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American Family Insurance ALL-USA Fantasy Team


3:04 PM, Sep. 05, 2012 EDT

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and 2007 ALL-USA selection Julio Jones is a star in the making. / US PRESSWIRE

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The 2012 NFL season kicks off tonight, which means it's time to start counting stats.

If you're like me, you drafted more than one fantasy football team and will be put in the unenviable position of rooting for and against the same player depending on your opponent.

Come on, Eli. Throw a touchdown.

Yes!

Wait, I mean no!

Not to Nicks. Anyone but Nicks.

Oh well, I think I have him in my other league.

There's no shortage of strategies for drafting a competitive fantasy football team and most of them depend on your league's scoring settings. While it's probably too late to employ the following strategy for this season, you could do worse than filling your roster with American Family Insurance ALL-USA selections.

Without further ado, we present the 2012 ALL-USA Fantasy Team.

Note: All of the players listed below earned ALL-USA honors at one time. Retired ALL-USA selections (sorry, Emmitt Smith) were not included.

QB
Ryan Mallett, Texas (Texarkana, Texas) - 2006
New England Patriots
Analysis: Okay, so the all-time ALL-USA roster is a little thin at quarterback, but Tom Brady's backup is a decent option, particularly in a keeper league. Just ask Matt Cassell. We're knocking on wood, Patriots fans, and wishing Brady the healthiest of seasons, even if our fantasy team will suffer as a result. 

RB
Adrian Peterson, Palestine (Palestine, Texas) - 2003
Minnesota Vikings
Analysis: Peterson's status for Week 1 is questionable, but the bet here is he's healthy enough this season to put up monster numbers.

RB
Trent Richardson, Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.) - 2008
Cleveland Browns
Analysis: Richardson will likely find the going a little tougher in Cleveland than he did at Escambia or Alabama, but he has the potential to challenge Andrew Luck and RGIII for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

WR
A.J. Green, Summerville (Summerville, S.C.) - 2006
Cincinnati Bengals
Analysis: The former Georgia star had a breakout rookie season in 2011 and is poised to establish himself as one of the top receivers in the game.

WR
Julio Jones, Foley (Foley, Ala.) - 2007
Atlanta Falcons
Analysis: Another second-year wideout, the freakishly athletic Jones should be on the receiving end of many a Matt Ryan touchdown pass this year.

FLEX
Percy Harvin, Landstown (Virginia Beach, Va.) - 2005
Minnesota Vikings
Analysis: Harvin's production increased once Christian Ponder was named the starter in Minnesota. With a full season together, Harvin should eclipse the 1,000-yard mark he narrowly missed in 2011.

TE
Aaron Hernandez, Central (Bristol, Conn.) - 2006
New England Patriots
Analysis: Rob Gronkowski gets most of the hype -- and scored most of the TDs in 2011 -- but Hernandez quietly put together a Pro Bowl-caliber season (79 catches, 910 yards, 7 TDs). Expect more of the same in 2012.

K
Sebastian Janikowski, Seabreeze (Daytona Beach, Fla.) - 1996
Oakland Raiders
Analysis: Janikowski is a stud, especially in leagues that award additional points for longer field goals. The former Florida State star booted seven field goals of at least 50 yards in 2011.

Individual Defensive Players (IDP)
Charles Woodson, Ross (Fremont, Ohio) - 1994
Green Bay Packers
Analysis: One of the best ball-hawks in the league, Woodson had seven interceptions last season.

LaMarr Woodley, Saginaw (Saginaw, Mich.) - 2002
Pittsburgh Steelers
Analysis: The linebacker is a nice guy off the field and a tackling machine on it.

BENCH
Jonathan Stewart, Timberline (Lacey, Wash.) - 2004
RB, Carolina Panthers

Beanie Wells, Garfield (Akron, Ohio) - 2005
RB, Arizona Cardinals

Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette (Jeannette, Pa.) - 2007
QB, Oakland Raiders

Randy Moss, DuPont (Belle, W. Va.) - 1994
WR, San Francisco 49ers

Haloti Ngata, Highland (Salt Lake City, Utah) - 2001
DT, Baltimore Ravens

Analysis: Stewart is splitting carries with DeAngelo Williams in Carolina, but should get plenty of looks, while Beanie Wells is the starter (for now) in Arizona. Terrelle Pryor is backing up Carson Palmer in Oakland, Randy Moss is hanging on in San Francisco and Ngata provides some defensive depth.

Tell us: How does this team stack up to your fantasy team(s) this year?

 

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