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2012 Draft Prep: Our 10-team mock draft

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There are unexpected picks in every draft. Some happen sooner than others. Nothing exemplifies that more than what happened in our recent 10-team standard mock draft.

CBSSports.com NFL blogger Josh Katzowitz has a beat on the league as well as anyone. So when he took Steven Jackson with a first-round pick, he didn't blink an eyelash while the rest of the league did a virtual spit-take. Jackson is considered a borderline No. 1 Fantasy running back and a potential second-round pick, but Katzowitz sees something greater.

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"I originally thought about taking Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. With it being a snake draft, I knew I would get one of those guys in the second round," Katzowitz reasoned. "Because of that early running back run, I wasn't sure that Jackson would have still been there. I know Jackson is getting older, kind of getting toward the end of his career, but I still think he's a workhorse who, even when the Rams are bad, he still produces. Obviously, we saw with Sam Bradford struggling last year with a lack of receivers, there's still a question on whether or not Bradford is a franchise quarterback. You bring in Jeff Fisher, who has had success with Eddie George, Chris Johnson and even Travis Henry, and you know the Rams will run the ball. Looking back on it, I'd do the exact same thing."

While you might disagree with his selection, Katzowitz did several things right that every Fantasy owner should take note of:

1. Recognizing that it would have been suicide for the owner picking 10th to take two elite-tier quarterbacks, he knew he could wait until his next pick to take one.

2. Recognizing the first-round running back frenzy he knew that if he was going to take a quarterback with his next pick, he needed a running back before the talent pool thinned out when it was his turn in Round 3.

3. And perhaps most importanly of all, Katzowitz went with his gut. He has his pulse on the news around the NFL, he's no Fantasy rookie and he's got a good eye for talent. Every Fantasy owner will do his or her own research and make their own decisions about who they like and who they don't like before their draft. He didn't listen to the experts, he made his own choice. We applaud that (partially because he can't blame us later for it).

You might find some other unusual picks in this draft, and that's par for the course for 10-team leagues. Quarterbacks and tight ends were devalued quite a bit in our mock, not a surprise given that there's 10 teams and more than 10 quality quarterbacks and tight ends to start on a weekly basis. As a result, several running backs and receivers were either picked where you might expect or a little bit higher -- nearly all the "steals" were at the deeper positions. This should happen in your 10-team drafts this summer, so be ready for it. Not to mention any unexpected draft choices -- be ready for those too.

We'd love to hear your take on our mock draft. Share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) or post more elaborate comments on our Fantasy Football Facebook page. We're always around and will respond to what you have to say.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 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 Seth Kolbrenner, 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 on Twitter @CBSFantasyFB.

Our draft order was as follows ...

1. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
3. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor
5. Denny Burkholder, NFL Production Editor
6. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
8. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
9. Josh Katzowitz, NFL Blogger
10. Seth Kolbrenner, Twitter follower

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

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Wes Welker expected to be suspended for Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will be suspended for Week 1, according to the Denver Post.

Mike Klis initially reported that there was a chance Welker's suspension wouldn't kick in until after Week 1, but issued an update later. While the NFL has yet to officially announce the suspension, the Broncos have been informed of the move. The team is expected to send out a press release confirming the information Tuesday.


Report: Wes Welker may play Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Update: Welker will be suspended for Week 1, according to the Denver Post. The team is expected to send out a press release shortly.

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker may play Week 1 against the Colts, according to the Denver Post

Welker is expected to be suspended for four games after reportedly testing positive for amphetamines. The league, however, has not officially announced the suspension. Suspensions are typically announced by Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. Since the NFL has yet to announce the move, it's thought Welker could be available for Week 1, but would serve his suspension once the NFL announced the move. 

There are a lot of uncertainties regarding the situation at this time. The club expects Welker to be available, provided he passes concussion protocal, but it remains to be seen how the NFL will handle this suspension. 


