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2011 Draft Prep: Our 12-team, two-QB mock draft

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You don't see two quarterbacks on the field very often in the NFL, but we're starting to see two quarterbacks start on the same Fantasy Football team.

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Talk about putting the Fantasy in Fantasy Football. League commissioners are finding that starting multiple signal-callers makes the game tougher to play. Some leagues are opening up their flex spots to allow quarterbacks instead of the traditional mix of running backs-wide receivers-tight ends. Instead of everyone kicking back and waiting for one quarterback to fall into their laps, the pressure is on to take three -- two starters and a bye week replacement.

Basic strategy for leagues that allow a quarterback as a flex is to take advantage simply because quarterbacks tend to put up more points than other positions (though league scoring varies -- look into that before drafting). In leagues that start two quarterbacks, the gameplan should be to pick at least one quality passer early, if not two. Beware the owner who decides to pass on good quarterbacks early in hopes of drafting three or four options later on. Remember, in two-QB leagues most everyone angles for quarterbacks in the early rounds.

This two-quarterback 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 (non-PPR). We feature a starting lineup of 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots, making up a 16-round draft.

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5. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
6. Jim Lanzone, President, CBS Interactive
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8. Paul Prouty, Manager, Customer Service
9. Mike Freeman, National Columnist
10. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Corey Guerrera, Senior Product Manager, Fantasy Sports
12. Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer

