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2011 Draft Prep: Our 12-team PPR mock draft

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If you're an NFL player and you catch the ball, you're doing what's asked of you, right? Just like running with the ball and scoring with the ball, catching the ball is an accomplishment, no matter how small it may be.

So why are Fantasy owners more inclined to reward yardage and touchdowns but not receptions?

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In this mock draft, catches count. For every catch made by anyone regardless of position, they get a point. Not only is that seemingly the right way to reward a player for doing his job, but it alters the balance in Fantasy points between quarterbacks and everyone else. For example, last year the highest-producing player in standard Fantasy leagues was Tom Brady, and he was followed by a list of quarterbacks. In leagues where receptions counted, Arian Foster was the best possible Fantasy option, and he was followed by a healthy mix of passers, rushers and receivers.

To put it simply, by counting receptions, quarterbacks don't dominate the Fantasy stats week in and week out. Wide receivers, tight ends and running backs who catch the ball are more valuable. And thus quarterbacks aren't quite as important.

This points-per-reception (PPR) draft will feature 12 owners. 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, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots, making up a 15-round draft.

Following the draft, we held a chat where you has the chance to ask questions about our mock as well as questions you may have about your own leagues.

Our draft order:

1. John Garcia, Fantasy Writer
2. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
3. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
5. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Mike Freeman, National Columnist
7. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
8. Denny Burkholder, NFL Production Editor
9. Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer
10. Alex Riethmiller, Director of Communications
11. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
12. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor

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Check out our exclusive Top 200 PPR rankings, updated daily!

