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2011 Draft Prep: Our 12-team, standard scoring draft

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The start of the season is almost here, and now it's time to see what we've learned. To do that, we need to take a quick look back to before the preseason began.

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Back in the early part of August we had a 12-team standard Fantasy draft (results below). The idea was to do a draft at the start of training camp and then do the same format again with the same owners and draft order.

The goal is to show you what, if anything, has changed, and also give you a fresh look at our most popular format heading into Labor Day weekend. We want you to be as prepared as possible for your Draft Day.

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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. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be five reserve spots for a 14-round draft. This lineup reflects our CBSSports.com free Fantasy Football game.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Sergio Gonzalez, Fantasy Writer
2. Scott White, Fantasy Writer
3. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
4. Mike Freeman, NFL Columnist
5. Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer
6. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Nathan Zegura, Fantasy Writer
8. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
9. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
10. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
12. Al Melchior, Data Analyst

Draft Results
Adam Aizer Al Melchior
Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30 Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30
Michael Turner 1.09 Andre Johnson Darren McFadden 1.12 Roddy White
Greg Jennings 2.04 Darren McFadden Calvin Johnson 2.01 Steven Jackson
Mike Williams 3.09 DeSean Jackson Peyton Manning 3.12 Marques Colston
Shonn Greene 4.04 Peyton Manning Peyton Hillis 4.01 Tom Brady
Daniel Thomas 5.09 Tim Hightower Brandon Lloyd 5.12 Fred Jackson
Ben Roethlisberger 6.04 Brandon Lloyd Mark Ingram 6.01 Joseph Addai
Rob Gronkowski 7.09 Reggie Bush Mike Tolbert 7.12 Michael Bush
Mike Thomas 8.04 Kellen Winslow Santana Moss 8.01 Santana Moss
Jacoby Ford 9.09 Lee Evans Kellen Winslow 9.12 LaDainian Tomlinson
Lance Moore 10.04 Jacoby Ford Pierre Thomas 10.01 Marcedes Lewis
Greg Little 11.09 Eli Manning James Jones 11.12 Jay Cutler
Steelers 12.04 Roy Helu Mark Sanchez 12.01 Mike Williams
Jacquizz Rodgers 13.09 Giants Lions 13.12 Saints
Neil Rackers 14.04 Neil Rackers Matt Bryant 14.01 Stephen Gostkowski
I took very similar approaches in both drafts, looking to lock up two good running backs and two good receivers with my first four picks. I like my first two picks (Andre Johnson/McFadden) much better this time compared to the first draft (Turner/Jennings). I took a quarterback two rounds earlier this time and as a result my quarterback is better, but my No. 2 running back and my FLEX are worse. Running back depth is my weakness now, and drafting a quarterback in Round 4 is my biggest regret. The biggest difference in my second 12-team draft compared to the first one is that I intended to wait longer on getting a quarterback. I was really hoping to draft better options for my No. 2 running back and wide receiver, and I did accomplish that with Colston. (I took Lloyd as my No. 2 receiver in the first draft.) However, I didn't like the running back options available at No. 37, so I took Brady, who looked like a value pick in that spot. My strategy to upgrade at No. 2 running back and receiver at the expense of quarterback was only a partial success.
