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2013 Draft Prep: 12-team, PPR draft

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We've gotten off to a bad start this season when it comes to injuries for some prominent pass-catchers. Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come.

So far in training camp we've lost Danario Alexander (ACL), Jeremy Maclin (ACL) and Dennis Pitta (hip) for the season. Percy Harvin (hip) joins Michael Crabtree (Achilles) as being out until at least November. Jordy Nelson (knee) might miss the start of the year, and we're still waiting on a return date for Rob Gronkowski (back) and Heath Miller (ACL).

There are some other receiving options dealing with minor aches and pains as well, which hurt the depth we had coming into the year at receiver and tight end. This is just another challenge for Fantasy owners, especially in point per reception leagues.

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In standard formats, the preference is to use running backs at the flex position. But in PPR formats, especially three-receiver leagues, you can rely on a receiver or even a tight end as a flex. Obviously, you want as many talented options as possible.

There are still plenty of elite players to go around, and the injuries have opened opportunities for other players -- Vincent Brown in San Diego, for example, gets a boost – to step in as sleepers. We're here to give you an example of where some of those players, as well as the injured guys expected to return, should go in this 12-team, PPR mock draft.

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. There also is one point per 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:

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2. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator, Fantasy Sports
3. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
4. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
5. Al Melchior, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
7. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
10. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
12. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer

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

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Report: Wes Welker may play Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:48 pm ET) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker may play Week 1 against the Colts, according to the Denver Post

Welker is expected to be suspended for four games after reportedly testing positive for amphetamines. The league, however, has not officially announced the suspension. Suspensions are typically announced by Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. Since the NFL has yet to announce the move, it's thought Welker could be available for Week 1, but would serve his suspension once the NFL announced the move. 

There are a lot of uncertainties regarding the situation at this time. The club expects Welker to be available, provided he passes concussion protocal, but it remains to be seen how the NFL will handle this suspension. 


Randall Cobb to be tested Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:36 pm ET) Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb should be in for a tough test Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Cobb caught just three passes during the preseason, picking up 34 yards and a score. His lack of work shouldn’t be a huge concern, as the Packers offense doesn’t need any fine-tuning. The main thing here is that Cobb is 100 percent healthy after playing in just six games last season due to a leg injury.

His Week 1 production could be dampened by a strong Seahawks DST. Seattle was exceptional against the pass last season, holding opposing wide receivers to just 14.79 Fantasy points per game. That figure was the second-lowest rate in the league. On top of that, Cobb may have to deal with Richard Sherman, who is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Sherman may spend the majority of the game stopping Jordy Nelson, but he could find his way over to Cobb on a few occasions.

Cobb’s versatility makes him a strong candidate to be moved around the Packers’ offense. If Green Bay can create some nice matchups, and Sherman is preoccupied with Nelson, Cobb could be in for a better game than people might expect. 

Despite that, expectations should be tempered. Seattle’s DST was strong last season, and while Green Bay boasts a strong offense, things should be muted Week 1. Cobb is a fine start, considering his upside, but he carries more risk this week due to the matchup.


Jordy Nelson in for a tough test Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:25 pm ET) Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson should be in for a difficult test Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Nelson had a quiet preseason, catching just two passes for 19 yards. One of those catches wound up being a touchdown. Despite the lack of action during the preseason, Nelson’s upside with a healthy Aaron Rodgers is well-known among Fantasy owners. That said, he’s going to have to work for everything he gets against Seattle.

The Seahawks rated as the best defense in the league last year. They were strong in every facet of the game. Seattle held opposing wide receivers to just 14.79 Fantasy points per game, the second-lowest figure in the league. To make things even more difficult for Nelson, he’ll likely be covered by Richard Sherman. Sherman, by many counts, is arguably the best corner in the game. 

Still, it’s tough to pass up Nelson’s upside with a healthy Rodgers. The Packers boast an overabundance of weapons, and it’s possible moving Nelson around before the play could put him in a more favorable matchup. Even if Sherman covers him the entire game, Nelson is a good enough receiver to make some noise. While he doesn’t have a great matchup, Week 1 is not the time to take a player as good as Nelson out of your Fantasy lineup. 


Eddie Lacy to have his hands full Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:17 pm ET) Packers running back Eddie Lacy will have his hands full Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Lacy is coming off a tremendous rookie season, in which he rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He didn’t get a ton of use during the preseason, but seemed to be in midseason form. Lacy rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries, good for a 5.5 average over two preseason games. He also managed to run in a touchdown.

Though he looked strong in the preseason, Lacy should have a tough time against the Seahawks Week 1. Seattle allowed just 12.32 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs last season. That was the second-lowest rate in the league. While the Seahawks lost three defensive linemen during the offseason, the club is thought to still have the top-rated Fantasy defense.

In many circles, Lacy was considered a strong Fantasy pick after the elite four running backs were off the board. With that in mind, it’s unlikely he’ll be benched in many leagues Week 1. There are better matchups out there, but Lacy is a tough player to sit. Given Green Bay’s offensive capabilities, he’s still a decent start even against the best Fantasy defenses. 


Aaron Rodgers taking on a tough task Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:02 pm ET) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has his work cut out for him Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Rodgers entered the season as one of the top Fantasy options at quarterback, but will take on the best defense in the league. Last season, Seattle held Fantasy quarterbacks to just 10.89 points per game. That was the lowest rate in the league. The Seahawks DST ranked tops in the league in limiting points and yards last year. On top of that, the team forced the most turnovers.

While Seattle lost three members of the defensive line during the offseason, the club is still expected to have one of NFL’s best defenses. If Seattle struggles to get to Rodgers, that could open things up for the Packers offense.

Given the cost to acquire Rodgers, in a snake or auction draft, he’s probably going to start for most Fantasy teams despite his tough Week 1 matchup. While there are better quarterback options for this week, Rodgers still has a strong potential for dominance. He’s healthy and still has a bevy of weapons at his disposal. It might not be Rodgers best game of the season, but he’s shown that he can put up numbers against even the best defensive clubs.


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.


 
 
 
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