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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
Bills RB Anthony Dixon recovering from knee surgery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:40 pm ET) Bills running back Anthony Dixon tweeted a photo of himself indicating he underwent surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his knee, reports ESPN.com. Dixon ran for 432 yards and two touchdowns last season, averaging 4.1 yards per carry.

Raiders not expected to re-sign DT Pat Sims
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:23 pm ET) Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims saw his playing time decrease in 2014, and the team is unlikely to re-sign him, reports ESPN.com. Sims played 37 percent of the defensive snaps and finished with 25 tackles and no sacks.

Sims, 29, spent the past two seasons with Oakland after a five-year run in Cincinnati.


Packers not expected to make offer to WR Jarrett Boykin
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:29 am ET) Packers wideout Jarrett Boykin is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and it's unlikely the team even makes him an offer, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Boykin lost the No. 3 receiver job this season to rookie Davante Adams, who outperformed any Packers rookie wideout since James Jones in 2007.

Boykin finished the year with the same number of catches as drops, three, the paper noted.

If Randall Cobb re-signs with Green Bay, the Packers will enter 2015 with Jordy Nelson, Cobb and Adams as their three primary wideouts.


Jaguars MLB Paul Posluszny says he'll be 100 percent for OTAs
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9:16 am ET) Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny, who tore his pectoral muscle and missed the last nine weeks of the season, told the team's website he's recovering well from surgery and will be 100 percent for the offseason program starting in mid-April.

"That shouldn't be an issue for us," he said.

Posluszny posted six straight years of 100-plus tackles until making 69 in seven games this season.


Tamba Hali says he wants to be back in Kansas City in 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:45 am ET) Outside linebacker Tamba Hali once again expressed an interest in returning to the only team he's ever played for in the Chiefs.

"At this stage of my career, it isn’t about money," Hali said. "The Kansas City Chiefs have taken care of me, financially. I have some good people in my corner that have positioned me to be able to live a lifestyle a lot of people won’t be able to live. So I’m not one of those guys who gets all bent out of shape over money. I love playing the game, I want to win a championship in Kansas City."

Hali totaled 59 tackles including six sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games. It was his lowest sack total since 2008.

"If money is going to be a hindrance in doing that, we’ll find a way … we’ve got to get Justin (Houston) paid and get our guys, Dee Ford, ready to be playing at a higher level … but we’ve got to get Houston paid, I’m optimistic about that … that’s something we’ve got to get done."


Report: Seahawks' Richard Sherman finishes elbow treatment
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said Tuesday his elbow is improving daily and he's finished with treat, according to Ed Werder of ESPN. 

According to Werder, Sherman tore ligaments in his elbow in the NFC Championship game against the Packers. Sherman was seen grimacing in pain throughout the game after suffering the injury.

The Seahawks are currently 1-point underdogs for the Super Bowl, according to VegasInsider.com.


Seahawks GM: Russell Wilson's contract to present roster challenge
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) The Seahawks are preparing to re-sign quarterback Russell Wilson. With Wilson making under $1 million per year in his first three seasons, Seattle has been able to give other players contract extensions. Now, general manager John Schneider knows it will be tough on the team to get Wilson at the hefty price tag.

"It presents challenges, there is no question," Schneider said. "We haven’t sat down with his representatives. We are still going to be drafting young players and playing young players, so we might not be able to dip into free agency like you may want to here and there or compensate somebody else that you want to compensate that is already on your team, but just the fact that we’re going to continue to keep drafted players and playing young players should help us compensate for whatever level of compensation (for Wilson’s contract) is."

Wilson threw for 3,475 yards in 2014 with 20 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. He also ran for 849 yards and six touchdowns.


Cardinals' Drew Stanton says he'll be healthy by April
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton is on the road to recovery. The 30-year-old quarterback is in the middle of a rehab program to be able to get back on the field this spring

"I’ll be full strength by time we start offseason program," Stanton said at Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day. "I don’t really need to do anything now so just kinda let my body rest to get away from the game a little bit, spend time with my family and get refreshed for next season."

Stanton said he would have needed one more week before trying to give it a go in the playoffs with the knee injury.

"I was going to need at least another week to have a shot," Stanton said. "That was my hope. So, I was trying to find ways to get ready to go, talking to the training staff and talking to guys (about) what I can be doing when we would get back from that flight from Carolina. It didn’t work out unfortunately, but it was a difficult situation the way everything ended. At the same time, I think that the building blocks are starting to fall into place for us." 


Bengals OC Hue Jackson still believes in QB Andy Dalton
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson missed quarterback Andy Dalton's Pro Bowl performance Sunday. Despite hearing about his 9 of 20 passing performance, Jackson said Tuesday to ESPN he still has faith in Dalton to get the job done.

"I'm not going to stop believing in him," Jackson said. "He's going to have to prove otherwise. I believe this guy has it in him. My job, my charge as I've said before is to have him do it on a consistent basis."

Jackson added he's seen the great Dalton and thinks it's something to build on.

"I see in the first three games of the season a guy that played with moxie and tenacity and aggressiveness, and who played extremely well down that 3-0 stretch," Jackson said.


Seahawks NT Brandon Mebane expected to be full go by April
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Seahawks starting nose tackle Brandon Mebane said the surgery to fix his torn hamstring went well, and he should be full go by April, reports the Seattle Times. Mebane's season was cut short after nine games. He finished with 20 tackles and a sack.

 
 
 
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