12-team PPR Mock Draft Results
Round 1 Round 2
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Adrian Peterson 1 J. Darin Darst Rashard Mendenhall
2 Adam Moore Arian Foster 2 Peter Madden Larry Fitzgerald
3 Jamey Eisenberg Chris Johnson 3 Alex Riethmiller Michael Vick
4 Jeff Tobin Ray Rice 4 Kevin Goodwin Reggie Wayne
5 Dave Richard LeSean McCoy 5 Denny Burkholder Greg Jennings
6 Mike Freeman Maurice Jones-Drew 6 Adam Aizer Calvin Johnson
7 Adam Aizer Jamaal Charles 7 Mike Freeman Miles Austin
8 Denny Burkholder Steven Jackson 8 Dave Richard Darren McFadden
9 Kevin Goodwin Andre Johnson 9 Jeff Tobin Frank Gore
10 Alex Riethmiller Roddy White 10 Jamey Eisenberg Hakeem Nicks
11 Peter Madden Matt Forte 11 Adam Moore Brandon Marshall
12 J. Darin Darst Aaron Rodgers 12 John Garcia Mike Williams
Round 3 Round 4
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Michael Turner 1 J. Darin Darst Marques Colston
2 Adam Moore Ahmad Bradshaw 2 Peter Madden DeSean Jackson
3 Jamey Eisenberg Mike Wallace 3 Alex Riethmiller Anquan Boldin
4 Jeff Tobin Wes Welker 4 Kevin Goodwin Jahvid Best
5 Dave Richard Dwayne Bowe 5 Denny Burkholder Antonio Gates
6 Mike Freeman Vincent Jackson 6 Adam Aizer Mario Manningham
7 Adam Aizer Tom Brady 7 Mike Freeman Dallas Clark
8 Denny Burkholder Jeremy Maclin 8 Dave Richard Dez Bryant
9 Kevin Goodwin Peyton Hillis 9 Jeff Tobin Brandon Lloyd
10 Alex Riethmiller Cedric Benson 10 Jamey Eisenberg Jason Witten
11 Peter Madden Drew Brees 11 Adam Moore Jermichael Finley
12 J. Darin Darst Knowshon Moreno 12 John Garcia Santonio Holmes
Round 5 Round 6
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Peyton Manning 1 J. Darin Darst DeAngelo Williams
2 Adam Moore Philip Rivers 2 Peter Madden Mark Ingram
3 Jamey Eisenberg LeGarrette Blount 3 Alex Riethmiller Chad Ochocinco
4 Jeff Tobin Matt Ryan 4 Kevin Goodwin Tony Romo
5 Dave Richard Percy Harvin 5 Denny Burkholder Matt Schaub
6 Mike Freeman Steve Johnson 6 Adam Aizer Daniel Thomas
7 Adam Aizer Austin Collie 7 Mike Freeman Fred Jackson
8 Denny Burkholder Shonn Greene 8 Dave Richard Ryan Grant
9 Kevin Goodwin Ryan Mathews 9 Jeff Tobin Tony Gonzalez
10 Alex Riethmiller Felix Jones 10 Jamey Eisenberg Danny Amendola
11 Peter Madden BenJarvus Green-Ellis 11 Adam Moore Santana Moss
12 J. Darin Darst Vernon Davis 12 John Garcia Sidney Rice
Round 7 Round 8
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Kellen Winslow 1 J. Darin Darst Mike Thomas
2 Adam Moore Pierre Garcon 2 Peter Madden Reggie Bush
3 Jamey Eisenberg Mike Tolbert 3 Alex Riethmiller Darren Sproles
4 Jeff Tobin Joseph Addai 4 Kevin Goodwin Deion Branch
5 Dave Richard Marshawn Lynch 5 Denny Burkholder Jacoby Ford
6 Mike Freeman Pierre Thomas 6 Adam Aizer Robert Meachem
7 Adam Aizer Ryan Torain 7 Mike Freeman Josh Freeman
8 Denny Burkholder Kenny Britt 8 Dave Richard Beanie Wells
9 Kevin Goodwin Owen Daniels 9 Jeff Tobin LaDainian Tomlinson
10 Alex Riethmiller Davone Bess 10 Jamey Eisenberg Jonathan Stewart
11 Peter Madden Julio Jones 11 Adam Moore Tim Hightower
12 J. Darin Darst Steve Smith 12 John Garcia Lance Moore
Round 9 Round 10
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Michael Bush 1 J. Darin Darst Zach Miller
2 Adam Moore Roy Williams 2 Peter Madden Jacquizz Rodgers
3 Jamey Eisenberg Ben Roethlisberger 3 Alex Riethmiller Malcom Floyd
4 Jeff Tobin Plaxico Burress 4 Kevin Goodwin Braylon Edwards
5 Dave Richard Ryan Williams 5 Denny Burkholder Joe Flacco
6 Mike Freeman Hines Ward 6 Adam Aizer Jimmy Graham
7 Adam Aizer A.J. Green 7 Mike Freeman Rashad Jennings
8 Denny Burkholder Danny Woodhead 8 Dave Richard Matthew Stafford
9 Kevin Goodwin Brandon Jacobs 9 Jeff Tobin Jerome Simpson
10 Alex Riethmiller C.J. Spiller 10 Jamey Eisenberg Eli Manning
11 Peter Madden Rob Gronkowski 11 Adam Moore Ronnie Brown
12 J. Darin Darst Michael Crabtree 12 John Garcia Mike Sims-Walker
Round 11 Round 12
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Brandon Jackson 1 J. Darin Darst Matt Cassel
2 Adam Moore Lee Evans 2 Peter Madden Mike Williams
3 Jamey Eisenberg DeMarco Murray 3 Alex Riethmiller Mark Sanchez
4 Jeff Tobin Ricky Williams 4 Kevin Goodwin James Jones
5 Dave Richard Sam Bradford 5 Denny Burkholder Nate Burleson
6 Mike Freeman Willis McGahee 6 Adam Aizer Jay Cutler
7 Adam Aizer Jordan Shipley 7 Mike Freeman Eagles
8 Denny Burkholder Marcedes Lewis 8 Dave Richard Brandon Pettigrew
9 Kevin Goodwin James Starks 9 Jeff Tobin Jordy Nelson
10 Alex Riethmiller Chris Cooley 10 Jamey Eisenberg Johnny Knox
11 Peter Madden Kevin Kolb 11 Adam Moore Kyle Orton
12 J. Darin Darst Donald Brown 12 John Garcia Donovan McNabb
Round 13 Round 14
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Greg Little 1 J. Darin Darst Packers
2 Adam Moore Aaron Hernandez 2 Peter Madden Cadillac Williams
3 Jamey Eisenberg Roy Helu 3 Alex Riethmiller Jason Snelling
4 Jeff Tobin Matt Hasselbeck 4 Kevin Goodwin Patriots
5 Dave Richard Steelers 5 Denny Burkholder Ravens
6 Mike Freeman Louis Murphy 6 Adam Aizer Giants
7 Adam Aizer Thomas Jones 7 Mike Freeman Cam Newton
8 Denny Burkholder Derrick Mason 8 Dave Richard Javon Ringer
