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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1) Devery Henderson, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints
Team: Matt Pitzer, USA Today | Team Roster
Reason: This, too, is a type of insurance pick. I usually don't buy the idea that you can handcuff one of your receivers. Henderson might be a little different, because he is such an explosive deep threat and has posted decent yardage. He will be depth only, but given what should be a great passing game under QB Drew Brees, Henderson might be valuable if one of my early picks, Marques Colston, goes down. You know the Saints would keep throwing and somebody would have to suck up Colston's production.
2) Fred Taylor, running back, New England Patriots
Team: Ian Riley, OpenSports.com | Team Roster
Looking to defy the numbers
Reason: He is 34 years old, which in running back speak equals dinosaur, but I guarantee there isn't a back who will give more on New England's roster than fragile Fred. His desire to go out on top with a championship will be more than enough to drive him and keep him in the mix to start for the Pats, but he may be writing checks his body can no longer cash. Regardless, in the 15th round, he is nothing more than a Hail Mary, and will be my first roster casualty if he doesn't see show me something in Week 1.
3) New Orleans Saints, defensive team/special teams
Team: Jim Day, FantasyPros911.com | Team Roster
Reason: New Orleans is going into its second season with Gregg Williams as the defensive coordinator. Williams is one of the better defensive coordinators in the league in my opinion, and most of his defenses tend to be very opportunistic. Last year they had seven touchdowns as a unit and were ranked in the top three of most scoring systems. Of course, since winning the Super Bowl in 2009 it may not have the same fire in 2010 it did last year, but they are worth the chance here. Besides with such shallow rosters there will always be defenses available on the waiver wire if I need to make a switch.
4) Fred Davis, tight end, Washington Redskins
Team: William Del Pilar, KFFL.com | Team Roster
Reason: Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is bringing over his offense that uses the tight end position like a wideout. Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels the last two years: 2009 he went 40-519-5 in eight games, and in 2008, in 16 games, went 70-862-2. Those numbers are not a fluke, but Chris Cooley is the first option, although I think Davis is the better player. I could be wrong, but I believe he will see as much if not more playing time than Cooley as he's more athletic, quicker and has just as good of hands.
5) Nate Kaeding, place kicker, San Diego Chargers
Team: Tony Holm, FantasySharks.com | Team Roster
Reason: Kaeding is one of the top kickers on the board. With a high-octane offense and job secure, he'll do.
6) Ryan Longwell, place kicker, Minnesota Vikings
Team: David Dorey, The Huddle | Team Roster
Reason: Longwell is always a solid kicker, and he plays home games inside the dome. I'd love this pick more were it not for his Week 4 bye, which means I have to pick up another kicker faster than I want to. That may mean dropping Longwell for someone else, but we'll see. A kicker is a kicker is a kicker.
7) Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive team/special teams
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Team Roster
Reason: The Steelers remain one of the top defensive units. If safety Troy Polamalu can stay healthy, they could be the top defense in the league.
8) Derrick Ward, running back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Team: Herbie Teope, Time Warner Cable | Team Roster
Huggins could force out Ward
Reason: Ward's grip on the No. 2 spot behind Carnell Williams is currently challenged by Kareem Huggins, who has been coming on in recent weeks. If it's Ward when the regular season opens, then there's nothing wrong with this selection considering Williams' durability concerns. Conversely, Ward becomes everyone's favorite expendable draft pick if it doesn't pan out.
9) Lance Moore, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints
Team: Jeff Tefertiller, FootballGuys.com | Team Roster
Reason: Moore was a very good WR2 two years ago, before being limited by injury last year. He plays in the very prolific Saints' offense and could rebound to land in the top 20 once again. While he is not an athletic marvel like some, Moore knows how to get open and is very solid after the catch.
10) Dallas Cowboys, defensive team/special teams
Team: Cory J. Bonini, KFFL.com | Team Roster
Reason: In recent years, Dallas hasn't had much trouble finding the quarterback, but they haven't forced or recovered enough fumbles and failed produce the necessary interception totals to become an elite fantasy unit. I think they should improve this year in the secondary, and this group provided the most upside among remaining defenses.
11) New York Giants, defensive team/special teams
Team: Paul Hickey, No-Offseason.com | Team Roster
Reason: My strategy is always to wait until the second to last round before drafting a D/ST and risk not getting a top tier unit. I'm fine with this pick, as the G-Men put pressure on the passer. I like the secondary with the addition of Antrel Rolle, as well as the healthy returns of Kenny Phillips and Aaron Ross.
12) San Diego Chargers, defensive team/special teams
Team: Adam Zdroik, RotoExperts.com | Team Roster
Reason: The Chargers will be a good play for a few weeks, but I'll probably end up using a sign-and-drop system in which I go for the defense with the best matchups. Their defense isn't as good as they once used to be, but a Monday night game against the Chiefs in Week 1 should provide some turnovers.
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