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Offseason Extra: 12-team standard mock draft

Senior Fantasy Writer
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It's interesting how things can change in just a matter of weeks when it comes to Fantasy Football drafts. And this is during the offseason, mind you. Imagine what will happen in August.

We recently had a 12-team standard mock draft when the regular season ended in early January. Now that Super Bowl XLVIII is over we decided it was time for another mock in the same format. And it was fun to compare the results following the postseason and some perceived changes we could face over the next few months.

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For example, Knowshon Moreno was a third-round pick in the first draft, but fell to Round 5 here. Conversely, Montee Ball jumped from Round 5 in January to Round 2 now. This comes after a report prior to the Super Bowl that the Broncos will let Moreno walk as a free agent. With his future uncertain, and with Ball expected to become the starter in Denver, their values have switched – and rightfully so.

The first round was mostly the same as the last draft, but C.J. Spiller dropped from No. 11 overall in January to Round 3. That's a better spot for Spiller no matter how much you like him and expect him to rebound in 2014. It appears, unfortunately, that Fred Jackson will be back, which will again limit Spiller's potential.

Replacing Spiller in the first round was Drew Brees, and there were two quarterbacks taken in the first 12 picks this time compared to just Peyton Manning in January. Aaron Rodgers went in Round 2 now, just like before, but the next quarterback drafted was Nick Foles in Round 6. In January, Tom Brady went in Round 3 and seven quarterbacks (Manning, Brees, Rodgers, Brady, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford) were drafted in the first five rounds.

I expect to see more of this for quarterbacks as we get closer to the season with the top three guys being drafted in the first two rounds and then a delay until Round 5 with the next tier. At least that's what I hope will happen since quarterback is deep and you're better off waiting.

As for my team, I picked at No. 1 overall and started with Jamaal Charles. I wanted two standout receivers next depending on who fell to me, and it was easy to take Brandon Marshall and Julio Jones. Set at receiver, I then targeted running backs with my next two picks, and Frank Gore and Shane Vereen give me a solid combo of No. 2 running back and flex. I'm not sold on Gore and his age (30) for 2014 with the potential emergence of Marcus Lattimore, but he's still worth the risk at the end of Round 4.

I dove into the quarterback pool in Round 6 with Colin Kaepernick, who is ranked No. 4 on my board behind Manning, Brees and Rodgers. I love his upside this season with a healthy Michael Crabtree and hopefully Anquan Boldin back as a free agent. Reggie Wayne was an easy pick as my No. 3 receiver in Round 7, and then I started taking reserves with upside like Latavius Murray, Terrance Williams, Knile Davis (handcuff for Charles), Jay Cutler and Kenny Stills.

Murray could compete for the starting job in Oakland, Williams should be the No. 2 receiver in Dallas and Stills should be in store for a bigger role with the Saints. I also like Cutler as a Top 12 quarterback in 2014, so he was an easy pick as the best player on the board in Round 12. Mixed in there was Zach Ertz in Round 10 as my starting tight end, and I expect him to be a breakout candidate in his second year with the Eagles, especially with increased playing time.

The players I missed out on included Andre Ellington in Round 4, Lattimore in Round 8 and Christine Michael in Round 12. Ellington could be a beast as the starter for the Cardinals, Lattimore is a sleeper and the handcuff for Gore and Michael is also a sleeper with the potential for a decline in production coming for Marshawn Lynch after 400-plus touches in 2013.

As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed and post your comments there, or talk to us on our Fantasy Football Facebook page.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
4. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
5. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
7. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
8. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
9. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
10. Chris Cwik, Fantasy Writer
11. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer

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

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Report: Justin Blackmon enters treatment facility
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:00 pm ET) Jaguars suspended wide receiver Justin Blackmon has voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility, according to ESPN. 

Coach Gus Bradley said Blackmon was "doing very well," according to the report. Bradley cannot speak to Blackmon due to the suspension, and has been getting updates from his agent. Blackmon was suspended for at least a year after repeated violating the substance abuse policy. Though he's currently unable to play, Blackmon is still a member of Jacksonville's organization. 


Jamaal Charles limited Wednesday
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Charles is dealing with an ankle injury, but was able to play Week 4. As long as he continues practicing he should be good to go Week 5. Charles scored three touchdowns Week 4 despite the injury.


Ladarius Green limited in practice
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:40 pm ET) Chargers tight end Ladarius Green was limited in practice Wednesday. 

Green did not play Week 4 against the Jaguars. He's dealing with a hamstring injury. Green was limited in practice last Thursday, and did not practice last Friday due to the issue. 


Dwight Freeney limited in practice Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:35 pm ET) Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney was limited in practice Wednesday.