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Round-by-Round Draft Results
Round 1 Round 2
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Adrian Peterson 1 Kevin Goodwin Matt Ryan
2 Denny Burkholder Aaron Rodgers 2 Corey Guerrera Rashard Mendenhall
3 Dave Richard Michael Vick 3 Jamey Eisenberg LeSean McCoy
4 Jeff Tobin Drew Brees 4 Mike Freeman Maurice Jones-Drew
5 Peter Madden Arian Foster 5 Paul Prouty Andre Johnson
6 Jim Lanzone Chris Johnson 6 Will Brinson Calvin Johnson
7 Will Brinson Philip Rivers 7 Jim Lanzone Tony Romo
8 Paul Prouty Ray Rice 8 Peter Madden Darren McFadden
9 Mike Freeman Tom Brady 9 Jeff Tobin Frank Gore
10 Jamey Eisenberg Jamaal Charles 10 Dave Richard Roddy White
11 Corey Guerrera Peyton Manning 11 Denny Burkholder Steven Jackson
12 Kevin Goodwin Michael Turner 12 John Garcia Greg Jennings
Round 3 Round 4
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Matt Schaub 1 Kevin Goodwin DeAngelo Williams
2 Denny Burkholder Matt Forte 2 Corey Guerrera Brandon Marshall
3 Dave Richard Ahmad Bradshaw 3 Jamey Eisenberg Matthew Stafford
4 Jeff Tobin Larry Fitzgerald 4 Mike Freeman Peyton Hillis
5 Peter Madden Josh Freeman 5 Paul Prouty Eli Manning
6 Jim Lanzone LeGarrette Blount 6 Will Brinson Jahvid Best
7 Will Brinson Vincent Jackson 7 Jim Lanzone Mike Wallace
8 Paul Prouty Hakeem Nicks 8 Peter Madden DeSean Jackson
9 Mike Freeman Miles Austin 9 Jeff Tobin Mike Williams
10 Jamey Eisenberg Ben Roethlisberger 10 Dave Richard Marques Colston
11 Corey Guerrera Reggie Wayne 11 Denny Burkholder Joe Flacco
12 Kevin Goodwin Dwayne Bowe 12 John Garcia Dez Bryant
Round 5 Round 6
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Sam Bradford 1 Kevin Goodwin Ryan Grant
2 Denny Burkholder BenJarvus Green-Ellis 2 Corey Guerrera Ryan Mathews
3 Dave Richard Knowshon Moreno 3 Jamey Eisenberg Santonio Holmes
4 Jeff Tobin Shonn Greene 4 Mike Freeman Fred Jackson
5 Peter Madden Kevin Kolb 5 Paul Prouty Antonio Gates
6 Jim Lanzone Matt Cassel 6 Will Brinson Mark Ingram
7 Will Brinson Felix Jones 7 Jim Lanzone Steve Johnson
8 Paul Prouty Cedric Benson 8 Peter Madden Percy Harvin
9 Mike Freeman Mario Manningham 9 Jeff Tobin Mark Sanchez
10 Jamey Eisenberg Wes Welker 10 Dave Richard Dallas Clark
11 Corey Guerrera Jay Cutler 11 Denny Burkholder Brandon Lloyd
12 Kevin Goodwin Anquan Boldin 12 John Garcia Daniel Thomas
Round 7 Round 8
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Austin Collie 1 Kevin Goodwin Chad Ochocinco
2 Denny Burkholder Pierre Garcon 2 Corey Guerrera Marshawn Lynch
3 Dave Richard Kyle Orton 3 Jamey Eisenberg Santana Moss
4 Jeff Tobin Jason Witten 4 Mike Freeman Joseph Addai
5 Peter Madden Jeremy Maclin 5 Paul Prouty Beanie Wells
6 Jim Lanzone Jermichael Finley 6 Will Brinson Jonathan Stewart
7 Will Brinson Cam Newton 7 Jim Lanzone Kenny Britt
8 Paul Prouty Julio Jones 8 Peter Madden Brandon Jacobs
9 Mike Freeman Matt Hasselbeck 9 Jeff Tobin Lance Moore
10 Jamey Eisenberg Mike Tolbert 10 Dave Richard Tim Hightower
11 Corey Guerrera Steve Smith 11 Denny Burkholder Vernon Davis
12 Kevin Goodwin Alex Smith 12 John Garcia Owen Daniels
Round 9 Round 10
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Pierre Thomas 1 Kevin Goodwin Marcedes Lewis
2 Denny Burkholder Sidney Rice 2 Corey Guerrera Reggie Bush
3 Dave Richard Ryan Williams 3 Jamey Eisenberg DeMarco Murray
4 Jeff Tobin Michael Bush 4 Mike Freeman LaDainian Tomlinson
5 Peter Madden Ryan Fitzpatrick 5 Paul Prouty Donovan McNabb
6 Jim Lanzone David Garrard 6 Will Brinson Deion Branch
7 Will Brinson Jimmy Graham 7 Jim Lanzone Ryan Torain
8 Paul Prouty Mike Thomas 8 Peter Madden Rob Gronkowski
9 Mike Freeman Plaxico Burress 9 Jeff Tobin Danny Woodhead
10 Jamey Eisenberg Danny Amendola 10 Dave Richard Hines Ward
11 Corey Guerrera Mike Sims-Walker 11 Denny Burkholder Jacoby Ford
12 Kevin Goodwin Willis McGahee 12 John Garcia Colt McCoy
Round 11 Round 12
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Malcom Floyd 1 Kevin Goodwin Robert Meachem
2 Denny Burkholder Ricky Williams 2 Corey Guerrera Kellen Winslow
3 Dave Richard Braylon Edwards 3 Jamey Eisenberg Greg Olsen
4 Jeff Tobin Lee Evans 4 Mike Freeman Brandon Jackson
5 Peter Madden Isaac Redman 5 Paul Prouty Donald Brown
6 Jim Lanzone A.J. Green 6 Will Brinson Chad Henne
7 Will Brinson C.J. Spiller 7 Jim Lanzone Darren Sproles
8 Paul Prouty Ronnie Brown 8 Peter Madden Johnny Knox
9 Mike Freeman Rashad Jennings 9 Jeff Tobin Thomas Jones
10 Jamey Eisenberg Jason Campbell 10 Dave Richard Rex Grossman
11 Corey Guerrera Javon Ringer 11 Denny Burkholder Cadillac Williams
12 Kevin Goodwin Jason Snelling 12 John Garcia James Starks
Round 13 Round 14
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Greg Little 1 Kevin Goodwin Tim Tebow
2 Denny Burkholder Tarvaris Jackson 2 Corey Guerrera Packers
3 Dave Richard Maurice Morris 3 Jamey Eisenberg Marion Barber
4 Jeff Tobin Davone Bess 4 Mike Freeman Steelers
5 Peter Madden Jordy Nelson 5 Paul Prouty Eagles
6 Jim Lanzone James Jones 6 Will Brinson Giants
7 Will Brinson Mike Williams 7 Jim Lanzone Andy Dalton
8 Paul Prouty Jerome Simpson 8 Peter Madden Blaine Gabbert
9 Mike Freeman Tony Gonzalez 9 Jeff Tobin Ravens
10 Jamey Eisenberg Roy Williams 10 Dave Richard Jets
11 Corey Guerrera Michael Crabtree 11 Denny Burkholder Bears
