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2013 Draft Prep: 12-team PPR IDP analyst draft

Senior Fantasy Writer
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Football isn't all about yards and catches and scoring. It's about tackles and turnovers and sacks, too.

Bored Fantasy owners looking for a new kick should consider adding individual defensive players, also known as IDPs, to their drafts. It makes for deeper rosters and more lineup decisions from week to week. Plus it makes for higher Fantasy scores and adds variance to a game already full of wild swings.

Some leagues require starting just one or two IDPs, blanketing defenders as a whole under one umbrella. Others ask for owners to start one defensive lineman, one linebacker and one defensive back. Maybe throw a Flex in there too. In our 12-team expert league, which you'll see below, everyone starts two defensive linemen, three linebackers, three defensive backs and one flex. It's that kind of depth that makes IDP leagues challenging, otherwise there would be an abundance of quality defenders for a limited demand.

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Think about it -- there are 32 teams that start three or four defensive linemen, three or four linebackers and four or more defensive backs. Makes the talent pool pretty darn deep, doesn't it? So the more defenders you have to start, the more challenging the concept becomes.

And you're not afraid of challenges, are you?

If yardage is the thing to look for in offensive players, tackles is the stat you want to monitor for defensive players. The more tackles a player gets, the more productive he'll be for your Fantasy team. That's the main rule of thumb. Look for middle linebackers, pass rushers along the defensive line and safeties in the defensive backfield to rack up the most tackles and thus be the most valuable in Fantasy.

In accordance with that, linebackers typically are the best for Fantasy play, followed by safeties. Defensive linemen don't usually put up a lot of tackles, which is why last year's work by J.J. Watt was so impressive. Watt totaled 81 tackles, a fantastic number given that the best D-linemen typically post 40 to 50 tackles in a given year. Watt is to defensive linemen as Jimmy Graham is to tight ends: A rare phenom at an overlooked position.

Anyway, with tackles being king it's safe to assume they should be worth one point each (assisted tackles could be worth a half-point). Passes defensed, forced fumbles and recoveries should count for two; sacks and interceptions should be worth three and touchdowns stand for six points.

There isn't much strategy to picking defenders on Draft Day. Other than the elite players at their respective positions (Watt at DL, guys like Luke Kuechly and James Laurainitis at LB, Charles Tillman and Harrison Smith at DB), owners shouldn't go berserk for valuable options. Remember, there are 32 teams chock full of defensive players. If you're starting two or four or even eight over a 12-man league, there's enough talent to go around. And there are breakout players every single year -- be active on the waiver wire because a good number of capable starters will make their way on to Fantasy rosters from there.

Tackling a draft

Every year we invite analysts from other sites to participate in our 28-round IDP draft. It's our way of seeing some fresh opinions not only on defensive players but the offensive talent that pretty much makes up the first third of the selection process.

Here's the order for our 12-team, three-receiver PPR IDP league:

1. Andy Behrens, Yahoo! Sports
2. Nathan Zegura, CBSSports.com
3. Ben Standig, FFToolbox.com
4. Michael Hurcomb, CBSSports.com
5. John Norton, FootballGuys.com
6. Antonio D'Arcangelis, FFToday.com
7. Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
8. Tim Heaney, KFFL.com
9. Jamey Eisenberg, CBSSports.com
10. Jeff Ratcliffe, ProFootballFocus.com
11. Justin Fielkow, Rotowire.com
12. Jay Clemons, FOX Sports South

