Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
      
Fantasy Football Today
Fantasy Football Today Blog
Gameday Inactives
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Scores
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
Fantasy Baseball Today Blog
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
 
 

Offseason Extra: Post Super Bowl mock draft

Senior Fantasy Writer
  •  

It doesn't matter that quarterback play is as good as ever or passing games continue to thrive in the NFL. Running backs still dominate Fantasy Football. And 2013 might see a return to a running back-running back draft philosophy.

We recently held a 12-team standard mock draft following Super Bowl XLVII, and running backs went flying off the board early. There were 16 running backs drafted in the first 24 picks. By comparison, there were 12 running backs selected in the first two rounds in 2012 based on CBSSports.com Draft Averages.

Check out our Fantasy Football podcast!
There is no better source for entertaining Fantasy advice than our Fantasy Football Today podcast. Dave Richard, Jamey Eisenberg and Adam Aizer will help you pass the time as you anticipate Draft Day 2014!
Latest episode | Subscribe today!

The reason? Getting a good corps of running backs is difficult, and the talent pool dries up rather quickly -- at least before we get to free agency and the draft when hopefully things improve. As you'll notice with the results below, backup running backs like Knowshon Moreno and Bernard Pierce were being drafted as early as Round 7. Even guys without a job like impending free agent Rashard Mendenhall went before two owners drafted a quarterback. It's worth it to grab as many quality running backs as you can.

Receiver and quarterback are the two positions with the most depth, so you'll be able to wait on drafting either spot. Only Calvin Johnson was drafted in Round 1, as expected, and the Top 3 quarterbacks weren't taken until Round 2. That's a departure from last year when five quarterbacks -- Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford and Cam Newton -- were drafted in Round 1 on average.

Aside from running back, you should try drafting one of the Top 2 tight ends early in Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. That happened in this draft, albeit a little too late with Gronkowski at No. 20 and Graham at No. 22. I would suggest drafting both tight ends in the first 20 overall picks because they dominate the position and give you a significant edge on your competition.

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.

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 six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
4. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
5. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Will Brinson, Eye on Football Blogger
7. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
11. J. Darin Darst, College Football Producer
12. Michael Hurcomb, Editor

