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Our 14-team PPR mock draft

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In our latest attempt to get you ready for the upcoming season, we're changing formats in this mock draft. Remember, Draft Day is almost here -- or so we hope with the lockout nearing an end.

Since the NFL Draft ended in April we've done two mock drafts with different formats. The first one was 12 teams with a lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE), K and DST. The second mock draft had the same 12 owners drafting in a different order, and we eliminated the flex spot to feature a starting lineup of three receivers.

For this mock draft, we're using 14 owners and going with a point-per-reception format. What this means is you get one point for every catch made by a running back, wide receiver or tight end.

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This type of league favors running backs like Arian Foster and LeSean McCoy, wide receivers like Roddy White and Wes Welker and tight ends like Dallas Clark and Jason Witten. It also helps sleepers like Jacquizz Rodgers, Danny Amendola and Chris Cooley.

Many more sleepers will emerge, and if you pay attention throughout the draft, you will find some useful information to help you on your Draft Day. When the mock draft is completed, we will review the picks to help you with different strategies.

Keep in mind that free agency has yet to begin, and that won't happen until the lockout is officially over. Once that happens and players finally change teams, this mock draft can look dramatically different.

As always, we ask you to follow along. If there's a draft pick you like or feel was too early, send us an e-mail to dmfantasyfootball@cbs.com . Put "Mock Draft" in the subject line and share your thoughts on the draft.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. There also is one point for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE), K and DST. There will also be five reserve spots for a 14-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Lauren Shehadi, Video Host
2. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
3. Scott White, Fantasy Writer
4. Sergio Gonzalez, Fantasy Writer
5. Mike Freeman, National Columnist
6. John Garcia Jr., Fantasy Writer
7. Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer
8. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
10. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
11. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
12. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
13. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
14. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

