Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down Round 1 in a 12-Team PPR League

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Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down Round 1 in a 12-Team PPR League
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Thanks to a torn ACL suffered late in the season, Adrian Peterson will not be drafted in Round One for the first time since his rookie season.

So if you're drafting tomorrow, how would the first round go? Will the first round look much different in late August? It might look a little bit different, but the major players won't change much.

At this point I have no clue (neither does Google) who the following quote is attributed to: "You can't win your league in the first round, but you can LOSE your league in the first round."

Round One is as much about limiting risk as it is targeting upside. Sometimes stuff happens. Nobody was forecasting Jamaal Charles tearing his ACL right at the beginning of the season. But plenty of people were shouting about the risks of Chris Johnson as a first-round pick.

It will really come down to how you feel about drafting QBs (Quarterbacks). QB and Tight End (TE) are probably the easiest skill-position players to find later in fantasy drafts. But there's a reason that Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady have been going early in fantasy drafts for years. They are very consistent. So long as they stay healthy, you pretty much know what you will be getting.

I generally loathe taking a QB in the first few rounds of anything smaller than a 14-team league. But this year there are just under a million questions once you get past their first tier of Running Backs (RB) and Wide Receivers (WR). So if you feel safer grabbing Aaron Rodgers mid-way through Round One, I won't hate on it.

For reference I will be listing each players' Expert Consensus Ranking - PPR as determined by Fantasy Pros.

For more position-by-position analysis, check out my early-season position breakdowns here on Bleacher Report.






UPDATE: Round 2 has been posted.

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