As the NFL has evolved into a year-round competition, so too has studying for Fantasy Football drafts.
League play has ended, champions have been crowned and our minds have already moved forward to 2013. When it comes to mock drafts, it's never too early.
What's the point of doing mock drafts now? Free agency is months away as is the NFL Draft, so the landscape is sure to change and players will move up and down our rankings. But the concepts we'll share with you when it comes to drafting are formed now. Draft Day trends will be found and scarcity among positions will materialize. The sooner you learn about them, the better you'll be prepared for your real drafts seven and eight months from now. Plus, it's fun to draft.
With that in mind, we rounded up 12 people to draft as if we were running a real Fantasy Football league. The scoring system is standard (six points for all touchdowns, no PPR, one point for every 10 yards rushing/receiving and 25 yards passing) and the draft runs 15 rounds. We feature a starting lineup of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, a kicker, a DST and a Flex (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots.
And as we'll always do, we encourage you to share your thoughts on this draft via our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page. Remember, it's good to get out there and discuss this stuff now so that you're prepared when the picks really count.
Our draft order is as follows:
1. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
4. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Will Brinson, Eye on Football Blogger
6. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Writer
7. Brent Stover, Fantasy Football Today Host
8. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
9. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
10. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
11. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
12. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer