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: I took a risk here that the receivers I like (upside receivers) would be around in the next few rounds. With McClain, I arguably have the deepest quality backs in the league. McClain is a throwback bruiser who can move the pile. While he will not be the primary ball carrier, he should be the primary short-yardage specialist at 260 pounds! Last year he had nine of the team's 14 touchdown runs of 10-yards or less. Finally, the team runs enough to use him as a spot starter and No. 2 back Willis McGahee is injury prone and not as good as many believe.
Reason: After taking Ray Rice in the fifth round, backing him up with McGahee pretty much locks me into a starter in Baltimore. A beefed-up LeRon McClain will be this year's version of the Tennessee Titans' LenDale White, but McGahee will be the one taking Rice's place if he gets injured, which is what I was looking for.
Reason: Certainly good value here. Hasselbeck is looking sharp and healthy in camp so far. His receiving corps has regained its depth and is looking solid. He does drop this far because of a questionable running game and offensive line, especially after the retirement of guard Mike Wahle.
4) Pittsburgh Steelers team defense
Reason: I figured that the 10th round was the right time to grab an elite defense. Being the first to take a defense I had full range on my selection. I opted to go with the Super Bowl champs, who have a pretty favorable schedule. Hopefully I have to sit them just once this year!
Reason: I need a WR, but the available players currently on the board aren't doing it for me. Taking Bradshaw represents a "stick it to your buddy" pick, specifically the Brandon Jacobs owner. Bradshaw, who has a solid 6.1 yards per carry average the last two seasons, is entrenched as Jacobs' primary backup. Moreover, Bradshaw would be solid running behind one of the league's best offensive lines when Jacobs has his annual injury.
Reason: In Round 10, this is a great value. The third-year wideout from the University of South California has become a focal point of the Giants' passing attack. With Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer and Jeremy Shockey all having left the team since Smith's rookie season, he now has the opportunity to be the team's leading receiver. While Hakeem Nicks, Dominik Hixon, Ramses Barden, Sinorice Moss and Mario Manningham battle it out for playing time this year, Smith will be the one constant for quarterback Eli Manning. Consider him a very solid No. 3, No. 4 or flex option in PPR leagues.
7) Minnesota Vikings team defense
Reason: This pick could have literally gone to any position but the only spot left with top options still there are the defenses. I snagged Minny because they have a Week 9 bye (I can wait on a replacement) and a great schedule that goes through the NFC North and West. This pick allows me to get what should be at least a minor advantage in defense.
Reason: My plan was to hit QBs late and picking up Matt Ryan in the ninth was pretty good value in my eyes, especially now that Roddy White has signed. I wanted to quick hit QBs again to add decent depth and also draft a guy that's undervalued in this draft but has a legitimate upside. The Chiefs will have to throw the ball a lot; there are receivers like Dwayne Bowe and even running back Jamaal Charles out of the backfield that can make big plays. I'll roll the dice with Cassell and his potential.
Reason: I really like Matt Schaub as my starting quarterback, but I'm no fool. He has to be backed up with a reliable player that could get me through tough times, and while Big Ben isn't the epitome of safe, I'm still very comfortable with him starting in a pinch.
Reason: Hixon is a bit of a gamble pick, but right now he's slated to be a starter and the deep threat for the Giants for 2009. New York saw how ineffective they were without Plaxico Burress last year and Steven Smith won't be the one to stretch the field. Hixon is a high upside No. 5 for my roster so I took him rather than reach for another RB.
Reason: This is the time of draft where I like to stockpile on skilled positions just in case one of my big guys goes down. Drafting a wide receiver like Gage gives me some flexibility at the WR position. I can see Gage with 775 yards and six TDs.
Reason: Last season Ricky proved he could be effective and worth at least a bench or flex spot on fantasy teams. This year he should perform similarly, perhaps losing some more carries and TDs to Ronnie Brown, but Williams still should be able to put up decent numbers (800 total yards, five TDs), including a fairly solid number of receptions (around 30 receptions).
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