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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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Marcus Lattimore eager to start pro career
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:35 pm ET) 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore is ready to start his proffesional career. After blowing out his knee in a gruesome injury in October of 2012 at South Carolina, Lattimore told The State on Sunday that his knee rehab is complete and that he's "ready to play."

Lattimore, who will attend the first day of the team's offseason workouts, will enter a crowded backfield with Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James already backing up current starter Frank Gore. However, James has expressed his desire for a bigger role and could be dealt, opening the door for the No. 3 spot in the backfield.

"If that happens, it does put me in that No. 3 spot," Lattimore said. "But I've just got to go in there and work hard. I can pass-protect and run the ball. I've got to show that."


Raiders bring back Kaelin Burnett
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) The Raiders have inked exclusive-rights free agent Kaelin Burnett to a one-year deal. He's expected to compete for a roster spot in training camp. 

Dekoda Watson moving to strong-side LB
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) In the wake of the release of veteran linebacker Russell Allen, the Jaguars are expected to make Dekoda Watson their new starting strong-side linebacker, ESPN reports. He'll also play as a pass rusher and potentially line up as a defensive end on third downs. 

Watson had 42 total tackles, two sacks, an interception, a pass defensed, a forced fumble and a blocked punt with the Bucs last year. 


Brandon Gibson begins light jogging
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) Brandon Gibson has begun light jogging as he works his way back from a torn patellar tendon, the Miami Herald reports. The Dolphins are expected to keep him on the roster, if only because of the cap hit he'll cost, per the report. He said recently he expects to be ready for Week 1. 

'Humbled' Richardson explains 2013, promises a better 2014
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson spoke openly about his disappointing 2013 season, saying that it took him too long to learn a new playbook and get over leaving Cleveland after Week 2. Richardson also told the official team website that he's planning to do everything within his power to be as prepared as possible for 2014. 

"Y'all will see a big significant difference in the way I play, the speed. I won't have to think about a lot of stuff," Richardson said earlier this offseason. "It's going to be big -- timing with the offensive line, timing with Andrew (Luck), just knowing a lot more with the program, the whole system.

"They haven't seen everything they're going to get out of me yet. A lot of it is going to come next year. A lot of it is going to come in the offseason. I'm going to put in a lot of work, as I've been doing this whole season. This season humbled me. ... This season was a lesson to me."

Colts coach Chuck Pagano has had Richardson's back, says the running back, and the coach stressed back in March that his running back's involvement in the offseason program will be key. 

"It's going to be very, very important for (Richardson) to be here for the offseason program and to dive into this thing full steam ahead, which he will," Pagano said. "He wants to be great. He's got all the talent. He's got all the ability. We would have never done what we did if we didn't believe that deep down in our core. So we look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign."


Saints bring back Robert Meachem
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) The Saints announced Friday that the club has re-signed veteran free agent wide receiver Robert Meachem to a one-year contract.

Meachem is a seven-year NFL veteran who was originally the club's first round draft pick (27th overall) in 2007. He re-signed with the Saints prior to the start of the 2013 regular season and appeared in 15 games with five starts. He finished with 16 receptions for 324 yards with two touchdowns.

Meachem said signing with the Saints now should help with his preparations as he will be able to take part in the team's offseason conditioning program, OTAs and mini-camp. Plus, "this is home," he said.


Can Chris Johnson turn into Tomlinson?
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) The Jets are hoping running back Chris Johnson can do for them what LaDainian Tomlinson did in 2010, reports ESPN.

That season, Tomlinson came from San Diego to New York after he was released. He responded with a team-high 914 yards with six touchdowns on 219 carries and caught 52 passes. He was supposed to be Shonn Greene's backup, but Tomlinson was so impressive that he won the starting job and became an integral part of a team that came within one game of the Super Bowl.

Maybe Johnson, who was let go by the Titans, can do the same thing.

"I can turn the bad things people are saying into a good thing for me, to give me motivation, to keep me hungry and to keep a chip on my shoulder and prove the naysayers wrong," he said Thursday.

Johnson had a disappointing year in 2013 when he averaged just 3.9 yards per carry, but he played 13 games on a torn meniscus and was running behind a suspect offensive line for a team that didn't have its starting quarterback for half the season. The situation in New York should be improved, and hopefully being teamed with Chris Ivory will allow him to play like Tomlinson did in 2010.


Aikman worried about Tony Romo
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) Former Cowboys quarterback and Hall of Famer Troy Aikman is worried about current Dallas quarterback Tony Romo coming off back surgery, reports the team's official website.

Romo, 34, is coming off back surgery in December, which was the second procedure on his back in a year.

"I came back in a relatively short period of time because of when I had my surgery, so he's at least afforded more time to get ready," Aikman said. "But having said that, two back surgeries in less than a year at his age, I would be a bit concerned.

"I'm hopeful that he's able to come back -- everybody is. This team won't be the same if he's not able to. I anticipate that he will come back. But to say that, 'Hey, he's ahead of schedule and everything's going fine,' I'm not sure how you can really measure that here in April."


Bengals, A.J. Green not talking extension - yet
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) The Bengals are expected to exercise the fifth-year option on receiver A.J. Green's contract by May 3, reports Pro Football Talk. But the sides have yet to discuss a long-term contract extension, according to the report.

The Bengals hold the rights to Green through the 2015 season. And in 2016, if a long-term deal hasn't been signed yet, the Bengals can use the franchise tag on Green for that season.

The report says Green can force the issue by trying to boycott offseason workouts or hold out from training camp. But Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is confident Green will be there.


Chris Snee will give it a shot this spring
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) Giants guard Chris Snee will attempt to go through the Giants offseason program once he's healthy, the New York Daily News reports. Snee had hip surgery last season and an elbow surgery earlier this year. There is no timeline for him to be at 100 percent but he is expected to be on the field for the "bulk" of offseason activities. 

 
 
 
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