Fantasy Football 2012: 8 Players You Might Want to Reach for

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Fantasy Football 2012: 8 Players You Might Want to Reach for
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Do you know the most important acronym in fantasy football?

It's ADP.

ADP stands for Average Draft Position, and it is one of the most critical weapons in a savvy fantasy owner's arsenal.

It's not enough to know who to take. At least as important is knowing when to take.

Armed with ADP, fantasy owners can avoid reaching for players that they could have gotten later in the draft. Getting value for your picks is quite powerful.

That said, this could be the first year I can remember playing fantasy football where you may want to consider reaching for someone. I define reaching as obtaining a player earlier than he should be taken.

Not everyone is worth reaching for. Incoming rookie tight end Coby Fleener will be all the rage in this year's fantasy drafts. I can guarantee you people will be reaching for him.

Yet history has shown that first-year tight ends never produce at stud-like levels.

Jimmy Graham had only 356 yards and five TDs in his first year. Antonio Gates managed only 389 yards and two TDs. Tony Gonzalez notched only 368 yards and two TDs. Even Rob Gronkowski got only 546 yards, though he did get 10 TDs.

Beware who you reach for.

That said, 2012 is shaping up to be a highly unconventional year, where I'm suggesting you may want to consider not only reaching for one player but perhaps more than one player.

Who might these reaches be?

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