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2011 Draft Prep: Our Fantasy Football Today 10-team draft

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Every Sunday during the regular season, Fantasy owners come to our site at 11 a.m. ET for the best show to help you set your lineup -- Fantasy Football Today. We are first with actives and inactives, and we provide you with the best analysis regarding start and sit decisions.

We also like to have some fun, and since this is a Fantasy Football show, we have to do a league together. You can follow along with this league all season long on the show and on our wrap-up show, Fantasy Football Today Postgame, which airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

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With that in mind, this is our 10-team standard mock draft to help you prepare for your league. Most Fantasy owners play in 12-team standard leagues, but 10-team standard formats are just as popular.

What usually happens with a 10-team league is everyone has a stacked lineup of Pro Bowlers. The decisions owners make on a given week could lead to a quality player sitting on the bench because there just aren't enough roster spots to start everyone.

We originally drafted before the start of preseason games (results below), and now we are conducting our second (actual) draft with the same owners in the same draft order. We want to show you what will change over the course of time -- both on the field and with each owner's feeling on different players. As always, we ask you to share your thoughts. Take advantage of our new Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page.

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, 3 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 16-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
2. Nathan Zegura, Fantasy Writer
3. Matt Brodsky, Video Producer
4. James Questel, Fantasy Football Today Producer
5. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
7. Randy Cross, Fantasy Football Today Analyst
8. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Jason Horowitz, Fantasy Football Today Host
10. Mike Freedman, Video Producer