12 Kevin Goodwin Patriots 12 John Garcia Brandon Pettigrew
Round 15 Round 16
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Cowboys 1 Kevin Goodwin Garrett Hartley
2 Denny Burkholder Brent Celek 2 Corey Guerrera Stephen Gostkowski
3 Dave Richard Vince Young 3 Jamey Eisenberg Matt Bryant
4 Jeff Tobin Jacquizz Rodgers 4 Mike Freeman Mason Crosby
5 Peter Madden Lions 5 Paul Prouty Neil Rackers
6 Jim Lanzone Saints 6 Will Brinson Josh Brown
7 Will Brinson Tashard Choice 7 Jim Lanzone David Akers
8 Paul Prouty Toby Gerhart 8 Peter Madden Nate Kaeding
9 Mike Freeman Derrick Mason 9 Jeff Tobin Sebastian Janikowski
10 Jamey Eisenberg Chargers 10 Dave Richard David Buehler
11 Corey Guerrera John Beck 11 Denny Burkholder Alex Henery
12 Kevin Goodwin Zach Miller 12 John Garcia Adam Vinatieri
Team-by-Team Draft Results
Corey Guerrera
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.11 Peyton Manning 9.11 Mike Sims-Walker
2.02 Rashard Mendenhall 10.02 Reggie Bush
3.11 Reggie Wayne 11.11 Javon Ringer
4.02 Brandon Marshall 12.02 Kellen Winslow
5.11 Jay Cutler 13.11 Michael Crabtree
6.02 Ryan Mathews 14.02 Packers
7.11 Steve Smith 15.11 John Beck
8.02 Marshawn Lynch 16.02 Stephen Gostkowski
My quarterback draft strategy was: Making sure I had one of the top-tier QBs. I ended up with Peyton Manning, because he was the last of the truly elite QBs left on the board. It was a no-brainer and an easy call to make that pick. Cutler could be boom or bust, but I felt comfortable waiting for my No. 2 QB after locking up the always-steady Manning.
The biggest reach of this draft was: Matt Ryan, 13th overall. He's a solid player, and this is a 2-QB league, but Romo was still on the board.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Ryan Torain, round 10. He could very well be the starting RB this year. That's great value for a 10th round pick.
The grade I give myself is: B+
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: No one. I love my squad.
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Dave Richard
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.03 Michael Vick 9.03 Ryan Williams
2.10 Roddy White 10.10 Hines Ward
3.03 Ahmad Bradshaw 11.03 Braylon Edwards
4.10 Marques Colston 12.10 Rex Grossman
5.03 Knowshon Moreno 13.03 Maurice Morris
6.10 Dallas Clark 14.10 Jets
7.03 Kyle Orton 15.03 Vince Young
8.10 Tim Hightower 16.10 David Buehler
My quarterback draft strategy was: To take a quarterback in Round 1 (third overall) and then wait a while for another. I also had a list of low-end passers I'd be happy with as my third quarterback. Picked up Vince Young as a Vick handcuff for good measure. Four quarterbacks. Mission accomplished.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Dallas Clark in Round 6. Not because Clark's bad or anything -- he's very good -- but I could have landed Daniel Thomas there and then potentially picked Clark (or Jason Witten, or Vernon Davis) in Round 7. I broke my rule about reaching for tight ends.
The biggest reach of this draft was: I know it's a two-quarterback league, and that makes owners do wild things, but Kevin Goodwin's pick of Matt Ryan at 13th overall is too hard to ignore.
The grade I give myself is: C
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
1.02 Aaron Rodgers 9.02 Sidney Rice
2.11 Steven Jackson 10.11 Jacoby Ford
3.02 Matt Forte 11.02 Ricky Williams
4.11 Joe Flacco 12.11 Cadillac Williams
5.02 BenJarvus Green-Ellis 13.02 Tarvaris Jackson
6.11 Brandon Lloyd 14.11 Bears
7.02 Pierre Garcon 15.02 Brent Celek
8.11 Vernon Davis 16.11 Alex Henery
My quarterback draft strategy was: Get the best guy available in Round 1, and then turn my attention to running backs.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Brandon Lloyd. I'd have taken Austin Collie instead. He was gone two picks later and he was in my queue.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Ryan Grant in Round 6 (by Kevin Goodwin).
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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Jamey Eisenberg
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.10 Jamaal Charles 9.10 Danny Amendola
2.03 LeSean McCoy 10.03 DeMarco Murray
3.10 Ben Roethlisberger 11.10 Jason Campbell
4.03 Matthew Stafford 12.03 Greg Olsen
5.10 Wes Welker 13.10 Roy Williams
6.03 Santonio Holmes 14.03 Marion Barber
7.10 Mike Tolbert 15.10 Chargers
8.03 Santana Moss 16.03 Matt Bryant
My quarterback draft strategy was: I wasn't planning on taking back-to-back quarterbacks in Round 3 and 4, but I wanted one there. I was glad to see Ben Roethlisberger fall after the long run on quarterbacks, and he went after Josh Freeman, which is nice for me. Matthew Stafford was just too good to pass up in Round 4, and I feel like I have one of the best quarterback duos in this league.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Jason Campbell in Round 11. Not that I mind Campbell in this format as my No. 3 quarterback, but I should have taken Javon Ringer there. In the event Chris Johnson's holdout becomes a significant problem then Ringer is a steal that late. And he went right after I drafted Campbell, which hurts.
