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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team mock draft

Senior Fantasy Writer
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The time has come. Training camp is here.

That means it's time to get ready for Fantasy Football and your Draft Day. And this is just the first of many mock drafts and Draft Prep coverage we've got prepared for you. But don't just rely on us to get ready for the real thing.

You can do your own mock drafts as practice right here. This allows you to draft -- as many times as you want -- in 10-, 12- and 14-team formats with either a standard roster or flex. You will likely be paired with random people from around the country, including some from around the world. And it's a great tool for when your Draft Day actually happens.

This mock draft was a 12-team standard league. At the time of the draft, we were still awaiting word on potential suspensions for Josh Gordon and Ray Rice, and where each one was drafted was interesting.

For example, Dave Richard gambled Gordon will play at some point this season and drafted him in Round 11. Scott White isn't worried about Rice missing time and drafted him in Round 4. But he did the right thing by pairing him with Bernard Pierce in Round 9.

There were 10 running backs drafted in Round 1 and 15 in the first 20 overall picks. Some things that might surprise you are Peyton Manning and Marshawn Lynch falling to Round 2. That likely won't happen in many leagues, but I agree this is where they belong. Quarterback is a loaded position, and it pays to wait. And Lynch could struggle this year coming off a 400-touch campaign in 2013 en route to the Super Bowl.

Bishop Sankey was the first rookie drafted in Round 3, but the next rookie wasn't taken until Round 7 with Terrance West. Sammy Watkins was drafted in Round 8, and none of the rookie quarterbacks were drafted in Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel. Only four owners drafted backup quarterbacks in Adam Aizer (Ben Roethlisberger), Al Melchior (Carson Palmer), Will Brinson (Philip Rivers) and White (Nick Foles).

And, in a sign of how things have changed in the NFL and Fantasy leagues, four owners came out of the draft with receivers as likely starting flex options with Richard (Torrey Smith), Larry Hartstein (Michael Floyd), Michael Hurcomb (Percy Harvin) and me (Cordarrelle Patterson). I'm very excited about Patterson this year, and he's a breakout candidate in all formats.

My starting lineup should be solid in this league with Andrew Luck at quarterback, LeSean McCoy and Joique Bell at running back and a three-receiver set of Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Patterson. I have another breakout candidate at tight end in Dennis Pitta.

Backup running back could be an issue for me if sleepers in Devonta Freeman and Christine Michael don't pan out, but I couldn't pass on Green falling to Round 3 or Patterson in Round 5. I like his upside much better than running backs like Ben Tate, Frank Gore and Rashad Jennings.

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. 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. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
2. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
5. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
6. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
7. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
8. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
9. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director
11. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
12. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor

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

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Player News
Doug Martin at least has matchup going for him
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:55 pm ET) Chances are most Doug Martin owners didn't really miss him with the Buccaneers on bye in Week 7. He has yet to rush for more than 45 yards in the four games he's played this season, and he's scored just one touchdown.

But for better or worse, he remains the Buccaneers' go-to running back, and that role keeps him relevant enough in Fantasy that you shouldn't ignore him when he has a favorable matchup. And he has such a matchup Week 8 against Minnesota.

The Vikings rank 19th against the run, allowing 118.1 yards per game, and have surrendered the sixth-most Fantasy points per game to running backs. Like the Buccaneers, their offense is a work in progress with an inexperienced quarterback at the helm, so they may not force the Buccaneers' into catchup mode so early, allowing Martin to get more than his usual dozen or so carries.

You're probably still not excited about starting Martin this week, but if you don't like your other options for the flex spot, he may be your best choice.


Texans refuse to rule out Brian Cushing yet
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) The Texans have not ruled out linebacker Brian Cushing just yet, according to ESPN.

Cushing missed practice for the second straight day Thursday, but coach Bill O'Brien wasn't willing to rule him out for Week 8. "He's day to day," O'Brien said. "We'll see how he is tomorrow. We'll bring him to Tennessee and see how he is before the game."

O'Brien also denied a previous report that Cushing would be out until after the team's bye week. Cushing is dealing with a knee injury.


Jerick McKinnon a clear start for once
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:45 pm ET) You may have been tempted to start Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon in Week 7 after he appeared to wrestle the starting job away from Matt Asiata in Week 6, but a bad matchup coupled with a shortage of information made it too risky to justify in most leagues. But after he once again carried the load with 19 rushes for 103 yards -- and against the Bills, no less -- the time has come to activate McKinnon in Fantasy.

