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2012 Draft Prep: Our 12-team, PPR mock draft

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I was nearly having the perfect draft. It was all coming together so nicely heading into Round 6 in this 12-team PPR mock.

Picking at No. 3 overall, it started out with two stud running backs in LeSean McCoy and Trent Richardson, two receivers with a ton of upside in A.J. Green and Dez Bryant and a bounce back quarterback in Michael Vick. I couldn't be happier. And then it happened.

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Falling in Round 6 was Antonio Gates, and he was two picks away. Mike Freeman was desperate for running backs, and Aleese Kopf was already set with Aaron Hernandez. It appeared as if Gates was mine. But Freeman, to his credit, didn't panic and took Gates. I settled for Torrey Smith, but my perfect team was tarnished. Still, it rounded out nicely and hopefully will be competitive.

In a PPR league where you get one point per reception, the advantage is getting running backs and receivers who catch the ball more than their peers. Darren Sproles is more valuable in this format then Michael Turner, for example. The same goes for Wes Welker compared to Greg Jennings.

You can see some of the other decisions these owners made, like when to draft Adrian Peterson, Matt Ryan vs. Peyton Manning or Denarius Moore vs. Randy Moss. All of these questions will be answered in this mock draft, including many others. You should use it as an early guide on what to expect heading into training camp.

As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our 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, one point for every 25 yards passing and one point for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be five reserve spots for a 14-round draft. This lineup reflects our CBSSports.com free Fantasy Football game.

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We also had a special guest join us for this draft as Kyle Moulton, a randomly selected reader, was chosen on Twitter to mock with us. This is something we plan to do going forward, so be on the lookout for your chance to draft with us.

Our draft order is as follows ...

1. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
5. Mike Freeman, National NFL Insider
6. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
7. Kyle Moulton, Twitter follower
8. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
9. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
11. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor
12. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Writer

