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Offseason Extra: 12-team, PPR mock draft

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We recently held a point per reception mock draft and it was interesting to see the different strategies used in this format compared to a standard one. One owner used what this year will be a unique approach no matter the format and might have come away with the best team.

Peter Madden, drafting at No. 9, went with two receivers with his first two picks. He came away with Calvin Johnson in Round 1 -- he might have slipped a little in this draft -- and Brandon Marshall in Round 2. Those were the top two receivers in any format last year and the top two non-quarterbacks in PPR leagues. Based on that fact alone you should be excited about this team.

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His top two running backs are questionable because of injury in DeMarco Murray and Darren McFadden, but you'll take that risk if you start your PPR team with Johnson and Marshall. He added Chris Ivory, Shane Vereen and Bryce Brown as insurance and still managed to land Cecil Shorts as his third receiver. Kyle Rudolph is his tight end and Andrew Luck is his quarterback.

The reason you won't see many owners take two receivers with their first two picks is because getting standout running backs early is a priority and receiver is deep. You should target running backs early in all leagues, but keep in mind that in 2012 eight of the top 12 non quarterbacks were receivers.

If you decide to take receivers with your first two picks you'll have to get lucky (and definitely creative) with your running backs. The upside here with Murray, McFadden, Ivory, Vereen and Brown (as well as the handcuffs in Oakland and Dallas) make it worthwhile. It also helps if a good quarterback and/or tight end land in your lap like Luck and Rudolph.

We know in our mock drafts quarterbacks tend to fall likely more than in your leagues, but you should plan to wait for a quarterback in PPR formats. Load up on running backs and receivers and wait for someone like Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Luck or Robert Griffin III, who all went in Round 7 or later here.

For my team, I went with Doug Martin at No. 4 overall and Demaryius Thomas in Round 2. Rob Gronkowski, even with his injury concerns, was impossible to pass on in Round 3. I gambled on two rookies as starters in Montee Ball and Tavon Austin, but they should be standout options right away. And I was able to get Tom Brady in Round 5.

At flex, I would start T.Y. Hilton to open the season. Six other owners (J. Darin Darst, Jeff Tobin, Mike Freeman, Nando Di Fino, Scott White and Will Brinson) drafted with the idea of using a receiver or tight end at flex, too. That's another difference in PPR leagues -- you don't have to rely on a running back at the flex position, and a receiver might be more useful in that spot.

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 also give 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 six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator, Fantasy Sports
3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
7. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Will Brinson, Eye on Football Blogger
9. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
10. J. Darin Darst, College Football Producer
11. Mike Freeman, National NFL Insider
12. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports

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

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Pro Football Talk reports that because of Gordon's past DUI, alcohol was one of the substances for which he was being tested. The website said a one-year suspension is likely a "done deal."

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