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Zegura Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2 Richard Arian Foster, RB, HOU
3 Aizer Doug Martin, RB, TB
4 Passonno Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
5 Eisenberg Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
6 Brinson C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
7 White Ray Rice, RB, BAL
8 Di Fino Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
9 Tobin LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
10 Madden Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
11 Darst DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
12 Hurcomb Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Hurcomb Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
14 Darst Tom Brady, QB, NE
15 Madden Drew Brees, QB, NO
16 Tobin Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
17 Di Fino Matt Forte, RB, CHI
18 White Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
19 Brinson Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
20 Eisenberg Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
21 Passonno A.J. Green, WR, CIN
22 Aizer Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
23 Richard Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
24 Zegura Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Zegura Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
26 Richard Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
27 Aizer Julio Jones, WR, ATL
28 Passonno Roddy White, WR, ATL
29 Eisenberg Cam Newton, QB, CAR
30 Brinson Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
31 White Frank Gore, RB, SF
32 Di Fino Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
33 Tobin Eric Decker, WR, DEN
34 Madden Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
35 Darst Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
36 Hurcomb Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Hurcomb Randall Cobb, WR, GB
38 Darst Wes Welker, WR, NE
39 Madden Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
40 Tobin Marques Colston, WR, NO
41 Di Fino Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
42 White Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
43 Brinson Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
44 Eisenberg Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
45 Passonno Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
46 Aizer Darren Sproles, RB, NO
47 Richard Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
48 Zegura Steven Jackson, RB, STL
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Zegura Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
50 Richard Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
51 Aizer Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
52 Passonno Greg Jennings, WR, GB
53 Eisenberg David Wilson, RB, NYG
54 Brinson Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
55 White BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
56 Di Fino Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
57 Tobin Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
58 Madden James Jones, WR, GB
59 Darst Vick Ballard, RB, IND
60 Hurcomb Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Hurcomb Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
62 Darst DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
63 Madden Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
64 Tobin Steve Smith, WR, CAR
65 Di Fino Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
66 White Jason Witten, TE, DAL
67 Brinson Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
68 Eisenberg Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
69 Passonno Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
70 Aizer Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
71 Richard Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
72 Zegura Tony Romo, QB, DAL
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Zegura Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
74 Richard Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN
75 Aizer Danario Alexander, WR, SD
76 Passonno Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
77 Eisenberg Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
78 Brinson Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
79 White Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
80 Di Fino DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
81 Tobin Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
82 Madden Mark Ingram, RB, NO
83 Darst Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
84 Hurcomb Michael Turner, RB, ATL
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Hurcomb Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
86 Darst Antonio Gates, TE, SD
87 Madden DuJuan Harris, RB, GB
88 Tobin T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
89 Di Fino Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
90 White Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
91 Brinson Andrew Luck, QB, IND
92 Eisenberg Ben Tate, RB, HOU
93 Passonno Mike Williams, WR, TB
94 Aizer Eli Manning, QB, NYG
95 Richard Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
96 Zegura Shane Vereen, RB, NE
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Zegura Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
98 Richard Daryl Richardson, RB, STL
99 Aizer LaMichael James, RB, SF
100 Passonno Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
101 Eisenberg Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
102 Brinson Miles Austin, WR, DAL
103 White Bryce Brown, RB, PHI
104 Di Fino Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT
105 Tobin Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
106 Madden Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
107 Darst Donald Brown, RB, IND
108 Hurcomb Joique Bell, RB, DET
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Hurcomb Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
110 Darst Danny Amendola, WR, STL
111 Madden Lance Moore, WR, NO
112 Tobin Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
113 Di Fino Vernon Davis, TE, SF
114 White Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
115 Brinson Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
116 Eisenberg Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
117 Passonno Michael Vick, QB, PHI
118 Aizer Andre Brown, RB, NYG
119 Richard Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
120 Zegura Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Zegura Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
122 Richard Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
123 Aizer Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
124 Passonno Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
125 Eisenberg Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
126 Brinson Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
127 White Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
128 Di Fino Cedric Benson, RB, GB
129 Tobin Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
130 Madden Broncos DST
131 Darst Michael Bush, RB, CHI
132 Hurcomb Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Hurcomb Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
134 Darst Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT
135 Madden Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
136 Tobin 49ers DST
137 Di Fino Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
138 White Ryan Broyles, WR, DET
139 Brinson Seahawks DST
140 Eisenberg Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
141 Passonno Mike Tolbert, RB, CAR
142 Aizer Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN
143 Richard Martellus Bennett, TE, NYG
144 Zegura Bears DST
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Zegura Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
146 Richard Texans DST
147 Aizer Bengals DST
148 Passonno Danny Woodhead, RB, NE
149 Eisenberg Chris Givens, WR, STL
150 Brinson Golden Tate, WR, SEA
151 White Brian Hartline, WR, MIA
152 Di Fino Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
153 Tobin Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
154 Madden Evan Royster, RB, WAS
155 Darst Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
156 Hurcomb Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Hurcomb Patriots DST
158 Darst Packers DST
159 Madden Chris Ivory, RB, NO
160 Tobin Brian Quick, WR, STL
161 Di Fino Giants DST
162 White Steelers DST
163 Brinson Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
164 Eisenberg Ravens DST
165 Passonno Chargers DST
166 Aizer Marcel Reece, RB, OAK
167 Richard Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
168 Zegura Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Zegura Greg Little, WR, CLE
170 Richard Blair Walsh, K, MIN
171 Aizer Justin Tucker, K, BAL
172 Passonno Matt Bryant, K, ATL
173 Eisenberg Matt Prater, K, DEN
174 Brinson Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
175 White Jason Hanson, K, DET
176 Di Fino Dan Bailey, K, DAL
177 Tobin Lawrence Tynes, K, NYG
178 Madden David Akers, K, SF
179 Darst Mason Crosby, K, GB
180 Hurcomb Garrett Hartley, K, NO
 
