KFFL.com's Fantasy Football Analysis Draft (FAD) brings you behind the scenes for all 16 rounds of an actual fantasy football league draft. Each of our experts participating give you their analysis on why they made each selection. This is not a mock fantasy football draft; this league will be played out during the course of the 2013 fantasy football season ... each participant is drafting to win!
A standard scoring system with one point per reception (RB-WR-TE) was used for this draft.
1) Isaiah Pead, RB, St. Louis Rams
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I don't like taking handcuffs, but Pead gives me some insurance if Daryl Richardson doesn't pan out. He was a highly regarded prospect last season but didn't see much action. He has the tools to be a featured runner. I look for 500 yards, 20 catches and a few TDs.
2) Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: My choice is Randle here because Murray does have some injury concerns, and I want to pick up his handcuff in case he misses some time. Randle will receive some playing time even if Murray is able to play 16 games. I would be happy with around 500 to 600 total yards and a few touchdowns.
3) LaMichael James, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Always have to wonder about Frank Gore's health, and many are underestimating how increased use of James, already their best changeup option behind the starter, could help fill some of the Michael Crabtree target vacuum. Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis might not get much aid from other WRs and TEs. James is in a position to be useful as a PPR flex play some weeks with his receiving and breakaway ability. Lotto tickets don't always come with this much talent.
4) Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
Team: Dan Dobish | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: It's backup time, and since I have Danario Alexander and Antonio Gates, I might as well pair them up with Rivers, who will be working in a new offense. The word is that he has been throwing a lot more short and intermediate stuff, which doesn't bode well for fantasy necessarily, but when Eli Manning has one of those difficult NFC East matchups, or he is on a bye, I could certainly do worse than Rivers as his backup.
5) Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Team: Eric McClung | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Of all the handcuff-type running backs, I like Rodgers the most. Rodgers played more snaps than the departed Michael Turner did last year and is a trusted piece of an offense looking to throw. Steven Jackson is turning 30 years old. While S-Jax can catch the ball, Rodgers makes a lot more sense on third downs. Rodgers recorded 53 receptions last year, a total Jackson has only exceeded once in nine seasons.
6) Seattle Seahawks D/ST
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Because this is a 12-team league and the pickings get rather slim by now, I thought it made more sense to get one of the top defenses than pick some highly speculative WR or RB who may not see much of the field. The Seahawks have a Week 12 bye, so that sets me for most of the season and I can get on to other matters. Seatle should be a top-5 defense and that is good enough.
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