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2012 Fantasy Football Draft Index

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Our Dave Richard, Jamey Eisenberg and Nathan Zegura are ready to help you win your Fantasy leagues in 2012. Check back frequently through the month of August as we cover every possible angle heading into Draft Day to give you a leg up on your competition.

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Rankings, projections, stats and more

Player Rankings | Player Profiles | Top 200 overall | Top 200 point-per-reception | Projections
Current CBSSports.com Draft Averages | Updated team-by-team depth charts | 2011 Fantasy stats

Mock Drafts

10-team standard scoring | 12-team standard scoring | 14-team standard scoring
10-team PPR scoring | 12-team PPR scoring | 14-team PPR scoring | 12-team, three-WR
Two-quarterback formats | 12-team IDP | 12-team auction

Pick -by-pick Draft Day strategies

No. 1 overall | No. 2 overall | No. 3 overall | No. 4 overall | No. 5 overall | No. 6 overall | No. 7 overall | No. 8 overall
No. 9 overall | No. 10 overall | No. 11 overall | No. 12 overall

Downloadable Draft Kits

12-team standard scoring | 12-team point-per-reception scoring | Individual Defensive Player scoring

More from Senior Fantasy Writer Jamey Eisenberg ...

    Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
   
    Jamey's Rankings | Top 200 | Top 200 PPR | Projections | Sleepers | Breakouts | Busts
Jamey's take on Draft Day 2012
Old faces in new places: Which veterans with new addresses have new value heading into 2012?
Ranking the running back tandems: Which backfield tandems should you target and avoid?
Third-year receivers in 2012: Identifying receivers about to enter their "breakout" season
Buy-low candidates: Looking for bargains on Draft Day? Here are some names.
Ranking the rookies for 2012 and beyond: Which first-year players will shine right out of the gate?
Bounce-back candidates: Spotlighting players coming off a subpar season and why they'll bounce back.
Predicting targets and red zone touches: Forecasting the stats that every owner cares about.
Reader strategies: We'll be asking successful owners what their strategies are and evaluate them.
How to manage your bench on Draft Day: Don't waste those final draft picks! Build a bench.
It's all about location on Draft Day: Where you pick in the first round impacts your entire draft.
Average Draft Position analysis: Which players are going too high or too low in our drafts?
Jamey's Fantasy Predictions for 2012
1. Michael Vick will finish the year as a Top 5 Fantasy quarterback
2. Why Eli Manning will be better than Peyton Manning in 2012
3. Darren McFadden will enjoy a career season
4. Adrian Peterson will struggle to return to form in 2012
5. Kevin Smith will finish as Detroit's most productive runner
6. Stevan Ridley will have a better year than BenJarvus Green-Ellis
7. Andre Johnson will finish the season as an elite Fantasy performer
8. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will put up career seasons
9. DeSean Jackson will return to elite receiver status
10. Jermaine Gresham will be this year's breakout tight end

More from Senior Fantasy Writer Dave Richard ...

    Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
   
    Dave's Rankings | Top 200 | Top 200 PPR | Projections | Sleepers | Breakouts | Busts
Dave's take on Draft Day 2012
Breaking down all 32 offensive lines: And you thought offensive linemen don't have an impact in Fantasy.
IDP strategies and rankings: Who should you target in IDP formats in 2012?
Players in search of a big pay day: Which veterans with new addresses have new Fantasy value heading into 2012?
Running back breakdowns: Which running backs have too much wear on the tires? We'll spotlight them.
One-hit wonders: Don't be fooled by last year's overachievers. These guys won't live up.
Assessing runners with risk: Taking a clear stance on polarizing runners
Running back tiers and strategies: A must-read and have on Draft Day for any serious owner.
Wide receiver tiers and strategies: Which receivers should you target and avoid? We've got a comprehensive list.
Quarterback tiers and strategies : Don't want to spend an early pick on a signal caller? We've got a plan.
Tight end tiers and strategies: The position is growing in Fantasy. Which players are next to burst onto the scene?
A schedule for success: Don't think breaking down the full schedule will have an impact on Draft Day?

More from Senior Fantasy Writer Nathan Zegura ...

    Nathan Zegura | Senior Fantasy Writer
   
    Nathan's Rankings | Top 200 | Projections | Sleepers | Breakouts | Busts
Nathan's take on Draft Day 2012
AFC East Fantasy preview: A look at the key Fantasy figures from the AFC East
AFC North Fantasy preview: A look at the key Fantasy figures from the AFC North
AFC South Fantasy preview: A look at the key Fantasy figures from the AFC South
AFC West Fantasy preview: A look at the key Fantasy figures from the AFC West
NFC East Fantasy preview : A look at the key Fantasy figures from the NFC East
NFC North Fantasy preview: A look at the key Fantasy figures from the NFC North
NFC South Fantasy preview : A look at the key Fantasy figures from the NFC South
NFC West Fantasy preview : A look at the key Fantasy figures from the NFC West
Changes in the Fantasy landscape: A look at how our little game has changed and what you can learn.
Quarterback Fantasy trends : The latest statistical observations to help you address the position on Draft Day.
Running back Fantasy trends: We look at the evolution of the critical Fantasy position.
Wide receiver Fantasy trends: The latest statistical Fantasy analysis at the receiver spot.
Tight end Fantasy trends: Will the position continue to emerge in Fantasy?
Average Draft Position analysis: Which guys are going too high or too low in CBSSports.com drafts?
Basic strategies for Draft Day 2012: How should you approach your draft? We've got some options.

