KFFL.com'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!
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.
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.
Standards Set: I would be very happy with 75 percent of last year's totals, 1,150 total yards and eight touchdowns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Standard Set: Give me the average of Clark's last two seasons and I should receive 68 catches for 732 yards and eight scores.
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.
Standards Set: I expect 80 catches for 900 yards and eight touchdowns.
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.
Standards Set: I'm looking for 970 rushing yards, six touchdowns and 190 receiving yards.
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.
Standards Set: If Bryant can just repeat 2008, that'll do.
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.
Standards Set: I'm expecting 80 receptions for 1,200 yards and at least six scores from Moss in '09.
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.
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.
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.
Standards Set: I'm hoping for 975 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
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.
Standards Set: I expect 800 rushing yards, 35 receptions, 385 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
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