Fantasy Football Analysis Draft II - Round 8

by KFFL Staff on August 10, 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) Donald Driver, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers

Team: William Del Pilar, | Team Roster

Reason: Another easy one here. I was looking for dependability with my No. 3 receiver before looking toward upside with the rest of my receiver picks. I also have upside already with my first two receivers. Driver has lost a step and may see fewer targets but had a franchise-record sixth 1,000-yard season last year. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks for him in the clutch as four of Driver's five touchdowns came on third down. He runs great routes, is fluid and while he's neither fast nor big, is able to use his veteran skills to make the tough catch. He also rarely misses a game. He also had 397 receiving yards in the last five games of the season. Finally, I don't mind a 34-year-old veteran who can post 13.7 yards per reception and catches 64 percent of the passes thrown his way.

Others Considered: Miami Dolphins wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Josh Morgan were discussed but never really considered. Driver was the most dependable of what was left.

Standards Set: KFFL projects about 72 receptions, 943 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

2) Felix Jones, running back, Dallas Cowboys

Team: Ian Riley, OPEN Sports | Team Roster

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Will Jones see enough touches to make an impact?

Reason: With my starting quarterback, running backs and receivers in place, I can now start swinging for the fences. When examining my draft board, no player screamed home run louder than Jones. Can he withstand a full 16-game schedule? I don't know. What I do know is he averaged nearly nine yards per carry when on the field and can take it to the house on any given play. Dallas will get him on the field and get the ball in his hands, and is entertaining the idea of a backfield set with both Jones and Marion Barber III, which sounds like music to my ears.

Others Considered: None

Standards Set: I foresee 950 total yards and eight touchdowns.

3) Jay Cutler, quarterback, Chicago Bears

Team: Scott Engel, | Team Roster

Reason: Cutler is falling far in many drafts, and I'm only too happy to get him at this spot. For anyone who believes that the Bears don't have any WRs of note, that's because they haven't had a real QB of note. Cutler makes his pass-catchers better. Just ask those who owned Denver Broncos wideout Eddie Royal, who will miss Cutler after the 2009 season.

Others Considered: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer. It was a very close call.

Standards Set: The Bears have a better running game than Denver did, so Cutler can value the football more and make fewer mistakes while being more efficient. The yardage will be down, but so will the interceptions and he will still throw 20-plus TD passes.

4) Ted Ginn Jr., wide receiver, Miami Dolphins

Team: Ryan Lester, | Team Roster

Reason: Ted Ginn Jr. made some strides last year, and I expect him to continue to progress in his third NFL season. He has the speed to turn short passes into long gains. He just needs to be more consistent. He has been impressive in camp thus far, and could develop into a solid WR3. 

Others Considered: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston, Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester

Standards Set: I'm expecting 70 receptions for 1000 yards, 100 rushing yards, and seven total TDs.

5) Carson Palmer, quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals

Team: Herbie Teope, Time Warner Cable | Team Roster

Reason: After seeing's Scott Engel pull the trigger on QB Jay Cutler, I knew I was getting the signal caller I wanted. Still, I hoped RB Felix Jones would slide to this spot because I felt I could hold off another round on Palmer. Thanks to OPEN Sports' Ian Riley for playing spoiler. Based on where Palmer is currently drafted, many seem to forget the sixth-year pro and two-time Pro Bowler was an elite option leading up to last season, averaging 3,725 yards passing and 26 TDs from 2004 to 2007. Palmer, who should rebound from the 2008 elbow injury, will miss WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. However, he still has solid receiving weapons in Chad Ochocinco, Laveranues Coles, Chris Henry and rookie TE Chase Coffman. I'll take the tremendous upside.

Others Considered: None.

Standard Set: 3,600 yards passing and 25 TDs are attainable, and he has potential to do more.