Round-by-Round Draft Results
Round 1 Round 2
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 L. Shehadi Chris Johnson 1 J. Eisenberg Roddy White
2 M. Hurcomb Adrian Peterson 2 A. Aizer Reggie Wayne
3 S. White Arian Foster 3 J. Lippman Matt Forte
4 S. Gonzalez Ray Rice 4 J. Tobin Aaron Rodgers
5 M. Freeman Maurice Jones-Drew 5 B. Passonno Greg Jennings
6 J. Garcia Jamaal Charles 6 A. Melchior Michael Turner
7 K. Goodwin Andre Johnson 7 D. Richard Larry Fitzgerald
8 D. Richard LeSean McCoy 8 K. Goodwin Peyton Hillis
9 A. Melchior Darren McFadden 9 J. Garcia Peyton Manning
10 B. Passonno Frank Gore 10 M. Freeman Ahmad Bradshaw
11 J. Tobin Steven Jackson 11 S. Gonzalez Hakeem Nicks
12 J. Lippman Rashard Mendenhall 12 S. White Brandon Marshall
13 A. Aizer Michael Vick 13 M. Hurcomb Mike Wallace
14 J. Eisenberg Calvin Johnson 14 L. Shehadi Knowshon Moreno
Round 3 Round 4
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 L. Shehadi Drew Brees 1 J. Eisenberg Cedric Benson
2 M. Hurcomb Dwayne Bowe 2 A. Aizer Marques Colston
3 S. White Wes Welker 3 J. Lippman Jeremy Maclin
4 S. Gonzalez LeGarrette Blount 4 J. Tobin Jason Witten
5 M. Freeman Ryan Mathews 5 B. Passonno DeAngelo Williams
6 J. Garcia Mike Williams 6 A. Melchior Dez Bryant
7 K. Goodwin Philip Rivers 7 D. Richard Tony Romo
8 D. Richard Vincent Jackson 8 K. Goodwin Ryan Grant
9 A. Melchior Tom Brady 9 J. Garcia Dallas Clark
10 B. Passonno Miles Austin 10 M. Freeman Steve Johnson
11 J. Tobin DeSean Jackson 11 S. Gonzalez Matt Schaub
12 J. Lippman Antonio Gates 12 S. White Jahvid Best
13 A. Aizer Shonn Greene 13 M. Hurcomb Matt Ryan
14 J. Eisenberg Jonathan Stewart 14 L. Shehadi Anquan Boldin
Round 5 Round 6
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 L. Shehadi Santonio Holmes 1 J. Eisenberg Jermichael Finley
2 M. Hurcomb Fred Jackson 2 A. Aizer Sidney Rice
3 S. White Vernon Davis 3 J. Lippman Eli Manning
4 S. Gonzalez Brandon Lloyd 4 J. Tobin Deion Branch
5 M. Freeman Mario Manningham 5 B. Passonno Kenny Britt
6 J. Garcia Felix Jones 6 A. Melchior Joseph Addai
7 K. Goodwin Pierre Garcon 7 D. Richard Rob Gronkowski
8 D. Richard BenJarvus Green-Ellis 8 K. Goodwin Marshawn Lynch
9 A. Melchior Santana Moss 9 J. Garcia Pierre Thomas
10 B. Passonno Josh Freeman 10 M. Freeman Kellen Winslow
11 J. Tobin Daniel Thomas 11 S. Gonzalez Ryan Torain
12 J. Lippman Percy Harvin 12 S. White Joe Flacco
13 A. Aizer Mark Ingram 13 M. Hurcomb Brandon Jacobs
14 J. Eisenberg Ben Roethlisberger 14 L. Shehadi Ryan Williams
Round 7 Round 8
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 L. Shehadi Owen Daniels 1 J. Eisenberg DeMarco Murray
2 M. Hurcomb Austin Collie 2 A. Aizer Zach Miller
3 S. White Mike Williams 3 J. Lippman Matthew Stafford
4 S. Gonzalez Michael Crabtree 4 J. Tobin Davone Bess
5 M. Freeman Mike Tolbert 5 B. Passonno Marcedes Lewis
6 J. Garcia Braylon Edwards 6 A. Melchior Mike Thomas
7 K. Goodwin Danny Amendola 7 D. Richard Julio Jones
8 D. Richard Mikel Leshoure 8 K. Goodwin Steve Smith
9 A. Melchior Jimmy Graham 9 J. Garcia LaDainian Tomlinson
10 B. Passonno C.J. Spiller 10 M. Freeman Jay Cutler
11 J. Tobin Danny Woodhead 11 S. Gonzalez Tony Gonzalez
12 J. Lippman Johnny Knox 12 S. White Sam Bradford
13 A. Aizer Michael Bush 13 M. Hurcomb Chris Cooley
14 J. Eisenberg Ronnie Brown 14 L. Shehadi Roy Helu
Round 9 Round 10
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 L. Shehadi Robert Meachem 1 J. Eisenberg Jordy Nelson
2 M. Hurcomb Ryan Fitzpatrick 2 A. Aizer Lance Moore
3 S. White A.J. Green 3 J. Lippman Hines Ward
4 S. Gonzalez Steelers 4 J. Tobin Jerome Simpson
5 M. Freeman Derrick Mason 5 B. Passonno Eagles
6 J. Garcia Jacoby Ford 6 A. Melchior Nate Burleson
7 K. Goodwin Steve Smith 7 D. Richard Beanie Wells
8 D. Richard Donald Brown 8 K. Goodwin Darren Sproles
9 A. Melchior Rashad Jennings 9 J. Garcia Cowboys
10 B. Passonno Steve Breaston 10 M. Freeman Earl Bennett
11 J. Tobin Packers 11 S. Gonzalez Willis McGahee
12 J. Lippman Mike Goodson 12 S. White Mark Clayton
13 A. Aizer Jets 13 M. Hurcomb Thomas Jones
14 J. Eisenberg James Starks 14 L. Shehadi Malcom Floyd
Round 11 Round 12
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 L. Shehadi Isaac Redman 1 J. Eisenberg Mark Sanchez
2 M. Hurcomb Lee Evans 2 A. Aizer Danario Alexander
3 S. White Brandon Pettigrew 3 J. Lippman Anthony Armstrong
4 S. Gonzalez Reggie Bush 4 J. Tobin Jason Campbell
5 M. Freeman Justin Forsett 5 B. Passonno Jordan Shipley
6 J. Garcia James Jones 6 A. Melchior Tim Tebow
7 K. Goodwin Ravens 7 D. Richard Delone Carter
8 D. Richard Chad Ochocinco 8 K. Goodwin David Garrard
9 A. Melchior Tim Hightower 9 J. Garcia Kevin Kolb
10 B. Passonno Ben Tate 10 M. Freeman Jason Snelling
11 J. Tobin Jacquizz Rodgers 11 S. Gonzalez Greg Little
12 J. Lippman Kendall Hunter 12 S. White Shane Vereen
13 A. Aizer Matt Cassel 13 M. Hurcomb Giants
14 J. Eisenberg Louis Murphy 14 L. Shehadi Randy Moss
Round 13 Round 14
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 L. Shehadi Bears 1 J. Eisenberg Matt Bryant
2 M. Hurcomb Arrelious Benn 2 A. Aizer Neil Rackers
3 S. White Chargers 3 J. Lippman Sebastian Janikowski
4 S. Gonzalez Titus Young 4 J. Tobin Mason Crosby
5 M. Freeman Garrett Hartley 5 B. Passonno Adam Vinatieri
6 J. Garcia Dustin Keller 6 A. Melchior Nate Kaeding
7 K. Goodwin Todd Heap 7 D. Richard Jay Feely
8 D. Richard Patriots 8 K. Goodwin Robbie Gould
