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) David Akers, place kicker, Philadelphia Eagles
Team: Adam Zdroik, RotoExperts.com | Team Roster
There's no reason not to go with one of the most consistent kickers in the league. Akers will continue to get the job done even with a new quarterback leading the offense down the field.
2) Mason Crosby, place kicker, Green Bay Packers
Team: Paul Hickey, No-Offseason.com | Team Roster
What can I say? Kicker in the last round is always another fantasy commandment I follow, and Crosby is in a premier offense. I like it.
3) Stephen Gostkowski, place kicker, New England Patriots
Team: Cory J. Bonini, KFFL.com | Team Roster
Will this Choice pay off?
I needed a place kicker. Does that fly? Gostkowski has been a top-six
fantasy kicker the last few years and should benefit from what I feel will be
a dominant Patriots' offense in 2010.
4) Rob Bironas, place kicker, Tennessee Titans
Team: Jeff Tefertiller, FootballGuys.com | Team Roster
After the first few kickers were off the board, I liked Bironas'
schedule and late bye week. He will get ample scoring opportunities with Vince
and Chris Johnson
anchoring the Titans
5) Matt Prater, place kicker, Denver Broncos
Team: Herbie Teope, Time Warner Cable | Team Roster
With apologies to readers, I refuse to waste 100-plus words analyzing a kicker. Just remember the last round is for this position.
6) Lawrence Tynes, place kicker, New York Giants
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Team Roster
I needed a kicker, and Tynes should be a productive one. The Giants
have a good offense, but I can see them having drives stopped in field goal range, which should present plenty of opportunities for Tynes.
7) Tashard Choice, running back, Dallas Cowboys
Team: David Dorey, The Huddle | Team Roster
Because he is my everything or nothing, man. I'm going to fight until I can't fight no more. Gonna lay down, bleed a while. Then gonna get up, gonna fight again. Look, the final pick is probably going to get cut so I can start to cover DEF and PK bye weeks. I love Choice, and you should listen to his college speech on Youtube. If Marion Barber III
or Felix Jones
is injured I have a nice starter. If not, he's gone in Week 4.
8) Chicago Bears, defensive team/special teams
Team: Tony Holm, FantasySharks.com | Team Roster
Not a whole lot left to choose from. The Bears
excel in returns and are well-rounded throughout, so I'll give them a chance as my starters for Week 1, but it's a short leash!
9) Shayne Graham, place kicker, Baltimore Ravens
Team: William Del Pilar, KFFL.com | Team Roster
KFAD's Mr. Irrelevant
I'll be honest, seeing Graham here in the final round made me smile. It's not that I'm a huge Graham fan as much as I'm a huge believer in the Ravens
offense, and believe he'll see enough opportunities to be a top-five kicker this year. I fell into the belief that you take a kicker in the final two rounds some years back and this is a great example why.
10) Nick Folk, place kicker, New York Jets
Team: Jim Day, FantasyPros911.com | Team Roster
Folk struggled with the Dallas Cowboys
last year, missing 10 field goals in the year after only missing two in '08 -
hopefully last year was an aberration. On the Jets
he should see more chances as the Jets
struggle to score at times. Similar to defenses, if my place kicker struggles
there will be plenty of kickers available on the waiver wire, which is just another
great reason to hold off on picking a kicker until the last round of your draft.
11) Neil Rackers, place kicker, Houston Texans
Team: Ian Riley, OpenSports.com | Team Roster
I know its dangerous drafting a kicker still in competition for a starting job, but with Kris Brown
hitting just 65.6 percent of his field goal chances last year, Rackers should take the job. All you can really look for when taking a kicker is if he plays for a potent offense and avoids a tough outdoor schedule. He fits both criteria.
12) Matt Leinart, quarterback, Arizona Cardinals
Team: Matt Pitzer, USA Today | Team Roster
I don't need a third quarterback, but I also don't really need a second defense. Leinart winds up as the better value so we'll see if he ends up helping me. I think Leinart will perform better than expected and be a decent fantasy quarterback. It's hard to see him playing much behind Matt Schaub
(Texans) and Carson Palmer
(Bengals) but if there are injuries, he might help. Or perhaps he turns into trade bait.
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