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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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Luck felt embarrassed after the championship game and had to think about turning around and playing a week later.

"I mean, it is a privilege, but I am hurting in a sense," Luck said. "But I realize it's an honor to be voted in and the fans really enjoy it. So, I did it."

While Luck was proud of his team for advancing to the championship game, he said this season’s playoff loss was worse than the previous two.

"I think every loss in the playoffs leaves a really, really terrible taste in your mouth," Luck said. "But this one has been worse than the other two because we did get so close. And the way we lost, it was just embarrassing."


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Sanders and the Broncos were eliminated by the Colts in the AFC divisional round. Since that loss, the Broncos' coaching staff has been overhauled, with coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase heading to Chicago.

"Well, Gase is definitely in Chicago right now," Sanders said. "And Peyton says he's going to come back, but I'm not really worried about it, I really just want to win a Super Bowl. So that is all that is on my mind."

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(1/23/2015) The Steelers have re-signed punter Brad Wing to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday.

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