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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
Reggie Bush says he doesn't plan to retire
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:31 pm ET) Three days after being released by the Lions, RB Reggie Bush said he has no plans to retire. 

TMZ reporters confronted Bush outside a Beverly Hills restaurant and asked if Bush, who turns 30 on Monday, was going to quit football. Bush responded with, "No." 

Bush rushed for 297 yards and two touchdowns last season. 


Report: Cowboys to let DeMarco Murray test free agency
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:06 pm ET) The Cowboys will let RB DeMarco Murray test the free-agent market, according to a report from Fox Sports Southwest

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said that negotiations with Murray's agents have been "slow". 

Jones said that Murray "is probably going to get some peace and see what's out in the market, and then we'll talk and see. I do believe deep down he'd love to stay in Dallas."

Murray rushed for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. 


Report: Cowboys to use franchise tag on Dez Bryant
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:15 pm ET) The Cowboys will use the franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant on Monday, according to a report by Fox Sports Southwest

The team has been trying to negotiate a long-term contract with Bryant, a free-agent to be. If a deal can't be made by Monday's franchise tag deadline, the Cowboys will use the tag to keep Bryant a Cowboy. 

"I still think that (it) would be a stretch to think that we would have something done by Monday and beat the franchise-tag deadline," Cowboys VP Stephen Jones told Fox. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal. ... We just don't want to lose his rights."

Bryant had 88 catches for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. 


QB Josh McCown's contract with Browns worth $14 million
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:46 pm ET) Quarterback Josh McCown's deal with the Browns will pay $14 million over three years, a league source told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

With incentives related to playing time and playoff berths, McCown could earn $20 million over the course of the deal.

McCown will earn $6.25 million in fully guaranteed money, with $5.25 million of it coming in the first year of the deal.


Report: Panthers won't re-sign Greg Hardy
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3:18 pm ET) Panthers DE Greg Hardy is scheduled to become a free agent on March 10. He missed most of last season while appealing his conviction for domestic violence. 

Even though the charges were dropped on appeal, the Panthers have no intention of bringing Hardy back, multiple league sources told BlackandBlueReview.com's Bill Voth


Texans' Brian Cushing has had three offseason surgeries
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3:15 pm ET) Texans LB Brian Cushing has had three surgeries since the end of the season. 

In a public appearance on Saturday, Cushing told the Houston Chronicle's John McClain that he's had surgery on his broken right wrist as well as arthroscopic procedures on his left knee and left ankle. 

"It’s not uncommon for stuff like that to happen," he said of the two arthroscopic surgeries. "It’s just little things here and there, the residual effects of two major surgeries and injuries, the wear and tear of playing throughout the season. There were still some things bothering me a little bit. Just went in there and had real good success in both areas."

Cushing has a cast on his wrist. “It’s coming along real well,” he said. “I’m going to start working out a little bit. From a pain standpoint, there’s really nothing going on there. I’m real happy about that. I’m real happy to get the cast off and start doing some physical therapy on it, and I don’t have to worry about it anymore."


Report: 49ers to release wide receiver Steve Johnson
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:34 am ET) The 49ers are expected to release wide receiver Steve Johnson, according to Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington D.C.

The move will reportedly save the team $5.5 million in cap space. Johnson had 35 catches for 435 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last season.


Patriots running back Stevan Ridley: 'I have something to prove'
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is expected to become a free agent in the coming weeks and he is ready for the experience.

"I'm excited about it," Ridley told Sirius XM Radio Friday. "As a player coming into the league, you get there and your first contract you kind of have to establish yourself and see what you can do. Everybody is a good player if you get to make it to the NFL, but there is something to be said if you get to that second contract."

Ridley has rushed for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns in his first four seasons in the league with the Patriots.

"Where I'll be playing, and who I'll be playing for, is still unknown, but I know I've come in and done my job up to this point and now I have to put it in my agent's hands to get me on another team, or stay where I'm at, and make sure I’m in pads playing ball somewhere next year. I know if you think about it too much it will worry you sick."

Ridley has played in 20 of a possible 32 games the last two seasons, starting in just 11 of them.

"I take it personal to any team or anybody that says I can't be a very productive player on whatever team I land on," he said. "I've been playing ball my whole life, I'm going to come in and be a leader, and I'm going to be a guy that comes in and busts his butt in the weight room and busts his butt on the field. I'm a good teammate, I have fun with my guys, but when the lights come on Sundays, it's all business and I plan on going out there and making plays."


Patriots' Aaron Dobson doing well in rehab of hamstring injury
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson is still recovering from a hamstring injury that ended his season in 2014. Trainer Brett Fischer said Friday he thinks Dobson is going to turn heads when he heads back to Foxboro for training camp, according to the Boston Herald.

"He was talking about, 'When I go up there (to Foxboro) and they see me again, I want to make sure they know I'm in the best shape of my life.' He is really determined," Fischer said. "That is the underlying theme every day: 'Hey, I've got to be ready when April comes, be ready as far as the best shape of my life.' It's frustrating with two years of freaky-type stuff."

Dobson finished a disappointing 2014 season with three catches for 38 yards.

"He is doing great," Fischer said. "I'm really excited for him. He has put the time and effort into it, comes in early, gets all his work in and he is hungry. There are a few specific things we found, minor little things we're working on, that make his program a little bit unique to everybody else's. Nothing major."


Report: Should be a 'very active market' for Broncos' Julius Thomas
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas turned down a five-year, $40 million contract for a reason. That's because it's believed he will have a "very active market" when the new league year begins on March 10, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. 

Two teams that are expected to target Thomas in free agency are the Raiders and Jaguars, both of which need to upgrade considerably at their skill positions to help out their young quarterbacks. The expectation is for Broncos general manager John Elway to let Thomas test the waters in free agency to see what he's offered. 

The Falcons have also reportedly been interested, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter. 

Injuries slowed what was an otherwise fast start to his 2014 season. Thomas' season ended with 489 yards and 12 touchdowns. 


 
 
 
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