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) Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: In Olsen's third season in Carolina, he's quickly becoming one of Cam Newton's favorite targets, if not his most reliable aerial weapon. The numbers support it; he went from 45 catches and 90 targets in 2011 to 69 grabs and 104 targets last year. I expect Olsen to match or best last year's totals with Newton maturing as a QB in his third campaign.
2) Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: See, this is what happens when you take five RBs through eight picks ... Yup, smart. I actually like Dalton quite a bit. If you are going to wait this long to take a starting QB, he might as well be one with a high ceiling. Cincy put more weapons around Dalton, and I see a breakout fantasy season ahead. His roughly 4,100 yards and 32 TDs will help power me to a title!
3) Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Ever have that feeling your draft has been derailed? After loving my team a few rounds ago, I'm losing that warm and fuzzy feeling. I like Moore's upside, but I'm always skeptical of anything involving the Raiders and consistency could be an issue. However, with him as my WR4, I can live with it. He's talented, in his third year and capable of being the team's No. 1 target. Will changes at quarterback make that worth anything? Time will tell, but he's worth the gamble at this juncture. His floor is 60 receptions, 800 yards and five touchdowns, but I'm expecting a lot more than that.
4) Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I would have drafted Lance Moore with this pick if Keith hadn't taken him at the end of the eighth round. Instead, I decided to choose a quarterback here to back up Tom Brady. Schaub should be good for 4,000 passing yards and 20-25 touchdowns, provided that he stays healthy.
5) Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego Chargers
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I could opt for one of a few different RBs here in an effort to solidify a not-so-stellar corps at the position. But I'd be passing up one of the best potential values of 2013, and I could use such a high-upside WR when my WR1 is Andre Johnson. Assuming that Brown makes it through the preseason this year, he'll prove why so many coaches, players and observers can't stop praising him.
6) Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I'm protecting my first-round investment with this pick, and making sure I have Pierce on my roster in case Ray Rice goes down. Granted, Pierce did see a spike in his numbers when Jim Caldwell took over as offensive coordinator in Baltimore at the end of last year, but I really don't see a scenario that has me playing both he and Rice at the same time. This is just a case of me handcuffing my top back.
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