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 like old man Elam and waited for my kicker last because for the first time in my nearly 20 years of playing this hobby, I finally believe, generally speaking, kickers are a dime a dozen. Over 93 percent accuracy in two out of the last three years, Elam kicks in a dome and is on a balanced team that just traded for the league's best tight end in Tony Gonzalez. That means an even more balanced offense that is sure to continue to move the ball consistently. Elam also converted all 10 of his attempts between 40 and 49 yards, and over the last three years he has only missed one field goal from inside 40 yards. Finally, he kicked at least two field goals in nine games last year. What is there not to like with my final pick?
Reason: I love the fact that he will kick 10 times this season in a dome, and of his away games only three (Pittsburgh, Green Bay and Chicago) pose serious risks for adverse weather. The two things I look for in my kickers are an above-average offense, and the conditions they kick in - Longwell has both on his side this season.
Reason: Basically, when I take a kicker, I throw a dart. As Jay Cutler settles in with the Bears, the offense might be settling for more field goals than touchdowns - Gould might be productive early. As Cutler develops full control of the offense, they should move the ball crisply so I think Gould is going to be consistent for them all year.
Reason: I needed a kicker. Kaeding is pretty good. San Diego should have a good offense again. He plays in warm weather. Prediction: top-10 fantasy kicker.
Reason: My readers and viewers know how I feel about this position, which I always save for the last round. Since we're required to offer analysis, I like Brown because he's on a prolific offense, his scoring has improved in each of the last three seasons and the Texans have a Week 10 bye. The latter means I don't have to concern myself with this position until the season is well underway.
6) New England Patriots team defense
Reason: To say I was surprised that this unit was available in the last round is a bit of an understatement. I know they lost linebacker Mike Vrabel and safety Rodney Harrison, but honestly, safety Brandon Meriweather and linebacker Jerod Mayo can more than fill their shoes. Expect the Pats' defense unit to be solid again in 2009.
Reason: I know, for a fact, that kickers are too inconsistent from year to year to bother taking one early no matter how good it may look to have Stephen Gostkowski on your team. I know that Reed will be no less than solid and could be a top guy. Best of all, he has a Week 8 bye, and I do not have to jockey my roster around just to field a kicker for two months.
8) Green Bay Packers team defense
Reason: I really like the Packers D as a late-round pick. They're not very popular as a choice this season but their schedule is arguably the lightest in all of football. That will help push them into the realm of a solid sleeper defensive choice.
Reason: I fully expect a bounce-back season from Graham and the Bengals' offense. Graham has been a top-10 fantasy kicker for the better part of his career, sans last year's rough showing, and I think he'll reclaim his spot in this group in '09.
Reason: Taking a kicker that doesn't have the same bye as my defense was one purpose here. Plus, after all, this is a kicker. Folk has no threat to his job, and Dallas will have to score early and often to keep pace with several teams. An early season start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers followed by two home games will be just fine to get started for 2009.
Reason: Why not? If I'm willing to give him a second chance, so should the Eagles fans. Will he be much value to my team? Probably not, but why not take a flier with my last pick of the draft. I could have gone with Brett Favre, but I'm a Jets fan, so no thank you.
Reason: Akers is on a high-powered offense that will likely hit the red zone time and time again, giving him ample opportunity for field goals. I anticipate a good 25 field goals and 45 extra points for Akers this season, making him a top fantasy kicker. In addition, Akers has a pretty solid record kicking in December's cold weather, ensuring that he'll pull through during the fantasy playoffs.
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