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Dave Richard Jamey Eisenberg
Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30 Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30
LeSean McCoy 1.06 Michael Turner Maurice Jones-Drew 1.10 Calvin Johnson
Larry Fitzgerald 2.07 Matt Forte Hakeem Nicks 2.03 Michael Vick
Brandon Marshall 3.06 Brandon Marshall Tom Brady 3.10 Jahvid Best
Knowshon Moreno 4.07 Dwayne Bowe Ryan Mathews 4.03 Mark Ingram
Matt Schaub 5.06 Tony Romo Dallas Clark 5.10 Percy Harvin
Vernon Davis 6.07 Daniel Thomas Percy Harvin 6.03 Mike Tolbert
Mikel Leshoure 7.06 Kenny Britt Beanie Wells 7.10 Jimmy Graham
Ryan Williams 8.07 Steve Smith Johnny Knox 8.03 Pierre Thomas
Robert Meachem 9.06 C.J. Spiller Plaxico Burress 9.10 Antonio Brown
Michael Crabtree 10.07 Greg Olsen Willis McGahee 10.03 A.J. Green
Jason Snelling 11.06 DeMarco Murray Rashad Jennings 11.10 Rashad Jennings
Eagles 12.07 Jamie Harper Isaac Redman 12.03 Mark Sanchez
Kyle Orton 13.06 Cowboys Saints 13.10 Chargers
Sebastian Janikowski 14.07 Josh Brown Stephen Gostkowski 14.03 Matt Bryant
Obviously I'm glad we re-drafted after I took two rookie running backs who aren't playing back in early August. I feel good about the team now: Quality receivers, including the backups, and a lot of running backs with upside. I'm running a risk by not having a backup quarterback or tight end, but with only 14 roster spots I figure it's better to add depth at the scarce running back position and hit waivers when I need a tight end or quarterback. My team has a lot of steak, not a lot of sizzle, but it should be competitive. My strategy changed dramatically with this draft because I took Vick in Round 2. I thought getting the No. 1 quarterback at that spot was too good to pass up. I went in expecting to take receivers with my first two picks, so getting Calvin Johnson in Round 1 put me on target. Then I was going to take two running backs in Round 3 and 4, which I did with Best and Ingram. I’m thrilled with the rest of my starters in Harvin, Tolbert and Graham, but my bench is a little thin, especially since I handcuffed Ingram with Thomas in Round 8.
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Jeff Tobin Kevin Goodwin
Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30 Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30
Roddy White 1.08 Maurice Jones-Drew Jamaal Charles 1.05 LeSean McCoy
Steven Jackson 2.05 Hakeem Nicks Frank Gore 2.08 Frank Gore
Cedric Benson 3.08 Mike Williams DeSean Jackson 3.05 Miles Austin
Wes Welker 4.05 DeAngelo Williams Philip Rivers 4.08 Anquan Boldin
Matt Ryan 5.08 Jason Witten Santonio Holmes 5.05 Jeremy Maclin
Mario Manningham 6.05 Matt Schaub Joseph Addai 6.08 Marshawn Lynch
Jimmy Graham 7.08 Brandon Jacobs Sidney Rice 7.05 Jonathan Stewart
Michael Bush 8.05 Sidney Rice A.J. Green 8.08 Joe Flacco
Steve Smith 9.08 Plaxico Burress Sam Bradford 9.05 Hines Ward
Danny Woodhead 10.05 Danny Woodhead Ronnie Brown 10.08 Deion Branch
Packers 11.08 Ronnie Brown Braylon Edwards 11.05 Kevin Kolb
Nate Burleson 12.05 Kyle Orton Patriots 12.08 Todd Heap
Garrett Hartley 13.08 Ravens Zach Miller 13.05 Patriots
Cam Newton 14.05 Garrett Hartley Josh Brown 14.08 Nate Kaeding