9 A. Melchior Saints 9 J. Garcia David Buehler
10 B. Passonno Andy Dalton 10 M. Freeman Falcons
11 J. Tobin Ricky Williams 11 S. Gonzalez Stephen Gostkowski
12 J. Lippman Lions 12 S. White Josh Brown
13 A. Aizer Joe McKnight 13 M. Hurcomb Rob Bironas
14 J. Eisenberg Dolphins 14 L. Shehadi Dan Carpenter
Team-by-team Draft Results
Adam Aizer
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.13 Michael Vick 8.02 Zach Miller
2.02 Reggie Wayne 9.13 Jets
3.13 Shonn Greene 10.02 Lance Moore
4.02 Marques Colston 11.13 Matt Cassel
5.13 Mark Ingram 12.02 Danario Alexander
6.02 Sidney Rice 13.13 Joe McKnight
7.13 Michael Bush 14.02 Neil Rackers
My favorite pick was: Ingram. Considering the next three running backs taken were Addai, Lynch and Thomas, I like the Ingram pick. I was thrilled to get a rookie running back in a great offense five rounds into the draft.
The pick I regret was: Vick. In future 14-team leagues, I will wait on quarterback. I should have taken two receivers with my first two picks. I took my second receiver in Round 4 with Romo and Schaub available.
My tight end strategy was: Wait. Wait. Wait. I am happy to have Miller. It could have been better, but I waited until Round 8 and came away satisfied. I needed a backup running back before adding a tight end.
My draft grade is: B
My toughest competition will be: Dave Richard
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Al Melchior
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.09 Darren McFadden 8.06 Mike Thomas
2.06 Michael Turner 9.09 Rashad Jennings
3.09 Tom Brady 10.06 Nate Burleson
4.06 Dez Bryant 11.09 Tim Hightower
5.09 Santana Moss 12.06 Tim Tebow
6.06 Joseph Addai 13.09 Saints
7.09 Jimmy Graham 14.06 Nate Kaeding
My favorite pick was: Thomas. The Jaguars need a No. 1 receiver, and Thomas has the chance to play well in 2011. He should be considered a sleeper in all leagues.
My tight end strategy was: Graham is another sleeper I wanted, and once Finley was drafted in Round 6, I knew I needed to take Graham soon. Thankfully, Graham was there after Gronkowski, Winslow and Daniels came off the board.
The sleeper I targeted was: Jennings. With Jones-Drew dealing with a lingering knee injury, Jennings could be a star this season. If he starts three games again this season then this pick is a steal.
My draft grade is: B
My toughest competition will be: Jeff Lippman
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Bill Passonno
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.10 Frank Gore 8.05 Marcedes Lewis
2.05 Greg Jennings 9.10 Steve Breaston
3.10 Miles Austin 10.05 Eagles
4.05 DeAngelo Williams 11.10 Ben Tate
5.10 Josh Freeman 12.05 Jordan Shipley
6.05 Kenny Britt 13.10 Andy Dalton
7.10 C.J. Spiller 14.05 Adam Vinatieri
My favorite pick was: Britt. His draft stock has taken a tumble with some off-field issues recently, but I'll gladly take him as a mid-round pick. He was one of only six players to record at least 200 receiving yards in a game last season, and when he's focused he can produce as a premier wideout in all formats.
My quarterback strategy was: Not burn an early-round pick on one. With the quarterback class the richest it's been in years, I wanted to load up on the other skill positions in such a deep league. I was hoping for either Romo, Schaub, Freeman or Flacco somewhere between Rounds 5-7 and ended up selecting Freeman in the fifth as some of those other names were already selected.
My tight end strategy was: Look for a rebound candidate. I had my eye on Daniels and Miller, and knew I could probably wait until the eighth round before selecting one of them. However, Daniels went with the first pick in the seventh round and Miller was drafted three picks ahead of me in the eighth. Still, Lewis is a solid option on a thin receiving team like the Jaguars and is an end-zone favorite for Garrard.
My draft grade is: B
My toughest competition will be: Michael Hurcomb
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Dave Richard
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.08 LeSean McCoy 8.07 Julio Jones
2.07 Larry Fitzgerald 9.08 Donald Brown
3.08 Vincent Jackson 10.07 Beanie Wells
4.07 Tony Romo 11.08 Chad Ochocinco
5.08 BenJarvus Green-Ellis 12.07 Delone Carter
6.07 Rob Gronkowski 13.08 Patriots
7.08 Mikel Leshoure 14.07 Jay Feely
My favorite pick was: Green-Ellis. To land a starter with goal-line work in an offense like the Patriots in Round 5 is pure larceny. The rookies drafted by the Pats in April won't impact him as much as you might think.
My quarterback strategy was: To get value by picking up a solid starter without using a pick before Round 4. Landing Romo in Round 4 was perfect. He captains an aggressive offense with lots of great targets. I smell 4,500 yards.
My tight end strategy was: Flawed. I should have waited a little longer. There are a lot of good low-end Fantasy tight ends available anywhere from Round 7 to Round 10. I should have picked Ryan Williams or Lynch here and stolen Gonzalez in Round 8.
My draft grade is: A
My toughest competition will be: Michael Hurcomb
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Jamey Eisenberg
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.14 Calvin Johnson 8.01 DeMarco Murray
2.01 Roddy White 9.14 James Starks
3.14 Jonathan Stewart 10.01 Jordy Nelson
4.01 Cedric Benson 11.14 Louis Murphy
5.14 Ben Roethlisberger 12.01 Mark Sanchez
