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2012 Draft Prep: 10-team PPR mock draft

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The fun of playing in 10-team leagues is every owner basically has an All-Star team. It's hard to walk away from your draft complaining about a bad roster. If that happens, you must have done something incredibly wrong.

We recently conducted a 10-team PPR mock draft, with the idea of adding the scoring change to make the league a little more difficult. We always recommend adding new wrinkles to your league to make it more challenging.

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In this draft, there were several things that stood out. Only one quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, was drafted in the first round, and also just one receiver went in Calvin Johnson, which is somewhat odd given the scoring system. Jimmy Graham was drafted at the end of Round 2, but Rob Gronkowski fell to Round 3.

Even with the scoring difference, there were still 17 running backs drafted in the first 30 picks and only seven receivers. Running back is the thinnest position for Fantasy owners this year while receiver is the deepest, which allows you to wait and still get talented players.

In a 10-team league, you can also take risks where you might not otherwise. You should also capitalize on great value. Some examples include Trent Richardson in Round 3, Adrian Peterson in Round 5 and Frank Gore in Round 7. Richardson dropped because we did this draft on the same day he had arthroscopic knee surgery, Peterson was still on the PUP list with his knee injury and Gore is someone many owners want to avoid -- unless the price is right.

As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving, one point for every 25 yards passing and one point for every reception. 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.

We also had a special guest join us for this draft as Jason Hagan -- 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.

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Our draft order is as follows:

1. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Mike Freeman, National NFL Insider
3. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
5. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
6. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
7. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
8. Jason Hagan, Twitter follower
9. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer

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

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Ben Roethlisberger deserves to start
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) It goes without saying that Ben Roethlisberger's six-touchdown, 522-yard performance Week 8 against Indianapolis was a once-in-a-blue-moon thing, and I stand by my earlier assessment that he's too inconsistent to start in standard 12-team leagues. But that's more for those weeks when every quarterback is available. With six teams on bye, that's certainly not the case in Week 9.

For those owners accustomed to starting Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan or Jay Cutler, Roethlisberger may be the best choice. His matchup against Baltimore isn't great. The Ravens rank a suspect 22nd against the pass, giving up 256.0 yards per game, but having allowed just seven touchdowns through the air, they've surrendered the second-fewest Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Regardless of the matchup, though, Roethlisberger has a better chance than most of the quarterbacks who might be available of putting up the numbers you're accustomed to.

I'd prefer Carson Palmer, Nick Foles and Cam Newton to him, to name just a few fringy types, but Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Ricahrd both have Roethlisberger in their top 10 for this week.


Brandon LaFell not the only Patriots WR to consider
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) It's time to give Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell a shot in Fantasy -- as in not just owning him, but starting him. If his 11 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown Week 8 against the Bears weren't enough to convince you, his matchup Week 9 against Denver should be.

It's not that the Broncos are so bad against the pass. They rank in the middle of the pack, allowing 242.9 yards per game. It's just that the Patriots' only hope against them is to beat Peyton Manning at his own game. Their passing attack -- at least the version they've shown in the last four weeks -- is good enough to beat anybody when they're motivated to use it.

LaFell appears to have leapfrogged Julian Edelman in the pecking order, but frankly, Edelman might not be such a bad play either. Tom Brady is going to need every weapon at his disposal to outscore Manning and company. Edelman is more of a desperation play than LaFell, I think, advisable only if you're short on startable wide receivers, but Dave Richard likes him enough with this matchup to rank him 24th at the position.


Shane Vereen a better choice than Jonas Gray
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) By giving the previously unknown Jonas Gray 17 carries for 86 yards Week 8 against Chicago, the Patriots revealed that they'll stick with a two-man backfield even with preferred rusher Stevan Ridley out for the year with a torn ACL and MCL.

But Week 9 against Denver might be a better matchup for preferred receiver Shane Vereen, who also thrived in Week 7 against the Jets. The Broncos, like the Jets, have done a good job stopping the run this season. They rank No. 1, in fact, allowing 72.4 yards per game.

Plus, the Patriots will most likely have to throw more than usual just to keep up with the league's highest-scoring team. These days, a team's only real choice against Peyton Manning is to beat him at his own game.

So most likely, Gray will spend much of Week 9 on the sidelines while Vereen spends much of it in the backfield. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Vereen among their top 20 running backs for this week.


Vincent Jackson not such a great play
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) On a day when the Buccaneers couldn't get anything going offensively Week 8 against Minnesota, wide receiver Vincent Jackson was barely involved, catching one pass for 13 yards. He was targeted five times, but for a player who misses a lot of the balls thrown his way, both because of his role in the passing game and his issues with drops, that's a pretty low number. He averaged 10.0 targets in his first six games.

Even worse for Jackson, quarterback Mike Glennon has developed a nice rapport with both Mike Evans and Louis Murphy, and the Buccaneers passing attack isn't prolific enough to sustain three wide receivers. Is it more likely to sustain him than those other two? Yeah, probably. But it'll likely cut into his production regardless.

And it could cut into his production in a big way Week 9 at Cleveland. The Browns don't rank especially high against the pass, but they don't give up many touchdowns through the air, allowing the fourth-lowest quarterback rating of any team this season. Cornerback Joe Haden, who has played better in recent weeks after a slow start, is a big reason for that, and he'll likely go up against Jackson on Sunday.

Neither Jamey Eisenberg nor Dave Richard rank Jackson among their top 30 wide receivers -- and that's in a week with six teams on bye.