In the first draft, I took White in the first round, and that was way too early. This time I went with a running back in Jones-Drew. I feel he was the best option given what was left, but there's a compelling argument for going with Andre Johnson in that spot. But, despite passing on Johnson, I feel like my receivers are deeper this time around. Despite having Chris Johnson fall with his contract dispute, I went with someone I knew would be ready for Week 1 -- McCoy. It's a risky move, but I had to get bang for my buck in Round 1. I passed on DeSean Jackson mainly because I didn't want too many players with the same bye week, which was my mistake with my first two picks. I opted for Austin to get a No. 1 receiver instead of hoping a healthy Romo could bring me big rewards. I got a downgraded quarterback from the first draft (Rivers) to Flacco in the second draft, but getting Flacco in Round 8 is pretty solid. Also, Kolb as a backup three rounds later was a key addition for me.
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Michael Hurcomb Mike Freeman
Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30 Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30
Chris Johnson 1.03 Jamaal Charles Ray Rice 1.04 Ray Rice
Reggie Wayne 2.10 LeGarrette Blount Michael Vick 2.09 Greg Jennings
Vincent Jackson 3.03 Vincent Jackson Ahmad Bradshaw 3.04 Ahmad Bradshaw
Fred Jackson 4.10 Cedric Benson Marques Colston 4.09 Wes Welker
Jason Witten 5.03 Santonio Holmes Felix Jones 5.04 Ryan Grant
Josh Freeman 6.10 Matt Ryan Steve Johnson 6.09 Ben Roethlisberger
Marshawn Lynch 7.03 Jermichael Finley Pierre Garcon 7.04 Dallas Clark
Matthew Stafford 8.10 Josh Freeman Darren Sproles 8.09 Ricky Williams
Hines Ward 9.03 Mike Thomas Mike Sims-Walker 9.04 Malcom Floyd
Davone Bess 10.10 Rob Gronkowski Reggie Bush 10.09 Mike Sims-Walker
LaDainian Tomlinson 11.03 Davone Bess Malcom Floyd 11.04 Tashard Choice
Bears 12.10 Darren Sproles Marcedes Lewis 12.09 Packers
Chris Cooley 13.03 Bears Mason Crosby 13.04 Michael Crabtree
Adam Vinatieri 14.10 Rob Bironas Chargers 14.09 Billy Cundiff
A big difference in the second draft was that I thought there were a lot more quality skill players when I was picking in the first five rounds, which is why I was able to snag Finley in the seventh round after I chose Witten in the fifth round in the first draft. I'm much more pleased with my second draft as opposed to my first one. I loved my first team. I love this one better. Why? I wanted lots of solid running backs, and I got them. Bradshaw, Rice and Grant are my starters. I know what you're going to say. Grant may be splitting carries. I'm not sure that will happen, and if it does that offense will be so explosive he's still a valuable pick. Choice and Ricky Williams are on my bench. Yes, in this draft, I wanted some good runners. I got them.
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Nathan Zegura Peter Madden
Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30 Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30
Andre Johnson 1.07 Chris Johnson Aaron Rodgers 1.11 Aaron Rodgers
Matt Forte 2.06 Larry Fitzgerald Rashard Mendenhall 2.02 Rashard Mendenhall
Dez Bryant 3.07 Felix Jones Dwayne Bowe 3.11 Shonn Greene
Antonio Gates 4.06 Philip Rivers BenJarvus Green-Ellis 4.02 Mario Manningham
Ryan Grant 5.07 Beanie Wells Austin Collie 5.11 Antonio Gates
Chad Ochocinco 6.06 Steve Johnson Jahvid Best 6.02 Chad Ochocinco
Ryan Torain 7.07 Owen Daniels Deion Branch 7.11 James Starks
Eli Manning 8.06 Willis McGahee Julio Jones 8.02 Julio Jones
Jay Cutler 9.07 Lance Moore Tony Gonzalez 9.11 Ryan Torain
DeMarco Murray 10.06 Nate Burleson C.J. Spiller 10.02 Thomas Jones
Roy Helu 11.07 Steelers Jordy Nelson 11.11 Marion Barber