6.01 Jermichael Finley 13.14 Dolphins
7.14 Ronnie Brown 14.01 Matt Bryant
My favorite pick was: Finley. When healthy, Finley is a Top 5 tight end with the potential to be No. 1 at his position. For him to still be there three rounds after Gates was drafted is a steal.
My quarterback strategy was: To wait as long as possible. I was hoping to draft someone from the group of Schaub, Ryan, Roethlisberger or Freeman, and Big Ben fell in my lap in Round 5.
The sleeper I targeted was: Nelson. He has the potential to be the second-best receiver for the Packers this season. I'd rather him be my fourth receiver instead of my third, but in this format I'll take it.
My draft grade is: B
My toughest competition will be: Jeff Lippman
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John Garcia
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.06 Jamaal Charles 8.09 LaDainian Tomlinson
2.09 Peyton Manning 9.06 Jacoby Ford
3.06 Mike Williams 10.09 Cowboys
4.09 Dallas Clark 11.06 James Jones
5.06 Felix Jones 12.09 Kevin Kolb
6.09 Pierre Thomas 13.06 Dustin Keller
7.06 Braylon Edwards 14.09 David Buehler
My favorite pick was: Clark. I had a solid No. 1 running back (Charles), quarterback (Manning) and receiver (Williams), and he was best player available in a deep league and worth snagging against second-tier receivers and running backs.
My quarterback strategy was: I went into the draft thinking I would wait for Freeman or Ryan, but when Manning fell to me at No. 23 overall, I couldn't pass him up in such a deep league
My favorite sleeper was: Thomas. Because he has to have a chip on his shoulder with the team selecting Ingram in the NFL Draft, and the reward of a potential No. 2 running back in an explosive offense in Round 6 felt like a steal.
My draft grade is: B
My toughest competition will be: Sergio Gonzalez
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Jeff Lippman
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.12 Rashard Mendenhall 8.03 Matthew Stafford
2.03 Matt Forte 9.12 Mike Goodson
3.12 Antonio Gates 10.03 Hines Ward
4.03 Jeremy Maclin 11.12 Kendall Hunter
5.12 Percy Harvin 12.03 Anthony Armstrong
6.03 Eli Manning 13.12 Lions
7.12 Johnny Knox 14.03 Sebastian Janikowski
My favorite pick was: Harvin. Even in the fifth round, Harvin could be a serious sleeper this season. I love his overall upside and crazy ability and think he could pay dividends with a fully healthy season.
The pick I regret was: Gates. It isn't that I regret having Gates on my roster. I love him. However, I was torn by other options and went with the sure thing a little early in my opinion.
My quarterback strategy was: Take other offensive options first and hope someone good stays available. With guys like Ryan going in the fourth round, I had to spring for Eli Manning in Round 6 or risk an unproven commodity.
My draft grade is: A
My toughest competition will be: John Garcia
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Jeff Tobin
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.11 Steven Jackson 8.04 Davone Bess
2.04 Aaron Rodgers 9.11 Packers
3.11 DeSean Jackson 10.04 Jerome Simpson
4.04 Jason Witten 11.11 Jacquizz Rodgers
5.11 Daniel Thomas 12.04 Jason Campbell
6.04 Deion Branch 13.11 Ricky Williams
7.11 Danny Woodhead 14.04 Mason Crosby
My favorite pick was: Witten. Because I knew I would blow a pick on a DST earlier than most (Green Bay in Round 9), I targeted a reception-heavy tight end early and got it in Witten.
My quarterback strategy was: Initially I had planned on waiting, but I couldn't pass up Rodgers, so I sank a Round 2 pick on him. In this league format, I don't see a better option or offense from which to choose a quarterback.
The sleeper I targeted was: Simpson. With Ochocinco either out of the picture or in a substantially reduced role, Simpson should be in line to produce even better than he did in 2010.
My draft grade is: B
My toughest competition will be: Scott White
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Kevin Goodwin
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.07 Andre Johnson 8.08 Steve Smith
2.08 Peyton Hillis 9.07 Steve Smith
3.07 Philip Rivers 10.08 Darren Sproles
4.08 Ryan Grant 11.07 Ravens
5.07 Pierre Garcon 12.08 David Garrard
6.08 Marshawn Lynch 13.07 Todd Heap
7.07 Danny Amendola 14.08 Robbie Gould
The pick I regret was: Hillis. Getting Hillis so early after his breakout season could be a risk. Taking Andre Johnson in the first round instead of a running back left the pickings slim for me in Round 2, and hopefully Hillis isn't a one-hit wonder.
My tight end strategy was: I was targeting Pettigrew later in the draft after most owners already filled the position after the elites got grabbed off the board. Unfortunately, I missed out on him by four picks and settled on Heap in Round 13.
The sleeper I targeted was: Amendola. I really like Amendola and think he has the potential to be a steal in Round 7. Bradford is the real deal, and Josh McDaniels could get that offense clicking.
My draft grade is: C
My toughest competition will be: Michael Hurcomb
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Lauren Shehadi
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.01 Chris Johnson 8.14 Roy Helu
2.14 Knowshon Moreno 9.01 Robert Meachem
3.01 Drew Brees 10.14 Malcom Floyd
4.14 Anquan Boldin 11.01 Isaac Redman
5.01 Santonio Holmes 12.14 Randy Moss