And you couldn't ask for a better matchup for it. In Week 8, the Vikings visit the Buccaneers, who rank 25th against the run, allowing 128.3 yards per game. Prior to their bye in Week 7, they gave up 172 yards to the Ravens' trio of Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro in Week 6 and 124 yards to the Saints' duo of Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas in Week 5. Not exactly household names there.

McKinnon might have more potential than all of them, if only because he has the role mostly to himself. Of course, you'd like to see the Vikings put him in a position to score, but the yardage potential alone makes him worth starting in all Fantasy leagues. Keep in mind the Buccaneers have surrendered the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to running backs this season.


Denard Robinson looking more like a Week 8 sleeper
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:32 pm ET) With the news Thursday that Week 7 breakout Denard Robinson will get the bulk of the carries Week 8 against Miami even with the return of Toby Gerhart from a sprained foot, Robinson goes from a shaky start in Fantasy to at least a decent one.

Working behind the same offensive line with the same supporting cast that has reduced Toby Gerhart, Storm Johnson and Jordan Todman to a combined 2.7 yards per carry this season, Robinson had 127 yards on 22 carries in Week 7. Granted, that was with an especially favorable matchup against the Browns, who rank 32nd against the run, and this is with a not so favorable matchup against the Dolphins, who rank 10th. But still, a running back with a big workload is a valuable thing.

Before that news, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard barely had Denard Robinson in their top 30 running backs for Week 8, but with it, he jumps to about 20th for me, ahead of Doug Martin, Tre Mason and Chris Ivory, among others.


Report: Broncos cut safety Boyett from practice squad
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:31 pm ET) The Broncos have parted ways with safety John Boyett, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Boyett was arrested for misdemeanor battery, and the team quickly decided to part ways with him after looking into the situation. Boyett was on the team's practice squad, and did not appear with the club this season.


Vikings C John Sullivan passes concussion protocol
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:28 pm ET) Vikings center John Sullivan passed the league's concussion protocol and is on track to play Week 8 against Tampa Bay, according to ESPN. Sullivan was a limited participant in practice Thursday, but coach Mike Zimmer told reporters he "did everything."

Cardinals DE Calais Campbel limited in practice Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:20 pm ET) Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, according to the team's official website. He has missed the last two games after suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain against Denver in Week 5. Campbell, who practiced for the first time since the injury, told reporters earlier in the week that he's hopeful of playing Week 8 against Philadelphia.

Chiefs TE Kelce limited Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:18 pm ET) Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was limited in practice Thursday, according to ESPN.

This is the second day in a row Kelce has been limited in practice due to a rib injury. He has emerged as a solid threat in the passing game, hauling in 24 receptions and three scores.


Business as usual for Lamar Miller
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:16 pm ET) Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both love Dolphins running back Lamar Miller at Jacksonville this week, and it makes sense. It's the Jaguars, after all. They lose all the time, often by a lopsided score, which gives opposing running backs plenty of chances to carry the ball in the second half.

Of course, the same logic applied for the Browns last week, and you see what happened with Ben Tate. He had only 36 yards on 16 carries. Granted, the Jaguars ended up winning that game, so it didn't follow the usual script. But looking back further, the Titans' Bishop Sankey had 61 yards on 18 carries in Week 6, the Steelers' Le'Veon Bell had 82 yards on 15 carries in Week 5, and the Chargers' Branden Oliver and Donald Brown combined for 42 yards on 19 carries in Week 4. Some of those performances were OK, but you have to go back to Week 2, when the Redskins' Alfred Morris ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns, to find a time when a running back really lit it up against the Jaguars. Not surprisingly, they rank a respectable 15th against the run, allowing 110.3 yards per game and just 3.8 yards per carry.

Of course, in standard 12-team leagues, you've been content with 60 yards and a touchdown from Miller, and he's probably still good for that. I just wouldn't expect more based on the matchup.


Patriots bringing back Ja'Gared Davis
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:15 pm ET) The Patriots will sign linebacker Ja'Gared Davis to the practice squad, according to NESN.

Davis cleared waivers, allowing the team to bring him back on the practice squad. He appeared in one game this season, making one tackle. 


 
 
 
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