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Behrens Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2 Zegura Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
3 Standig Doug Martin, RB, TB
4 Hurcomb C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
5 Norton Ray Rice, RB, BAL
6 Arcaglies Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
7 Richard Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
8 Heaney A.J. Green, WR, CIN
9 Eisenberg LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
10 Ratcliffe Arian Foster, RB, HOU
11 Fielkow Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
12 Clemons Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Clemons Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
14 Fielkow Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
15 Ratcliffe Matt Forte, RB, CHI
16 Eisenberg Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
17 Heaney Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
18 Richard Reggie Bush, RB, DET
19 Arcaglies Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
20 Norton Julio Jones, WR, ATL
21 Hurcomb Darren Sproles, RB, NO
22 Standig Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
23 Zegura Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
24 Behrens DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Behrens Drew Brees, QB, NO
26 Zegura Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
27 Standig Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
28 Hurcomb Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
29 Norton Randall Cobb, WR, GB
30 Arcaglies Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
31 Richard David Wilson, RB, NYG
32 Heaney Frank Gore, RB, SF
33 Eisenberg Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
34 Ratcliffe Roddy White, WR, ATL
35 Fielkow Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
36 Clemons Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Clemons Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
38 Fielkow Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
39 Ratcliffe Danny Amendola, WR, NE
40 Eisenberg Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
41 Heaney Marques Colston, WR, NO
42 Richard Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
43 Arcaglies Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
44 Norton Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
45 Hurcomb Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
46 Standig Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
47 Zegura Shane Vereen, RB, NE
48 Behrens Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Behrens Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
50 Zegura Wes Welker, WR, DEN
51 Standig Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
52 Hurcomb Daryl Richardson, RB, STL
53 Norton Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
54 Arcaglies Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
55 Richard Tom Brady, QB, NE
56 Heaney Cam Newton, QB, CAR
57 Eisenberg Montee Ball, RB, DEN
58 Ratcliffe Jason Witten, TE, DAL
59 Fielkow Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
60 Clemons Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Clemons Eric Decker, WR, DEN
62 Fielkow Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
63 Ratcliffe Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
64 Eisenberg Ben Tate, RB, HOU
65 Heaney Vernon Davis, TE, SF
66 Richard T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
67 Arcaglies Tavon Austin, WR, STL
68 Norton DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
69 Hurcomb Rashard Mendenhall, RB, ARI
70 Standig Luke Kuechly, LB, CAR
71 Zegura Steve Smith, WR, CAR
72 Behrens J.J. Watt, DL, HOU
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Behrens James Laurinaitis, LB, STL
74 Zegura Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
75 Standig Derrick Johnson, LB, KC
76 Hurcomb DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
77 Norton James Anderson, LB, CHI
78 Arcaglies Lavonte David, LB, TB
79 Richard James Jones, WR, GB
80 Heaney Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
81 Eisenberg Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
82 Ratcliffe Mark Ingram, RB, NO
83 Fielkow Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
84 Clemons Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Clemons BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
86 Fielkow Bobby Wagner, LB, SEA
87 Ratcliffe Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
88 Eisenberg Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
89 Heaney Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ
90 Richard Jared Cook, TE, STL
91 Arcaglies Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
92 Norton Antonio Gates, TE, SD
93 Hurcomb Andre Brown, RB, NYG
94 Standig Chris Givens, WR, STL
95 Zegura Greg Jennings, WR, MIN
96 Behrens Patrick Willis, LB, SF
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Behrens Lance Moore, WR, NO
98 Zegura Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
99 Standig Mike Williams, WR, TB
100 Hurcomb Tony Romo, QB, DAL
101 Norton Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