The biggest steal of this draft was: There were two in LeSean McCoy and Andre Johnson in Round 2. Because of the early run on quarterbacks, those two first-round picks made it to the middle of the second round. I was able to get McCoy to pair with Jamaal Charles as my top two running backs. Some people would call that the beginning to a championship team.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Jeff Tobin
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Jeff Tobin
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.04 Drew Brees 9.04 Michael Bush
2.09 Frank Gore 10.09 Danny Woodhead
3.04 Larry Fitzgerald 11.04 Lee Evans
4.09 Mike Williams 12.09 Thomas Jones
5.04 Shonn Greene 13.04 Davone Bess
6.09 Mark Sanchez 14.09 Ravens
7.04 Jason Witten 15.04 Jacquizz Rodgers
8.09 Lance Moore 16.09 Sebastian Janikowski
My quarterback draft strategy was: Since I drafted in the top four, grabbing one of the elite quarterbacks was a must, so I went with Brees. I didn't want to pick a second QB until later in the draft and I think Sanchez could have a very good third season.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Michael Bush, ninth round. This is less about Bush and mostly about a third QB. Ryan Fitzpatrick was still available and I could have pulled the trigger, but didn't. Probably should have.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Davone Bess, 13th round. What? I know, but Bess could have a huge season. Not that he should be taken in the early rounds, but to make it to the 13th round? I think he fell too far for someone who has 1,000 yards worth of potential.
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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Jim Lanzone
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.06 Chris Johnson 9.06 David Garrard
2.07 Tony Romo 10.07 Ryan Torain
3.06 LeGarrette Blount 11.06 A.J. Green
4.07 Mike Wallace 12.07 Darren Sproles
5.06 Matt Cassel 13.06 James Jones
6.07 Steve Johnson 14.07 Andy Dalton
7.06 Jermichael Finley 15.06 Saints
8.07 Kenny Britt 16.07 David Akers
My quarterback draft strategy was: Get one stud, get one who's underrated. And get two in first four rounds.
The biggest reach of this draft was: Josh Freeman in Round 3. He's being treated like a stud. Without that five-touchdown game last year he throws for 20 or 22 touchdowns. That's Cutlerville.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Easily my nabbing of Chris Johnson at No. 6 overall in Round 1. Amateur hour, and the amateur won.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: No one. That's for cowards. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.
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John Garcia
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.01 Adrian Peterson 9.01 Pierre Thomas
2.12 Greg Jennings 10.12 Colt McCoy
3.01 Matt Schaub 11.01 Malcom Floyd
4.12 Dez Bryant 12.12 James Starks
5.01 Sam Bradford 13.01 Greg Little
6.12 Daniel Thomas 14.12 Brandon Pettigrew
7.01 Austin Collie 15.01 Cowboys
8.12 Owen Daniels 16.12 Adam Vinatieri
My quarterback draft strategy was: Patience. Especially with the first pick, there was minimal temptation to pick Vick or Rodgers in a two-QB league, but with the depth of the QB class this season it was much more beneficial to wait, and I got Peterson and Jennings with my first two picks.
The biggest reach of this draft was: Rivers at No. 7 overall. I understand the depth of a two-QB league, but the panic displayed in the first round with six QBs selecetd ahead of top-notch Fanatsy studs like LeSean McCoy, Michael Turner, Maurice Jones-Drew and Andre Johnson seems a little excessive with so many solid QBs available.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Kyle Orton in the seventh round. With everyone scrambling for QBs early, there was a failed realization heading into the draft that this is the year for QB depth. There are nearly 15 solid No. 1 options and a handfull more with the potential if they stay healthy (Stafford), and the Orton pick showed solid patience while Dave was able to snag both starting WRs and RBs beforehand.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Jim Lanzone
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Kevin Goodwin
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.12 Michael Turner 9.12 Willis McGahee
2.01 Matt Ryan 10.01 Marcedes Lewis
3.12 Dwayne Bowe 11.12 Jason Snelling
4.01 DeAngelo Williams 12.01 Robert Meachem
5.12 Anquan Boldin 13.12 Patriots
6.01 Ryan Grant 14.01 Tim Tebow
7.12 Alex Smith 15.12 Zach Miller
8.01 Chad Ochocinco 16.01 Garrett Hartley
My quarterback draft strategy was: Picking last in the draft I had to take the best QB option available to me. With many other owners taking QBs before me, I was able to snatch up Matt Ryan and Michael Turner with back-to-back picks. I was going to take another QB when the draft came back to me but opted to wait and get Alex Smith in Round 7 and Tim Tebow in Round 14 to balance out my group.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: I was unsure about having my top two picks coming from the same team, so I might have switched out Turner with LeSean McCoy or Calvin Johnson.
The biggest steal of this draft was: I'm just saying this because he was the last position player taken, but I think Zach Miller could have a big year in Seattle as T-Jack's safety valve. I might not need a second TE, but he could prove to be a big plus for me.