6.14 Ryan Williams 13.01 Bears
7.01 Owen Daniels 14.14 Dan Carpenter
My favorite pick was: Boldin. I was glad to take him at the end of Round 4. I think he will bounce back from last year's struggles and outproduce his draft value.
The pick I regret was: Moreno. I jumped the gun on him. I should have gone with Bowe at the end of the second round. I think Moreno would have been available with a later pick.
My quarterback strategy was: Tough for me. Looking back, I may have been able to wait on a quarterback and get a good pick with good value around the fourth round. Seeing someone like Romo go in the fourth round shows I could have waited.
My draft grade is: B
My toughest competition will be: Jamey Eisenberg
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Mike Freeman
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.05 Maurice Jones-Drew 8.10 Jay Cutler
2.10 Ahmad Bradshaw 9.05 Derrick Mason
3.05 Ryan Mathews 10.10 Earl Bennett
4.10 Steve Johnson 11.05 Justin Forsett
5.05 Mario Manningham 12.10 Jason Snelling
6.10 Kellen Winslow 13.05 Garrett Hartley
7.05 Mike Tolbert 14.10 Falcons
My favorite pick was: Manningham. I think Manningham is about to take the next step from good receiver to great. He's also about to become the Giants' primary player at the position since Steve Smith is coming off microfracture surgery. He's a Round 3 or 4 talent, and I got him in Round 5.
The pick I regret was: Jones Drew. Sort of. Kind of regret it. Always risky picking a guy coming off a big injury with such a high pick.
My quarterback strategy was: This one was easy. Wait as long as possible. I think the quarterback class in this draft is deep and taking an interception machine like Cutler is risky, but his numbers are still pretty solid and the Bears' offense will be better this season.
Draft grade: B
Toughest competition: Dave Richard
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Michael Hurcomb
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.02 Adrian Peterson 8.13 Chris Cooley
2.13 Mike Wallace 9.02 Ryan Fitzpatrick
3.02 Dwayne Bowe 10.13 Thomas Jones
4.13 Matt Ryan 11.02 Lee Evans
5.02 Fred Jackson 12.13 Giants
6.13 Brandon Jacobs 13.02 Arrelious Benn
7.02 Austin Collie 14.13 Rob Bironas
My quarterback strategy: To pass on the high-end options, wait for a quality low-end starter and then grab a sleeper as my backup. Ryan is a very serviceable Fantasy starter, and Fitzpatrick has serious sleeper potential.
The sleeper I targeted was: Collie. It was a huge high-risk/high-reward pick because of his concussion problems in 2010. But he has the potential to be a No. 1 wide receiver when healthy.
My favorite pick was: Evans. I know, I know. Evans is past his prime, and his numbers have declined two straight years. But he should get favorable matchups in 2011 with Steve Johnson being the Bills' new top target.
My draft grade is: C
My toughest competition will be: John Garcia
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Sergio Gonzalez
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.04 Ray Rice 8.11 Tony Gonzalez
2.11 Hakeem Nicks 9.04 Steelers
3.04 LeGarrette Blount 10.11 Willis McGahee
4.11 Matt Schaub 11.04 Reggie Bush
5.04 Brandon Lloyd 12.11 Greg Little
6.11 Ryan Torain 13.04 Titus Young
7.04 Michael Crabtree 14.11 Stephen Gostkowski
My favorite pick was: Nicks. In a PPR draft, it can be tempting to take an elite receiver in Round 1, sacrificing strength at running back. Picking fourth, I couldn't do that, but I still landed a top-flight young No. 1 receiver.
My quarterback strategy was: Based on tiers, I wanted to make sure I landed one of either Schaub or Ryan. I used Romo as my signal that it was time to pounce on a quarterback.
The sleeper I targeted was: Young. I must admit I cheated here, but it is not something you can't all do. I got the scoop from Jamey Eisenberg on who he thought fit the bill as a receiver with upside for immediate impact.
My draft grade is: B
My toughest competition will be: Dave Richard
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Scott White
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.03 Arian Foster 8.12 Sam Bradford
2.12 Brandon Marshall 9.03 A.J. Green
3.03 Wes Welker 10.12 Mark Clayton
4.12 Jahvid Best 11.03 Brandon Pettigrew
5.03 Vernon Davis 12.12 Shane Vereen
6.12 Joe Flacco 13.03 Chargers
7.03 Mike Williams 14.12 Josh Brown
My favorite pick was: Best. In PPR leagues, non-receiving running backs are useless to me. Nabbing one of the top pass-catching running backs after already securing two potential 100-catch wide receivers was a win for me.
My quarterback strategy was: Wait. Offenses throw so often now that you're less likely to end up with a dud at quarterback rather than running back or wide receiver, especially in PPR leagues. The Flacco-Bradford combo is a staple for my teams.
The sleeper I targeted was: Pettigrew. Normally, I forego a second tight end because I'd never use it in my flex spot, but in a PPR league, I prefer tight end to running back. I like Pettigrew's upside with Stafford healthy.
My draft grade is: A
My toughest competition is: Sergio Gonzalez
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(1:04 am ET) Bills running back Fred Jackson will face a Bears team in Week 1 that did a terrible job at defending the run last season. However, his Week 1 success may not be as pre-ordained as that of running mate, C.J. Spiller.