102 Arcaglies DeMarcus Ware, DL, DAL
103 Richard Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
104 Heaney NaVorro Bowman, LB, SF
105 Eisenberg Golden Tate, WR, SEA
106 Ratcliffe Cameron Wake, DL, MIA
107 Fielkow Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, NE
108 Clemons Andrew Luck, QB, IND
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Clemons Bryce Brown, RB, PHI
110 Fielkow Chad Greenway, LB, MIN
111 Ratcliffe Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
112 Eisenberg Jared Allen, DL, MIN
113 Heaney Miles Austin, WR, DAL
114 Richard Charles Johnson, DL, CAR
115 Arcaglies Paul Posluszny, LB, JAC
116 Norton Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
117 Hurcomb London Fletcher, LB, WAS
118 Standig Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
119 Zegura Anquan Boldin, WR, SF
120 Behrens Jason Pierre-Paul, DL, NYG
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Behrens Stephen Tulloch, LB, DET
122 Zegura Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
123 Standig Jerod Mayo, LB, NE
124 Hurcomb Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
125 Norton Sean Lee, LB, DAL
126 Arcaglies Jerrell Freeman, LB, IND
127 Richard DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
128 Heaney Wesley Woodyard, LB, DEN
129 Eisenberg Lawrence Timmons, LB, PIT
130 Ratcliffe Nick Roach, LB, OAK
131 Fielkow Curtis Lofton, LB, NO
132 Clemons Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Clemons Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
134 Fielkow Vick Ballard, RB, IND
135 Ratcliffe Daryl Washington, LB, ARI
136 Eisenberg Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
137 Heaney Charles Tillman, DB, CHI
138 Richard Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT
139 Arcaglies Rod Streater, WR, OAK
140 Norton D'Qwell Jackson, LB, CLE
141 Hurcomb Zach Brown, LB, TEN
142 Standig Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
143 Zegura Joique Bell, RB, DET
144 Behrens Vincent Brown, WR, SD
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Behrens Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT
146 Zegura Harrison Smith, DB, MIN
147 Standig Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
148 Hurcomb Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
149 Norton Ryan Broyles, WR, DET
150 Arcaglies Mark Barron, DB, TB
151 Richard Calais Campbell, DL, ARI
152 Heaney Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
153 Eisenberg Brian Cushing, LB, HOU
154 Ratcliffe Mychal Kendricks, LB, PHI
155 Fielkow Julius Peppers, DL, CHI
156 Clemons Geno Atkins, DL, CIN
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Clemons Morgan Burnett, DB, GB
158 Fielkow Roman Harper, DB, NO
159 Ratcliffe Bruce Carter, LB, DAL
160 Eisenberg Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
161 Heaney Greg Hardy, DL, CAR
162 Richard David Harris, LB, NYJ
163 Arcaglies Roy Helu, RB, WAS
164 Norton Eric Berry, DB, KC
165 Hurcomb Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
166 Standig Michael Johnson, DL, CIN
167 Zegura Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
168 Behrens Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Behrens Eric Weddle, DB, SD
170 Zegura Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN
171 Standig Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
172 Hurcomb Richard Sherman, DB, SEA
173 Norton Bernard Pollard, DB, TEN
174 Arcaglies Lance Briggs, LB, CHI
175 Richard Donald Butler, LB, SD
176 Heaney Shonn Greene, RB, TEN
177 Eisenberg Carlos Dunlap, DL, CIN
178 Ratcliffe Tyvon Branch, DB, OAK
179 Fielkow John Abraham, DL, ARI
180 Clemons Aldon Smith, LB, SF
Round 16
Pick Team Player
181 Clemons Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
182 Fielkow Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
183 Ratcliffe Chandler Jones, DL, NE
184 Eisenberg Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
185 Heaney Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
186 Richard Jon Bostic, LB, CHI
187 Arcaglies Michael Vick, QB, PHI
188 Norton Osi Umenyiora, DL, ATL
189 Hurcomb Anthony Spencer, DL, DAL
190 Standig Muhammad Wilkerson, DL, NYJ
191 Zegura Jeremy Kerley, WR, NYJ
192 Behrens Christine Michael, RB, SEA
Round 17
Pick Team Player
193 Behrens Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
194 Zegura Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN
195 Standig Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
196 Hurcomb Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
197 Norton Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, IND
198 Arcaglies Chris Long, DL, STL
199 Richard Kenny Vaccaro, DB, NO
200 Heaney Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN
201 Eisenberg Reshad Jones, DB, MIA
202 Ratcliffe Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
203 Fielkow Eli Manning, QB, NYG
204 Clemons Cortland Finnegan, DB, STL
Round 18
Pick Team Player
205 Clemons Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
206 Fielkow Janoris Jenkins, DB, STL
207 Ratcliffe Daryl Smith, LB, BAL
208 Eisenberg Kam Chancellor, DB, SEA
209 Heaney Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