Freeney is dealing with a knee injury. Freeney was probable Week 4 due to non-injury reasons. Freeney started the game, but was seen receiving treatment from trainers during the second half of the contest. 


Colts involving their wide receivers more
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:26 pm ET) While running back Ahmad Bradshaw's role in the passing game has diminished the last two weeks, wide receivers Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton have both been more involved. Each had his best performance of the season Week 4 against Tennessee, with Wayne catching eight passes for 119 yards and a touchdown and Hilton catching 10 passes for 105 yards.

Hilton seems to be the more reliable of the two -- he's had double-digit targets in three of the Colts' first four games -- but Wayne's best games have been better. Both figure to remain involved in Week 5. The Colts, who have relied much more on their passing game this year, recognizing the limitations of their running game, have every incentive to stay the course against Baltimore. The Ravens rank seventh against the run, allowing 82.5 yards per game, but 24th against the pass, allowing 260.3 yards per game. They've given up the ninth-most Fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both seem to prefer Wayne to Hilton this week -- especially Dave, who ranks him 18 spots ahead -- but they're about on equal terms for me. I'd treat them as low-end No. 2 wide receivers, which means I'd be starting them unless I was just loaded at the position.


Texans bring in Charles James, Kendall James
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(7:16 pm ET) The Texans have signed cornerbacks Charles James and Kendall James to the practice squad. 

Charles James was undrafted, but did make an appearance with the Giants in 2013. He recorded two tackles and induced a fumble. Kendall James was drafted by the Vikings this year, but did not make the 53-man roster. 


No sense choosing between Colts tight end duo
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:16 pm ET) Torn between Colts tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener? It's easy to see why. Both scored a touchdown for the second straight game Week 4 against the Titans, but neither stands out between the 20s. Allen had 64 receiving yards in Week 1, but otherwise, neither has topped 50 in a game.

Well, the good news is that in Week 5 against the Ravens, you probably don't want either. Through four games, the Ravens have allowed the fewest Fantasy points per game to tight ends and have yet to have one score on them.

Maybe one of Allen and Fleener reverses the trend this week, but which one? And what happens if he doesn't? I don't know about you, but I don't like the thought of getting two measly points from my tight end spot.

Owners in 12-team leagues can do better. With the emergence of Larry Donnell, Delanie Walker, Travis Kelce, Heath Miller and even Clay Harbor, tight ends aren't exactly in short supply.


Andre Ellington limited in practice Wednesday
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(7:10 pm ET) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was limited in practice Wednesday.

Ellington has been dealing with a foot injury all year, but has managed to play through it. With the team on a bye last week, Ellington should be a bit healthier entering Week 5. 


Status quo for Trent Richardson
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:07 pm ET) Prior to Week 4, you probably weren't the least bit excited about starting Trent Richardson in Fantasy. But then he scored a touchdown, which, combined with an uncharacteristic 52 receiving yards, led to a 15-point showing in standard CBSSports.com leagues.

But here's what he still didn't do against the Titans: run the ball effectively, which is saying something considering they rank 22nd against the run, allowing 127.0 yards per game. On a daring 20 carries, Richardson picked up only 47 yards for an average of 2.4 yards per carry.

I don't see him doing any better against the Ravens in Week 7. They rank seventh against the run, allowing 82.5 yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry.

No one can predict whether or not Richardson will get a carry at the goal line -- for some reason, the Colts keep going back to him -- but if he doesn't, just like the first three weeks, you won't like what he does for your Fantasy team.


Time to shy away from Ahmad Bradshaw?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:59 pm ET) Fantasy owners who had been relying on Ahmad Bradshaw since his two-touchdown effort against the Eagles in Week 2 lucked out when he found the end zone on a 15-yard pass from Andrew Luck in the fourth quarter Week 4 against the Titans. He hadn't played much of a role up to that point, finishing the game with just 11 touches.

Looking back, even when he seemed like such a find those first two weeks, he wasn't getting all that many touches. His value was largely a function of him playing a bigger-than-expected role in the passing game, but he has just two catches in each of his last two games.

Bottom line: I'm getting nervous about using Bradshaw in Fantasy. He played only 36 percent of the Colts' snaps in Week 4, down from about 60 percent the first two weeks. The Colts seem content with the plodding Trent Richardson carrying the load, using Bradshaw as just a change-of-pace guy.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard still like him for Week 5 at Baltimore, ranking him among their top 20 running backs, but I think his luck finally runs out. The Ravens rank seventh against the run, allowing 82.5 yards per game, and have given up the seventh-fewest Fantasy points to running backs this season.


 
 
 
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