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Player News
Report: Teams approach Jets about Muhammad Wilkerson trade
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) At least two teams have approached the Jets about trading for defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, ESPN reports.

Wilkerson is reportedly seeking a new contract this offseason and skipped new coach Todd Bowles' voluntary workouts. The Jets, who pick No. 6 Thursday, could be in position to land top defensive-line prospect Leonard Williams in the draft. Wilkerson has recorded 24.5 sacks over his first four seasons.


Falcons' Joe Hawley to rehab during minicamp
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:42 am ET) Falcons center Joe Hawley said he will continue his rehab from a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee at voluntary minicamp Tuesday, ESPN reports.

Hawley, who suffered the injury last September, is confident he'll return to full speed by training camp in late July. James Stone, who replaced the starting center last season, will likely continue to replace him for any drill work as Hawley continues his rehab.


Broncos waive Quanterus Smith
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:37 am ET) The Broncos have waived defensive end Quanterus Smith, the Denver Post reports. The team confirmed the move Tuesday.

Smith played in 15 games last season as DeMarcus Ware's backup on the line, recording 11 tackles and no sacks. He was placed on the injured reserve with a knee injury before the team's divisional-round loss against the Colts. His role next season could go to Shaquil Barrett, who was added to the roster before that playoff loss.


Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson: I'm entering make or break year
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:23 am ET) Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson followed up a promising rookie season by catching just 33 passes for 384 yards and one touchdown in 2014 while making just six starts. He feels like 2015 will be a make or break year, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

"This year is going to make me or break me, and I hope I step up and have a good role in this offense," Patterson said Monday during the second week of voluntary workouts.

Patterson worked out in San Francisco last month while many of his offensive teammates were working out in Los Angeles.

"I feel like I needed to work on something different from what those guys were doing," Patterson said. "So I went to San Francisco."

He indicated he touched up on some skills that needed refining.

"This whole offseason, I spent a lot of time just thinking to myself, 'How can I get better?' " he said. "I just want to let my game speak for itself. I just focused on the little things that really matter, and I hope this year will be way better than last year. Just route running. Growing up, I was always athletic and could just do anything. I'm in the NFL now, so I just have to focus on my craft and just work at route running, getting in and getting out of breaks and stuff like that."

Patterson could open the season as the team's slot receiver depending on how the Vikings approach this weekend's draft.


Vikings LB Chad Greenway unsure if he'll play beyond 2015
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:12 am ET) Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway will play his 10th season with the team in 2015 but is unsure of whether he'll hang up his cleats at the end of the season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

"I don’t know how it’s going to go," Greenway said Monday. "I’ll tell you I’m enjoying everything with the idea of, 'Who knows? We’ll see.' Ten years is sort of that unwritten (goal). Everyone wants to get there. We’ll see what happens."

Greenway ranked No. 38 out of 40 outside linebackers in a 4-3 scheme, per Pro Football Focus, but his teammates still see him as a pivotal part of the team.

"I love it," defensive end Everson Griffen said. "That’s a big leader. He was our defensive caller last year. When we didn’t have him in sometimes it was kind of rough to get the calls in, but having in him, he’s a big vocal point of our team. He’s a leader. He’s been here. This is his 10th season. So I’m happy the guy’s still here. I love him like a brother."

Greenway agreed to restructure his contract in late March to return to the Vikings for his 10th season.


Rams not expected to pick up 2016 option on S Mark Barron
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) The Rams are not expected to pick up the 2016 option on safety Mark Barron, reports ProFootballTalk.com. 

The Rams acquired Barron from the Buccaneers in a trade midseason last year for a fourth- and sixth-round pick in this year’s draft. 

He started all seven games he was with the Rams in 2014. 

The Rams will evaluate Barron's play in 2015 before deciding if they'll pursue a new contract.


Giants waive running back Michael Cox
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Giants have waived running back Michael Cox, the team has announced.

Cox played in four games in 2014, having his season cut short after suffering a fractured leg in Week 10.

A seventh-round draft choice in 2013, Cox played in 18 games and started one in two seasons for the Giants.

Rams to exercise fifth-year option on DT Michael Brockers
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) The Rams have announced that they will exercise the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Michael Brockers, keeping him with the club through at least 2016, per NFL.com. 

Brockers was drafted No. 14 overall in 2012 by the Rams and has started every game for the team the last two seasons. 

The former LSU standout will earn over $5 million in 2016 after signing a four-year, $9.52 million rookie deal.


Report: Eagles excercise fifth-year option on Fletcher Cox
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Eagles have reportedly exercised their fifth-year team option on defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, according to NFL Network.

Cox is entering his four season in Philadelphia, where he has missed just one game his career. Cox has totaled 109 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks in his three seasons with the club.


Bills release DB Jonte Green
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) After signing him in January, the Bills have released defensive back Jonte Green, the team has announced.

Green was drafted by the Lions in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of New Mexico State.

He played 24 games with seven starts over the 2012 and 2013 seasons for the Lions and totaled 38 tackles, one sack, seven passes defensed and one interception.

He did not play in the NFL in 2014.


 
 
 
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