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2012 Draft Prep: Our 12-team draft results

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It's time. Your prep work is over. Draft Day is here. Now, you get to put all that practice work to the test. No more mock drafts, this is the real thing. Are you ready?

It's been an exciting offseason and an amazing preseason, but Labor Day weekend marks the end of all your preparations. The majority of all Fantasy Football drafts will be done right now, and we wanted to give you one final mock draft as a guide with a standard 12-team format.

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As a special bonus, we enlisted the help of our analysts and producers from all our video shows, including Brent Stover and Brian Westbrook from Fantasy Football Today, which airs every Sunday morning during the season at 11 a.m. ET . Stover is the host of the show, and Westbrook is the former All-Pro running back with the Eagles and 49ers. Both are welcomed additions to our program, and we look forward to the insight Westbrook will provide as a recently retired player and former Fantasy star.

This 12-team standard league should give you an idea of where to draft players and when certain hot-button options are being taken. For example, three quarterbacks went in Round 1, Adrian Peterson was drafted in Round 2 and Maurice Jones-Drew was selected in Round 3. You can decide for yourself if that is the right value for those players, and use these scenarios in your own league on Draft Day.

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 and one point for every 25 yards passing. 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.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
3. Mike Freedman, Video Producer
4. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
6. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Brent Stover, Fantasy Football Today Host
8. Matt Brodsky, Video Producer
9. James Questel, Fantasy Football Today Producer
10. Brian Westbrook, Fantasy Football Today Analyst
11. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports

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

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Player News
Percy Harvin looking to start the year on the right foot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:37 pm ET) Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is looking at a strong matchup Week 1 against the Packers.

A quiet preseason was a good preseason for Harvin. After missing nearly all of last season due to a hip injury, Harvin was able to play in all but the final game of the preseason. He missed the fourth game due to a personal issue, and not because of an injury. Harvin caught seven balls for 92 yards in August.

The Packers didn’t boast a strong pass defense last season. The team allowed opposing wide receivers to average 22.94 Fantasy points per game. That wasn’t one of the worst rates in the league, but it was below-average. The team attempted to address this during the offseason, taking Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round. Despite that, there’s no guarantee the team will perform better in the defensive backfield.

Despite the fact that Harvin is a five-year veteran, there are questions about how he’ll be used with the Seahawks. While Harvin was able to play during the club’s playoff run, it was unclear whether he was actually fully healthy last year. Harvin has shown the ability to be a game-changing wide receiver, so it’s assumed the Seahawks will find ways to get arguably their best playmaker the ball. The club has been been incredibly run-heavy over the past few seasons, but a healthy Harvin could make them more balanced. 


Marshawn Lynch ready to roll Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:35 pm ET) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is looking to get off to a good start Week 1 against the Packers.

Lynch had an abbreviated preseason, carrying the ball just three times for 16 yards. That’s probably not a bad thing considering his high workload over the past couple years. Lynch also had a brief holdout during the offseason, but reported to camp in shape, and should be ready to roll.

The Packers weren’t particularly strong against the run last season, giving up 19.18 Fantasy points per week to running backs. That was the eighth worst figure in the league. While the team tried to shore up things defensively during the offseason, the loss of B.J. Raji should make it easier for teams to gash the Packers up the middle. 

With that in mind, Lynch should be a strong start. The Seahawks modus operandi the past couple years has been the run game, and that probably won’t change now. There are concerns about Lynch’s workload and lack of preseason reps, but his pedigree and matchup make this a strong start Week 1. 


Russell Wilson ready to shine Week 1?
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:33 pm ET) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson begins his post-Super Bowl year with a strong matchup against the Packers Week 1. 

Wilson performed well during the preseason, completing 78.6 percent of his passes. He threw for three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Wilson also managed three rushing touchdowns to cap off a strong preseason.

His ability to put up solid Fantasy numbers should be tested Week 1. The Packers did not boast a great defense against the pass last season. The team allowed quarterbacks to score 20.65 Fantasy points, which was the seventh worst clip in the league. Green Bay has been proactive in resolving the issue, drafting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round, but it’s unclear how much better the team’s defensive backs will perform. 

The bigger question will be whether the Seahawks open up the offense for Wilson this season. With Marshawn Lynch out for much of the preseason, Wilson showed the ability to carry the team with his arm. Now that Lynch is back, the team could opt to get back to conservative play-calling with the franchise quarterback. Wilson has all the makings of a strong matchup here, but could get the short end of the stick if the Seahawks pound Lynch.


Matt Forte should live up to billing in Week 1
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:25 pm ET) Bears running back Matt Forte was ranked as a top five Fantasy running back going into the season, and he falls in the top five in both weekly running back rankings from CBSSports.com experts. After setting career highs in rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns, receptions and receiving yardage in 2013, will Forte get this season started off on the right foot in Week 1 against the Bills?

While Buffalo put together a strong defense last season, the team's particular strength was against the pass. Rushers were able to gain 4.4 yards per carry against the Bills, leaving them 23rd in the league in the category. While the Bills did a good job defending against pass-catching backs last season, they now have to play without linebackers Kiko Alonso (season-ending injury) and Nigel Bradham (suspended for Week 1) as well as safety Jairus Byrd (signed with New Orleans).