9 Kevin Goodwin Maurice Morris 9 Jeff Tobin Bears
10 Alex Riethmiller Sebastian Janikowski 10 Jamey Eisenberg Cowboys
11 Peter Madden Jets 11 Adam Moore Chargers
12 J. Darin Darst Garrett Hartley 12 John Garcia Dolphins
Round 15      
Pick Team Player      
1 John Garcia Matt Bryant      
2 Adam Moore Josh Brown      
3 Jamey Eisenberg Nate Kaeding      
4 Jeff Tobin Neil Rackers      
5 Dave Richard Mason Crosby      
6 Mike Freeman David Buehler      
7 Adam Aizer Adam Vinatieri      
8 Denny Burkholder Alex Henery      
9 Kevin Goodwin Stephen Gostkowski      
10 Alex Riethmiller Saints      
11 Peter Madden David Akers      
12 J. Darin Darst Isaac Redman      
Team-by-Team Draft Results
Adam Aizer
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.07 Jamaal Charles 9.07 A.J. Green
2.06 Calvin Johnson 10.06 Jimmy Graham
3.07 Tom Brady 11.07 Jordan Shipley
4.06 Mario Manningham 12.06 Jay Cutler
5.07 Austin Collie 13.07 Thomas Jones
6.06 Daniel Thomas 14.06 Giants
7.07 Ryan Torain 15.07 Adam Vinatieri
8.06 Robert Meachem    
My favorite draft pick was: Calvin Johnson. In a PPR league, getting one of the best wide eeceivers in the middle of the second round is a no-brainer.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: An aggressive one. I knew I wanted to secure three receivers fairly early because the position depth is not great and this is a PPR League, which means I don't mind starting a wide receiver as a Flex.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Robert Meachem in Round 8. I think I should have gone with Beanie Wells there to solidify my running backs.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Jamey Eisenberg
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Adam Moore
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.02 Arian Foster 9.02 Roy Williams
2.11 Brandon Marshall 10.11 Ronnie Brown
3.02 Ahmad Bradshaw 11.02 Lee Evans
4.11 Jermichael Finley 12.11 Kyle Orton
5.02 Philip Rivers 13.02 Aaron Hernandez
6.11 Santana Moss 14.11 Chargers
7.02 Pierre Garcon 15.02 Josh Brown
8.11 Tim Hightower    
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Jermichael Finley in Round 4. How's this for a miss? I could have taken Santonio Holmes in Round 4 and waited all of two picks to get Finley in Round 5. Instead I took Finley first, saw Holmes go off the draft board, then took Philip Rivers in Round 5. I could have had Holmes and Rivers, or Holmes and Finley, had I taken Holmes first.
My running back draft strategy was: To take two strong ones early and then focus on receivers. When am I ever going to bench Arian Foster or Ahmad Bradshaw besides their bye weeks? I'll start them and rotate my receivers, especially since I have so many.
If I could have had one more pick, I would have taken: Probably another running back. I could use Derrick Ward as a handcuff to Foster.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Mike Freeman
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Alex Riethmiller
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.10 Roddy White 9.10 C.J. Spiller
2.03 Michael Vick 10.03 Malcom Floyd
3.10 Cedric Benson 11.10 Chris Cooley
4.03 Anquan Boldin 12.03 Mark Sanchez
5.10 Felix Jones 13.10 Sebastian Janikowski
6.03 Chad Ochocinco 14.03 Jason Snelling
7.10 Davone Bess 15.10 Saints
8.03 Darren Sproles    
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Cedric Benson in Round 3. This isn't necessarily a knock on Benson, I just should have taken DeSean Jackson there, who I really wanted. Alas, Jackson was taken one pick before me on the way back.
My favorite draft pick was: Darren Sproles in Round 8. Yeah, he might not be the next ex-Charger to become a star, like Michael Turner, but I think he could be very productive, especially catching balls out of the backfield.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: Four of my first seven picks were wide receivers so obviously I put a lot of importance in this position. In PPR leagues, you really need to take care of your WR needs early.
The grade I give myself is: B-
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Peter Madden
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Dave Richard
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.05 LeSean McCoy 9.05 Ryan Williams
2.08 Darren McFadden 10.08 Matthew Stafford
3.05 Dwayne Bowe 11.05 Sam Bradford
4.08 Dez Bryant 12.08 Brandon Pettigrew
5.05 Percy Harvin 13.05 Steelers
6.08 Ryan Grant 14.08 Javon Ringer
7.05 Marshawn Lynch 15.05 Mason Crosby
8.08 Beanie Wells    
My wide receiver draft strategy was: Out the window when Darren McFadden was available in Round 2. I had planned to take three receivers in a row starting in Round 2 but did not pass up a shot at DMC. My plan still worked in Rounds 3 through 5, however, as I landed three 70-catch receivers.
If I could have had one more pick, I would have taken: Another wide receiver. Obviously I never plan be without Bowe, Bryant or Harvin (we only start two receivers and a flex), but I think spending another choice on a fourth receiver would have given me at least a bit more depth. Jacoby Jones and Donald Driver are sitting there razzing their tongues at me.