210 Richard Sam Bradford, QB, STL
211 Arcaglies Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
212 Norton Rob Ninkovich, DL, NE
213 Hurcomb Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
214 Standig John Cyprien, DB, JAC
215 Zegura A.J. Hawk, LB, GB
216 Behrens Sean Weatherspoon, LB, ATL
Round 19
Pick Team Player
217 Behrens Fred Davis, TE, WAS
218 Zegura Ahtyba Rubin, DL, CLE
219 Standig Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI
220 Hurcomb Aaron Dobson, WR, NE
221 Norton Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
222 Arcaglies Karlos Dansby, LB, ARI
223 Richard Glover Quin, DB, DET
224 Heaney Kiko Alonso, LB, BUF
225 Eisenberg DuJuan Harris, RB, GB
226 Ratcliffe Brian Hartline, WR, MIA
227 Fielkow Zach Sudfeld, TE, NE
228 Clemons Clay Matthews, LB, GB
Round 20
Pick Team Player
229 Clemons Justin Smith, DL, SF
230 Fielkow DeAngelo Hall, DB, WAS
231 Ratcliffe Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
232 Eisenberg Von Miller, LB, DEN
233 Heaney William Moore, DB, ATL
234 Richard Alec Ogletree, LB, STL
235 Arcaglies Joseph Randle, RB, DAL
236 Norton Keenan Allen, WR, SD
237 Hurcomb Quintin Mikell, DB, STL
238 Standig Justin Tuck, DL, NYG
239 Zegura Brandon Myers, TE, NYG
240 Behrens Michael Bush, RB, CHI
Round 21
Pick Team Player
241 Behrens Earl Thomas, DB, SEA
242 Zegura Kevin Burnett, LB, OAK
243 Standig Kenjon Barner, RB, CAR
244 Hurcomb Charles Woodson, DB, OAK
245 Norton Mason Foster, LB, TB
246 Arcaglies Jairus Byrd, DB, BUF
247 Richard Yeremiah Bell, DB, ARI
248 Heaney Derrick Morgan, DL, TEN
249 Eisenberg Dannell Ellerbe, LB, MIA
250 Ratcliffe Dwayne Allen, TE, IND
251 Fielkow Devin McCourty, DB, NE
252 Clemons Perry Riley, LB, WAS
Round 22
Pick Team Player
253 Clemons Patrick Peterson, DB, ARI
254 Fielkow Paris Lenon, LB, DEN
255 Ratcliffe Patrick Chung, DB, PHI
256 Eisenberg T.J. Ward, DB, CLE
257 Heaney Troy Polamalu, DB, PIT
258 Richard Matt Elam, DB, BAL
259 Arcaglies Jason Babin, DL, JAC
260 Norton Trent Cole, DL, PHI
261 Hurcomb Knile Davis, RB, KC
262 Standig Jason McCourty, DB, TEN
263 Zegura Tramon Williams, DB, GB
264 Behrens Cliff Avril, DL, SEA
Round 23
Pick Team Player
265 Behrens LaRon Landry, DB, IND
266 Zegura Chris Clemons, DL, SEA
267 Standig Justin Forsett, RB, JAC
268 Hurcomb James Harrison, LB, CIN
269 Norton Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
270 Arcaglies Riley Cooper, WR, PHI
271 Richard DeMeco Ryans, LB, PHI
272 Heaney Brad Jones, LB, GB
273 Eisenberg Kenny Stills, WR, NO
274 Ratcliffe Ryan Clark, DB, PIT
275 Fielkow Antoine Bethea, DB, IND
276 Clemons Coby Fleener, TE, IND
Round 24
Pick Team Player
277 Clemons Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
278 Fielkow Casey Hayward, DB, GB
279 Ratcliffe Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
280 Eisenberg Terrell Suggs, LB, BAL
281 Heaney Mario Williams, DL, BUF
282 Richard Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
283 Arcaglies Tyrann Mathieu, DB, ARI
284 Norton Dawan Landry, DB, NYJ
285 Hurcomb Antrel Rolle, DB, NYG
286 Standig Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
287 Zegura Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
288 Behrens Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
Round 25
Pick Team Player
289 Behrens LaMichael James, RB, SF
290 Zegura Dashon Goldson, DB, TB
291 Standig Greg Little, WR, CLE
292 Hurcomb Ndamukong Suh, DL, DET
293 Norton Philip Rivers, QB, SD
294 Arcaglies Thomas DeCoud, DB, ATL
295 Richard Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
296 Heaney Brandon Weeden, QB, CLE
297 Eisenberg Andre Roberts, WR, ARI
298 Ratcliffe Marcel Reece, RB, OAK
299 Fielkow Haloti Ngata, DL, BAL
300 Clemons Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
Round 26
Pick Team Player
301 Clemons Desmond Bishop, LB, MIN
302 Fielkow Donte Whitner, DB, SF
303 Ratcliffe Lamarr Houston, DL, OAK
304 Eisenberg Alex Smith, QB, KC
305 Heaney Donnie Avery, WR, KC
306 Richard Alfonso Smith, RB, ARI
307 Arcaglies Kyle Arrington, DB, NE
308 Norton T.J. McDonald, DB, STL
309 Hurcomb Jon Baldwin, WR, SF
310 Standig Reggie Nelson, DB, CIN
311 Zegura Rey Maualuga, LB, CIN
312 Behrens Danieal Manning, DB, HOU
Round 27
Pick Team Player
313 Behrens Blair Walsh, K, MIN
314 Zegura Phil Dawson, K, SF
315 Standig Matt Bryant, K, ATL
316 Hurcomb Garrett Hartley, K, NO
317 Norton Randy Bullock, K, HOU
318 Arcaglies Michael Griffin, DB, TEN
319 Richard Matt Prater, K, DEN
320 Heaney Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
321 Eisenberg Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
322 Ratcliffe DeMario Davis, LB, NYJ
323 Fielkow Vince Wilfork, DL, NE
324 Clemons Denard Robinson, RB, JAC
Round 28
Pick Team Player
325 Clemons Nate Washington, WR, TEN
326 Fielkow Justin Tucker, K, BAL
327 Ratcliffe Greg Zuerlein, K, STL
328 Eisenberg Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
329 Heaney Dan Bailey, K, DAL
330 Richard Marlon Moore, WR, SF
331 Arcaglies Kai Forbath, K, WAS
332 Norton Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
333 Hurcomb Ed Reed, DB, HOU
334 Standig Brian Leonard, RB, TB
335 Zegura Josh Freeman, QB, TB
336 Behrens Mike Tolbert, RB, CAR
 