Team by Team
AdamAizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Doug Martin, RB, TB
2.10 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
3.3 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
4.10 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
5.3 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
6.10 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
7.3 Danario Alexander, WR, SD
8.10 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
9.3 LaMichael James, RB, SF
10.10 Andre Brown, RB, NYG
11.3 Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
12.10 Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN
13.3 Bengals DST
14.10 Marcel Reece, RB, OAK
15.3 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
2.7 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
3.6 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
4.7 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
5.6 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
6.7 Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
7.6 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
8.7 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
9.6 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
10.7 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
11.6 Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
12.7 Seahawks DST
13.6 Golden Tate, WR, SEA
14.7 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
15.6 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
J. Darin Darst
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
2.2 Tom Brady, QB, NE
3.11 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
4.2 Wes Welker, WR, NE
5.11 Vick Ballard, RB, IND
6.2 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
7.11 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
8.2 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
9.11 Donald Brown, RB, IND
10.2 Danny Amendola, WR, STL
11.11 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
12.2 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT
13.11 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
14.2 Packers DST
15.11 Mason Crosby, K, GB
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
2.5 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3.8 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
4.5 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
5.8 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
6.5 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
7.8 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
8.5 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
9.8 Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT
10.5 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
11.8 Cedric Benson, RB, GB
12.5 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
13.8 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
14.5 Giants DST
15.8 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
2.8 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
3.5 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
4.8 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
5.5 David Wilson, RB, NYG
6.8 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
7.5 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
8.8 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
9.5 Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
10.8 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
11.5 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
12.8 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
13.5 Chris Givens, WR, STL
14.8 Ravens DST
15.5 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.1 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
3.12 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
4.1 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
5.12 Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
6.1 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
7.12 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
8.1 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
9.12 Joique Bell, RB, DET
10.1 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
11.12 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
12.1 Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
13.12 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
14.1 Patriots DST
15.12 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
2.3 Drew Brees, QB, NO
3.10 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
4.3 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
5.10 James Jones, WR, GB
6.3 Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
7.10 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
8.3 DuJuan Harris, RB, GB
9.10 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
10.3 Lance Moore, WR, NO
11.10 Broncos DST
12.3 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
13.10 Evan Royster, RB, WAS
14.3 Chris Ivory, RB, NO
15.10 David Akers, K, SF
Bill Passonno
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2.9 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
3.4 Roddy White, WR, ATL
4.9 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
5.4 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
6.9 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
7.4 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
8.9 Mike Williams, WR, TB
9.4 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
10.9 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
11.4 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
12.9 Mike Tolbert, RB, CAR
13.4 Danny Woodhead, RB, NE
14.9 Chargers DST
15.4 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.11 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
3.2 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
4.11 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
5.2 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
6.11 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
7.2 Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN
8.11 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
9.2 Daryl Richardson, RB, STL
10.11 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
11.2 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
12.11 Martellus Bennett, TE, NYG
13.2 Texans DST
14.11 Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
15.2 Blair Walsh, K, MIN
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.4 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
3.9 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
4.4 Marques Colston, WR, NO
5.9 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
6.4 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
7.9 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
8.4 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
9.9 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
10.4 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
11.9 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
12.4 49ers DST
13.9 Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
14.4 Brian Quick, WR, STL
15.9 Lawrence Tynes, K, NYG
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.6 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
3.7 Frank Gore, RB, SF
4.6 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
5.7 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
6.6 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
7.7 Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
8.6 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
9.7 Bryce Brown, RB, PHI
10.6 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
11.7 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
12.6 Ryan Broyles, WR, DET
13.7 Brian Hartline, WR, MIA
14.6 Steelers DST
15.7 Jason Hanson, K, DET
Nathan Zegura
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2.12 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
3.1 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
4.12 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
5.1 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
6.12 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
7.1 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
8.12 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
9.1 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
10.12 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
11.1 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
12.12 Bears DST
13.1 Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
14.12 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.1 Greg Little, WR, CLE

Get player news notifications, manage your team and check scores
- all updated in real time. Download the CBS Fantasy App.