My favorite draft pick was: Matthew Stafford in Round 10, followed by Sam Bradford in Round 11. I tried my gutsy QB draft plan, and I'm beaming about the potential my passers have. Doing this allowed me to go a little bananas at running back, which I think was smart.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Jamey Eisenberg
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Denny Burkholder
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.08 Steven Jackson 9.08 Danny Woodhead
2.05 Greg Jennings 10.05 Joe Flacco
3.08 Jeremy Maclin 11.08 Marcedes Lewis
4.05 Antonio Gates 12.05 Nate Burleson
5.08 Shonn Greene 13.08 Derrick Mason
6.05 Matt Schaub 14.05 Ravens
7.08 Kenny Britt 15.08 Alex Henery
8.05 Jacoby Ford    
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Jeremy Maclin. Not sure what I was thinking, given who else was on the board.
My running back draft strategy was: Being a PPR league, I wanted a guy capable of pulling down some catches, but I didn't want to dwell too heavily on that. Quality rushing still counts.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: Take into account the quarterback and overall offense situation of his team and lean toward guys on teams that move the ball well.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Peter Madden
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J. Darin Darst
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.12 Aaron Rodgers 9.12 Michael Crabtree
2.01 Rashard Mendenhall 10.01 Zach Miller
3.12 Knowshon Moreno 11.12 Donald Brown
4.01 Marques Colston 12.01 Matt Cassel
5.12 Vernon Davis 13.12 Garrett Hartley
6.01 DeAngelo Williams 14.01 Packers
7.12 Steve Smith 15.12 Isaac Redman
8.01 Mike Thomas    
My running back draft strategy was: I had every intention of taking receivers early and often, but I found so many excellent values sitting there when I picked. Rashard Mendenhall should replicate his big year as the only big-time back in Pittsburgh, so I couldn't pass on him, and getting Knowshon Moreno and DeAngelo Williams later on makes me very strong there. I just couldn't pass up great players at my picks.
My favorite draft pick was: Steve Smith in Round 7, the last pick in Round 7. The guy's not dead! He's still extremely fast and a very hard worker. I really lucked out considering that I took only one receiver with my first six picks.
If I could have had one more pick, I would have taken: Nate Washington. The ex-Steeler will be on a team throwing a lot in Tennessee, especially if Chris Johnson is out.
The grade I give myself is: A-
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Kevin Goodwin
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Jamey Eisenberg
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.03 Chris Johnson 9.03 Ben Roethlisberger
2.10 Hakeem Nicks 10.10 Eli Manning
3.03 Mike Wallace 11.03 DeMarco Murray
4.10 Jason Witten 12.10 Johnny Knox
5.03 LeGarrette Blount 13.03 Roy Helu
6.10 Danny Amendola 14.10 Cowboys
7.03 Mike Tolbert 15.03 Nate Kaeding
8.10 Jonathan Stewart    
My favorite draft pick was: Danny Amendola in Round 6. Amendola is going to be a star in this offense, and he has the potential for 100 catches. I might have reached for him a round or two early, but I'll take the chance that the production matches the potential.
My running back strategy was: Take a stud at No. 3 overall, which I did with Chris Johnson, and then take at least three more capable starting options through Round 8. I ended up with LeGarrette Blount, Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart. None of them are great receivers out of the backfield, but all three could end up with double digits in touchdowns.
My wide receiver strategy was: To take two Top 10 guys through Round 3, which I did with Hakeem Nicks and Mike Wallace. Then I wanted to get another potential starter before Round 7, and I did that with Amendola. After that, I wanted one more receiver with upside, so I took a chance on Johnny Knox. He might be down now, but Knox could easily rebound.
The grade I give myself is: A
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: No one.
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Jeff Tobin
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.04 Ray Rice 9.04 Plaxico Burress
2.09 Frank Gore 10.09 Jerome Simpson
3.04 Wes Welker 11.04 Ricky Williams
4.09 Brandon Lloyd 12.09 Jordy Nelson
5.04 Matt Ryan 13.04 Matt Hasselbeck
6.09 Tony Gonzalez 14.09 Bears
7.04 Joseph Addai 15.04 Neil Rackers
8.09 LaDainian Tomlinson    
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Brandon Lloyd in Round 4. I felt like I needed to get another receiver with a top pick, but I would've been better off going with an elite tight end given the depleted receiver options available.
