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!
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1) Chris Chambers, wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs
Team: Adam Zdroik, RotoExperts.com | Team Roster
When the Chiefs
acquired Chambers last
season, he didn't do badly at all. He'll be opposite of Dwayne
and should receive plenty of looks from Matt
. I think the Chiefs
offense will be better
overall as well with a potent running game.
2) Austin Collie, wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts
Team: Paul Hickey, No-Offseason.com | Team Roster
How much room is there for Collie?
I don't understand why so many folks are down on Collie. I realize he has Reggie Wayne
, Anthony Gonzalez
, Pierre Garcon
and Dallas Clark
to compete with for catches, but he's versatile, Peyton Manning
loves him, and he'll be on the field often regardless of his role. He's a great PPR value this late.
3) Legedu Naanee, wide receiver, San Diego Chargers
Team: Cory J. Bonini, KFFL.com | Team Roster
Naanee has tremendous upside to gamble on. He could be a key contributor in San Diego's likely Vincent Jackson
-less offense and has enjoyed a fantastic offseason. Given the volatility of my receiving corps, I felt taking a low-risk, potentially high-reward dice roll was necessary. He could be good for a regular flex play.
4) Bernard Scott, running back, Cincinnati Bengals
Team: Jeff Tefertiller, FootballGuys.com | Team Roster
Having Cedric Benson
, and a relatively weak running back situation, I wanted to make sure I locked up Scott to handcuff to Benson. Scott looked great in the first preseason game and could make an impact this season. The youngster is talented.
5) Jacoby Jones, wide receiver, Houston Texans
Team: Herbie Teope, Time Warner Cable | Team Roster
It's all about targeting potential production after the 10th round, a point of the draft to swing for the fences with lottery tickets. And while Jones is currently battling Kevin Walter
for the starting job opposite All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson
, his upside should he emerge as a starter in one of the league's top passing offenses is clear. Walter is a reliable possession receiver, but Jones, who has drawn praise from head coach Gary Kubiak
throughout offseason workouts, has the ability to stretch the field. Cash in the lottery ticket with Jones.
6) Alex D. Smith, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Team Roster
Jones ready to elevate game
I need a backup QB, and Smith does not share a bye week with my starter (Tom Brady
). He's also the highest rated QB on my board.
7) Mike Thomas, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars
Team: David Dorey, The Huddle | Team Roster
I really was hoping Austin Collie
would fall to me but he went at the second pick of this round. I debated getting a backup QB here, but I have Brees and that means covering just one week – that can wait. There are no running backs I need and another good wideout never hurts. Thomas was a rookie last year and had 48 catches for 453 yards and one score but most of that came later in the year. Now entering his second season, he has been the star of training camp. Even Mike Sims-Walker
has said he expects a breakout from Thomas. Great upside in a WR5.
8) Mario Manningham, wide receiver, New York Giants
Team: Tony Holm, FantasySharks.com | Team Roster
I'm not really in love with this pick either but like my Jerricho Cotchery
selection last round, I'm filling in best available WRs at this point in the draft, and to my eye, Manningham is that guy. By most accounts, he had a tremendous season last year, but he is being pushed for his No. 2 WR role on the Giants. If Manningham holds on, this will be a solid pick; if his grip on the No. 2 slot slips, he'll likely be waiver wire fodder, but I'll roll the bones and find out.
9) Visanthe Shiancoe, tight end, Minnesota Vikings
Team: William Del Pilar, KFFL.com | Team Roster
Reason: At this point, it was the best player available with a preference toward tight end. After missing out on the Seattle Seahawks' John Carlson, I was a bit bummed as I made a crucial mistake believing Carlson would not get drafted until the end of the draft. However, Lester's Legends decided to ignore the ADP – Round 24 in a 12-team league at the time - and draft him in the 10th round, which felt like a blow to the gut.
In a PPR format, Shiancoe is not as great a catch as one would imagine despite 11 touchdowns last year. He went for 56-566-11 in '09, and as you can see, the yardage really kills you along with the receptions. While another 11 touchdowns are not impossible it's probably unlikely, partially because QB Brett Favre had a career year last year. Regardless, I felt Shiancoe would have to do, and more importantly it changed my strategy, and instead of going with one tight end I'm now forced to look for another down the road to cover myself in case he falters.
10) Heath Miller, tight end, Pittsburgh Steelers
Team: Jim Day, FantasyPros911.com | Team Roster
Miller coming off career year
Miller is the Rodney Dangerfield of tight ends. Even though he is coming off his best season with 76 receptions, 789 yards and six touchdowns, he is still getting no respect. In this draft he was the 15th tight end taken, which is incredible value for a guy who was the eighth-ranked tight end in 2009. I was very happy that Miller was still there for my 12th pick and my second TE. He is an excellent complement to Tony Gonzalez
. In my opinion most are a little leery with Ben Roethlisberger
suspended for at least the first four games, but whoever starts those games for the Steelers
will be looking for an outlet quite often and that outlet should be Miller.
11) Greg Olsen, tight end, Chicago Bears
Team: Ian Riley, OpenSports.com | Team Roster
Watching both Visanthe Shiancoe
and Heath Miller
go off the board in consecutive
picks right before me really hurt, as I was targeting one, if not both consecutively
to lock down the position. Instead I rolled the dice with a guy who has shown
improvement in each of his three years in the league. Offensive coordinator Mike
has been kryptonite to every tight end in his path to date, so my hopes
lie in Olsen's ability to be effective in the red zone.
12) Javon Ringer, running back, Tennessee Titans
Team: Matt Pitzer, USA Today | Team Roster
Purely an insurance pick. Obviously, I hope that my No. 1 overall pick, Chris Johnson
, does not get hurt. If he does, Ringer would be the one stepping in to get the bulk of work. And despite some positive words from the Titans
and a few decent showings in preseason, I have no idea whether Ringer is any good. If my season is ruined by a Johnson injury, at least I will have a replacement for him.
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