Randall Cobb to be tested Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb should be in for a tough test Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Cobb caught just three passes during the preseason, picking up 34 yards and a score. His lack of work shouldn’t be a huge concern, as the Packers offense doesn’t need any fine-tuning. The main thing here is that Cobb is 100 percent healthy after playing in just six games last season due to a leg injury.

His Week 1 production could be dampened by a strong Seahawks DST. Seattle was exceptional against the pass last season, holding opposing wide receivers to just 14.79 Fantasy points per game. That figure was the second-lowest rate in the league. On top of that, Cobb may have to deal with Richard Sherman, who is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Sherman may spend the majority of the game stopping Jordy Nelson, but he could find his way over to Cobb on a few occasions.

Cobb’s versatility makes him a strong candidate to be moved around the Packers’ offense. If Green Bay can create some nice matchups, and Sherman is preoccupied with Nelson, Cobb could be in for a better game than people might expect. 

Despite that, expectations should be tempered. Seattle’s DST was strong last season, and while Green Bay boasts a strong offense, things should be muted Week 1. Cobb is a fine start, considering his upside, but he carries more risk this week due to the matchup.


Jordy Nelson in for a tough test Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson should be in for a difficult test Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Nelson had a quiet preseason, catching just two passes for 19 yards. One of those catches wound up being a touchdown. Despite the lack of action during the preseason, Nelson’s upside with a healthy Aaron Rodgers is well-known among Fantasy owners. That said, he’s going to have to work for everything he gets against Seattle.

The Seahawks rated as the best defense in the league last year. They were strong in every facet of the game. Seattle held opposing wide receivers to just 14.79 Fantasy points per game, the second-lowest figure in the league. To make things even more difficult for Nelson, he’ll likely be covered by Richard Sherman. Sherman, by many counts, is arguably the best corner in the game. 

Still, it’s tough to pass up Nelson’s upside with a healthy Rodgers. The Packers boast an overabundance of weapons, and it’s possible moving Nelson around before the play could put him in a more favorable matchup. Even if Sherman covers him the entire game, Nelson is a good enough receiver to make some noise. While he doesn’t have a great matchup, Week 1 is not the time to take a player as good as Nelson out of your Fantasy lineup. 


Eddie Lacy to have his hands full Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers running back Eddie Lacy will have his hands full Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Lacy is coming off a tremendous rookie season, in which he rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He didn’t get a ton of use during the preseason, but seemed to be in midseason form. Lacy rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries, good for a 5.5 average over two preseason games. He also managed to run in a touchdown.

Though he looked strong in the preseason, Lacy should have a tough time against the Seahawks Week 1. Seattle allowed just 12.32 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs last season. That was the second-lowest rate in the league. While the Seahawks lost three defensive linemen during the offseason, the club is thought to still have the top-rated Fantasy defense.

In many circles, Lacy was considered a strong Fantasy pick after the elite four running backs were off the board. With that in mind, it’s unlikely he’ll be benched in many leagues Week 1. There are better matchups out there, but Lacy is a tough player to sit. Given Green Bay’s offensive capabilities, he’s still a decent start even against the best Fantasy defenses. 


Aaron Rodgers taking on a tough task Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has his work cut out for him Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Rodgers entered the season as one of the top Fantasy options at quarterback, but will take on the best defense in the league. Last season, Seattle held Fantasy quarterbacks to just 10.89 points per game. That was the lowest rate in the league. The Seahawks DST ranked tops in the league in limiting points and yards last year. On top of that, the team forced the most turnovers.

While Seattle lost three members of the defensive line during the offseason, the club is still expected to have one of NFL’s best defenses. If Seattle struggles to get to Rodgers, that could open things up for the Packers offense.

Given the cost to acquire Rodgers, in a snake or auction draft, he’s probably going to start for most Fantasy teams despite his tough Week 1 matchup. While there are better quarterback options for this week, Rodgers still has a strong potential for dominance. He’s healthy and still has a bevy of weapons at his disposal. It might not be Rodgers best game of the season, but he’s shown that he can put up numbers against even the best defensive clubs.


Percy Harvin looking to start the year on the right foot
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(9/2/2014) Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is looking at a strong matchup Week 1 against the Packers.