Time to the roll the dice on Denard Robinson?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) Sitting Denard Robinson the week after his breakout 127-yard effort against the Browns was understandable. It was an outlier performance achieved with an especially favorable matchup, and there was some big talk about Toby Gerhart still playing a big role. But now, after back-to-back 100-yard games, taking a conservative approach with Robinson just seems kind of silly.

Especially since his matchup Week 9 at Cincinnati is, at least on paper, a favorable one. The Bengals rank 29th against the run, allowing 140.7 yards per game, and have given up the eighth-most Fantasy points per game to running backs. And as tough as the Jaguars defense has played in recent weeks, you don't have to worry so much about the Bengals running away with the game, compelling the Jaguars to throw every down.

Calling Robinson a must-start is taking it a bit far. Some people have enviable depth at the position. But in Week 9, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Robinson among their top 24 running backs, with Dave slotting him as high as 15th.


Is starting Andy Dalton a good idea?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank the Bengals' Andy Dalton among their top 12 quarterbacks for Week 9, presumably because he's facing the Jaguars. But how did that work out for Ryan Tannehill in Week 8, Brian Hoyer in Week 7 or, yep, even Ben Roethlisberger in Week 5?

I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of the whole "start Player X against the Jaguars because they're bad" argument. Because they're not. At least not anymore -- not on defense, anyway. The Jaguars have allowed an average of 16.5 points in their last four games, and if not for the Dolphins' two defensive touchdowns in Week 8, it'd be 13.0

True, star wide receiver A.J. Green is looking likely to return from a three-game absence for a toe injury, which would certainly improve Dalton's chances. But again, quality quarterbacks -- namely, Tannehill and Roethlisberger -- have had their full arsenals when they faced the Jaguars, and they still underwhelmed against them. I'm not sure this is Dalton's week.

Now, with so many high-profile quarterbacks (such as Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler) on bye this week, you may want it to be Dalton's week, but I'd give Carson Palmer, Nick Foles, Cam Newton or Tannehill a shot before I turned to him.


Greg Olsen deserves your trust
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) Panthers coach Ron Rivera mentioned Monday that the reason tight end Greg Olsen had only one catch for 16 yards in Week 8 is because the Seahawks rotated their coverage toward him, particularly in the red zone. You can understand why they'd do that after Olsen averaged 70.4 yards with four touchdowns in his first four games.

Unfortunately, since the Seahawks limited the Panthers to just nine points in that game, they've invited other teams to emulate them, and while the Saints, Olsen's Week 9 opponent, certainly aren't the Seahawks defensively, they've done good job of containing tight ends this season, giving up the second-fewest Fantasy points per game to them. And that's even though they rank 31st against the pass.

But just because you can make a reasonable case to sit one this year's most productive and reliable tight ends doesn't mean you should follow through with it. Week 8 was just the second time in eight games that Olsen's production didn't justify a starting spot -- a terrific ratio for any player, regardless of position -- and the Saints haven't really faced a team with a top-flight tight end until now.

If quarterback Cam Newton has big numbers in this game -- and the data suggest he should -- Olsen will, too. Keep him active.


Who knows with the Saints wide receivers?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) On the road against the Panthers in Week 9, chances are one of the Saints top two wide receivers, be it Marques Colston or Brandin Cooks, will have a big game. The Panthers are tied for the fourth-most passing touchdowns allowed and have given up the fifth-most Fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

So which one? Particularly with Kenny Stills getting involved the last couple weeks, it's become a real crapshoot. Cooks tends to be more of a volume receiver in his good games, but Colston showed with six catches for 111 yards in Week 7 that he can still make an impact as well.

Of course, star tight end Jimmy Graham was basically just a decoy in that game. When his shoulder had recovered enough for him to catch a few passes himself in Week 8, Colston's numbers shrank again. Cooks, meanwhile, had six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown and has generally had an easier time coexisting with Graham.

I'd feel OK about starting Cooks in this one, particularly in points-per-reception leagues. Yeah, he's basically a 50-50 proposition, but that's more than I can say for Colston, particularly with Graham back in the mix. Colston still matters in Fantasy, but mostly in leagues with 14 teams or more.


Kelvin Benjamin could come up big
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) With the Panthers expected to pass a lot in Week 9 against a Saints team that ranks second in total offense and fifth in scoring offense, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin figures to be one of the prime beneficiaries. After all, he's emerged as quarterback Cam Newton's preferred downfield target as a rookie and, at 6-feet-5, is a big target in the red zone as well.

After a strong start to the season, his yardage has been hit or miss lately, but generally speaking, when Newton is on, so is Benjamin. And all signs point to a big game for Newton. Not only is that the only way he keeps the Panthers in the game, but the Saints rank 31st against the pass, giving up 289.3 yards per game. They've also allowed the second-most Fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

Considering he's scored a touchdown in five of eight games this season, you're probably starting Benjamin regardless of any matchup data. But you can do so with confidence this week. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him among their top 10 wide receivers.


Good chance Cam Newton bounces back
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) Granted, Cam Newton hasn't been the most predictable quarterback from week to week, and because his production is largely a function of how often and how effectively he runs the ball, that doesn't figure to change. But after a disappointing showing against the Seahawks in Week 8, he should be in for an easier time Week 9 against the Saints.

After all, the Saints' explosive offense combined with their suspect defense predisposes them to shootouts. Of course, the last time I predicted a shootout for the Panthers Week 7 at Green Bay, it didn't go so well for Newton either, but that matchup wasn't as favorable as this one. The Saints rank 31st against the pass, allowing 289.3 yards per game, and have given up the eighth-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

In a week when high-profile quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler are all on bye, I would think someone in a 12-team league would want to start Newton, even if that someone isn't you.


 
 
 
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