My running back strategy was: Grab two top reception-heavy backs with my first two picks. Ray Rice was a no-brainer at No. 4 overall and I think I stole Frank Gore near the end of the second round.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: I stuck with my plan to draft two receivers with my third and fourth picks. I think that was a mistake because I missed out on the elite tight ends and settled for middle of the road with a pick too high in the draft.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Dave Richard
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John Garcia
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.01 Adrian Peterson 9.01 Michael Bush
2.12 Mike Williams 10.12 Mike Sims-Walker
3.01 Michael Turner 11.01 Brandon Jackson
4.12 Santonio Holmes 12.12 Donovan McNabb
5.01 Peyton Manning 13.01 Greg Little
6.12 Sidney Rice 14.12 Dolphins
7.01 Kellen Winslow 15.01 Matt Bryant
8.12 Lance Moore    
My favorite draft pick was: Michael Turner. Though it is a PPR league, a back of his caliber should not fall into the third round. He has 39 touchdowns in 42 games as a Falcon.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: To wait. People went on a WR binge early on, and I stocked up Adrian Peterson and Turner in two of my first three picks while snagging a No. 1 option in-between in Mike Williams. I then went on my PPR wide receiver binge with solid second-tier guys.
If I could have had one more pick, I would have taken: Denarius Moore. He has been booming in Jacoby Ford's absence in camp and figures to get plenty of opportunity in the speed-crazed Oakland offense even when he returns.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Adam Moore
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Kevin Goodwin
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.09 Andre Johnson 9.09 Brandon Jacobs
2.04 Reggie Wayne 10.04 Braylon Edwards
3.09 Peyton Hillis 11.09 James Starks
4.04 Jahvid Best 12.04 James Jones
5.09 Ryan Mathews 13.09 Maurice Morris
6.04 Tony Romo 14.04 Patriots
7.09 Owen Daniels 15.09 Stephen Gostkowski
8.04 Deion Branch    
My wide receiver draft strategy was: Get them early. Picking late in Round 1 gave me the perfect chance to draft two stud wideouts with my first two picks. I'll never bench Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne.
My favorite draft pick was: This might sound strange but I really like the value of getting Brandon Jacobs with my ninth-round pick. Will he catch 50 passes? Of course not, but he will play plenty, and he's always done well when sharing the ball. I was glad to draft him as a backup.
If I could have had one more pick, I would have taken: A backup quarterback. Drafting Tony Romo made it easy to pass on another quarterback simply because I hope to have Romo start every game. But David Garrard plays at home vs. the Bengals on Romo's bye week -- I'll have to pick him up off waivers so I can use him that week.
The grade I give myself is: B+
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Peter Madden
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Mike Freeman
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.06 Maurice Jones-Drew 9.06 Hines Ward
2.07 Miles Austin 10.07 Rashad Jennings
3.06 Vincent Jackson 11.06 Willis McGahee
4.07 Dallas Clark 12.07 Eagles
5.06 Steve Johnson 13.06 Louis Murphy
6.07 Fred Jackson 14.07 Cam Newton
7.06 Pierre Thomas 15.06 David Buehler
8.07 Josh Freeman    
My favorite draft pick was: Vincent Jackson: I think he's in for a monster season.
My running back draft strategy was: I wanted MJD. I'm not worried about his knee.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: Get Miles Austin at all costs.
The grade I give myself is: B+
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Dave Richard
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Peter Madden
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.11 Matt Forte 9.11 Rob Gronkowski
2.02 Larry Fitzgerald 10.02 Jacquizz Rodgers
3.11 Drew Brees 11.11 Kevin Kolb
4.02 DeSean Jackson 12.02 Mike Williams
5.11 BenJarvus Green-Ellis 13.11 Jets
6.02 Mark Ingram 14.02 Cadillac Williams
7.11 Julio Jones 15.11 David Akers
8.02 Reggie Bush    
My favorite pick was: Larry Fitzgerald. Was he a bargain? No, but the hunch I get is that Kolb-to-Fitzy is going to be one of the big storylines of 2011, especially with Fitzgerald looking to land a big contract. He could have his biggest season to date.
The pick I regret was: Reggie Bush. I wait until he lands with a dormant offense before I invest in him in Fantasy. Probably could have spent that pick on a more reliable running back.
My quarterback strategy was: For some reason Brees fell. I would have rather waited, but at some point in every draft a player becomes available that you simply can't pass up.
My draft grade is: B
My toughest competition will be: Dave Richard
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Patriots' Tom Brady on Deflategate: 'My feelings got hurt'
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9:33 am ET) If you have been out of the loop for the last week, then you might be unaware the Patriots have been under a lot of scrutiny since the AFC title game due to improperly inflated footballs used against the Colts. The media hoopla has transformed the controversy into what we know as Deflategate.

