Standards Set: I expect around 80 receptions, 850 yards and 10 touchdowns.

5) Dallas Clark, tight end, Indianapolis Colts

Team: Herbie Teope, Time Warner Cable | Team Roster

Reason: This was an interesting spot because I secured my No. 3 running back in the last round, so I had options to address my third wide receiver, a quarterback or grab one of the remaining elite tight ends. The run on elite quarterbacks made the pool shallow, and there's enough receiver depth to wait a round. Give me Clark, who has 44 total red zone targets the last two seasons to go along with 135 catches for 1,464 yards and 17 touchdowns in the same span. The concern is I already have wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, but history in Indianapolis proves there's enough offensive production to go around. Where another concern with Clark is durability, there's no denying his elite status. He's a seam route waiting to happen on any given down.

Others Considered: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lee Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant

Standard Set: Give me the average of Clark's last two seasons and I should receive 68 catches for 732 yards and eight scores.

6) Greg Olsen, tight end, Chicago Bears

Team: Paul Hickey, | Team Roster

Reason: The third-year man from the University of Miami is primed to have a huge season. Not only is tight end-lover Jay Cutler tossing him the rock, but he's shown great signs of growth throughout his NFL career, truly becoming a solid contributor a year ago. Now, he's ready to take it to the next level and become Chicago's Brandon Marshall. Expect some absolutely ridiculous games from Olsen this year, as he will create huge matchup problems for opposing defenses and should be No. 1 in Cutler's progressions on many of the play calls.

Others Considered: Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow

Standards Set: I expect 80 catches for 900 yards and eight touchdowns.

7) Cedric Benson, running back, Cincinnati Bengals

Team: David Dorey, | Team Roster

Reason: I really wanted my third running back here since there is a flex position, and if I waited until next round the pickings would be even slimmer. At least with Benson I get a clear starter for a team that could end up as a full-time back and not share much at all as he did not at the end of last season. The Bengals are happy with Benson, and he's at least meeting the newer lower expectations. Benson has to face the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens twice each which is not good, but he could surprise in other games.

Others Considered: Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones, Seattle Seahawks running back Julius Jones

Standards Set: I'm looking for 970 rushing yards, six touchdowns and 190 receiving yards.

8) Antonio Bryant, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Team: Tony Holm, | Team Roster

Reason: After picking through the running backs it was time to get serious about another wide receiver to complement Larry Fitzgerald, and Antonio Bryant fit the bill. He is high on my list as an undervalued wide receiver in 2009 due to the quarterback situation, but Bryant, very quietly, was a leading receiver in the NFL last year catching 83 balls for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns.

Others Considered: Hines Ward and Lee Evans both received consideration.

Standards Set: If Bryant can just repeat 2008, that'll do.

9) Santana Moss, wide receiver, Washington Redskins

Team: Cory J. Bonini, | Team Roster

Reason: I wasn't crazy about the other receivers on the board, and I knew that the three teams after me each had a quarterback, so I was able to grab the best remaining wideout on my board. I consider this to fair value for Moss, who should improve upon his 2008 totals with his second year in the offense and the expected maturation of quarterback Jason Campbell.

Others Considered: Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley

Standards Set: I'm expecting 80 receptions for 1,200 yards and at least six scores from Moss in '09.

10) Chris Cooley, tight end, Washington Redskins

Team: Jeff Pasquino, | Team Roster

Reason: Cooley is positioned well to have a "Witten-lite" type of season. Last year Cooley was second in receptions (83) and fourth in yards (849) among all tight ends, but he managed to secure only one touchdown. Without a clear No. 2 wide receiver in Washington and given his four seasons of six or more touchdowns from 2003 to 2007, I expect him to return to that level and put up strong top-five tight end numbers this year.

Others Considered: Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels, New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow

Standards Set: I'm looking for 65-75 receptions, close to 1,000 yards and at least five scores, hopefully returning to his six-plus touchdown-per-season form from his first four seasons.

11) Jerricho Cotchery, wide receiver, New York Jets

Team: Paul Greco, | Team Roster

Reason: I was in need of a wide receiver that would complement my team. Cotchery is a wide receiver who I feel will have an increased role in the offense, with a high PPR value.

Others Considered: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver

Standards Set: I'm hoping for 975 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

12) Donald Brown, running back, Indianapolis Colts

Team: Sara Holladay, | Team Roster

Reason: Brown is the perfect complement to my other running backs that might have some longevity issues down the stretch. I see this rookie stealing carries and touchdowns from Joseph Addai without a doubt - plus he has pretty good hands and a decent track record on the reception front.

Others Considered: Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones

Standards Set: I expect 800 rushing yards, 35 receptions, 385 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

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