Fantasy Football 2012: My 'Best-Case Scenario' Draft for Rounds 1-16

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Fantasy Football 2012: My 'Best-Case Scenario' Draft for Rounds 1-16
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Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew, the NFL's reigning rushing king, has slumped to Round 2 in most fantasy drafts—the result of a contract dispute with Jaguars management.

The following countdown touts my personal vision of a 'Best-Case Scenario' draft, Rounds 1-16, involving 12-team leagues and standard-scoring rules.

A few important notes here:

1. Draft slot wasn't a big factor, although I'd ideally want each of the 16 assets at the top of their respective rounds.

2. My value picks are exclusively coming off Mock Draft Central's current Average Draft Position rankings (sign-up required).

3. I was obligated to draft five running backs, five wide receivers, two quarterbacks, two tight ends, one kicker and one defense/special teams.

4. I made a concerted effort to keep the draft balanced in the first eight rounds, with one QB, one tight end and three tailbacks and receivers apiece.

5. As you'll see with Fred Jackson (leg) and Ryan Mathews (collarbone), I'm not afraid to invest high picks on mild injury risks. However, I do draw the line on players still recovering from torn ACLs.

6. I reserve the right to alter my selections after the original posting date...just in case Maurice Jones-Drew continues his contract holdout past Sept. 1.

Enjoy the show!

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