Team by Team
Antonio D'Arcangelis
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
2.7 Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
3.6 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
4.7 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
5.6 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
6.7 Tavon Austin, WR, STL
7.6 Lavonte David, LB, TB
8.7 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
9.6 DeMarcus Ware, DL, DAL
10.7 Paul Posluszny, LB, JAC
11.6 Jerrell Freeman, LB, IND
12.7 Rod Streater, WR, OAK
13.6 Mark Barron, DB, TB
14.7 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
15.6 Lance Briggs, LB, CHI
16.7 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
17.6 Chris Long, DL, STL
18.7 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
19.6 Karlos Dansby, LB, ARI
20.7 Joseph Randle, RB, DAL
21.6 Jairus Byrd, DB, BUF
22.7 Jason Babin, DL, JAC
23.6 Riley Cooper, WR, PHI
24.7 Tyrann Mathieu, DB, ARI
25.6 Thomas DeCoud, DB, ATL
26.7 Kyle Arrington, DB, NE
27.6 Michael Griffin, DB, TEN
28.7 Kai Forbath, K, WAS
Andy Behrens
Rd.Pk
1.1 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2.12 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
3.1 Drew Brees, QB, NO
4.12 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
5.1 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
6.12 J.J. Watt, DL, HOU
7.1 James Laurinaitis, LB, STL
8.12 Patrick Willis, LB, SF
9.1 Lance Moore, WR, NO
10.12 Jason Pierre-Paul, DL, NYG
11.1 Stephen Tulloch, LB, DET
12.12 Vincent Brown, WR, SD
13.1 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT
14.12 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
15.1 Eric Weddle, DB, SD
16.12 Christine Michael, RB, SEA
17.1 Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
18.12 Sean Weatherspoon, LB, ATL
19.1 Fred Davis, TE, WAS
20.12 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
21.1 Earl Thomas, DB, SEA
22.12 Cliff Avril, DL, SEA
23.1 LaRon Landry, DB, IND
24.12 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
25.1 LaMichael James, RB, SF
26.12 Danieal Manning, DB, HOU
27.1 Blair Walsh, K, MIN
28.12 Mike Tolbert, RB, CAR
Jay Clemons
Rd.Pk
1.12 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
2.1 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
3.12 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
4.1 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
5.12 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
6.1 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
7.12 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
8.1 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
9.12 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
10.1 Bryce Brown, RB, PHI
11.12 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
12.1 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
13.12 Geno Atkins, DL, CIN
14.1 Morgan Burnett, DB, GB
15.12 Aldon Smith, LB, SF
16.1 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
17.12 Cortland Finnegan, DB, STL
18.1 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
19.12 Clay Matthews, LB, GB
20.1 Justin Smith, DL, SF
21.12 Perry Riley, LB, WAS
22.1 Patrick Peterson, DB, ARI
23.12 Coby Fleener, TE, IND
24.1 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
25.12 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
26.1 Desmond Bishop, LB, MIN
27.12 Denard Robinson, RB, JAC
28.1 Nate Washington, WR, TEN
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk
1.9 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.4 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
3.9 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
4.4 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
5.9 Montee Ball, RB, DEN
6.4 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
7.9 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
8.4 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
9.9 Golden Tate, WR, SEA
10.4 Jared Allen, DL, MIN
11.9 Lawrence Timmons, LB, PIT
12.4 Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
13.9 Brian Cushing, LB, HOU
14.4 Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
15.9 Carlos Dunlap, DL, CIN
16.4 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
17.9 Reshad Jones, DB, MIA
18.4 Kam Chancellor, DB, SEA
19.9 DuJuan Harris, RB, GB
20.4 Von Miller, LB, DEN
21.9 Dannell Ellerbe, LB, MIA
22.4 T.J. Ward, DB, CLE
23.9 Kenny Stills, WR, NO
24.4 Terrell Suggs, LB, BAL
25.9 Andre Roberts, WR, ARI
26.4 Alex Smith, QB, KC
27.9 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
28.4 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Justin Fielkow
Rd.Pk
1.11 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
2.2 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
3.11 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
4.2 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
5.11 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
6.2 Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
7.11 Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
8.2 Bobby Wagner, LB, SEA
9.11 Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, NE
10.2 Chad Greenway, LB, MIN
11.11 Curtis Lofton, LB, NO
12.2 Vick Ballard, RB, IND
13.11 Julius Peppers, DL, CHI
14.2 Roman Harper, DB, NO
15.11 John Abraham, DL, ARI
16.2 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
17.11 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
18.2 Janoris Jenkins, DB, STL
19.11 Zach Sudfeld, TE, NE
20.2 DeAngelo Hall, DB, WAS
21.11 Devin McCourty, DB, NE
22.2 Paris Lenon, LB, DEN
23.11 Antoine Bethea, DB, IND
24.2 Casey Hayward, DB, GB
25.11 Haloti Ngata, DL, BAL
26.2 Donte Whitner, DB, SF
27.11 Vince Wilfork, DL, NE
28.2 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Tim Heaney
Rd.Pk
1.8 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
2.5 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
3.8 Frank Gore, RB, SF
4.5 Marques Colston, WR, NO
5.8 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
6.5 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
7.8 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
8.5 Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ
9.8 NaVorro Bowman, LB, SF
10.5 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
11.8 Wesley Woodyard, LB, DEN
12.5 Charles Tillman, DB, CHI
13.8 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
14.5 Greg Hardy, DL, CAR
15.8 Shonn Greene, RB, TEN
16.5 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
17.8 Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN
18.5 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
19.8 Kiko Alonso, LB, BUF
20.5 William Moore, DB, ATL
21.8 Derrick Morgan, DL, TEN
22.5 Troy Polamalu, DB, PIT
23.8 Brad Jones, LB, GB
24.5 Mario Williams, DL, BUF
25.8 Brandon Weeden, QB, CLE
26.5 Donnie Avery, WR, KC
27.8 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
