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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
6. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
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8. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
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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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Giants RB Andre Williams asked to show more patience
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:38 pm ET) Giants rookie running back Andre Williams often fails to let his blocks materialize, making it harder to find a crease, according to The Star-Ledger. He averaged 3.1 yards per carry over the past two weeks as Rashad Jennings' replacement.

"I think for all young players, they have a tendency to really get in a hurry, but I think that he is getting more patient as he continues to go," running backs coach Craig Johnson said.

The Giants are on a bye Week 8 before hosting the Colts in Week 9 on Monday Night Football. Jennings hopes to return from his knee injury against Indy, but if he can't Williams will make his third start.


Patriots' running back situation mostly clear
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:22 pm ET) Forget about Brandon Bolden. The Patriots' use of him against the Jets in Week 7 -- he played only one snap -- pretty much tells the story there. Granted, they've had their share of about-faces at the running back spot over the last few years, so I wouldn't dare claim to know what they're thinking, but if they've decided their next-best choice at the position is Jonas Gray, who at least saw the field for 11 plays Thursday, it's pretty clear what direction they intend to go, right?

With that in mind, I cautiously, carefully and with a preemptive tinge of regret plan to start Shane Vereen Week 8 against Chicago and hopefully every week thereafter. Yes, he played 80 percent of the snaps in Week 7, and yes, he scored two touchdowns. But you'll notice both of them came through the air. True, he also got more than two-thirds of the Patriots' carries, but I can't help but wonder if in a different matchup, one that encouraged them to pound the ball instead of rushing just 15 times as a team, they would have been more creative. That would work to Vereen's detriment, obviously.

For more of my biggest takeaways from Week 7, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.


Darren McFadden still carries limited value
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:16 pm ET) Raiders running back Darren McFadden has fallen on such hard times that even a three-week span with one double-digit Fantasy performance counts as a career renaissance. Does he have another level he can take his game to?

McFadden ranks 29th among running backs in Fantasy points over his last three games, but has just 25 Fantasy points. This might be more indicative of just how bad the position has been recently, as he isn't exactly lighting the world on fire. McFadden has topped 4.0 yards per carry just once this season, and has registered one or more Fantasy points through the air in just two games.

McFadden gets work, which will always make him an interesting Fantasy option, no matter how mediocre he is. Still, there are higher upside options out there than McFadden, who also carries the constant risk of injury. As a third Fantasy running back, McFadden is fine, but he doesn't have much more value than that at this point.  


Dolphins RB Lamar Miller wearing brace on right knee
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:14 pm ET) Dolphins running back Lamar Miller practiced Tuesday wearing a brace on his right knee, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Miller has been on the injury report lately with a knee injury, but it's not believed to be serious. He has not missed a game.

Martavis Bryant a threat to Markus Wheaton
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:11 pm ET) Wide receiver Markus Wheaton didn't impress through the first six weeks of the season, so the Steelers saw fit to give someone else a chance Week 7 against Houston. Active for the first time this season, Martavis Bryant had as productive a day as any pass catcher not named Antonio Brown or Le'Veon Bell, hauling in two passes for 40 yards, including a 35-yarder in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. His five targets were third-most on the team, and no one after him had more than two.

That includes Wheaton, who was among those with two targets, going without a catch. He actually played 48 percent of the Steelers' snaps compared to Bryant's 34 percent, which makes his lack of production even more discouraging. Considering he's been up around 80 percent most of the year, he may be in danger of being overtaken.

Of course, Wheaton probably wouldn't disappear completely, and because Antonio Brown is still the go-to guy in the Steelers passing game, Bryant probably wouldn't have the opportunity for big numbers in his place. But in leagues deep enough that Wheaton is relevant, Bryant is now, too.


Bills put C.J. Spiller on short-term IR
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:10 pm ET) The Bills placed running back C.J. Spiller on injured reserve/designated for return, meaning he's eligible to return Week 16 at Oakland. Spiller had surgery Monday to fix the broken collarbone he suffered Sunday against the Vikings.

Outlook for Le'Veon Bell continues to improve
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:51 pm ET) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell averaged 4.7 receptions per game through his first six games, but because he was involved in the passing game only intermittently as a rookie, you had reason to wonder if you could rely on him for that long-term.

But then he went and caught eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown against the Texans in Week 7, putting him second among all running backs with 36 receptions, behind only Matt Forte (who remains in a class of his own). In PPR leagues, he's also third among running backs, behind Forte and DeMarco Murray, in Fantasy points to date.

Even better, his touchdown came from the 2-yard line -- a situation where the Steelers may have gone to LeGarrette Blount earlier in the season. Only one of Blount's seven carries even came in Texans' territory in this one.

Bell's touchdown total seven weeks into the season may be disappointing, but in terms of his receiving ability and role on offense, the verdict is in. If we were re-drafting today, he might be one of the first five running backs off the board.


49ers add QB Josh Johnson, cut S Raymond Ventrone
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:37 pm ET) The 49ers re-signed quarterback Josh Johnson and released safety Raymond Ventrone.

Travaris Cadet's role about to change
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:29 pm ET) With Pierre Thomas expected to miss a healthy chunk of time with a shoulder injury, Travaris Cadet is now the main receiving option out of the Saints backfield, and that should mean good things for the third-year man out of Appalachian State.

Cadet was already fifth on the team in targets through six games, and the absence of Thomas is only going to increase his workload. The two are averaging 8.3 targets out fo the backfield between them, and with Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram more traditional backs, the majority of those looks should go Cadet's way.

Cadet has already shown he can be a useful receiver in a growing role recently, with 15 receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown over the last three games. The Saints have always featured running backs in the passing game prominently, and now it is Cadet's turn. In PPR leagues, he should make for a solid starting option moving forward, with 29 Fantasy points over the last three weeks already. 


When DeAndre Hopkins is targeted, good things happen
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:25 pm ET) In Week 7 at Pittsburgh, Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was on equal terms with Andre Johnson for once, tying for the team lead with nine targets. It was the first time he got as many targets as Johnson in a game this season, and just as encouraging, it came only a week after getting a season-low two targets.

Hopkins led the Texans with 108 yards on six catches. Despite the disparity in targets, it wasn't the first time he went for more yards than Johnson, but the third. The first came in his only other nine-target game Week 3 at the Giants, when he had 116 yards on six catches.

Hopkins may not get the targets you'd like for a wide receiver to get in Fantasy, but he's efficient with what he gets, meaning when he gets a decent number of targets, like in Weeks 3 and 7, he's almost assured big numbers. With Johnson still the go-to guy for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, though, Hopkins also has the potential to underwhelm any given week.

He's best used as a No. 3 wide receiver in Fantasy, making him a bye-week replacement in some leagues. But if Johnson ever goes down, as he has done all too often in his career, watch out.


 
 
 
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