Roy Williams 12.06 Jason Snelling Matt Cassel 12.02 Isaac Redman
Cowboys 13.07 Montario Hardesty Giants 13.11 Lions
Alex Henery 14.06 Sebastian Janikowski Nate Kaeding 14.02 Mason Crosby
I felt like I did everything differently this time, and I am much happier because my first go around was bad. I have excellent running backs in terms of depth and upside provided I get Chris Johnson for most of the season. I waited and got an elite quarterback in Rivers, who was a steal in the fourth round, and an elite tight end in Daniels. I also like my receiver group with Fitzgerald, Steve Johnson, Moore and Burleson. Overall, a much more balanced, deep and explosive team. I ended up with the same first two picks, completely by coincidence. I made a point not to look at the previous results before drafting a second time and still ended up with Rodgers and Mendenhall. I swapped out Bowe and Green-Ellis for Greene and Manningham. I think that's an upgrade.
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Scott White Sergio Gonzalez
Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30 Pick on Aug. 9 Rd.Pk Pick on Aug. 30
Adrian Peterson 1.02 Arian Foster Arian Foster 1.01 Adrian Peterson
Mike Wallace 2.11 Mike Wallace LeGarrette Blount 2.12 Drew Brees
Miles Austin 3.02 Peyton Hillis Drew Brees 3.01 Reggie Wayne
DeAngelo Williams 4.11 Knowshon Moreno Jeremy Maclin 4.12 Ryan Mathews
Tony Romo 5.02 Dez Bryant Anquan Boldin 5.01 BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Jermichael Finley 6.11 Austin Collie Brandon Jacobs 6.12 Pierre Garcon
Jonathan Stewart 7.02 Matthew Stafford Kenny Britt 7.01 Vernon Davis
James Starks 8.11 Sam Bradford Owen Daniels 8.12 Braylon Edwards
Tim Hightower 9.02 Javon Ringer Joe Flacco 9.01 Danny Amendola
Jerome Simpson 10.11 Ben Tate Danny Amendola 10.12 Jets
Kevin Kolb 11.02 Brandon Pettigrew Jets 11.01 Matt Cassel
Brandon Pettigrew 12.11 Johnny Knox Thomas Jones 12.12 Maurice Morris
Ravens 13.02 Eagles Donald Brown 13.01 Tony Gonzalez
Billy Cundiff 14.11 Robbie Gould David Buehler 14.12 Alex Henery
I wasn't satisfied with my running backs coming out of the initial draft and knew I had to make them more of a priority this time around, especially since I could no longer expect to snag Hightower in Round 9. So instead of taking Austin in Round 3, I took Hillis, and when Moreno fell to Round 4, I took him too, giving me three early-round running backs. My second wide receiver ended up being Bryant, who might have the better season than Austin anyway. True, I lost my initial value pick of Romo in Round 5, but Stafford has similar upside. He's not as safe, which is why I had to reach for Bradford and sacrifice some depth at other positions, but assuming my starters perform as expected, I like this team more than the first one. Perhaps the most noticeable difference in my draft strategy this time around came at the very top. I chose to go with Peterson over Foster due to the fact he's dealt with some hamstring issues already this preseason. I think the top three running backs are interchangeable. Not getting Blount, the last player in my No. 2 running back tier, sent me in the direction of a receiver in Round 3 and made me go heavier on running backs following that.
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Player News
Dwayne Bowe's performance doesn't move needle
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11:45 am ET) Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe turned in his best game of the season Week 4 against New England, catching five passes for 81 yards.