28.5 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk
1.4 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
2.9 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
3.4 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
4.9 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
5.4 Daryl Richardson, RB, STL
6.9 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, ARI
7.4 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
8.9 Andre Brown, RB, NYG
9.4 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
10.9 London Fletcher, LB, WAS
11.4 Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
12.9 Zach Brown, LB, TEN
13.4 Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
14.9 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
15.4 Richard Sherman, DB, SEA
16.9 Anthony Spencer, DL, DAL
17.4 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
18.9 Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
19.4 Aaron Dobson, WR, NE
20.9 Quintin Mikell, DB, STL
21.4 Charles Woodson, DB, OAK
22.9 Knile Davis, RB, KC
23.4 James Harrison, LB, CIN
24.9 Antrel Rolle, DB, NYG
25.4 Ndamukong Suh, DL, DET
26.9 Jon Baldwin, WR, SF
27.4 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
28.9 Ed Reed, DB, HOU
John Norton
Rd.Pk
1.5 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.8 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
3.5 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
4.8 Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
5.5 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
6.8 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
7.5 James Anderson, LB, CHI
8.8 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
9.5 Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
10.8 Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
11.5 Sean Lee, LB, DAL
12.8 D'Qwell Jackson, LB, CLE
13.5 Ryan Broyles, WR, DET
14.8 Eric Berry, DB, KC
15.5 Bernard Pollard, DB, TEN
16.8 Osi Umenyiora, DL, ATL
17.5 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, IND
18.8 Rob Ninkovich, DL, NE
19.5 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
20.8 Keenan Allen, WR, SD
21.5 Mason Foster, LB, TB
22.8 Trent Cole, DL, PHI
23.5 Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
24.8 Dawan Landry, DB, NYJ
25.5 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
26.8 T.J. McDonald, DB, STL
27.5 Randy Bullock, K, HOU
28.8 Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
Jeff Ratcliffe
Rd.Pk
1.1 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.3 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3.1 Roddy White, WR, ATL
4.3 Danny Amendola, WR, NE
5.1 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
6.3 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
7.1 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
8.3 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
9.1 Cameron Wake, DL, MIA
10.3 Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
11.1 Nick Roach, LB, OAK
12.3 Daryl Washington, LB, ARI
13.1 Mychal Kendricks, LB, PHI
14.3 Bruce Carter, LB, DAL
15.1 Tyvon Branch, DB, OAK
16.3 Chandler Jones, DL, NE
17.1 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
18.3 Daryl Smith, LB, BAL
19.1 Brian Hartline, WR, MIA
20.3 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
21.1 Dwayne Allen, TE, IND
22.3 Patrick Chung, DB, PHI
23.1 Ryan Clark, DB, PIT
24.3 Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
25.1 Marcel Reece, RB, OAK
26.3 Lamarr Houston, DL, OAK
27.1 DeMario Davis, LB, NYJ
28.3 Greg Zuerlein, K, STL
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk
1.7 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.6 Reggie Bush, RB, DET
3.7 David Wilson, RB, NYG
4.6 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
5.7 Tom Brady, QB, NE
6.6 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
7.7 James Jones, WR, GB
8.6 Jared Cook, TE, STL
9.7 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
10.6 Charles Johnson, DL, CAR
11.7 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
12.6 Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT
13.7 Calais Campbell, DL, ARI
14.6 David Harris, LB, NYJ
15.7 Donald Butler, LB, SD
16.6 Jon Bostic, LB, CHI
17.7 Kenny Vaccaro, DB, NO
18.6 Sam Bradford, QB, STL
19.7 Glover Quin, DB, DET
20.6 Alec Ogletree, LB, STL
21.7 Yeremiah Bell, DB, ARI
22.6 Matt Elam, DB, BAL
23.7 DeMeco Ryans, LB, PHI
24.6 Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
25.7 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
26.6 Alfonso Smith, RB, ARI
27.7 Matt Prater, K, DEN
28.6 Marlon Moore, WR, SF
Ben Standig
Rd.Pk
1.3 Doug Martin, RB, TB
2.1 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
3.3 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
4.1 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
5.3 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
6.1 Luke Kuechly, LB, CAR
7.3 Derrick Johnson, LB, KC
8.1 Chris Givens, WR, STL
9.3 Mike Williams, WR, TB
10.1 Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
11.3 Jerod Mayo, LB, NE
12.1 Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
13.3 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
14.1 Michael Johnson, DL, CIN
15.3 Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
16.1 Muhammad Wilkerson, DL, NYJ
17.3 Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
18.1 John Cyprien, DB, JAC
19.3 Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI
20.1 Justin Tuck, DL, NYG
21.3 Kenjon Barner, RB, CAR
22.1 Jason McCourty, DB, TEN
23.3 Justin Forsett, RB, JAC
24.1 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
25.3 Greg Little, WR, CLE
26.1 Reggie Nelson, DB, CIN
27.3 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
28.1 Brian Leonard, RB, TB
Nathan Zegura
Rd.Pk
1.2 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2.11 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
3.2 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
4.11 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
5.2 Wes Welker, WR, DEN
6.11 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
7.2 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
8.11 Greg Jennings, WR, MIN
9.2 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
10.11 Anquan Boldin, WR, SF
11.2 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
12.11 Joique Bell, RB, DET
13.2 Harrison Smith, DB, MIN
14.11 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
15.2 Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN
16.11 Jeremy Kerley, WR, NYJ
17.2 Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN
18.11 A.J. Hawk, LB, GB
19.2 Ahtyba Rubin, DL, CLE
20.11 Brandon Myers, TE, NYG
21.2 Kevin Burnett, LB, OAK
22.11 Tramon Williams, DB, GB
23.2 Chris Clemons, DL, SEA
24.11 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
25.2 Dashon Goldson, DB, TB
26.11 Rey Maualuga, LB, CIN
27.2 Phil Dawson, K, SF
28.11 Josh Freeman, QB, TB

