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: What a steal. Grabbing Morris this late in the draft feels like a bit of a coup. Sure, he's part of the many-headed monster known as the Pats backfield, but I'm willing to take a gamble on Morris as the most productive back in NE. Morris could be a superb fill-in and his value at this point in the draft is undeniable.
Reason: With the long wait between this pick and my last pick, I broke my own rule of picking kickers last. I just didn't want to get stuck with a duck kicker, so I went with Mr. Consistency.
3) Philadelphia Eagles team defense
Reason: With a shortened roster I wanted both a top-10 defense and one that has a nice early schedule. The Eagles were a top-five defense last year and added strong depth in the secondary in the offseason. Defensive end Trent Cole will lead the team in sacks and the opportunistic defense will operate as if Jim Johnson was still there to coach them up. I expect plenty of turnovers from this group. Having several kick and punt return options that can score at any time also helps.
Reason: In hindsight, I should have taken a kicker here so I could have drafted Brett Favre with my final pick, but that's the luck of the draw. I like Walker's big-play ability and upside, but reality indicates he probably will be an early-season cut for me due to either injury or ineffectiveness in a mundane Jaguars' offense.
Reason: No real science here. I was going to go team defense here and mop up the pieces with my last pick but Schilens burst onto the scene with a good camp and preseason game. I'll spin the wheel that Schilens makes some noise, if not, no harm done. (Editor's Note: Schilens was selected before he broke his foot.)
Reason: Since I waited and nabbed Shiancoe as my starting TE, I will do the unusual and get a second TE. I think I'll be fine with Shiancoe, but he won't be a difference maker. Finley has been getting rave reviews in camp and enters his second season, when most TEs break out. The offense loves to throw, and I'll know within a few weeks if he was a good pick or just the guy I trade for a free agent.
Reason: Eh. Honestly, I had to take a kicker, and the Packers are one of my top-rated offensive units this year. I actually tried to draft Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford here, but league roster requirements forced me to go back and take a kicker, which I usually reserve for my last selection. As you can tell, I'm not a guy who takes much stock in adding a kicker.
8) New York Jets team defense
Reason: My battle cry for any draft is never, ever reach for team defense or a kicker before the last two rounds. While there are elite defenses, there are also emerging and serviceable options. Enter the Jets, a unit that totaled 41 sacks last season and recorded 30 turnovers. Expect them improve those numbers under defensive-minded Rex Ryan.
Reason: Fasano had a solid fantasy season thanks to his seven TDs. He was a bit inconsistent, but I'm hoping not to have rely on him with Gates on board. He is serviceable, at best, but at this point worth a gamble.
10) Miami Dolphins team defense
Reason: The Dolphins may have one of the most underrated units in all of fantasy football. They have a high-energy front seven and hard-hitting safeties. They play tough in divisional games and their homefield advantage is underrated. Opponents often get worn down playing in the oppressive South Florida heat. There's a lot more to this group than just linebacker Joey Porter.
11) Tennessee Titans team defense
Reason: The loss of Albert Haynesworth would have been catastrophic for most teams, but the Titans have the talent to continue to be a fantasy-worthy unit. The remaining 10 starters from last season's stellar unit are all returning and will still record sacks and force turnovers. I had them ranked fourth, and to have them fall to me at this point in the draft was a pleasant surprise.
12) Chicago Bears team defense
Reason: I felt I could grab a quality defense at the end of the draft because with only a 16-man roster, it is imperative to grab as many quality wide receivers and running backs as you can. The Bears are not what they once were but still a potentially great fantasy defense. They were tied for third in the league in interceptions (22). Add 10 fumbles recovered and they ranked second in turnovers. The team added defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and defensive backs coach Jon Hoke. Combine that with head coach Lovie Smith taking over the defensive play calling and you have quality coaching to fix what went wrong last year. Cornerbacks Nathan Vasher returns healthy and Charles Tillman (back) should be healthy for the start of the season. Finally, fantasy defenses are successful because of special teams and defensive touchdowns. The Bears were tied for seventh with four. I like the team's coaching changes and their return to health.
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