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Richard Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2 Zegura Ray Rice, RB, BAL
3 Eisenberg LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
4 Kopf Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
5 Freeman Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
6 Tobin Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
7 Moulton Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
8 Aizer Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
9 White Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
10 Madden Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
11 Darst Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
12 Hurcomb Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
13 Hurcomb Roddy White, WR, ATL
14 Darst Wes Welker, WR, NE
15 Madden Drew Brees, QB, NO
16 White Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
17 Aizer DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
18 Moulton Matt Forte, RB, CHI
19 Tobin Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
20 Freeman Tom Brady, QB, NE
21 Kopf Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
22 Eisenberg Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
23 Zegura Cam Newton, QB, CAR
24 Richard Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
25 Richard Julio Jones, WR, ATL
26 Zegura Darren Sproles, RB, NO
27 Eisenberg A.J. Green, WR, CIN
28 Kopf Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
29 Freeman Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
30 Tobin Steven Jackson, RB, STL
31 Moulton Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
32 Aizer Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
33 White Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
34 Madden Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
35 Darst Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
36 Hurcomb Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
37 Hurcomb Steve Smith, WR, CAR
38 Darst Jason Witten, TE, DAL
39 Madden Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
40 White Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
41 Aizer Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
42 Moulton Eli Manning, QB, NYG
43 Tobin Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
44 Freeman Miles Austin, WR, DAL
45 Kopf Michael Turner, RB, ATL
46 Eisenberg Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
47 Zegura Marques Colston, WR, NO
48 Richard Tony Romo, QB, DAL
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
49 Richard Doug Martin, RB, TB
50 Zegura Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
51 Eisenberg Michael Vick, QB, PHI
52 Kopf Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
53 Freeman Frank Gore, RB, SF
54 Tobin Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
55 Moulton Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
56 Aizer Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
57 White Roy Helu, RB, WAS
58 Madden Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
59 Darst Philip Rivers, QB, SD
60 Hurcomb Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
61 Hurcomb Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
62 Darst Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
63 Madden DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
64 White Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
65 Aizer Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
66 Moulton Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
67 Tobin Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
68 Freeman Antonio Gates, TE, SD
69 Kopf Eric Decker, WR, DEN
70 Eisenberg Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
71 Zegura Vernon Davis, TE, SF
72 Richard Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
73 Richard BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
74 Zegura Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
75 Eisenberg Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
76 Kopf Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
77 Freeman Donald Brown, RB, IND
78 Tobin Titus Young, WR, DET
79 Moulton C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
80 Aizer Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
81 White Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
82 Madden Mark Ingram, RB, NO
83 Darst Robert Meachem, WR, SD
84 Hurcomb Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
85 Hurcomb Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
86 Darst Fred Davis, TE, WAS
87 Madden Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
88 White Jahvid Best, RB, DET
89 Aizer Lance Moore, WR, NO
90 Moulton Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
91 Tobin Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
92 Freeman Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
93 Kopf Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
94 Eisenberg Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
95 Zegura James Starks, RB, GB
96 Richard DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
97 Richard Randy Moss, WR, SF
98 Zegura Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
99 Eisenberg Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
100 Kopf Michael Bush, RB, CHI
101 Freeman LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
102 Tobin Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
103 Moulton Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
104 Aizer Felix Jones, RB, DAL
105 White Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
106 Madden Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
107 Darst Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
108 Hurcomb Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
109 Hurcomb Ben Tate, RB, HOU
110 Darst David Wilson, RB, NYG
111 Madden Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
112 White Greg Little, WR, CLE
113 Aizer Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
114 Moulton Nate Washington, WR, TEN
115 Tobin Santana Moss, WR, WAS
116 Freeman Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
117 Kopf Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
118 Eisenberg Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
119 Zegura Shane Vereen, RB, NE
120 Richard Brent Celek, TE, PHI
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
121 Richard Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
122 Zegura Brian Quick, WR, STL
123 Eisenberg Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
124 Kopf Cedric Benson, RB, CIN
125 Freeman Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
126 Tobin Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
127 Moulton Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
128 Aizer Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
129 White Danny Amendola, WR, STL
130 Madden Coby Fleener, TE, IND
131 Darst Mike Williams, WR, TB
132 Hurcomb Jared Cook, TE, TEN
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
133 Hurcomb Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
134 Darst Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
135 Madden Mike Goodson, RB, OAK
136 White Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
137 Aizer 49ers DST
138 Moulton Evan Royster, RB, WAS
139 Tobin David Nelson, WR, BUF
140 Freeman Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
141 Kopf Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
142 Eisenberg Nate Burleson, WR, DET
143 Zegura Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
144 Richard Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
145 Richard Texans DST
146 Zegura Packers DST
147 Eisenberg Steelers DST
148 Kopf Eagles DST
149 Freeman Ravens DST
150 Tobin Bears DST
151 Moulton Patriots DST
152 Aizer Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
153 White Jets DST
154 Madden Giants DST
155 Darst Falcons DST
156 Hurcomb Lions DST
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
157 Hurcomb David Akers, K, SF
158 Darst Dan Bailey, K, DAL
159 Madden Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
160 White Mason Crosby, K, GB
161 Aizer Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
162 Moulton Alex Henery, K, PHI
163 Tobin Randy Bullock, K, HOU
164 Freeman Nate Kaeding, K, SD
165 Kopf Matt Bryant, K, ATL
166 Eisenberg Garrett Hartley, K, NO
167 Zegura Jason Hanson, K, DET
168 Richard Robbie Gould, K, CHI
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
2.5 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
3.8 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
4.5 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
5.8 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
6.5 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
7.8 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
8.5 Lance Moore, WR, NO
9.8 Felix Jones, RB, DAL
10.5 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
11.8 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
12.5 49ers DST
13.8 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
14.5 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Aleese Kopf
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
2.9 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
3.4 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
4.9 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
5.4 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
6.9 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
7.4 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
8.9 Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
9.4 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
10.9 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
11.4 Cedric Benson, RB, CIN
12.9 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
13.4 Eagles DST
14.9 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.12 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
3.1 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
4.12 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
5.1 Doug Martin, RB, TB
6.12 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
7.1 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
8.12 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
9.1 Randy Moss, WR, SF
10.12 Brent Celek, TE, PHI
11.1 Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
12.12 Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
13.1 Texans DST
14.12 Robbie Gould, K, CHI
J. Darin Darst
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
2.2 Wes Welker, WR, NE
3.11 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
4.2 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
5.11 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
6.2 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
7.11 Robert Meachem, WR, SD
8.2 Fred Davis, TE, WAS
9.11 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
10.2 David Wilson, RB, NYG
11.11 Mike Williams, WR, TB
12.2 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
13.11 Falcons DST
14.2 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.10 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
3.3 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
4.10 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
5.3 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
6.10 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
7.3 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
8.10 Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
9.3 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
10.10 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
11.3 Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
12.10 Nate Burleson, WR, DET
13.3 Steelers DST
14.10 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
2.7 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
3.6 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
4.7 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
5.6 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
6.7 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
7.6 Titus Young, WR, DET
8.7 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
9.6 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
10.7 Santana Moss, WR, WAS
11.6 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
12.7 David Nelson, WR, BUF
13.6 Bears DST
14.7 Randy Bullock, K, HOU
Kyle Moulton
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
2.6 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3.7 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
4.6 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
5.7 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
6.6 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
7.7 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
8.6 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
9.7 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
10.6 Nate Washington, WR, TEN
11.7 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
12.6 Evan Royster, RB, WAS
13.7 Patriots DST
14.6 Alex Henery, K, PHI
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2.1 Roddy White, WR, ATL
3.12 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
4.1 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
5.12 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
6.1 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
7.12 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
8.1 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
9.12 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
10.1 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
11.12 Jared Cook, TE, TEN
12.1 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
13.12 Lions DST
14.1 David Akers, K, SF
Mike Freeman
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.8 Tom Brady, QB, NE
3.5 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
4.8 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
5.5 Frank Gore, RB, SF
6.8 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
7.5 Donald Brown, RB, IND
8.8 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
9.5 LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
10.8 Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
11.5 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
12.8 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
13.5 Ravens DST
14.8 Nate Kaeding, K, SD
Nathan Zegura
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.11 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
3.2 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
4.11 Marques Colston, WR, NO
5.2 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
6.11 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
7.2 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
8.11 James Starks, RB, GB
9.2 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
10.11 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
11.2 Brian Quick, WR, STL
12.11 Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
13.2 Packers DST
14.11 Jason Hanson, K, DET
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
2.3 Drew Brees, QB, NO
3.10 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
4.3 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
5.10 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
6.3 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
7.10 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
8.3 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
9.10 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
10.3 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
11.10 Coby Fleener, TE, IND
12.3 Mike Goodson, RB, OAK
13.10 Giants DST
14.3 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
2.4 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
3.9 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
4.4 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
5.9 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
6.4 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
7.9 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
8.4 Jahvid Best, RB, DET
9.9 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
10.4 Greg Little, WR, CLE
11.9 Danny Amendola, WR, STL
12.4 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
13.9 Jets DST
14.4 Mason Crosby, K, GB

