KFFL.com's Fantasy Football Analysis Draft (FAD) brings you behind the scenes on all 16 rounds of an actual fantasy football league draft. Each of our experts participating give you their thoughts and analysis as to why they chose the player they did. This is not a mock fantasy football draft, as this league will be played out during the course of the 2010 fantasy football season, so each participant is drafting to win this year.
How do you feel about each selection? Would you have made the same move? We want to hear your thoughts in the comments area at the bottom of the page. If you disagree with a pick, let your thoughts be known.
Reason: He's not my favorite player, but as long as he and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck can stay healthy, there will be a lot of hook-ups. If Houshmandzadeh can get 90 catches this season, it will be a bonus for me since he's my fourth receiver, and my other options are solid. I could have gone with a running back or tight end, but felt I needed a somewhat worthy option to fill my flex spot along with Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams.
Standards Set: Eighty receptions, 950 receiving yards, five touchdowns. If he can get into the end zone more than three times this season, I will be pleased. If not, hopefully his reception totals go up to give me a legitimate threat.
Reason: Man, he looked good in the Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys. I'm convinced Cincy will get him the rock often. He's a great WR4 in this format.
Others Considered: Washington Redskins QB Donovan McNabb, Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre, New York Giants QB Eli Manning. However, I decided to roll the dice and continue to wait on a signal caller. Just my M.O.
Standards Set: 70 catches, 1,000 yards, 10 TDs.
Reason: After grabbing Beanie Wells earlier, I felt securing Hightower was a logical strategy. He is running with the first-team offense, which I believe is a motivational ploy by the coaching staff to light a fire under Wells. Hightower is a PPR beast and allows me to avoid the running back position for a while.
Standards Set: Hightower does a little bit of everything. Assuming Wells doesn't suffer an injury, Hightower is good for about 900 total yards and at least seven combined scores.
Reason: I really was hoping that one of Terrell Owens (Bengals), Ricky Williams (Dolphins) or Tim Hightower (Cardinals) would make the turn ... but alas, all were taken. I went with the upside of Holmes, even though I am skeptical of the Jet passing game.
Standards Set: I think 50 catches, 800 yards and six TDs would be a great season, especially since he will miss the first four games.
Reason: I entered this draft specifically targeting Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin or Meachem, young and emerging receivers in potent passing offenses. To say I was surprised I secured both is an understatement. Meachem wasn't the primary target here, as I hoped to land Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, but the choice was easy with Flacco gone. Meachem, who sports a healthy career 17.7 yards per catch average, may have turned the corner last season when he caught 45 passes for 722 yards and scored 10 touchdowns (nine catching, one defensive fumble return). However, the primary reason to enjoy Meachem's potential is his role as a deep threat on one of the league's top passing offenses. I'll take that fantastic upside for a No. 4 receiver.
Others Considered: None. I'll look for a backup quarterback later after missing out on Flacco.
Standards Set: Look for 55 to 60 catches for 825 yards and seven touchdowns.
Reason: Miller's production has improved every year despite having unspeakable instability at QB. Jason Campbell won't be mistaken for Jim Plunkett by anyone beside Al Davis, but he is a significant upgrade. He has also consistently targeted tight ends in his career.
Standards Set: 75 catches, 900 yards, four TDs.
Reason: Look, I do not buy into the hype that Jones is going to be a starter in Kansas City, or that he will provide more than short-yardage and maybe some goal line work. But I drafted Jamaal Charles with my second pick and I really do not want to be wrong. This is purely an insurance pick for me as the Charles owner, and a full round or two before I think TJ should be taken. I was just not going to have someone else get cute and snap him up. This is the only backup I was worried about getting.
Standards Set: I hope Jones never plays a down because I own Charles and will be starting him. I hope I never have to use Jones.
Reason: I'm a fan of Breaston and what he can do opposite Larry Fitzgerald in 2010. With opposing defenses rightly focusing on Fitzgerald, Breaston will see single coverage most of the season and will be the recipient of a large number of targets. He has been in the Cardinals system for long enough, learning from two of the best in Larry Fitzgerald and departed Anquan Boldin, and while Matt Leinart may not be the second coming of Kurt Warner, Breaston has a legitimate chance to shine.
Standards Set: Being realistic, 850 yards and eight TDs along with 75 or so receptions would be tremendous.
Reason: This one took me a while to make because Edelman made a huge impact against the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints in their preseason meeting! He caught six passes for 90 yards, but what finally sold me was in doing my research, I came across a great article by Mike Reiss, of ESPNBoston.com, where he wonders why Edelman can't play on the outside because he has already, and at 5-foot-10, 198 pounds he has the size to play there. At that point, I felt he was well worth the risk because in the end, have we actually seen starter Wes Welker (knee) play? I'm rooting for Welker and believe his prognosis, but we still have to see him play. It's that cut and dry - show us you're healthy and able to get the job done before we ignore Edelman.
Others Considered: Chicago Bears WRs Devin Aromashodu and Devin Hester, Denver Broncos WR Eddie Royal. However, my goal was to take San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson or Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrell Owens but both went before me.
Standards Set: I have no expectations for Edelman as he may turn out to be a bust with Welker's return. My hope is that he gets enough playing time for me to be able to use him as a high-end flex, injury or bye-week fill-in if he can't win a specific role this year. I think he will though, but this is a huge midround gamble.
Reason: Foster is coming into camp tabbed as a starter by head coach Gary Kubiak, but it seems that no fantasy owners are ready to believe him, and with good reason. Kubiak changes running backs like an ordinary person changes socks. The fact of the matter is that despite his undrafted status he is the best running back on the team. He is a big, fast, and explosive runner who will fit Kubiak's offense like a glove. He showed in the last two games of 2009 how good he can be when he totaled 242 yards and three touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. He is currently being drafted as the 47th running back taken according to myfantasyleague.com and that price is too low not to take a chance on him.
Standards Set: Foster should see at least 200 carries for 900 yards and seven touchdowns, but his upside is much higher than that.
Reason: You have to take the good with the bad in Ryan's numbers last season. While he saw decreases in completion percentage and yards per attempt, the Falcons threw the ball 56 percent of the time on offense last season, up from 44 percent in '09. Ryan holds the reins of a top-10 offense, and this season he puts it all together.
Others Considered: None
Standards Set: I am expecting career highs in both passing yardage (3,800) and touchdown passes (27) for the third-year signal caller.
Reason: I've had Taylor ranked ahead of Matt Forte all offseason so I consider this a value pick. They might split time 50-50, but I see Taylor eventually being the better player. I like his track record, and he is very good in the passing game, which is vital in the Bears' new offense. Between him and Jackson, I hope to find a second starting back most weeks.
Standards Set: The yards will be tough to predict with Forte around, but I'm going for about 1,200 total yards from scrimmage with maybe 60 catches.
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