  •  
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
 
Player News
Gavin Escobar a threat to Jason Witten?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:13 am ET) Cowboys rookie tight end Gavin Escobar, who entered the day with just four catches all season, wasn't highly targeted Week 7 against the Giants, but he made the three targets he did get count, scoring two touchdowns, including one on an impressive 26-yard grab between two defenders in the third quarter.

In all, he had three catches for 65 yards -- numbers that would be easier to overlook if not for the two touchdowns and the fact that fellow tight end Jason Witten, to this point a mainstay in Fantasy, had only two catches for 27 yards. And it's not like he and quarterback Tony Romo were just failing to connect. Witten was targeted only twice the whole game.

Witten's production hasn't been up to his usual standards this season -- in seven games, he's averaging 3.3 catches for 38.0 yards -- but just based on their history together, you figured Romo would have a need for him sooner or later. Now with the emergence of Escobar, it's no longer so clear.

Escobar himself isn't worth adding except in deep leagues of 16 teams or more that don't have enough tight ends to go around. In those formats, he's the new Timothy Wright. But in leagues of 12 teams or fewer, Witten may be on the outs. He deserves a couple more weeks given his history, but keep an eye out for the next big thing at the position.


Larry Donnell here to stay?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:55 am ET) After catching just one pass in his previous two games combined, Giants tight end Larry Donnell got back on track Week 7 at Dallas, catching seven passes for a season-high 90 yards.

Considering it was the Giants' first game without star wide receiver Victor Cruz, Donnell was expected to play a bigger role in the passing game, but a resurgence of this magnitude should remind us all how he came to be owned in 83 percent of Fantasy leagues in the first place. Over the first four weeks, he averaged 6.3 catches for 59 yards, scoring four touchdowns.

One potential pitfall for Donnell is that he lost two fumbles in Week 7, giving him three fumbles lost for the season, but with so few tight ends capable of his kind of production in a given week, the Giants would have to suggest his playing time is in jeopardy for me to pass on Donnell in Fantasy.

His production fell when rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham entered the mix in Week 4. Now that Cruz is out of the mix, Donnell's production figures to rise again.


Odell Beckham shows he's worth adding
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:42 am ET) Only three games into his career, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham has emerged as one of quarterback Eli Manning's favorite red-zone targets, which is especially good news with another one of his favorite red-zone targets, Victor Cruz, lost for the season with a knee injury.

Beckham didn't have a lot of chances Week 7 at Dallas, but he made the most of the ones he got, scoring on catches of 9 and 5 yards. In all, he had four catches for 34 yards. His six targets were third-most on the team, behind wide receiver Rueben Randle's nine and tight end Larry Donnell's seven.

The six targets were a season high for Beckham. He has yet to catch more than four passes for more than 44 yards, but because he keeps getting looks in the end zone, he's worth adding in Fantasy even if it's just to stash him on your bench until you're ready to put your trust in him.


An encouraging performance for Eli Manning
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:34 am ET) Playing his first game without star wide receiver Victor Cruz, who's out for the season with a torn patella tendon, Giants quarterback Eli Manning still managed to bounce back from arguably his worst game of the season with one of his best Week 7 at Dallas, completing 21 of 33 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns.

It was his fifth game in six with multiple touchdown passes and his second with at least three. And he did it against a defense that had generally kept quarterbacks out of the end zone, recording nearly as many interceptions (seven) as it had allowed touchdown passes (eight) prior to Week 7.

Though two of his touchdown passes went to rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham, who wasn't even available to him the first four weeks, Manning did a nice job of spreading the ball around. None of the touchdowns went to his two leading receivers, Larry Donnell and Rueben Randle.