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Andre Williams could surprise again
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/30/2014) Though I don't know that he's ready for a platoon role, believing his strong showing Week 4 at Washington happened mainly because the Giants saw fit to rest their starting running back in a blowout, rookie Andre Williams has the perfect matchup to make the most of whatever opportunities he gets Week 5 against Atlanta. The Falcons rank 28th against the run, allowing 153.5 yards per game, and have given up nine touchdowns on the ground, four more than any other team.

Even better, they've been sort of the magic elixir for running back tandems this season. Not only did the Vikings' Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon both have big games against them last week, the former rushing for 78 yards and three touchdowns and the latter rushing for 135 yards, but the Bengals' Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill both had big games against them in Week 2, the former rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown and the latter rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Of the two lead CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, Jamey Eisenberg ranks Williams the highest for this week, placing him 28th among running backs, so we're talking little more than an emergency flex option in standard 12-team leagues. Still, you wouldn't be completely out of your mind to play him coming off last week's performance.


Rashad Jennings should come roaring back
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/30/2014) After being limited to just three touches in the second half of a blowout victory Week 4 at Washington, Giants running back Rashad Jennings has a chance to get back in his Fantasy owners' good graces in Week 5. He'll be facing a Falcons defense that just gave up 241 rushing yards to the Vikings, making them 28th against the run. They've also allowed nine touchdowns on the ground, four more than any other team.