Unlike Spiller, Jackson does much of his work without the benefit of big plays, grinding out his numbers by taking what the defense gives rather than providing a home-run threat on any down. While most of the members of the Bears back seven that was responsible for surrendering so many big plays has returned, the team has overhauled the defense line, signing three new defensive ends and drafting two rotational defensive tackles.

Two of those free-agent additions are Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, the two players that graded out as the best 4-3 defensive ends in run stop percentage last season, per Pro Football Focus. With those two players in tow and second-round draft pick Ego Ferguson taking up space in the middle, Jackson could have difficulty converting on short-yardage or goal-line situations.

It's also fair to wonder how many long scoring drives the Bills will be able to put together if Jackson and the offensive line can't stymie the line's potentially improved rush defense. EJ Manuel hasn't done enough at this point in his career to trust his ability to pick defenses apart with his arm. If the Bills have trouble finding the red zone, Jackson could wind up being a Week 1 Flex option Fantasy owners come to regret.


C.J. Spiller could ride big plays to productive Week 1
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:39 am ET) Bills running back C.J. Spiller has feasted on big plays ever since emerging as a Fantasy weapon. In 2012, he was third in the league in breakaway percentage, a statistic tracked by Pro Football Focus that determines how much of a player's rushing yardage total is accrued on plays of at least 15 yards. Spiller topped the league in the category last season. Clearly, if he can find a seam, he has the ability to wrea havoc on a defense.