If you haven't been out of the loop, then you are well aware of the nonstop coverage it has received the last week and despite the Patriots pleas for it to go away, it just won't.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had to deal with the backlash from Deflategate, and he found himself talking about the subject again Monday morning during an interview with WEEI.

“It’s all speculation,” Brady said. “I’ve tried to wrap my head around it, too. I’ve done that and I’m trying to move past that, because I continue to try to rehash things. I personalized a lot of things and thought this was all about me, and my feelings got hurt. Then I moved past it, because it’s not serving me. What’s serving me is try to prepare for the game ahead. I’ll deal with whatever happens later. I’ll have my opportunity to try to figure out what happened and figure out a theory like everyone else is trying to do. But this isn’t the time for that. Honestly, I’m not interested in trying to find out right now, because we have the biggest game of our season ahead.”

One topic Brady didn't have a problem addressing was the speculation coach Bill Belichick threw him under the bus during a press conference on Thursday. But Brady came to the defense of Belichick, who has won three Super Bowls as the Patriots coach.

“I’ve never once felt that we’re not on the same page,” Brady said. “He’s a great coach. He’s the only coach I’ve ever played for; he’s the only coach I’d ever want to play for. There’s a lot of people over the years that have criticized him, but I’d say there’s not one player who’s every played for him who’s not had an unbelievable amount of respect for him and how he prepares and his diligence and his preparation."

Giants' Odell Beckham says he played with hamstring tears
by Chris Cwik |
(12:24 am ET) Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham said he played all season with two tears in his hamstrings, according to the New York Daily News.

Beckham took part in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, but admitted he's still not fully healed. Beckham said the injuries prevented him from getting to that "last gear that I wanted to have." He added that the injuries really bothered him against the Eagles and Colts. Beckham said he was "stumbling" and falling over during those games. He added that he's not sure whether he'll ever be 100 percent again.