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Player News
Julius Thomas' touchdown drought no cause for concern
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:07 pm ET) After his second subpar performance in a row, we have to ask: Are you worried about Broncos tight end Julius Thomas?

Thomas has long been dependent on touchdowns, but he has also been a touchdown machine over the last two seasons. He has at least one touchdown in five of seven games this season and 10 of 14 last season, so he has proven to be a reliable red zone option. In fact, Week 7 and 8 represents the first time he has gone two weeks in a row without scoring.

Thomas recorded nine games with less than 50 yards last season, and has four in seven games already this season, so you pretty much know what you are getting from him. He was still targeted six times overall in each of the last two games even without scoring, a solid number in line with what we have come to expect.

In other words, don't panic. That Thomas failed to score in consecutive games for the first time in two seasons is probably bad luck more than anything indicative of a changing role. He remains one of the most dangerous weapons in the league near the end zone, and should make his return there soon. 


Chargers CB Jason Verrett to 'miss some time' with shoulder issue
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:04 pm ET) Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett is expected to "miss some time" with a shoulder injury, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network on Friday. Verrett suffered the injury Week 8 at Denver had his arm in a sling following the game. He is set to undergo further exams on Friday.

Verrett has one interception and 19 combined tackles on the season.


Colts RB Trent Richardson could be game-time decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:00 pm ET) Colts running back Trent Richardson was officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers in Week 8. Richardson left Week 7 against Cincinnati with a hamstring issue and has not been able to practice all week. Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters he has been doing some rehab work on the side and could be be viewed as a game-time decision leading up to kickoff, per the team's official website.