Spiller will be squaring off with the Bears on Sunday. Last season, the Bears turned in by far the worst run defense performance in the league. They surrendered 2,583 rushing yards and 5.3 yards per rush, both marks placing them last in the league. They overhauled the defensive line in the offseason as a result, drafting two rotational defensive tackles and signing three defensive ends.

But if those players can't keep Spiller bottled up at the line all game, he's a threat to break a long touchdown or two. While the Bears run defense was obviously porous as a unit, the back seven was particularly offensive, ranking last in Football Outsiders' second-level yardage and open-field yardage statistics. The Bears didn't do much to upgrade those two levels of the defense either, meaning plenty of broken tackles and long gains are there for the taking if Spiller can find a little daylight. He's a trustworthy RB2 in Week 1 and a must-use in any Flex conversations.


EJ Manuel will look to conquer road woes Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel endured what could at best be described as an uneven rookie season last year. Going 4-6 as a starter, Manuel particularly struggled on the road, where he turned in poor performances against the Jets, Browns, Steelers and Buccaneers before turning in a quality performance against the Jaguars in Week 14, his last game of the season.

Manuel opens this season on the road as well, heading to Soldier Field to take on the Bears Sunday. He'll be facing a new-look Chicago defensive line, rebuilt after the Bears defense struggled to generate a pass rush last season. Whether that pass rush can be effective could be the key to Manuel's success; the quarterback averaged 6.9 yards per attempt when under no pressure last season, but just 5.0 yards per attempt when faced with pressure.

Is there a good reason to start Manuel in Week 1? Not really. Every Fantasy team should be looking at a healthy roster heading into the beginning of the season, and there are anywhere from 14 to 20 QBs worth using over Manuel no matter the matchup. But a good performance in an unfavorable environment against a potentially improved pass rush would go a long way towards making the second-year player Fantasy relevant in 2014.


Patriots claim Don Jones off waivers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Patriots have been awarded safety Don Jones on waivers from the Dolphins and waived offensive lineman Chris Barker in a corresponding move.

The Patriots will likely be looking for some extra insight on their Week 1 opponent after bringing the former Dolphin into the fold. The move leaves the Patriots with six safeties on the roster.


Jets release Ellis Lankster, re-sign A.J. Edds
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Jets released cornerback Ellis Lankster and re-signed inside linebacker A.J. Edds Monday.

Report: Chris Conte to start if medically cleared
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Bears safety Chris Conte will be the team's starting free safety in Sunday's season opener against the Bills, provided he's medically cleared to play, ESPN reports.

Conte has been locked in a position battle with rookie Brock Vereen, and despite suffering a concussion during the team's third preseason game, he's done enough to be named the starter. It wouldn't be surprising to see Vereen overtake Conte in the starting lineup, with the latter grading out as a below-average starter, according to ProFootballFocus.com, who particularly struggles in run support.


 
 
 
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