The rookie had a tremendous season, hauling in 91 balls for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Patriots' Tom Brady meeting with NFL after Super Bowl 49
by Chris Cwik |
(1/25/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doesn't expect to meet with the NFL until after Super Bowl XLIX, according to

The Patriots have been in the headlines all week due to Deflategate, and it appears the situation won't be resolved until after the season. "I believe they're going to do [a meeting] after the season," Brady said. "So we'll deal with it after this game. I think everybody is locked in, ready to go for the Super Bowl." Both Brady and coach Bill Belichick have held separate press conferences during the week to deny the team's involvement in deflating their footballs. 

The Patriots are subject to punishment from the NFL if the league finds any wrongdoing during the investigation. 

Earl Thomas on bad shoulder: 'I'll still play fearless'
by Larry Hartstein |
(1/25/2015) Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, who dislocated his shoulder in the NFC Championship Game, could remain limited in practice this week ahead of the Super Bowl, reports the Seattle Times. But he said he won't be thinking about the injury against the Patriots.

"When I come alive nothing is limited,’’ he said. “I’ll still play fearless, throw my body around, and let whatever happens, happens.’’

Thomas did allow that he might have to rely more on his teammates.

“My mindset is I have an opportunity to really trust my teammates,’’ he said. “This is the first game I’m going to have to trust them because of my injury. So I really, really, really trust my teammates, and that’s what I’m banking on, my teammates doing what they need to do and I need to come through myself.’’

It's unclear if Thomas will need offseason surgery.

The Seahawks are 1-point underdogs after opening as 2.5-point favorites.

Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck pondering retirement
by Larry Hartstein |
(1/25/2015) Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck told he's not sure if he'll retire or return for a 17th season. Hasselbeck, 39, appeared in four games this season and played well, posting a 102.6 passer rating.

He's set to hit unrestricted free agency.

Colts expected to part ways with center A.Q. Shipley
by Larry Hartstein |
(1/25/2015) Colts center A.Q. Shipley is headed for unrestricted free agency, and the team is expected to let him go, reports 

"Shipley went from starting in Week 1 to losing his starting job, to being inactive, to being the third-string center," the report said. "All without any explanation from coach Chuck Pagano or anybody in the front office."

Shipley, 28, has played in 45 career games, starting 19.

Report: Dolphins aim to re-sign TE Charles Clay
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(1/25/2015) The Dolphins have privately indicated they want to re-sign impending free agent tight end Charles Clay and will make him an offer in coming weeks, reports the Miami Herald. Clay caught 58 passes for 605 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games this season.

Miami also is high on Clay's backup, Dion Sims, who's signed through 2016, the paper said.

Browns extremely thin -- and short -- at wide receiver
by Larry Hartstein |
(1/25/2015) With wideout Josh Gordon facing a one-year suspension, the Browns are dangerously thin at receiver entering 2015. notes the Browns have two returning slot receivers in Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel and "an undersized situational receiver" in 5-10 Travis Benjamin.

Miles Austin is scheduled for unrestricted free agency after catching 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. Tight end Jordan Cameron also is set to be an unrestricted free agent.

Hawkins, a 5-7, 180-pounder, led the team with 63 grabs for 824 yards, with two touchdowns. Cleveland failed to add a wideout in last year's draft but almost certainly must address the position in the 2015 draft.

Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas to practice this week
by Larry Hartstein |
(1/25/2015) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told SiriusXM NFL Radio that cornerback Richard Sherman (elbow) and safety Earl Thomas (shoulder) will practice this week and should be "good to go" for the Super Bowl. Both got hurt in the NFC Championship Game.

Seattle is a 1-point underdog to the Patriots after opening as a 2.5-point favorite.

New optimism regarding Justin Blackmon's potential return
by Larry Hartstein |
(1/25/2015) A lot of people inside the NFL are optimistic Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon is "overcoming his issues" and will be back in the league in 2015, reports Fox Sports. Blackmon got suspended in November 2013 following his third violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.

He checked into a treatment facility last September. General manager Dave Caldwell said recently he hopes Blackmon wins reinstatement, but is not counting on it.