Because rookie Andre Williams performed so well in relief of Jennings last week, rushing for 66 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, you may be worried the two will split carries in some form or fashion going forward. While I don't think that's much of a concern -- Williams was already getting 5-10 carries a game and not doing much with them -- I'm not sure it really matters with this matchup. The Falcons have been the magic elixir for running back tandems this season. Not only did the Vikings' Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon both have big games against them last week, the former rushing for 78 yards and three touchdowns and the latter rushing for 135 yards, but the Bengals' Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill both had big games against them in Week 2, the former rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown and the latter rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Jennings among their top six running backs for Week 5, and I agree wholeheartedly. He remains a must-start despite the disappointment of last week.


Alfred Morris running into tough matchup
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) For as good as Alfred Morris is, owning him in Fantasy can leave you disappointed at times, given the Redskins' sometimes-inconsistent usage of him. You might want to skip the headache in Week 5, with the Seahawks on the way Monday night.

Morris has been productive in each game so far, and currently ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing yardage through four games. Unfortunately, he faces one of the toughest tests in the league this week. The Seahawks have yet to allow an opposing running back to score even six points this season, and their lone touchdown allowed came from little-used Packers fullback John Kuhn in Week 1. Morris has yet to face Seattle in his career, and they are unlikely to give him a very warm welcome.

Morris is nearly a must-start Fantasy option on a weekly basis, but this is one time you might want to avoid relying on him. The workload should be there, but Morris ranks outside of the top-30 for running backs in both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard's Week 5 rankings.   


Jets add LeQuan Lewis, subtract Brandon Smith
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Jets signed cornerback LeQuan Lewis to their practice squad and released corner Brandon Smith from the squad, reports the New York Daily News.

Panthers add Tauren Poole, Horace Miller to practice squad
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Panthers signed running back Tauren Poole and linebacker Horace Miller to their practice squad.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins an interesting long-term prospect
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins returned from a foot injury and immediately served as a key part of the offense in Week 4. Does the rookie second-rounder have sleeper Fantasy potential moving forward?

Seferian-Jenkins was targeted on seven of quarterback Mike Glennon's 42 throws in Sunday's game, a number that left him third on the team. He brought in three of those passes, a decent number considering Glennon struggled with his accuracy all game. The fact that Glennon looked his way so often might be a good sign, since it was the pair's first game together.

After a collegiate career that saw him total 1,840 yards in three seasons, Seferian-Jenkins has a chance to become a big part of this Tampa Bay offense. However, he obviously has a lot to prove before you want to rely on him. Keep an eye on Seferian-Jenkins' play in Week 5 against the Saints, and consider adding him if he and Glennon show a good rapport. 


Lions put Montell Owens on IR
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Lions put running back Montell Owens on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

LaMichael James signs with Dolphins
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Former 49ers running back LaMichael James signed with the Dolphins, reports Fox Sports. San Francisco released the oft-injured back following the season opener.

Luke Willson has a lot to prove with increased role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Seahawks will turn to Luke Willson to start at tight end in the coming weeks, with Zach Miller sidelined by ankle surgery. Should Fantasy owners take notice?

Miller had logged 83.5 percent of the team's snaps through three games, so Willson should be in line for a much larger role as the starter. Of course, Miller was nearly a nonfactor in the passing game so far, having been targeted just seven times. Between he and Willson, quarterback Russell Wilson has targeted tight ends just eight times on 87 attempts, after 20.6 percent of his passes went their way a year ago.

Willson might be the better pass catcher of the Seahawks tight end tandem, but we don't have much to go on here. There are better tight end options worth targeting on waivers, at least until Willson proves himself. 


Christian Ponder preparing to start
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder took the first-team reps Monday and Tuesday while rookie Teddy Bridgewater watched with an ankle injury. "I'm preparing to play, but we're hoping the best for Teddy," Ponder told reporters.

"I've talked to Teddy. He's doing everything he can to prepare and be ready to play."

Ponder has started 35 games, but none with Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. He could be under center Thursday in Green Bay. "It's a very different style of offense than what we've ran the previous three years," Ponder said. "Without Adrian [Peterson], it's different. Defenses play us differently without Adrian. I'm comfortable and fit well in it."


 
 
 
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