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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 ...

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    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
Saints WR Nick Toon seeks to seize best opportunity of career
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:32 pm ET) The path is clear for Saints wide receiver Nick Toon to earn more playing time than ever. But he realizes that he must get on that path and stay on it through superior performance.

The offseason losses of Kenny Stills, Jimmy Graham and Robert Meacham should result in more reps for Toon, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He has been buried on the depth chart, though he did catch a career-high 17 passes last year.

He believes that now is the time for him to step up and break out.

"Pressure is not something that I've every worried about or thought about," he told the New Orleans Advocate. "I just try to be consistent. Anything outside of that is out of my control, so do what you've got to do to put yourself in the best position for things to work out."

Toon has a shot at the third receiver role behind Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston.


Giants WR Victor Cruz believes he'll be back in action for camp
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:22 pm ET) Giants standout receiver Victor Cruz believes he can avoid starting the season on the PUP list despite continuing to deal with his recovery from a patellar tendon tear.

"The plan is to be ready for training camp and I feel good," he told SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Placing Cruz on the PUP list would give the Giants roster flexibility if he is not ready by training camp. If he lands on the regular-season PUP list, he would be forced to miss the first six games.

Cruz has experienced weakened production every year since his breakout season of 2011. But he was limited to just six games in 2014.


Report: Packers have no plan to release TE Andrew Quarless
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:28 am ET) The Packers have no intention of releasing tight end Andrew Quarless despite his arrest on July 4 for allegedly shooting off his gun in public, sources have told ESPN.

Quarless was charged with a misdemeanor after firing two shots into the air outside a parking garage in Miami Beach, per police reports. He was seen arguing with two women before the incident.


Report: Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul can forget long-term deal
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:25 am ET) The Giants will not take back their one-year franchise tag offer of $14.813 million to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the wake of a fireworks accident that resulted in a hand injury and hospitalization, a source has told the New York Daily News.

But the source added that there is "no chance" the Giants will now work on a long-term contract for Pierre-Paul. 

Giants officials made the trek to South Florida on Tuesday to see how he is recovering, sources have told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Pierre-Paul is coming off his best season since 2011. He contributed to 77 tackles and racked up 12 1/2 sacks.


Eagles LB Brandon Graham could be on verge of breakout year
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9:29 am ET) Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham feels the optimism of a guy coming off his best season.

"I'm feeling the best I've ever felt," he told the team website.

It's no wonder. He recorded career-highs in tackles (36), tackles for losses (13 1/2), assists (11) and sacks (5.5) in 2014. He earned significant playing time in a rotation at that position. And with Trent Cole off to Indianapolis, those reps could increase this year.

Graham has toiled feverishly to improve his game and adapt to a new defensive system. The result was a new four-year contract with the team.

"I understand the game and the league and what it takes to get it done here," he said. "I think I've grown up. I'm serious about being a great player. I want to be the best."


Giants pulling long-term contract offer to Jason Pierre-Paul
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/6/2015) In the wake of a Fourth of July fireworks mishap, the Giants on Monday pulled their long-term contract offer to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who remains hospitalized in Miami, per NFL.com insider Ian Rapaport. 

The Giants had applied the franchise tag to Pierre-Paul this offseason, but the player has not yet signed it, technically leaving him not under contract with the team. The Giants move to yank the longer deal is a bit of gamesmanship, since according to Rapoport, Pierre-Paul was not going to sign the $60 million deal anyway. 


Bills sign veteran tackle Wayne Hunter
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/6/2015) The Bills took another step to shore up their offensive line, signing veteran tackle Wayne Hunter to a one-year deal Monday, per the National Football Post. 

Hunter, who has not played in the NFL since 2012, did spend three years with the Jets under new Bills coach Rex Ryan from 2009-2011. 

Hunter's deal is reportedly worth $870,000.


RB Khiry Robinson could be odd man out in Saints backfield
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/6/2015) Running back Khiry Robinson is a fan favorite with the Saints, but the third-year pro, who once was viewed as a breakout candidate for the team, may find his role squeezed by the presence of Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller, per ESPN.com. 

Robinson dealt with a broken arm last season, which limited him to 12 carries and 32 yards over the final 10 weeks of the year. The Saints then re-upped with Ingram and brought in Spiller to replace Pierre Thomas, meaning Robinson will have to fight hard in training camp to establish a role. 

"I just gotta keep working," Robinson said. "It's all love in the backfield. We all work together, try to help each other. So I think it's a good thing we've got a full backfield again. So if anybody goes down, we've got another player right up there to do the same thing."


Report: Giants Jason Pierre-Paul hurt in fireworks accident
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul reportedly hurt his hand in a Fourth of July fireworks accident in Miami, according to the Daily News

The paper reports that the injury is not considered career-threatening, but that varying accounts of what happened have been reported. The Giants have not confirmed nor denied the incident. 

The Giants applied the franchise tag to Pierre-Paul this offseason, but the 26-year-old has not yet signed it as he seeks a long-term deal, meaning that he technically is not under contract. 

Pierre-Paul had 53 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks last year for New York. 


Report: Torn pectoral sidelines Vikings CB Josh Robinson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) The Vikings secondary took a hit last month when cornerback Josh Robinson sustained a partially torn pectoral muscle, a league source has told ESPN.

The nickel back played in 690 snaps last season and was expected to battle several others for playing time. The injury could sideline him from training camp and land him on the PUP list.


 
 
 
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