Draft results
Dave Richard James Questel
Player Rd.Pk Player Player Rd.Pk Player
LeSean McCoy 1.08 Maurice Jones-Drew Michael Vick 1.04 Jamaal Charles
Andre Johnson 2.03 Aaron Rodgers Rashard Mendenhall 2.07 Tom Brady
Ahmad Bradshaw 3.08 Ahmad Bradshaw Greg Jennings 3.04 Mike Wallace
Philip Rivers 4.03 Dwayne Bowe Shonn Greene 4.07 Felix Jones
Marques Colston 5.08 Santonio Holmes Felix Jones 5.04 Dallas Clark
Santonio Holmes 6.03 Mark Ingram Anquan Boldin 6.07 Brandon Lloyd
Fred Jackson 7.08 Mario Manningham Kenny Britt 7.04 Fred Jackson
Owen Daniels 8.03 Matthew Stafford Joseph Addai 8.07 Joseph Addai
Matthew Stafford 9.08 Owen Daniels Jimmy Graham 9.04 Plaxico Burress
Lance Moore 10.03 Steve Smith Braylon Edwards 10.07 Lee Evans
Tim Hightower 11.08 Rashad Jennings Pierre Thomas 11.04 Davone Bess
Darren Sproles 12.03 Greg Olsen Joe Flacco 12.07 Thomas Jones
Ronnie Brown 13.08 Darren Sproles Jets 13.04 Packers
Brandon Pettigrew 14.03 Montario Hardesty Isaac Redman 14.07 Donovan McNabb
Bears 15.08 Neil Rackers LaDainian Tomlinson 15.04 Saints
Josh Brown 16.03 Cardinals Adam Vinatieri 16.07 Billy Cundiff
Everyone I drafted with got smarter -- I went from McCoy, Andre Johnson, Bradshaw and Rivers with my top four picks to Jones-Drew, Rodgers, Bradshaw and Bowe. Despite the improvement in quarterback, I don't like it. But I still made out with Daniels (a round later than the first draft), Stafford (a round sooner), Holmes (a round sooner) and Sproles (a round later). I can't complain about losing sleepers like Hightower and Moore given their improved outlook since the last draft. I changed my first round strategy after seeing that I could get Brady in Round 2. I was hoping to get Rice but felt Charles and Brady were better than Vick and Mendenhall, who I ended up with in the first draft. The other big decision I made was to grab Clark in Round 5 before missing out on one of the Top 5 tight ends. I also took a shot on Burress in Round 9 after his performance against Cincinnati in Week 2 of the preseason.
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Jamey Eisenberg Jason Horowitz
Player Rd.Pk Player Player Rd.Pk Player
Ray Rice 1.05 Chris Johnson Maurice Jones-Drew 1.09 Frank Gore
Roddy White 2.06 Roddy White Calvin Johnson 2.02 Calvin Johnson
Mike Wallace 3.05 Vincent Jackson Peyton Hillis 3.09 Peyton Hillis
Miles Austin 4.06 DeSean Jackson Brandon Marshall 4.02 Philip Rivers
Ryan Mathews 5.05 Jahvid Best Knowshon Moreno 5.09 Knowshon Moreno
Jermichael Finley 6.06 Jason Witten Jason Witten 6.02 Anquan Boldin
Ben Roethlisberger 7.05 Matt Schaub Chad Ochocinco 7.09 Vernon Davis
Mike Tolbert 8.06 Marshawn Lynch Kevin Kolb 8.02 Chad Ochocinco
Beanie Wells 9.05 Brandon Jacobs Mike Sims-Walker 9.09 Julio Jones
Willis McGahee 10.06 Danny Amendola A.J. Green 10.02 C.J. Spiller
Danny Amendola 11.05 Sam Bradford C.J. Spiller 11.09 Jay Cutler
DeMarco Murray 12.06 James Starks Packers 12.02 Javon Ringer
Eagles 13.05 DeMarco Murray Marion Barber 13.09 Brandon Pettigrew
Matt Cassel 14.06 Jets Ryan Fitzpatrick 14.02 Ravens
Ricky Williams 15.05 Greg Little Greg Olsen 15.09 Jacoby Ford
Sebastian Janikowski 16.06 Sebastian Janikowski Neil Rackers 16.02 Mason Crosby
I took the same approach as the first draft by getting a stud running back in Round 1 and then three Top 10 receivers. The only problem is I took the risk on Chris Johnson, and if he doesn't show up early in the year then my team could be in trouble. Still, I feel like my team is loaded, especially when you factor in Witten in Round 6 and Schaub in Round 7. I like to wait on quarterback and tight end, but you can't pass on that kind of value in those rounds. My strategy was the exact same through the first three rounds, but during the last draft I decided to continue passing on quarterback. This time around I thought it was more important to have a guaranteed 25 Fantasy points each week from that spot by taking Rivers as opposed to taking a second receiver. While I don't love my wideouts on the whole as much as last time, I like my starters better than the first draft.
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Jeff Tobin Matt Brodsky
Player Rd.Pk Player Player Rd.Pk Player
Jamaal Charles 1.06 LeSean McCoy Chris Johnson 1.03 Adrian Peterson
Darren McFadden 2.05 Andre Johnson Drew Brees 2.08 Drew Brees
Reggie Wayne 3.06 Reggie Wayne Matt Forte 3.03 Greg Jennings
Tony Romo 4.05 Mike Williams DeAngelo Williams 4.08 Antonio Gates
Wes Welker 5.06 DeAngelo Williams Mike Williams 5.03 Cedric Benson
Dallas Clark 6.05 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Mario Manningham 6.08 Steve Johnson
Daniel Thomas 7.06 Ben Roethlisberger Steve Johnson 7.03 Ryan Mathews
Austin Collie 8.05 Mike Tolbert Marshawn Lynch 8.08 Kenny Britt
Michael Bush 9.06 Jonathan Stewart Brandon Jacobs 9.03 Daniel Thomas
Mike Thomas 10.05 Jimmy Graham Kellen Winslow 10.08 Santana Moss
Robert Meachem 11.06 Hines Ward Davone Bess 11.03 Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman 12.05 Deion Branch Eli Manning 12.08 A.J. Green
Thomas Jones 13.06 Ricky Williams Lee Evans 13.03 LaDainian Tomlinson
Malcom Floyd 14.05 Matt Cassel Ravens 14.08 Eagles
Cowboys 15.06 Cowboys James Jones 15.03 James Jones
Garrett Hartley 16.05 Garrett Hartley David Buehler 16.08 Nate Kaeding
