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.
This is our second Fantasy Analysis Draft of the summer. Click here to check out the first one and see how players are changing in value!
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.
1) Laurence Maroney, running back, New England Patriots
Team: Adam Zdroik, RotoExperts.com | Team Roster
I had my doubts after Maroney played second fiddle to BenJarvus
in the Patriots preseason opener. But after scoring nine touchdowns
in basically 10 games last season (he wasn't used much in the first five weeks),
he does have some upside if used. The running back list is very slim, and I think
he'll get more touches than anyone else who is left.
2) Chris Cooley, tight end, Washington Redskins
Team: Paul Hickey, No-Offseason.com | Team Roster
Can Cooley catch fire?
Does the name Brent Celek
(Eagles) ring a bell? Donovan McNabb
has grown to love the TE position, and, head coach Mike Shanahan
does as well. With no real standout WR in Washington - sorry Santana Moss
- Cooley will be a star. And as my TE2, he may even get a flex start some weeks.
3) Dexter McCluster, wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs
Team: Cory J. Bonini, KFFL.com | Team Roster
This dynamic rookie has all my attention in fantasy drafts. He's worth reaching for, like I did in the 10th, but I wasn't going to take the chance he wouldn't make it back to me on my long turn. McCluster is very similar to Minnesota Vikings
wideout Percy Harvin
and could be utilized in a role similar to the New England Patriots
' Wes Welker
4) Montario Hardesty, running back, Cleveland Browns
Team: Jeff Tefertiller, FootballGuys.com | Team Roster
were one of the teams who ran the ball the most last season. Yes, Hardesty (knee) is hurt or he would not have slid this far. There is a very real chance that he is the Browns
RB1 this season. I loved the value this late. As a RB4, I can afford to wait on him to get healthy.
5) Kellen Winslow, tight end, Tampa
Team: Herbie Teope, Time Warner Cable | Team Roster
The tight end position is deep enough where owners can hold off if they miss in early rounds on the elite options and get a player like Winslow after the ninth round. While Winslow is recovering from offseason knee surgery, he produced 77 catches for 884 yards and five touchdowns in 2009, good for the fifth-highest scoring player at his position in most PPR formats.
6) John Carlson, tight end, Seattle Seahawks
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Team Roster
The WRs are pretty picked over at this point, leaving little value at that position. I will instead add a solid TE, which can still be used in a flex position in this format. Carlson is the highest on my board at this point.
7) Willis McGahee, running back, Baltimore Ravens
Team: David Dorey, The Huddle | Team Roster
What kind of role will Willis have?
I wanted to take a running back here as just a longshot guy who might surprise later in the season. That left me mainly looking at Tashard Choice
(Cowboys), Mike Bell
(Eagles) and McGahee. All three most likely won't have significant fantasy value this year, but any of them could move up because of injury and are on teams that can crank out running back points. I opted for McGahee, who had 544 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. He will still provide some short-yardage, goal line and relief work for Ray Rice
. But McGahee will be gold if Rice misses time, and there is always the chance that he gets traded to a better situation.
8) Eli Manning, quarterback, New
Team: Tony Holm, FantasySharks.com | Team Roster
Manning never seems to be valued all that highly in fantasy drafts, yet, year after year, all he does is deliver solid stats, and occasionally win Super Bowls. He's my favorite backup fantasy QB in 2010 because he can be had for a song late but will outperform his draft position. A quality player in a system with quality receivers is hard to pass up.
9) Devin Aromashodu, wide receiver, Chicago Bears
Team: William Del Pilar, KFFL.com | Team Roster
Aromashodu seems to be losing support from fantasy fans as they're now jumping on the Johnny Knox
bandwagon. I believe they must have read my series of blogs breaking it down ... or finally realized how good Knox looks in camp. However, Aromashodu has not been chopped liver, either, and has looked solid. Remember the word on the street last season; he was quarterback Jay Cutler
's favorite wideout. Aromashodu played great football with the second team in the first preseason game going 4-78-1 with a long of 47 yards. He will see playing time, and I'll predict that either Johnny Knox
or Devin Hester
will go down at some point in the season. They're both smurfs and susceptible to injury.
10) Derrick Mason, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens
Team: Jim Day, FantasyPros911.com | Team Roster
Mason is falling far in most drafts this year, and this is no exception. He was the 44th WR off the board, and I will take a guy who has averaged 1,000 yards a season over the last 10 years at that position and as my fifth WR. The reasons for his drop in ADP are because of age and the addition of Anquan Boldin
at the other WR spot. As to age, in 2009 he had his highest average yards per catch since 2001 and highest number of touchdowns since 2004. As to Boldin, I say that the addition of Boldin actually helps Mason. He will no longer face as many doubleteams as in past years and the addition of another very good receiver should only help this offense put up more points. More prolonged drives equals more chances for everyone.
11) Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers
Team: Ian Riley, OpenSports.com | Team Roster
Worth the risk?
The fact that he doesn't understand the word "NO" has no bearing on whether the guy can play football. He averaged 289 yards passing a game last season, numbers that put him above all quarterbacks not named Matt Schaub
(Texans) or Drew Brees
(Saints). The four-to-six game suspension is a bummer, but the upside once he does return was too great to pass on. All I have to do is cross my fingers Matt Ryan
(Falcons) doesn't get hurt before Big Ben hits the field.
12) Carson Palmer, quarterback, Cincinnati
Team: Matt Pitzer, USA Today | Team Roster
The big negative on my No. 1 quarterback, Matt Schaub
(Texans), is his injury history. Palmer is one of the top remaining quarterbacks available so I feel like he gives me a quality backup who can play several games if Schaub goes down again. Between Chad Ochocinco
and Terrell Owens
, the Bengals
have some playmakers at wide receiver. I expect Palmer to rebound from last year's poor season and post decent stats.
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