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.
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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) Darren McFadden, running back, Oakland Raiders
Team: Matt Pitzer, USA Today | Team Roster
Value pick with upside
Reason: This is a totally speculative pick as McFadden obviously has had all kinds of trouble in the NFL, but he still is talented and still has a chance to emerge as the Raiders' top back. I have no illusions about McFadden being a regular part of my team. I do think, however, he had the highest upside of the remaining backs - and is perhaps the least likely to get there. It's a risk I'm willing to take at this point.
2) Braylon Edwards, wide receiver, New York Jets
Team: Ian Riley, OpenSports.com | Team Roster
Reason: Edwards has the ability to beat any corner one-on-one deep downfield. The problem is since his monster '07 campaign is everyone in the league knows this as well. A full offseason working on his timing with Mark Sanchez and learning the playbook can only help his chances for success this year. While I am not expecting him to haul in 80 passes, I do think he will be a strong spot play against weaker secondaries throughout the season.
3) Chad Henne, quarterback, Miami Dolphins
Team: Jim Day, FantasyPros911.com | Team Roster
Reason: There was no one happier with the Dolphins' acquisition of Brandon Marshall than Henne. Even with no clearcut No. 1 receiver and no starts entering 2009, Henne still completed over 60 percent of his passes. In each of the last four games last year he completed at least 63 percent of his passes, which is an amazing number for a first-year starter. This season he has a true No. 1 WR and some very solid receivers to fill the other spots. Look for Henne to make a major leap forward in his first full season. If he can decrease his turnovers he will be an excellent backup to the Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler and could easily start for me over Cutler when the matchups are in his favor.
4) Mohamed Massaquoi, wide receiver, Cleveland Browns
Team: William Del Pilar, KFFL.com | Team Roster
Reason: His first preseason game as well as his attitude to want to be as good as he can be convinced me. These are the type of players you love to root for. Nothing is ever easy for them and they never forget. However, while his attitude, talent and potential convinced me, it was QB Jake Delhomme's play in the first preseason game that sold me. It appears as if Delhomme has the capacity to handle a West Coast offense and to excel with dink-and-dunk passes. It plays to his strengths, and I'll take a No. 1 wideout like Massaquoi at this point in a draft any day of the week if the quarterback is able to get him the ball. In fact, I believe backup Seneca Wallace would be able to get him the ball, too. Cleveland's quarterback play last year was bad, and it held down all the fantasy skill positions the Browns had to offer.
5) Jerricho Cotchery, wide receiver, New York Jets
Team: Tony Holm, FantasySharks.com | Team Roster
This Jet is flying under the radar
Reason: It's time to hop on the wide receiver train with a lot of my other positions filled. I'm not crazy about this pick, but I do like what Cotchery brings to the table and that Mark Sanchez will be another year older and another year wiser. Cotchery is one of those receivers that flies under the radar most years but continuously puts in 800-plus yard seasons year after year and routinely leads the Jets in receptions. Santonio Holmes just present a bit of an obstacle for Cotchery's playing time when Holmes comes off suspension, but I'm going to gamble a bit and say that Cotchery will still see his fair share of receptions.
6) Jabar Gaffney, wide receiver, Denver Broncos
Team: David Dorey, The Huddle | Team Roster
Reason: I needed a WR4 that offered some consistent points since I have some picks like Dez Bryant (Cowboys) I am less certain of how they will do. Gaffney was my choice because he has already been a valuable receiver for the Broncos with 54 catches for 732 yards and two scores last year even with Brandon Marshall sucking up almost every pass. Now with Marshall gone, Gaffney can offer a possession role that will see him with more catches and touchdowns. He's a safe pick that has at least a little upside.
7) Eddie Royal, wide receiver, Denver Broncos
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Team Roster
Reason: Royal was a train wreck last year going from 91-980-5 to 37-345-0. With Brandon Marshall in South Beach, Royal has a chance to get a lot of short passes. Iím not expecting major yardage or TDs, but he could catch a lot of balls, which is a plus in the PPR format.
8) Matt Cassel, quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
Team: Herbie Teope, Time Warner Cable | Team Roster
Reason: The quarterbacks are flying off the board, making it imperative to address my No. 2 spot or risk being frozen out. I've plugged Cassel as a good No. 2 option since June, so why not practice what I preach? The linked article takes you to a prior "Top Spin" column and includes a fantastic quote by Brian Lowe of Patriots.com surrounding the potential impact of Charlie Weis' arrival to Kansas City. I couldn't agree more.
9) New York Jets, defensive team/special teams
Team: Jeff Tefertiller, FootballGuys.com | Team Roster
Reason: With the short benches, I wanted an elite defense. I love head coach Rex Ryan's aggressiveness on defense. The Jets will cause some turnovers. Ryan will blitz often with the strong cornerback play. At this point in the draft, I liked the value of the top defense.
10) Brian Westbrook, running back, San Francisco 49ers
Team: Cory J. Bonini, KFFL.com | Team Roster
Timing was on Cory's side
Reason: This one just kind of happened. My pick came up moments after word broke that Westy signed with the Niners, so I figured what do I have to lose? In a PPR league, Westbrook could be well worth this 11th-round gamble, and I think he could make for a flex play or better some weeks.
11) Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Detroit Lions
Team: Paul Hickey, No-Offseason.com | Team Roster
Reason: One of my highly recommended draft strategies this year is to wait late to take your first QB then go back to back. Stafford should be a solid backup in a 12-team league and has a high upside with Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Jahvid Best as weapons.
12) Anthony Gonzalez, wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts
Team: Adam Zdroik, RotoExperts.com | Team Roster
Reason: Gonzalez has worked his way back onto the field and is looking good. I was a firsthand witness at a recent training camp session, and I liked what I saw. It wouldn't be surprising to see him as the Colts' No. 2 or No. 3 receiver early in the season.
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