In the first draft, I went after two top-tier running backs with my first two picks. In doing so, I took myself out of the running for an elite wide receiver. That, coupled with going after a quarterback in the first four rounds in the original draft, convinced me to go with three receivers after picking McCoy sixth overall this time around. I feel like I still have quality backups at running back and a decent bench. Overall, this team has better depth than the first. The change started right off the bat, with Peterson available at No. 3. I went with him instead of Chris Johnson -- I just prefer Peterson anyway. For the rest of the draft, I shifted to more of a riskier strategy. I drafted a superstar tight end early in Gates instead of waiting late like last time with Winslow. I also took a risk with Britt based on his injury. In my previous draft I didn't draft a single rookie, while this time I selected two (Daniel Thomas and Green), and there can be some risk there as well.
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Mike Freedman Nathan Zegura
Player Rd.Pk Player Player Rd.Pk Player
Frank Gore 1.10 Michael Vick Arian Foster 1.02 Ray Rice
Peyton Manning 2.01 Darren McFadden Hakeem Nicks 2.09 Rashard Mendenhall
LeGarrette Blount 3.10 Miles Austin Tom Brady 3.02 Hakeem Nicks
Vincent Jackson 4.01 LeGarrette Blount Jahvid Best 4.09 Dez Bryant
Jeremy Maclin 5.10 Wes Welker Dez Bryant 5.02 Tony Romo
Antonio Gates 6.01 Ryan Grant Vernon Davis 6.09 Jermichael Finley
Mark Ingram 7.10 Pierre Garcon Ryan Grant 7.02 Beanie Wells
Pierre Garcon 8.01 Reggie Bush Santana Moss 8.09 Tim Hightower
Ryan Torain 9.10 Kellen Winslow Jonathan Stewart 9.02 Lance Moore
Plaxico Burress 10.01 Pierre Thomas Steve Smith 10.09 Mike Sims-Walker
Roy Williams 11.10 Donald Driver Michael Crabtree 11.02 Willis McGahee
Roy Helu 12.01 Danny Woodhead James Starks 12.09 Michael Crabtree
Marcedes Lewis 13.10 Nate Burleson Jay Cutler 13.02 Eli Manning
Danny Woodhead 14.01 Colt McCoy Jerome Harrison 14.09 Patriots
Matt Bryant 15.10 Bears Patriots 15.02 Ben Tate
Lions 16.01 Stephen Gostkowski Alex Henery 16.09 Alex Henery
I knew with the last pick in the first round and the first pick in the second, I wanted to go RB-QB or QB-RB. I went Manning the first time around, but I am not sold on his injury status, so I went with Vick in this draft. I got Blount in both drafts, so I guess I am expecting him to be a "knockout" this year. I like my receivers this time around, especially the value I got late with Driver and Burleson. Overall, I would rather have this team than my previously drafted team. Certainly, with Foster gone, I had to go another route right out of the gate and took Rice. He is the clear goal-line back in Baltimore, and he is No. 2 overall on my draft board. I realized I could wait on a quarterback this time around and got Romo in the fifth round, which I love. The only other real change was I felt like I had to take Mendenhall in Round 2, so I did to start RB- RB. I wanted three strong running backs, and I have them, with great depth at the spot.
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Peter Madden Randy Cross
Player Rd.Pk Player Player Rd.Pk Player
Adrian Peterson 1.01 Arian Foster Aaron Rodgers 1.07 Michael Turner
Larry Fitzgerald 2.10 Matt Forte Michael Turner 2.04 Steven Jackson
Steven Jackson 3.01 Larry Fitzgerald Cedric Benson 3.07 Matt Ryan
Dwayne Bowe 4.10 Peyton Manning DeSean Jackson 4.04 Brandon Marshall
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 5.01 Shonn Greene Brandon Lloyd 5.07 Marques Colston
Matt Schaub 6.10 Jeremy Maclin Matt Ryan 6.04 Rob Gronkowski
Percy Harvin 7.01 Percy Harvin Sidney Rice 7.07 Joe Flacco
Julio Jones 8.10 Kevin Kolb Rob Gronkowski 8.04 Sidney Rice
Reggie Bush 9.01 Austin Collie Ryan Williams 9.07 Michael Bush
Deion Branch 10.10 Mike Thomas Steelers 10.04 Braylon Edwards
Tony Gonzalez 11.01 Malcom Floyd Rashad Jennings 11.07 Steelers
Sam Bradford 12.10 Ryan Torain Zach Miller 12.04 Roy Helu
Jacquizz Rodgers 13.01 Isaac Redman Hines Ward 13.07 Stevan Ridley
Stevan Ridley 14.10 Tony Gonzalez Nate Kaeding 14.04 Jacoby Jones
Mason Crosby 15.01 Giants Jordy Nelson 15.07 Johnny Knox
Giants 16.10 Josh Brown Jason Snelling 16.04 Matt Bryant
A few weeks back I took Peterson first overall, but I'm now convinced that Foster is in the best position to succeed in 2011 at the running back position. Other than Peterson, Foster is the only other option at No. 1 overall. Taking my first four picks into consideration, I basically swapped out Jackson for Manning and Peterson for Foster. The biggest difference between our first mock draft and this effort for me was going running back in Round 1 and mixing my choices between power, production and potential. Oh, and I didn't select Ryan Williams this time around because of his injury. My tight end choice, Gronkowski, was greeted with jeers and comments of my "long arms" as in reach. I took most of that as a reflection of the "bromance" in Fantasy circles for his teammate, Hernandez.
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Still some questions for Travis Kelce
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:17 am ET) Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who caught the attention of Fantasy owners with his big-play ability in the preseason and showed flashes of it through the first three weeks, finally turned in the performance everyone was hoping to see Week 4 against New England, emerging as quarterback Alex Smith's favorite target after playing just a peripheral role in the passing game earlier in the year.

