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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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Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower to miss at least six months
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(8:40 pm ET) Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower is going to miss between six and seven months, according to the Boston Globe.

Hightower had surgery this February to repair a torn right labrum. The team is concerned that he might not be able to be ready for the start of the reguar season. He played through the injury for a good portion of the 2014 season prior to surgery.

The 25-year-old started all 12 games he played, collecting 89 total tackles, six sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.


Packers to use pistol formation more often this season
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(8:27 pm ET) After implementing the pistol formation into the offense to help take stress off of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' leg in 2014, the Packers are considering to use it more often this season, according to the Journal Sentinel.

"I like the pistol," head coach Mike McCarthy said during a break at the NFL owners meetings this week. "I think there's a lot of value regardless of the injury to Aaron. I know he likes it. There's a place for it year-round in your offense."

Although McCarthy has no intention of turning Rodgers into an option quarterback, the system provides unpredictability for opposing offenses.

"I would say this is about the third year it's been part of our pace and installation," McCarthy said. "Really, when we moved to it exclusively there at the end of the year it really wasn't a change for us.

"I liked it from a self-scout standpoint. It gives you another self-scout variable when you're in the gun, but you also have the tailback behind you. (There are a) lot of benefits to it."


Report: Vikings sign CB Terence Newman
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(7:29 pm ET) The Vikings have signed cornerback Terence Newman to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with $750,000 in guarantees on Thursday, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. 

Newman spent the last three seasons with the Bengals after playing nine years for the Cowboys. The 36-year-old has had at least one interception in each year of his 13-year career. The cornerback has recorded 741 total tackles, two sacks, 147 passes defensed, 37 interceptions, and eight forced fumbles. 


Kubiak wants Peyton Manning comfortable with playbook
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(6:54 pm ET) Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak wants to make sure that all of his players are comfortable with the new offensive playbook, including quarterback Peyton Manning, reports ESPN.

“I think you prepare to help him call that game throughout the course of the week," Kubiak said. “A lot of people put emphasis on him calling plays at the line, but you’ve also prepared to do that throughout the course of the week, so you, as a coach, 'Here’s what I think is best in that situation.' In a lot of ways you’re still working together. You’re just going about it a different way."

“You never want to put a player in a position where he’s doing something he’s uncomfortable with," Kubiak said. “One of things about having a veteran, especially like Peyton, he’s going to let you know, 'This is what I do best and this is what I feel comfortable with.' That’s what you need to go do as a coach. You might tweak things here or there that you think may help, but you’re never going to take him out of his comfort zone and what he feels like he does best.”

Manning, 39, recently took a pay cut of $4 million to help clear salary cap space for the team.


LB Brandon Magee still committed to playing in NFL
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) After being released by the Buccaneers, linebacker Brandon Magee is going to participate in spring training with the Boston Red Sox. That being said, he is still committed to playing in the NFL, according to Pro Football Talk. 

Magee's agent, Blake Baratz, emailed Pro Football Talk regarding his client's desire to resume his NFL career.

“There have been rumors circulating that Brandon Magee, who was recently released by Tampa Bay, has given up football with the intention of playing professional baseball. This could not be further from the truth,” Baratz wrote. “While he does attend spring training for a few weeks up until the beginning of the NFL off-season program, he is 100% fully committed to playing in the NFL.”

Magee, 24, has seen action in 17 games the last two seasons, nine of which were in 2014 with the Buccaneers. He has registered 10 total tackles in his career.


Bill O'Brien: 'Sky's the limit' for WR DeAndre Hopkins
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:34 pm ET) With Andre Johnson now in Indy, DeAndre Hopkins enters the 2015 season as the Texans' undisputed No. 1 receiver.

“He had a really good year last year and the sky’s the limit with Hop (Hopkins)," coach Bill O'Brien told NFL Network. "He’s an excellent young player who works extremely hard and we’re looking forward to putting together our whole receiving corps and he should be the leader of that.”

Hopkins led Houston with 1,210 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns last year. He has 128 catches for 2,012 yards and eight scores in his two NFL seasons.


Giants RB Shane Vereen will be more than third-down back
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(5:28 pm ET) Giants running back Shane Vereen is being viewed as much more than just a third-down running back, according to nj.com.

The team is excited about his ability to catch passes out of the backfield, but he'll be relied on to do more than that.

"I see him in that regard as a pass receiver coming out of the backfield, a pass protector, a guy who runs the ball in the three-wide offense in the run game, if you will, which is very prevalent today in our sport," coach Tom Coughlin said at the NFL Annual Meetings this week. "So I see him in that regard."

Last season the Giants did not have one receiving touchdown by a running back. Vereen, formerly of the Patriots, had three receiving touchdowns out of the backfield last year.

"Well, you know what [Vereen] can do. Quite frankly, it's something from an attack standpoint we've had some success with, but not to the extent that he has," Coughlin said. "When you look at Vereen, a lot of the [Tom] Brady hookup with Vereen was the ball was almost automatically going to him. First down, if it was zone coverage, they were dropping the ball down and he would scoot. So we know that. Will we open it up to more parts of it?"

The 26-year-old has 907 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on the ground, adding 107 receptions for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns through the air in four years. 


Chiefs confident they'll reach deal with Justin Houston
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:00 pm ET) Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt told the Kansas City Star he's confident the team will sign standout outside linebacker Justin Houston to a long-term deal. The Chiefs put a $13.1 million nonexclusive franchise tag on Houston, which he has yet to sign.

“He knows, and his agent knows, how much we want him back,” Hunt said. “We just all have to be patient, and eventually, we’re going to get him signed to a long-term deal.”

Houston has 48.5 sacks in his four-year career. 

“I’ve been very consistent in saying that we not only value Justin as a football player, that we not only value Justin as a person and leader, and we want him to be a Chief for life,” Hunt said.


49ers waive OT Jonathan Martin
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:42 pm ET) The 49ers announced they waived offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who played in 15 games last season, sarting nine. Martin, 25, was acquired by San Fran in a March 2014 trade with the Dolphins.

He has played in 38 career games with 32 starts.


Sean Payton: C.J. Spiller the 'most explosive player on the field'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:37 pm ET) Saints coach Sean Payton is thrilled to have landed running back C.J. Spiller, who will team with Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson in one of the league's top backfields.

"I think we expected Spiller to be somewhere else with a higher number. But it all worked out," Payton told The Advocate.

Spiller joined the Saints on a four-year, $16 million deal.

“His cutup is unbelievable,” Payton said of Spiller. ”And I’m not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.

“So when you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do. He’s physical, he’s the most explosive player on the field a lot of times when you’re watching him. … So he’s an exciting player that clearly heading into free agency there wasn’t any thought about and then after that first rush there was some interest and I think to his agent’s credit they looked at it from a how he was going to be used standpoint, the system, the offense and wanting to be a part of it and we feel the same way.”


 
 
 
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