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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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Rams QB coach is a big fan of Sam Bradford
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:53 am ET) Rams quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke is perfectly happy with starting quarterback Sam Bradford, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Love him. Love him," Weinke said when asked about Bradford. Weinke, who has evaluated quarterbacks for a couple of seasons now, said Bradford had one of the best pro days he's ever seen. "A few years ago when Andrew Luck came out they said who would you compare him to? And I said the closest I would see is Sam Bradford."

As part of Weinke's interview process with the team, he met with Bradford for roughly three-and-a-half hours. It wasn't really a formal meeting, though, it was more so the two could get to know eachother. 

Bradford has reportedly been granted permission to seek a trade, but it doesn't appear Rams' ownership wants to part with the 27-year-old quarterback. 


RB Steven Jackson, cut by Falcons, isn't planning to retire
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Though he's without a team at the moment, running back Steven Jackson has no plans to retire. 

The Falcons officially released Jackson Thursday night, with immediate questions emerging about his future. On his own website, though, Jackson posted a statement saying he isn't hanging up the cleats just yet.  

"A lot has been written lately about my future," Jackson wrote. "There are questions about my age, and what I have left in the tank. Of that, I will simply say this. For the first nine years of my career, I was used like a battering ram, punishing opposing defense over four quarters of a game. Maybe you stopped me the first five times I got the ball, but by the 15th or 20th time I got it, late in a game -- let's just say you were really feeling me at that point.

"Make no mistake: I can still punish a defense. I still have a warrior's heart. There are 1,000-yard seasons left in these legs. I know what I am still capable of, and I have every intention of proving it."

Jackson also admitted his two seasons with the Falcons were a disappointment as the organization did not reach the postseason in either season. He combined for only 1,250 yards in 2013 and 2014 after posting eight consecutive seasons with over 1,000 yards when he was with the Rams. 


Raiders expected to release safety Tyvon Branch
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Raiders will be parting ways with safety Tyvon Branch, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora

Branch only played in three games during the 2014 season due to a foot injury that placed him on injured reserve. That followed his 2013 season in which Branch was only able to participate in two games. 

However, Branch could be a commodity in what is otherwise considered a weak safety market. 

Branch signed a four-year, $26..6 million contract with the Raiders in 2012, with $17.6 million guaranteed.


Browns working to re-sign CB Buster Skrine
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Browns are hopeful they can re-sign cornerback Buster Skrine but are probably going to have to try to do so after he hits the free agent market, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Skrine had a single-season best four interceptions in 2014 and will be someone that could command a hefty price tag on the open market. The Plain Dealer reports that Skrine is expecting anywhere from $5.5 million to $7 million per season. 

The Browns should be in a good position to match an offer for Skrine. Depending on what the 2015 cap number per team is, the Browns are likely to have well over $30 million to spend in free agency. 


Colts, Matt Hasselbeck agree to one-year contract
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) It looks like Matt Hasselbeck's NFL career will extend at least one more year. 

The Colts reached a one-year deal with backup quarterback Hasselbeck, the team announced on Thursday. 

Hasselbeck, 39, will enter his 17th year in the NFL. After starting out as Brett Favre's backup in Green Bay for his first two seasons in 1999 and 2000, he joined the Seahawks via a trade and quickly established himself as a starting-caliber quarterback. 

In 16 NFL seasons, Hasselbeck has totaled 34,948 yards, 203 touchdowns and 148 interceptions. He'll be the top candidate to back up Andrew Luck next season. 


Report: Vikings, Adrian Peterson can communicate with each other
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Now that Adrian Peterson has been moved back to the Commissioner's Exempt list, the Vikings can reach out and communicate with him, according to a report from Pro Football Talk

Peterson had been suspended by the NFL until April 15 and upheld by an arbitrator. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Doty overturned the arbitrator's decision, sending the case back down to go through the CBA. The NFL has removed the suspension, for now, while moving Peterson back to the Commissioner's Exempt list. 

The NFL announced in a statement that it is appealing Doty's ruling

Since the Vikings want Peterson to remain with them, they can now reach out and hold talks directly. While suspended by the NFL, the Vikings were unable to communicate with him. This is an interesting development because the Vikings have publicly stated they want him to stay in Minnesota. 

However, at least one report as indicated Peterson wants to leave and continue his NFL career elsewhere


Falcons release running back Steven Jackson
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Falcons released running back Steven Jackson on Thursday, the team announced.

Jackson was owed $3.75 million in 2015, but with running back Devonta Freeman on the roster, it appears Jackson is expendable. In 2014, Jackson rushed for 707 yards and six touchdowns on 190 carries.

By cutting Jackson, the Falcons saved $3.7 million against the salary cap, reports the NFL Network.


Redskins sign Ricky Jean Francois to three-year contract
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Redskins signed defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois to a three-year deal Thursday, reports the NFL Network.

The deal is believed to be worth $9 million with $4 million guaranteed. With incentives, the deal can reach $11.25 million.

Jean Francois was cut by the Colts on Monday. In 2014, Jean Francois totaled 28 tackles and three sacks.


Report: Browns believe they still have a shot at Josh McCown
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Browns remain confident that they can snag quarterback Josh McCown from the free agent ranks, according to a report from ESPN.com

McCown visited the Browns this week and has also received interest from the the Jets, Bills and Bears. The Browns are in the market for a starting-caliber quarterback with Brian Hoyer possibly leaving in free agency and with Johnny Manziel's status up in the air with the off-field issues hes working through. 

McCown threw 13 touchdowns to just one interception with the Bears in 2013, doing this while filling in for an injured Jay Cutler. His performance earned him a contract with the Buccaneers, though injuries and poor play resulted in a season that saw him throw 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. 

McCown was released by the Buccaneers earlier this offseason. 


Report: Cardinals sign cornerback Damond Smith
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Cardinals signed cornerback Damond Smith on Thursday, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Smith did not play during the 2014 season after being cut by the Chiefs. He has never played in an NFL game.


 
 
 
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