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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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Report: Cardinals reverse course, will start QB Ryan Lindley
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:12 pm ET) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has changed his mind and will start quarterback Ryan Lindley, not rookie Logan Thomas, in Sunday's game at San Francisco, reports the Arizona Republic. Lindley hit 18 of 44 throws for 216 yards with an interception in the Week 16 loss to Seattle. He has not thrown a touchdown in 225 career pass attempts.

Arians earlier said he'd play Thomas for at least the first half. Thomas has appeared in two games, completing 1 of 9 throws. Starter Drew Stanton (knee) is not expected to be ready until the playoffs.

Arizona remains a 6-point underdog Sunday.


Chip Kelly not fully committed to Nick Foles for 2015
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:52 pm ET) Asked about his quarterback situation heading into 2015, Eagles coach Chip Kelly expressed support for Nick Foles but did not fully endorse him as the team's quarterback of the future, reports Philly.com. Kelly said he needs to make a decision on Foles based on his limited body of work.

"The reality is the reality," Kelly said, referring to the broken collarbone that ended Foles' season after eight games.

"I can't say, 'Hey, let's not make a decision because I need to see him play 16 more games.' In certain times we're going to have to make decisions, so you have to make it based on what you have. We don't have any control over the injury."

Foles threw 13 touchdowns against 10 interceptions this year after sparkling with 27 touchdowns and two picks last season. Foles has one more year on his contract at $660,000, while replacement Mark Sanchez is scheduled for free agency. Matt Barkley is signed for two more years but has thrown one pass this season.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur sounds like a believer in Foles.

"I think we know what we have in Nick, and we've seen a guy that I think, by last count, he's 14-4 as a starter," Shurmur said. "So that's really how you judge a quarterback."


Eagles OLB Trent Cole plans to play Week 17
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:32 pm ET) Eagles outside linebacker Trent Cole, who sat out Week 16 with a hand injury, practiced fully Wednesday and said he plans to play Sunday at the Giants, reports the Delaware News Journal. Cole has 48 tackles, 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 14 games.

'No plans on how long' QB Logan Thomas plays Sunday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:39 am ET) After earlier saying Cardinals quarterback Logan Thomas would play at least the first half Sunday at San Francisco, coach Bruce Arians said there are "no plans on how long" the rookie will play, reports ESPN.com. Thomas will be making his first start after Ryan Lindley predictably flopped Week 16 against Seattle.

Thomas has appeared in two games, completing 1 of 9 passes. That completion was an 81-yard touchdown to running back Andre Ellington.

Quarterback Drew Stanton (knee) isn't expected to be ready until the playoffs, so Lindley is the only option behind Thomas. Lindley has zero touchdowns and eight interceptions in 225 career pass attempts. Arizona has not scored a touchdown in its past two games.

A 6-6, 250-pounder out of Virginia Tech, Thomas had a "shaky" start to Wednesday's practice before finishing "pretty strong," according to Arians.

Arizona is a 6-point underdog Sunday. The line opened at 4.5 before bettors pounced on the 49ers.

Despite their offensive struggles, the Cardinals can win the NFC West with a victory and a Seattle loss to the Rams.


Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse not practicing
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:12 am ET) Seahawks wideout Jermaine Kearse, who injured his hamstring Week 16, did not practice Wednesday as the team prepared for Sunday's game against St. Louis. Kearse also would not have been able to participate had the team practiced Thursday.

If Kearse sits out, rookie Paul Richardson would start in his place. Seattle is a 12.5-point home favorite.


Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams practices fully
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9:30 am ET) Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, who's missed three straight games with a hand injury, practiced fully Wednesday and is on track to return Sunday against the Falcons.

However, coach Ron Rivera has indicated he'll stick with Jonathan Stewart as the starting tailback. Stewart has run for 437 yards over the past four weeks.

Carolina is a 4-point underdog at the Georgia Dome.


Chuck Pagano 'hopeful' T.Y. Hilton will play Week 17
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9:21 am ET) Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton put in his second straight limited practice Wednesday, with coach Chuck Pagano saying he's "hopeful" Hilton will play Sunday at Tennessee. Hilton sat out Week 16 with a hamstring injury -- the first game he's missed all season -- and Indy got destroyed 42-7 at Dallas.

Hilton leads the Colts with 82 catches for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns. Indy is a 7-point favorite over the 2-13 Titans.


Ravens RT Ricky Wagner undergoes foot surgery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9:12 am ET) Ravens right tackle Ricky Wagner underwent successful surgery to fix a Lisfranc foot sprain, reports the Baltimore Sun. He suffered the injury in the Week 16 loss to Houston.

Wagner, who allowed two sacks and drew high marks from coaches in his first season as a starter, is expected to be ready for next season, the report said.


Bears sign DE Austen Lane
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) The Bears have signed defensive end Austen Lane, Pro Football Talk reports.

Lane will fill the roster spot of defensive end Willie Young, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Lane was with the Bears during the preseason but didn't survive the final cuts. He's managed three sacks in 30 career games.


Cardinals' Thomas starts practice 'shaky,' finishes 'pretty strong'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians indicated that Week 17 starting quarterback Logan Thomas was "shaky" at the beginning of Wednesday's practice but finished "pretty strong" as he developed an understanding of where to throw his passes, ESPN.com reports.

"He's worked, fundamentally, extremely hard and gotten much better," Arians said. "But putting those fundamentals to use in the offense, that's two totally different things."

Thomas has just three days of practice before facing the 49ers in a game that has the possibility of landing his team with a first-round bye with a win and help from other results.

"It wasn't the greatest, but as it went on, it got better and better," Thomas added. "It just comes with reps and comes with time."

The Cardinals are a 6-point underdog in San Francisco Sunday.


 
 
 
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