The grade I give myself is: C
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Denny Burkholder
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Mike Freeman
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.09 Tom Brady 9.09 Plaxico Burress
2.04 Maurice Jones-Drew 10.04 LaDainian Tomlinson
3.09 Miles Austin 11.09 Rashad Jennings
4.04 Peyton Hillis 12.04 Brandon Jackson
5.09 Mario Manningham 13.09 Tony Gonzalez
6.04 Fred Jackson 14.04 Steelers
7.09 Matt Hasselbeck 15.09 Derrick Mason
8.04 Joseph Addai 16.04 Mason Crosby
My quarterback draft strategy was: Draft a great one with first pick then hope for the best with second.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Plaxico Burress. He scares me.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Hillis in 4th round. Injury risk but still a great spot to snag him.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Will Brinson
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Paul Prouty
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.08 Ray Rice 9.08 Mike Thomas
2.05 Andre Johnson 10.05 Donovan McNabb
3.08 Hakeem Nicks 11.08 Ronnie Brown
4.05 Eli Manning 12.05 Donald Brown
5.08 Cedric Benson 13.08 Jerome Simpson
6.05 Antonio Gates 14.05 Eagles
7.08 Julio Jones 15.08 Toby Gerhart
8.05 Beanie Wells 16.05 Neil Rackers
My quarterback draft strategy was: To not reach, take the best position players available and see which two QBs fall to me. If Eli can revert to form of the previous two seasons' interception rate, I think he has a chance to move up to the upper echelon of QBs. Additionally, I think McNabb is being overlooked and could be in line for a bounce-back year.
The biggest reach of this draft was: Matt Ryan (first pick of Round 2). I understand that QBs were going off the board. However, I couldn't take a QB that high who had not yet proven to be a top-tier QB; to pass on multiple top tier WRs and RBs seemed like a big reach.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Vernon Davis (11th pick of Round 8). Acquiring a top-tier TE, at a point in the draft when third tier TEs were going off the board, is just a great pick.
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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Peter Madden
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.05 Arian Foster 9.05 Ryan Fitzpatrick
2.08 Darren McFadden 10.08 Rob Gronkowski
3.05 Josh Freeman 11.05 Isaac Redman
4.08 DeSean Jackson 12.08 Johnny Knox
5.05 Kevin Kolb 13.05 Jordy Nelson
6.08 Percy Harvin 14.08 Blaine Gabbert
7.05 Jeremy Maclin 15.05 Lions
8.08 Brandon Jacobs 16.08 Nate Kaeding
My quarterback draft strategy was: To not invest in an elite option. Rather, I decided to go with two guys with upside. Kolb could be the steal of the draft.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Darren McFadden. The guy's already banged up. He plays for the Raiders. Enough said. The biggest reach of this draft was: Matt Ryan with the 13th overall pick. He's good but he shouldn't have gone before Tony Romo or Matt Schaub.
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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Will Brinson
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.07 Philip Rivers 9.07 Jimmy Graham
2.06 Calvin Johnson 10.06 Deion Branch
3.07 Vincent Jackson 11.07 C.J. Spiller
4.06 Jahvid Best 12.06 Chad Henne
5.07 Felix Jones 13.07 Mike Williams
6.06 Mark Ingram 14.06 Giants
7.07 Cam Newton 15.07 Tashard Choice
8.06 Jonathan Stewart 16.06 Josh Brown
My quarterback draft strategy was: Get Cam Newton at all costs. Actually, I wanted Ben/Bradford/Stafford/Kolb to pair with Rivers but with them off the board, Newton was the best option. He's more likely to be a starter than David Garrard or Alex Smith, and I don't like Orton in Fox's offense. Anyone who loves Rodgers and Vick should understand the value/upside of a QB who can run. Plus, people reaching for quarterbacks affords a set of stud WR or RBs.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Newton, but only because I could get him a couple rounds later. And then I wouldn't be subject to all my coworkers naming it the "reach of the draft." I'm fine with Newton as my No. 2 QB, especially with Henne as a backup, and I'll bet Cam outscores any QB taken after him in our draft, but I don't like pricing myself out of value like that.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Eisenberg getting Roethlisberger in the third round. He went RB-RB and then landed Ben, who would've been a Top-6 QB last year if you extrapolate his per-game Fantasy average across a full season. In fact, 'Berger and Stafford were the reasons I took V-Jax in the third and then Jamey hosed me by grabbing both.
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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Sammy Watkins risky in Week 1
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:25 am ET) The Bills haven't had a bonafide No. 1 receiver since the days of Jim Kelly to Andre Reed, but rookie Sammy Watkins has the talent to be their best wide receiver since the franchise's Super Bowl era. Sure, Eric Moulds, Lee Evans and Stevie Johnson were fine, but with the right quarterback, Watkins can be special.