Colts' Chuck Pagano: WR Reggie Wayne will sit out Week 8
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that wideout Reggie Wayne will miss Sunday's Week 8 clash against the Steelers, according to the team's official website. Wayne was unable to practice all week after suffering an elbow injury Week 7 against the Bengals.

He has 38 catches for 434 yards and a touchdown this season.


Branden Oliver looking like less of a sure thing
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:37 pm ET) After taking the league by storm with consecutive 100-yard rushing games, Chargers running back Branden Oliver has come back down to earth over the last two weeks.

Oliver rushed for just 36 yards on 13 carries in Week 8 against the Broncos, his second straight game with six or fewer Fantasy points. Though it looked like he might take the starting job and run with it, Oliver's struggles over the last two games should leave the door open for Ryan Mathews to take on a solid role when he comes back from his knee injury -- whenever that might be.

As long as Mathews remains out, Oliver will be the go-to back in San Diego, but this is something to keep an eye on. He could remain useful in the Danny Woodhead role, however, even when Mathews is back, so don't expect Oliver to lose all of his value. He has a tough matchup on the way in Week 9, however, with a Dolphins defense that is allowing just 3.70 yards per carry to running backs on the way.  


Eagles in good shape heading into Week 8 game at Arizona
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:31 pm ET) The Eagles have released an injury report Friday that has just one player worse off than questionable. Wide receiver Brad Smith (groin) will not play.

Those designated as questionable are center Jason Kelce (hernia), linebacker Mychal Kendricks (calf) and running back Darren Sproles (knee). Running back Chris Polk (hamstring), linebacker DeMeco Ryans (groin) and cornerback Jaylen Watkins (wrist) are probable.


Keenan Allen still searching for the big play
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:27 pm ET) Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen put together his second double-digit Fantasy point effort of the season Thursday, but does Week 8 represent a turning point in his season?

Allen finally found the end zone for the first time all season en route to a seven-catch, 73-yard effort, which made for his best outing of the season. However, we still see some of the big issues that have limited him all season lurking in Allen's supposed breakout game.

Targets and catches have been there all season for Allen, but he hasn't done much with them, and that was still something of an issue Thursday. He had a season-high 41 yards after the catch, but that came out to an average of just 4.6 per reception. That is still down from 6.2 per catch a year ago.

Allen's role in the offense is still big enough that there is reason for confidence, but his inability to break off the big play remains troubling. Until he starts to turn that trend around, Allen's upside remains limited. 


Patriots RB Shane Vereen not practicing Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:19 pm ET) Patriots running back Shane Vereen was absent from practice Friday for unknown reasons, per ESPN. He was not listed in their previous injury reports and had participated in the team's three previous sessions this week in preparation for the Week 8 game against Chicago.

Vereen, who dealt with a shoulder issue early in the season, is coming off his most productive game of 2014. He rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries and added five catches for 71 yards and his first two receiving touchdowns of the year in Week 7 against the Jets.


Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald not worried about fewer targets
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:19 pm ET) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald is not concerned with his lack of targets this season. The 11-year wideout has not been targeted more than six times in a game this season. Through six games, he's had 23 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown.

Fitzgerald called his slow start, "champagne problems," per the team's official website.

"We all care about our touches and looks, don't get me wrong," Fitzgerald said. "We just don't put our touches and looks in front of what we are trying to accomplish as a team. There is a distinct difference. You are playing ball your whole life, you are in the NFL, you've been 'The Man' your whole life, so you have to put that aside and focus on what is best for your team. I think everyone has a good grasp of that."

Fitzgerald will face the Eagles at home on Sunday. He's scored 10 times in six career appearances against Philadelphia.

Steelers OLB Jarvis Jones eligible to practice Nov. 3
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:13 pm ET) Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones could return to practice as early as Nov. 3, the team is reporting. He has been sidelined since undergoing wrist surgery and was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list.

Jones cannot return to game action until Nov. 17 against Tennessee. He played in the first three games of the season and registered two sacks.


 
 
 
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