But a big reason for it was he happened to catch a long one -- a 33-yarder in the second quarter. He still got only six targets, or what he averaged through his first two games. Unless you think he's no longer the possession receiver he's proven to be the last few years or that the Chiefs will for some reason shy away from the rushing attack that piled up 207 yards against the Patriots, these performances for Bowe figure to be few and far between.

To put it another way, he's not enough of a big-play threat to make good on so few targets.

Some people may see this relatively decent performance, remember that Bowe used to be a pretty good Fantasy option and make a play for him on the waiver wire. Some people are not me.


Lions down to two healthy running backs
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:42 am ET) The Lions might need to promote running back George Winn from the practice squad or sign a free agent because they currently have two healthy running backs, Reggie Bush and fullback Jed Collins, reports the Detroit Free Press. Joique Bell is recovering from a concussion, while Theo Riddick and Montell Owens are dealing with pulled hamstrings.

All three were knocked out of Sunday's win over the Jets. Lions coach Jim Caldwell has not provided any updates on the injured trio. Detroit hosts Buffalo in Week 5.

Niles Paul sidelined with concussion
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:31 am ET) Redskins tight end Niles Paul was unable to practice Monday as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered last Thursday against the Giants. He did some light jogging on the side, reports CSNWashington.com.

Alex Smith's production linked to Jamaal Charles'
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11:20 am ET) Even with star running back Jamaal Charles on the mend (though he looked good in his return Monday night), the Chiefs offense has picked it up the last two weeks with back-to-back 30-point outbursts -- and surprisingly, against two defenses that currently rank in the top 10, Miami and New England.

Quarterback Alex Smith has been either one of the beneficiaries or one the facilitators of the turnaround, throwing three touchdown passes in back-to-back games. It's reminiscent of last season, when he had nine games with multiple touchdown passes in leading the Chiefs to an 11-5 record. Of course, he had zero touchdown passes in the other seven games.

Back in the fold, Charles figures to take the leading role in the Chiefs offense and did so in Week 4, scoring three of their five touchdowns. It's just that two happened to come through the air, benefiting Smith as well.

That's part of Charles' game, catching the ball, so it's not the last time we'll see Smith benefit from his ability. But you'd think more often than not, his scores will come on the ground.

It all adds up to Smith being little more than a bye-week replacement in Fantasy. He'll have some big games like the last two weeks just because the Chiefs have the ability to score, but the presence of Charles will make him boom-or-bust every time out.


Chiefs dominate Patriots in Monday night win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:19 am ET) The Chiefs took advantage of another subpar showing by the Patriots offense in Week 4, in a 41-14 win Monday.

 The Chiefs DST unit put together a huge performance, highlighted by a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. They forced three turnovers overall, while limiting the Patriots to just 290 yards and two touchdowns, one coming in garbage time. The Patriots also managed just 290 yards of offense, while the Chiefs racked up three sacks.

The Chiefs DST unit has dominated over the last two weeks, allowing just three offensive touchdowns. They face a tougher test in Week 5, with the 49ers on the way. 


Bengals optimistic about Vontaze Burfict's availability
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:19 am ET) Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he expects linebacker Vontaze Burfict to practice this week ahead of Sunday night's visit to New England. Burfict suffered concussions in each of the first two games before sitting out Week 3.

Cincinnati had a Week 4 bye. Burfict did not practice Monday as he remained in the league's concussion protocol.


Conditioning key for Ace Sanders
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:14 am ET) Jaguars receiver and punt returner Ace Sanders is back from his four-game suspension, but the team won't decide until Friday if he'll suit up Week 5 against Pittsburgh.

"He's fired up," coach Gus Bradley told the Florida Times-Union. "He's excited. You can only imagine. ... I think it's important to see where he's at and his conditioning. It would be great to get him back here not only on offense, but on punt returns as well."


Patriots unravel in blowout loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:12 am ET) The Patriots defense came apart in Week 4, during a 41-14 loss to the Chiefs Monday.

The Chiefs offense dropped 30-plus points for the second game in a row, and the Patriots defense provided little resistance. The Chiefs racked up 443 yards on 66 plays, including 207 on the ground, and the Patriots failed to make any big pays. New England's DST unit ended up forcing no turnovers, while finishing the game with just two sacks.

The defense had been a positive for the Patriots in recent weeks, as they allowed just 16 points in their previous two games. They might struggle to get back on track in Week 5, however, with the Bengals on the schedule. 


Ben Tate returns to practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:08 am ET) Browns running back Ben Tate is practicing for the first time since Sept. 5, reports the Associated Press. The bye week helped Tate recover from his sprained knee, and he's expected to play Sunday at Tennessee.

Jordan Reed doing individual drills
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:04 am ET) Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, who's missed three straight games with a hamstring injury, returned to individual drills Tuesday. Washington hosts Seattle on Monday Night Football.

 
 
 
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