Is it validation that Kelce is a starting-caliber tight end in Fantasy? I'd say so. He now has two games with 80-plus receiving yards and two touchdowns in a span of four weeks, making him the eighth-best tight end in standard CBSSports.com scoring. That says a lot right there.

But is he so good that you should feel comfortable shopping Jimmy Graham if you happen to own both? I'm not ready to make that leap. For one thing, the Chiefs passing game isn't the most stable in the league. A different player has led the team in targets each week. For another, Kelce doesn't see the field all that much -- at least not like we're used to seeing from the league's top tight ends. He played only 52 percent of the team's snaps Monday, down from 65 percent in Week 3. He played less than 40 percent of their snaps each of the first two weeks.

Because the Chiefs are lacking a standout wide receiver, I believe that number is more likely to rise than fall going forward. But until we see that it is rising consistently, Kelce remains a solid but not especially high-end starter at tight end.


Redskins add Gabe Miller in roster tweaks
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:14 am ET) The Redskins signed linebacker Gabe Miller and nose tackle Robert Thomas to their practice squad and released defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo from the squad.

Carson Palmer's shoulder issues not solved
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:09 am ET) Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said the bruised nerve in his throwing shoulder hasn't progressed as much as he had hoped, but still thinks he can show coaches he's capable of starting Week 5 at Denver, reports ESPN's Ed Werder. Drew Stanton has started the past two games and could face the Broncos if Palmer can't practice fully this week.

It is time to sit Tom Brady
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:08 am ET) We all mostly assumed Tom Brady's 2013 season was an aberration, right? Sure, he posted his lowest touchdown total and yards per attempt mark since 2006, but hey, he didn't have Rob Gronkowski to throw to! So, what's the excuse now?

With Gronkowski playing a higher percentage of the snaps than any game prior, Brady still put up a dud on Monday night against the Chiefs, in the worst showing of an already disappointing season. He has now failed to even reach 15 Fantasy points in his first four games this season, and is off to the worst start of his career.

Even in his disappointing 2013 campaign, Brady had 75 Fantasy points through four games, compared to 43 after Monday's 6-point effort. It isn't all on Brady of course, as the Patriots' receiving corps beyond Gronkowski and Julian Edelman is pretty much a disaster -- though, of course, it isn't likely to get any better moving forward.

At this point, what looked to be an aberration is settling into the new reality. Brady's skills have slipped just enough that he can no longer make up for the subpar talent the organization has surrounded him with. And things won't get any easier for Brady in Week 5, with the Bengals on the schedule. No team has been stingier against opposing quarterbacks than the Bengals, who have allowed just two touchdowns through three games, with six total interceptions.

At this point, sitting Brady is a pretty easy call. In fact, the more pertinent question is whether the 26th-ranked Fantasy quarterback is still worth owning in 99 percent of CBSSports.com leagues. 


Jamaal Charles' ankle is sore after three-touchdown night
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:35 am ET) Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles said he felt good during the 41-14 win over the Patriots, but admitted afterward his injured ankle was sore, reports ESPN.com. "I'm ready to get off it and ice it up," he said.

Charles got 21 touches and scored three touchdowns, two receiving, in his first action since spraining his ankle Week 2. He'll play the 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday.


Stephen Gostkowski barely sees the field
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski hit two PATs and attempted no field goals in the Week 4 loss at Kansas City. He plays the Bengals on Sunday night.

Julian Edelman quiet on MNF
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) After three straight strong outings, Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was held to 23 receiving yards in Monday's loss at Kansas City. Edelman caught four of his eight targets and is up to 26 grabs this season.

Edelman cut his route short on Tom Brady's first interception, and he was unable to hang onto at least one catchable throw. Edelman will try to bounce back Sunday night against Cincinnati.


Rob Gronkowski notches third touchdown
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:24 am ET) Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski drew just three targets in Monday night's loss in Kansas City. He hauled in an 18-yard pass in the first half and a 13-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, his third score this season.

Tom Brady wasn't able to get the ball to Gronk, who saw double coverage. But rookie Jimmy Garoppolo found Gronkowski for the late score.

Gronkowski's 31 yards marked a season low, and he has not cleared 50 yards in any game. He'll play the Bengals on Sunday night.


Brandon LaFell only bright spot for Patriots
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:14 am ET) Brandon LaFell led the Patriots in every receiving category in Monday's 41-14 loss to the Chiefs. He caught six of his 10 targets for a career-best 119 yards and a touchdown, producing his first 100-yard game since Week 5 last season when he played for Carolina.

A 6-3, 210-pounder, LaFell showed his strength late in the third quarter when he caught a slant and shed a tackle en route to a 44-yard score. This was only his third career 100-yard game.

LaFell will try to keep it going Week 5 when New England hosts the Bengals.


James White sees first NFL action
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:09 am ET) Patriots rookie running back James White was active for the first time Week 4, and he ended up receiving six touches as the game got out of hand. With the Chiefs winning big in the fourth quarter, White entered and ran three times for 21 yards while catching all three of his targets for 15 yards.

White plays the Bengals on Sunday night.


 
 
 
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