A quiet preseason was a good preseason for Harvin. After missing nearly all of last season due to a hip injury, Harvin was able to play in all but the final game of the preseason. He missed the fourth game due to a personal issue, and not because of an injury. Harvin caught seven balls for 92 yards in August.

The Packers didn’t boast a strong pass defense last season. The team allowed opposing wide receivers to average 22.94 Fantasy points per game. That wasn’t one of the worst rates in the league, but it was below-average. The team attempted to address this during the offseason, taking Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round. Despite that, there’s no guarantee the team will perform better in the defensive backfield.

Despite the fact that Harvin is a five-year veteran, there are questions about how he’ll be used with the Seahawks. While Harvin was able to play during the club’s playoff run, it was unclear whether he was actually fully healthy last year. Harvin has shown the ability to be a game-changing wide receiver, so it’s assumed the Seahawks will find ways to get arguably their best playmaker the ball. The club has been been incredibly run-heavy over the past few seasons, but a healthy Harvin could make them more balanced. 


Marshawn Lynch ready to roll Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is looking to get off to a good start Week 1 against the Packers.

Lynch had an abbreviated preseason, carrying the ball just three times for 16 yards. That’s probably not a bad thing considering his high workload over the past couple years. Lynch also had a brief holdout during the offseason, but reported to camp in shape, and should be ready to roll.

The Packers weren’t particularly strong against the run last season, giving up 19.18 Fantasy points per week to running backs. That was the eighth worst figure in the league. While the team tried to shore up things defensively during the offseason, the loss of B.J. Raji should make it easier for teams to gash the Packers up the middle. 

With that in mind, Lynch should be a strong start. The Seahawks modus operandi the past couple years has been the run game, and that probably won’t change now. There are concerns about Lynch’s workload and lack of preseason reps, but his pedigree and matchup make this a strong start Week 1. 


Russell Wilson ready to shine Week 1?
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson begins his post-Super Bowl year with a strong matchup against the Packers Week 1. 

Wilson performed well during the preseason, completing 78.6 percent of his passes. He threw for three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Wilson also managed three rushing touchdowns to cap off a strong preseason.

His ability to put up solid Fantasy numbers should be tested Week 1. The Packers did not boast a great defense against the pass last season. The team allowed quarterbacks to score 20.65 Fantasy points, which was the seventh worst clip in the league. Green Bay has been proactive in resolving the issue, drafting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round, but it’s unclear how much better the team’s defensive backs will perform. 

The bigger question will be whether the Seahawks open up the offense for Wilson this season. With Marshawn Lynch out for much of the preseason, Wilson showed the ability to carry the team with his arm. Now that Lynch is back, the team could opt to get back to conservative play-calling with the franchise quarterback. Wilson has all the makings of a strong matchup here, but could get the short end of the stick if the Seahawks pound Lynch.


Matt Forte should live up to billing in Week 1
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(9/2/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte was ranked as a top five Fantasy running back going into the season, and he falls in the top five in both weekly running back rankings from CBSSports.com experts. After setting career highs in rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns, receptions and receiving yardage in 2013, will Forte get this season started off on the right foot in Week 1 against the Bills?

While Buffalo put together a strong defense last season, the team's particular strength was against the pass. Rushers were able to gain 4.4 yards per carry against the Bills, leaving them 23rd in the league in the category. While the Bills did a good job defending against pass-catching backs last season, they now have to play without linebackers Kiko Alonso (season-ending injury) and Nigel Bradham (suspended for Week 1) as well as safety Jairus Byrd (signed with New Orleans).

New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense was just average defending passes against running backs in Detroit last season. Forte has been excellent against Schwartz, who was the head coach of the Lions from 2009 through 2013. He has rushed for 1,005 yards and averaged 4.74 yards per carry while catching 38 passes for 360 yards in 12 career games against the Lions. Ten of those contests came with Schwartz at the helm, and Forte should be able to continue giving the Bills defensive coordinator nightmares this Sunday.


 
 
 
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