Unfortunately, Watkins will be catching passes from second-year signal caller EJ Manuel. The team seems to have little confidence in Manuel being the answer at quarterback just one year after drafting him in the first round last year. Kyle Orton was pulled out of retirement and handed a pricy one-year deal, and one can easily picture the scenario where he's starting games for the team in November and December.

Will Manuel respond to the job-security threat with elevated play? His best shot is to feed his star rookie early and often. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has made a career off shutting down No. 1 receivers, but he's not the same player at 33 as he was at 25. While he was a plus in coverage as recently as 2012, Tillman struggled on the field between injuries last year. If Watkins had a top-16 quarterback delivering the ball, I'd like him for a big game in Week 1. As it is, Fantasy owners would be best holding off on starting Watkins until the quarterback situation plays itself out for better or for worse.


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(1:04 am ET) Bills running back Fred Jackson will face a Bears team in Week 1 that did a terrible job at defending the run last season. However, his Week 1 success may not be as pre-ordained as that of running mate, C.J. Spiller.

Unlike Spiller, Jackson does much of his work without the benefit of big plays, grinding out his numbers by taking what the defense gives rather than providing a home-run threat on any down. While most of the members of the Bears back seven that was responsible for surrendering so many big plays has returned, the team has overhauled the defense line, signing three new defensive ends and drafting two rotational defensive tackles.

Two of those free-agent additions are Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, the two players that graded out as the best 4-3 defensive ends in run stop percentage last season, per Pro Football Focus. With those two players in tow and second-round draft pick Ego Ferguson taking up space in the middle, Jackson could have difficulty converting on short-yardage or goal-line situations.

It's also fair to wonder how many long scoring drives the Bills will be able to put together if Jackson and the offensive line can't stymie the line's potentially improved rush defense. EJ Manuel hasn't done enough at this point in his career to trust his ability to pick defenses apart with his arm. If the Bills have trouble finding the red zone, Jackson could wind up being a Week 1 Flex option Fantasy owners come to regret.


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(12:39 am ET) Bills running back C.J. Spiller has feasted on big plays ever since emerging as a Fantasy weapon. In 2012, he was third in the league in breakaway percentage, a statistic tracked by Pro Football Focus that determines how much of a player's rushing yardage total is accrued on plays of at least 15 yards. Spiller topped the league in the category last season. Clearly, if he can find a seam, he has the ability to wrea havoc on a defense.