6) LeSean McCoy, running back, Philadelphia Eagles

Team: Paul Hickey, | Team Roster

Reason: Sorry Brian Westbrook owners, but his recent slew of leg injuries, especially his recent ankle troubles, are likely to keep him out of action for more than a handful of games this season. McCoy has not only shown great running and receiving ability so far in camp, but coaches and players alike have raved about his pass protection skills, which will ultimately be the reason why he'll be the Eagles' primary back by the end of the season.

Others Considered: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree

Standards Set: I'm expecting 500 rushing yards, four rushing TDs, 45 receptions, 450 receiving yards and three receiving TDs.

7) Julius Jones, running back, Seattle Seahawks

Team: David Dorey, | Team Roster

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Julius Jones was one of the few No. 1 backs left this late

Reason: With the eighth-round pick it is really just go where the best value is and for me that was obviously Jones. I still have no TE but there are none which matter much to me. It's still too early for PK or defense. While there were some WRs that I liked, Jones is one of only two remaining RBs that were undrafted and yet starters for their team. Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis is the other, and I think he has just run out of gas on a bad team. Jones is far fresher and should fare much better with the new "one-cut" rushing scheme after he was in the doghouse last year. Jones in the eighth won't win me the championship, but he is a ridiculously good value here.

Others Considered: Lewis and Chicago Bears wideout Devin Hester.

Standards Set: I'm expecting 1,430 total yards and four TDs.

8) Devin Hester, wide receiver, Chicago Bears

Team: Tony Holm, | Team Roster

Reason: And another one of my favorite WR targets for 2009 rolls in. With the upgrade at the QB position for the Bears in Jay Cutler, a gunslinger who will be firing the ball all over the field, and the fact that Hester has even been in the wildcat for the Bears in camp taking direct snaps tells me he will be involved. He has continued to mature as a WR, and he is as dangerous, perhaps the most dangerous, with the ball after the catch. A lot of upside I think in Hester in 2009 as a No. 4 WR on my team.

Others Considered: I did consider a couple of RBs like the Baltimore Ravens' Willis McGahee or the San Diego Chargers' Darren Sproles but they were all too early to take and Hester stood out to me as the last WR in his tier.

Standards Set: This is a tough one but if Hester catches 75 balls for 1,000 yards and seven TDs I'd say that's a successful season for him.

9) Owen Daniels, tight end, Houston Texans

Team: Cory J. Bonini, | Team Roster

Reason: I can't say I'm terribly excited about having a tight end and quarterback on the same team, but I don't see it as being a negative. I'd rather diversify when I can, but the value was right, and I would not be crazy about any of the remaining tight ends if I were to miss out on Daniels.

Others Considered: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Standards Set: I'm expecting at least 65 receptions for 750 yards and four touchdowns.

10) Leon Washington, running back, New York Jets

Team: Jeff Pasquino, | Team Roster

Reason: The ability to start a third RB with the flex spot and with PPR scoring as well, adding the pass catching Washington was a no-brainer. He possesses the ability to break off a long touchdown with every possession, one of the reasons he was a kick returner. His brand new contract ensures that he will be used early and often in the Jets' offense, especially between the 20s. With his speed he should still score several times this season.

Others Considered: Arizona Cardinals running back Tim Hightower

Standards Set: About 500 yards rushing along with 300-400 more as a receiver, combining for a half dozen touchdowns.

11) John Carlson, tight end, Seattle Seahawks

Team: Paul Greco, | Team Roster

Reason: When you lead your team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns as a rookie, can you really improve? Yes. I took a guy here that fits in perfectly for what the Seahawks are trying to do offensively. You can count on the same numbers out of Carlson this year.

Others Considered: New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller

Standards Set: I'm looking for 580 receiving yards and six TDs.

12) Earnest Graham, running back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Team: Sara Holladay, | Team Roster

Reason: Grabbing a starting RB this late in the draft as my No. 4 RB feels pretty good, particularly if the Derrick Ward naysayers turn out to be right. Graham is back to being 100 percent healthy and could benefit from the new zone-blocking scheme in TB.

Others Considered: Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis

Standards Set: I'm expecting 825 rushing yards, 28 receptions, 175 receiving yards and six TDs.

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