Judging by this performance, Manning knows how to make use of the weapons the Giants have and doesn't need Cruz to remain successful in Fantasy. His bad games can be really bad, but his good games have been frequent enough for you to give him another shot when he returns from a bye Week 9 against Indianapolis.


Andre Holmes comes back down to earth
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:26 am ET) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes, who blew up for 121 yards and two touchdowns Week 6 against San Diego, took a long time to get going Week 7 against Arizona, catching his first pass about midway through the fourth quarter. Not surprisingly, he finished with just three catches for 34 yards. 

It's not like he was invisible before then. He nearly had a great catch on a long pass along the sidelines in the second quarter, but it was ruled incomplete. He did have only two targets apart from his three receptions, though.

Clearly, it was a disappointing showing, but it's not like quarterback Derek Carr forgot about him. Only James Jones and Darren McFadden had more targets, tying for the team lead with eight. Holmes spent much of the game covered by Patrick Peterson, who remains one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL. Holmes still has incredible play-making ability and will have better days.

But this performance shows why you can't trust him on an every-week basis yet. His matchup Week 8 against Cleveland is another tricky one because of cornerback Joe Haden, who has struggled at times this season but limited the Jaguars' Cecil Shorts to three catches for 12 yards in Week 7. You might want to leave Holmes on your bench for this one.


49ers' Phil Dawson makes 1-of-2 field-goal attempts in Week 7
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:22 am ET) 49ers knicker Phil Dawson made only one of his two field-goal attempts in Week 7, adding two extra points in his team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

Dawson couldn't deliver from 51 yards out in the first quarter, pushing the attempt wide left, but was true from 22 yards out in the second quarter. He's 13 of 16 on field-goal attempts this season but had been 10-for-10 in his previous three games coming into Week 7. The 49ers have a bye in Week 8 before facing the Rams the following week.


49ers TE Vernon Davis catches two passes in Week 7 loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) 49ers tight end Vernon Davis caught just two of his five targets for 21 yards in his team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos in Week 7.

Davis was coming off an ugly Week 6 performance in which he dropped two passes, and he didn't fare much better in the team's blowout loss against the Broncos. He has 14 receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns heading into the team's Week 8 bye. The 49ers will face the Rams after the week off.


49ers WR Michael Crabtree held to 27 yards in Week 7 loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:16 am ET) 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught four of his seven targets for just 27 yards in his team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos in Week 7.

While the 49ers averaged 11.1 yards per reception as a team Sunday, top options Crabtree (6.8 YPC) and Anquan Boldin (7.1 YPC) could find no room to work, leading to disappointing performances despite the offense dialing up 46 passes in the loss. Crabtree hasn't topped 50 yards in any of his last four games, and he owns 32 receptions, 322 yards and three touchdowns in seven games this year. The 49ers have a bye in Week 8 before facing the Rams the following week.


Anquan Boldin catches seven passes in 49ers' Week 7 loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:13 am ET) 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught seven of his 10 targets for 50 yards in his team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos in Week 7.

Boldin had at least one bad drop in the game and was unable to find much room to work downfield. He came into the week average 12.4 yards per reception but managed just 7.1 YPC against the Broncos. Boldin has collected 39 receptions for 447 yards and one touchdown in seven games. The 49ers have a bye in Week 8 before facing the Rams the following week.


49ers WR Steve Johnson scores touchdown in Week 7 loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:10 am ET) 49ers wide receiver Steve Johnson caught five passes for a team-high 79 yards and one touchdown in his team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos in Week 7.

Johnson hauled in a four-yard score in the back of the end zone with only 11 seconds left in the first half to send the 49ers into halftime with a 21-10 deficit. The Broncos took over from there, scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter. Johnson has reached the end zone in three of his last four games, and he's up to 25 receptions, 315 yards and three scores on the season. The 49ers have a bye in Week 8 before facing the Rams the following week.


 
 
 
Rankings