Spiller will be squaring off with the Bears on Sunday. Last season, the Bears turned in by far the worst run defense performance in the league. They surrendered 2,583 rushing yards and 5.3 yards per rush, both marks placing them last in the league. They overhauled the defensive line in the offseason as a result, drafting two rotational defensive tackles and signing three defensive ends.

But if those players can't keep Spiller bottled up at the line all game, he's a threat to break a long touchdown or two. While the Bears run defense was obviously porous as a unit, the back seven was particularly offensive, ranking last in Football Outsiders' second-level yardage and open-field yardage statistics. The Bears didn't do much to upgrade those two levels of the defense either, meaning plenty of broken tackles and long gains are there for the taking if Spiller can find a little daylight. He's a trustworthy RB2 in Week 1 and a must-use in any Flex conversations.


EJ Manuel will look to conquer road woes Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel endured what could at best be described as an uneven rookie season last year. Going 4-6 as a starter, Manuel particularly struggled on the road, where he turned in poor performances against the Jets, Browns, Steelers and Buccaneers before turning in a quality performance against the Jaguars in Week 14, his last game of the season.

Manuel opens this season on the road as well, heading to Soldier Field to take on the Bears Sunday. He'll be facing a new-look Chicago defensive line, rebuilt after the Bears defense struggled to generate a pass rush last season. Whether that pass rush can be effective could be the key to Manuel's success; the quarterback averaged 6.9 yards per attempt when under no pressure last season, but just 5.0 yards per attempt when faced with pressure.

Is there a good reason to start Manuel in Week 1? Not really. Every Fantasy team should be looking at a healthy roster heading into the beginning of the season, and there are anywhere from 14 to 20 QBs worth using over Manuel no matter the matchup. But a good performance in an unfavorable environment against a potentially improved pass rush would go a long way towards making the second-year player Fantasy relevant in 2014.


Patriots claim Don Jones off waivers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Patriots have been awarded safety Don Jones on waivers from the Dolphins and waived offensive lineman Chris Barker in a corresponding move.

The Patriots will likely be looking for some extra insight on their Week 1 opponent after bringing the former Dolphin into the fold. The move leaves the Patriots with six safeties on the roster.


Jets release Ellis Lankster, re-sign A.J. Edds
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Jets released cornerback Ellis Lankster and re-signed inside linebacker A.J. Edds Monday.

Report: Chris Conte to start if medically cleared
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Bears safety Chris Conte will be the team's starting free safety in Sunday's season opener against the Bills, provided he's medically cleared to play, ESPN reports.

Conte has been locked in a position battle with rookie Brock Vereen, and despite suffering a concussion during the team's third preseason game, he's done enough to be named the starter. It wouldn't be surprising to see Vereen overtake Conte in the starting lineup, with the latter grading out as a below-average starter, according to ProFootballFocus.com, who particularly struggles in run support.


Report: Raiders going with Derek Carr over Matt Schaub
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Raiders players have been told the team will start rookie Derek Carr over veteran Matt Schaub at quarterback, reports Fox Sports. Carr threw three touchdown passes in last Thursday's preseason finale while Schaub has battled elbow problems.

Oakland opens the season Sunday at the Jets.


Emmanuel Sanders a strong flex option Week 1
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Assuming Wes Welker returns from his concussion and plays Week 1, teammate Emmanuel Sanders still will be a strong flex option. Colts-Broncos is a guaranteed shootout -- the over/under is a whopping 55, highest on the board -- and Peyton Manning can support three productive Fantasy receivers with ease.

Plus, Manning has taken a liking to Sanders. When Sanders debuted in the third preseason game, the duo hooked up for 67- and 29-yard touchdowns in the first half.

"You just throw it as far as you can, and it's hard to outthrow that guy," Manning told the team's website.

Sanders finished with five catches for 128 yards on eight first-half targets, doing most of that before Welker got concussed. Sanders was not 100 percent for that game; he had just come back from a quad injury.

Now Sanders, who started building chemistry with Manning at informal Duke University workouts, "looks ready for the big stage," the website said.

"Peyton puts it on the money," Sanders said. "He takes pride in throwing the perfect football. He takes pride in being perfect all around, in general. He makes my job easy."

Manning is going to help Sanders reach a level he has not hit before, starting Sunday night.

Redskins complete practice squad
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Redskins filled out their 10-man practice squad by signing safety Akeem Davis and linebacker Chaz Sutton, reports the Washington Post.

 
 
 
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