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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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5. Al Melchior, Senior Fantasy Writer
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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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Owen Daniels to step into larger role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) With Dennis Pitta going down with another hip injury, Ravens tight end Owen Daniels is likely to be thrust into a larger role than he has had the first three games, and it is one he should be well-suited to fill.

It is easy to forget, but Daniels was considered a borderline No. 1 tight end last season, before he suffering through a season of Matt Schaub's quarterbacking and a fractured fibula. In 2012, he finished 8th among tight ends in Fantasy scoring -- just two points behind Pitta. Daniels caught 60.2 percent of passes thrown his way to finish the season with 62 receptions for 716 yards that season, and could put up similar numbers the rest of the way.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco likes to throw to his tight ends, as Ed Dickson, Dallas Clark and Pitta combined for 128 targets a year ago. With Daniels the best receiving option left among the team's tight ends, expect most of the looks to go his way, and he already showed in Week 2 he can be a solid red-zone target for Flacco.

Daniels is still unowned in three-quarters of CBSSports.com leagues, but should be worth targeting if you lost Pitta or are otherwise looking for help this week. 


Could Bortles time make Allen Hurns more effective?
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:25 am ET) Generally speaking, rookies are tough to rely on in Fantasy. They tend to produce inconsistent numbers while learning the game, making them incredibly tough to rely on from a week-to-week perspective. That has certainly been the case for Jaguars rookie Allen Hurns, who has sandwiched two double-digit Fantasy efforts around a near no-show in Week 2. Now that he has a rookie in Blake Bortles throwing it to him, why should we expect Hurns to be any more reliable moving forward?

Hurns has shown an impressive ability, thus far, to get open down the field. Even during his 2-catch, 13-yard stinker against Washington, he was open downfield and dropped a sure-fire long touchdown. Chad Henne might have lost faith in Hurns after that, as he failed to target him once in Week 3, but newly appointed starter Bortles looked Hurns way three times in the second half of Sunday's game, with the duo eventually hooking up for a 63-yard score.

The long touchdown is starting to become Hurns' signature play, and he will have real home-run potential for Fantasy. He will also likely certainly be wildly inconsistent, as both he and Bortles feel their way through their first weeks together in the NFL. Still, he has a chance to be one of the top rookie wideouts in the league this season, and is worth taking a chance on in waivers this week -- he is owned in just 41 percent of CBSSports.com leagues.  


Randall Cobb frustrated with play after three weeks
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:21 am ET) Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was not happy following his team's 19-7 loss Sunday against the Lions. Cobb totaled only three catches for 29 yards, and the entire offense struggled against a Lions defense that was decimated by injury.

"Our defense played their butts off tonight," Cobb said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We did nothing for them. It was kind of embarrassing as an offense, embarrassing myself the way I played."

Although Cobb had two touchdowns Week 2 and three on the season, he has just 14 catches for 126 yards through three games. He also has just one catch of 20-plus yards.

"I have to do more, I have to give this team more," he said. "I have to look in the mirror first and see where it is that I can do more to help this team out."


John Brown unlikely to be a reliable source of scores
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:15 am ET) Arizona rookie wide receiver John Brown is sure to be one of the hottest names on the waiver wire ahead of Week 4, but Fantasy owners might be searching for fool's gold if they are looking to bolster their receiving corps with the young Cardinals wide out.

Through the first three weeks of his career, Brown looks like a bonafide red-zone monster, having hauled in three touchdowns, including two in Sunday's win over the 49ers. However, he also had just 52 receiving yards in the game, with almost all of his value coming from those two scores. Unfortunately, an early proclivity for scoring doesn't necessarily mean a player has a nose for the end zone.

Over the past five seasons, 14 rookies have caught two touchdowns in a game while failing to top 55 yards in that same game, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com's play index. And though some of them -- Jimmy Graham, Dez Bryant, Rob Gronkowski -- went on to stardom, the collective isn't particularly impressive as a whole. Over their next two games played, the 14 players accounted for 10 total touchdowns but just 149 Fantasy points overall, an average of just 5.3 points per game.

Brown has been the best Fantasy option in the Cardinals' receiving corps so far, but he won't be much use if -- when -- the touchdowns run dry. He is just third on the team in targets and could be a big-time disappointment moving forward. 


Steelers could be without three defensive players for a while
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:09 am ET) Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a sprained MCL Sunday against the Panthers and will undergo an MRI Monday, according to ESPN. 

Linebacker Jarvis Jones likely needs wrist surgery after getting hurt Sunday and will be sidelined indefinitely. Cornerback Ike Taylor could also miss some time after suffering a broken arm against Carolina.


Making sense of Baltimore's backfield, post-Taliaferro breakout
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:48 am ET) It took just about every other back being unavailable, but Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro got the chance to shine in Week 3 against the Browns.

Taliaferro led the Ravens in rushing yards Sunday, racking up a team-high 91 on 18 carries, including a 31-yard long run and a 1-yard touchdown. However, he was actually less effective on a per-touch basis than Justin Forsett, who averaged 5.7 yards per carry to Taliaferro's 5.1. Is Taliaferro a star in the making, or just a flash in the pan?

Among the four players who have had at least 10 carries through three games against the Browns, Taliaferro actually ranked fourth in yards per carry, as the Browns are giving up 5.2 yards per carry to opposing running backs. Though you will certainly want to go out and add Taliaferro, be mindful of the fact that he did his work against a team that has been pitiful against the run thus far.

The Ravens have seemed to be looking for reasons to push Bernard Pierce down the depth chart this season, but it is not clear if Taliaferro's performance in Week 3 will be enough to do that for good. With Taliaferro's emergence, the Ravens look to have three dependable options in the back field, meaning he is likely to be working in a crowded backfield for the time being. Taliaferro is an interesting pickup, though likely not a Fantasy starter at this point. 


Eddie Lacy working on improving run game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:43 am ET) After facing three of the league's best run defenses through three weeks, it probably comes as no surprise the Packers rank 27th in rushing offense, averaging 78.7 rushing yards per game.

Perhaps even more alarming is that star running back Eddie Lacy is averaging 37.7 rushing yards per game and 3.1 yards per carry after averaging 78.5 and 4.1, respectively, in 2013.

"We have to change our mind-set," Lacy said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We had a few opportunities as backs that we didn't take advantage of, whether we made the wrong read or tried to press too much. It's a long season and we're going to get it to where we need it to be.

"We just have to figure out better ways to run the ball. I don't know if I have to be more patient or speed things up but one way or another I'm responsible for the run game."


Panthers DST gets steamrolled
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:55 am ET) After opening the season with two strong performances, the Panthers DST got run over Week 3 by the Steelers. Carolina allowed a whopping 264 rushing yards and 454 total yards in the 37-19 loss. Pittsburgh averaged 7.8 yards per carry.

Carolina mustered one sack, by defensive end Mario Addison, and zero turnovers. The Panthers DST will try to bounce back Week 4 at Baltimore.


Graham Gano goes for seven points
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) Panthers kicker Graham Gano converted a pair of 40-yard field goals and a PAT in the Week 3 loss to the Steelers. He'll visit the Ravens in Week 4.

Panthers get offensive contributions
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:49 am ET) The Panthers got some minor contributions in their Week 3 loss to the Steelers. Wideout Brenton Bersin made a 29-yard catch, and receiver Jason Avant caught two of six targets for 12 yards.

 
 
 
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