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Monday, May 12, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 2 - Fantasy Football Impact


Now that the 2014 NFL draft is complete. Let's take a look at the Fantasy Football impact. Today we'll analyze round 2, which is full of talent ready to make a contribution to Fantasy Football and the NFL.

Derek Carr - QB - Raiders - The former Fresno State Star stayed on the West coast. He was selected by the Raiders to be the next franchise Quarterback in Silver and black.  After a year on the bench, we do expect Carr to get his chance, and as long as the weapons around him are consistent, he could become a viable Fantasy option.  Expect him to be a 3rd round pick in most rookie dynasty drafts.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE - Buccaneers - The enormous Tight End fits in with what the Buccaneers are building in Tampa. At 6'5" 260 pounds, ASJ is another tall, imposing pass catcher to go along with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans.  The former Husky will start and produce immediately as a pass catcher. Unfortunately there are a lot of mouths to feed in Tampa Bay, so his target numbers may suffer slightly. However, he has a great chance a long term Fantasy starter, his ADP will be early to mid 2nd round in dynasty rookie drafts.

Marqise Lee - WR - Jaguars- The USC product got drafted into a situation where he may be asked to be a playmaker immediately. If Blackmon stays suspended, Lee and fellow 2nd round pick Robinson will be asked to step right in and play. Both players are talented, and will push each other for playing time across from Cecil Shorts.  Expect Lee to be a mid to late 1st round pick in dynasty fantasy rookie drafts.

Jordan Matthews WR Eagles- Matthews is a great fit for the Eagles offense. At 6'3", 212 pounds, he is a nice addition to the offense. He;ll be asked to play a major role in the offense along with Maclin, Cooper, and rookie Josh Huff.  Look for the Eagles offense to be strong and for Matthews to be a solid contributor.  We expect Matthews to be chosen no later than 1.10 in dynasty fantasy rookie drafts.

Paul Richardson - WR - Seahawks- The former Colorado buffalo is 6'0", 175 pounds of pure speed, just what the Super Bowl champs like. Richardson wasn't rated highly by most, so it was surprising that the Seahawks took him in the 2nd, but that doesn't mean he wasn't a good selection. After losing Tate, Seattle needed to get some WR help and expect Richardson to do just that. He has a the ability to take the top off a defense which will open up the field for Lynch to run.  He'll also get his fair share of big play targets working as a 3rd or 4th option in the passing game. Expect his ADP to be in the 3rd round.

Jace Amaro - TE - Jets- The New York pick fits a need well. Amaro is a physical route runner who gets into seams very well. Once he catches the ball, he becomes an excellent ball carrier too. The Texas Tech star will fight for the starting role from day one, and if he earns it, will be a viable option each week. We expect Amaro to be a 2nd round pick in rookie dynasty drafts.

Troy Niklas - TE - Cardinals- The former Notre Dame tight end was picked into a nice situation with Arizona. There was some thought to be a large gap between the top three tight ends off the board and Niklas. Although he can become best blocking tight end in pro football if he wants to, Niklas doesn't possess the greatest speed or instincts. He could eventually build those traits, but as of now, we don't see much fantasy production from him.  Expect him to be selected in the 4th-5th round of rookie dynasty drafts.

Davante Adams - WR - Packers- The former Fresno State stud has the size and is now in the offense to make him a dynamic Fantasy Football option. He needs to work on his route running, but with Aaron Rodgers throwing to him in Green Bay, expect solid numbers from the kid if he shows he can handle the playbook.  Unfortunately, Green Bay selected two other rookie WRs, making it difficult to determine if Adams will end up getting playing time.  Expect 1st round ADP in rookie dynasty drafts.

Bishop Sankey - RB - Titans - The Tennessee Titans have found a more physical replacement to Chris Johnson.  At 5'09", 210 pounds, and with 4.5 40 speed, Sankey is in great position to take over the Titans starting RB spot. If he does so beat out Greene, he'll be in line for top 25 RB production right away, with upside of top 10 RB numbers in the Titans run heavy offense.  Expect 1st round ADP for the former Washington Husky.

Jeremy Hill - RB - Bengals- The LSU Alum was considered by many to be the best RB coming out in 2014. It is a little disappointing that for fantasy owners that he was selected by the Bengals since they have Giovani Bernard and BGE.  I would expect Hill to take over for the lawfirm earlier than later, but don't think he'll get the kind of work that'll make him a starter in fantasy football anytime soon.  Expect Hill to be selected in the 2nd round of rookie dynasty drafts, especially by those who own Bernard.

Cody Latimer - WR - Broncos- The rich get richer in Denver.  Latimer will have to work hard to get playing time early on as a Bronco, working with Peyton Manning and behind D.Thomas, W.Welker, E.Sanders, and A.Caldwell will surely help him learn the game quickly, but we don't see him contributing much in 2014 in terms of stats.  Expect him to be a nice long term project with starter upside in 2-3 years once Welker/Sanders have moved on.  His ADP will likely be the 2nd round.

Carlos Hyde - RB - 49ers- The former Buckeye has been selected into an interesting situation in the San Francisco backfield. The 49ers love to run the ball, and Frank Gore is aging, so being selected to play there is great.  Unfortunately, the team also has Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore in the backfield to compete with Hyde. Now, spending a 2nd on a running back likely means the 49ers weren't confident in those backs already on the roster, so we expect good things out of Hyde. He will be selected in the 1st round in most dynasty drafts.

Allen Robinson - WR - Jaguars- Similar to Marquise Lee, Robinson has a chance to make an impact early. If Blackmon stays suspended, and if Robinson wins a starting job, will be asked to step right in and play. Robinson seems to have all the polish of a veteran and will push hard for targets, so we expect him to produce right away.  Expect the Penn State product to be a mid to late 1st round pick in dynasty fantasy rookie drafts.

Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - Patriots- New England made a bold move late in the 2nd round by selecting Garoppolo. This pick seems to signify that Mallet is not the future of the Patriots. Garoppolo looks like he will get the first chance to take the QB position from Tom Brady, once he moves on. If you have extra room on your roster, the Eastern Illinois star might be a nice long term option. Expect 3rd-4th round ADP in dynasty fantasy rookie drafts. 

Jarvis Landry - WR - Dolphins- Landry may have one of the best chances of all 2nd rounders to make plays in his rookie year. The Miami Dolphins need a slot / 3rd WR, and Landry fits that bill. If he earns the job. Expect solid PPR numbers in the Dolphins offense.  We expect him to be selected in the 3rd round of most dynasty rookie drafts.

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