New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense was just average defending passes against running backs in Detroit last season. Forte has been excellent against Schwartz, who was the head coach of the Lions from 2009 through 2013. He has rushed for 1,005 yards and averaged 4.74 yards per carry while catching 38 passes for 360 yards in 12 career games against the Lions. Ten of those contests came with Schwartz at the helm, and Forte should be able to continue giving the Bills defensive coordinator nightmares this Sunday.


Martellus Bennett worth starting in Week 1
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:09 pm ET) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett posted career-best numbers in 2013, catching 65 passes for 759 yards while matching his career high of five touchdowns. Three of those five scores came in the first two weeks of the season, and he could be on the verge of starting off hot for the third straight season.

Bennett is in danger of getting lost offensively on a week-to-week basis, as there are only so many opportunities to go around for Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and the tight end. He faces a plus matchup in Week 1, with the Bills dealing with a depleted linebacker corps and the loss of free safety Jairus Byrd. While the one thing new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense did well in Detroit last year was defend the tight end, the Bills don't appear to have the personnel to match up with the imposing Bennett.

Bennett falls inside the top 12 in the weekly rankings of both CBSSports.con Fantasy experts, designating him as starter material in standard leagues. We could see a similar line to his opener against the Bengals last season: three receptions, 49 yards and one touchdown.


Khiry Robinson looking to solidify role
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:03 pm ET) Of the Saints' top three running backs, Khiry Robinson's role is the most unclear heading into Week 1 at Atlanta, making him a risky choice in Fantasy despite the favorable matchup.

Mark Ingram is expected to start for the Saints and get the largest percentage of the carries. Pierre Thomas, who led all running backs with 77 receptions last season, still figures to play a big role in the passing game. Robinson, who wasn't nearly as effective as Ingram this preseason, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry, could end up being just a change-of-pace option.

If he gets a decent number of touches, he could surprise against a defense that ranked 31st against the run last season, allowing 135.8 yards per game, but that's too big of a gamble for standard 12-team leagues.

Neither Jamey Eisenberg nor Dave Richard ranks Robinson among his top 48 running backs for this week.


Mark Ingram could begin 2014 on right foot
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:58 pm ET) Coming off an impressive preseason in which he started three of the Saints' four games and ran 22 times for 156 yards (averaging 7.1 yards per carry), running back Mark Ingram has a chance to make an even bigger impression Week 1 at Atlanta.

The Falcons ranked 31st against the run last season, allowing 135.8 yards per game.

Ingram didn't do much in two games against them then, rushing nine times for 11 yards in the first and nine times for 32 yards in the second, but he picked up his pace later in the year, rushing 44 times for 249 yards in his final four games (including two playoff games) for an average of 5.7 yards per carry.

Beginning his fourth NFL season, Ingram is expected to play his biggest role yet for the Saints. He'll still split carries with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson, but with a strong matchup after a favorable preseason, he's not a bad third running back for Week 1. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank him as a top-30 option in non-PPR leagues.


Alshon Jeffery owners should temper Week 1 expectations
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:54 pm ET) Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery enjoyed one of the biggest breakouts of the 2013 season, racking up more than 1,500 total yards and scoring seven touchdowns. As a result, he's been selected in the top 10 at his position in most 2014 Fantasy drafts, placing him in WR1 territory as owners look for a big follow-up. But it's entirely possible his third season may get off to a slow start Sunday when the Bears face the Bills at Soldier Field.

Jeffery feasted on big plays last year, scoring from 45, 46 and 80 yards out, but only one of his touchdowns came over the middle of the field, where the Bills project to be weakest on Sunday. Buffalo was the best team in the league against No. 2 receivers in 2013, per Football Outsiders, thanks to quality cornerback play from Stephen Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin. The latter allowed just two touchdowns all season while breaking up 13 passes, so even if the supremely talented Jeffery gets isolated on the corner, he's no lock to come through with a long score.

Jeffery, who caught just three of his seven TDs on passes from starter Jay Cutler last year, should be primed for another big season. But before Cutler's injury, Jeffery hauled in just one catch in two of his team's first six games. Cutler could favor Brandon Marshall Sunday if he continues to face a soft defense over the middle, potentially leaving Jeffery owners a little disappointed in his Week 1 numbers.


Pierre Thomas could make statement
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:44 pm ET) Carrying the ball just three times in two games this preseason games didn't exactly relieve concerns of Pierre Thomas playing a reduced role in the Saints running game this season -- a possibility he acknowledged earlier this preseason -- but he has the right matchup to make a statement Week 1 at Atlanta.

The Falcons were dreadful against the run last season, allowing 135.8 yards per game, second-most in the league. Thomas himself took advantage in the second of the two games the Saints played against them last year, picking up 73 yards on 10 carries and 57 on five catches Week 12 at Atlanta.

That second number should give Fantasy owners hope for this matchup. With Darren Sproles and Lance Moore out of the picture, Thomas should still play a significant role in the passing game. He led all running backs with 77 catches last year and had four catches for 66 yards in one of his two preseason games.

CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analyst Jamey Eisenberg likes Thomas enough with this matchup to rank him 21st among running backs this week. Dave Richard isn't as optimistic, ranking him 37th.


IK Enemkpali dealing with plantar fascia injury
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:32 pm ET) Jets linebacker IK Enemkpali is suffering from an injury to the plantar fascia in one of his feet, NJ.com reports.

"Rest is a big part of it," Enemkpali said. "Right now, I'm just leaving it in the hands of the training room staff to see when I can get back on the field."

Enemkpali added that the injury has bothered him off and on throughout his career. He's out indefinitely.


 
 
 
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