Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 NFL Draft - Round 2 - Fantasy Football Impact - Offense

Today we'll analyze the fantasy football impact of the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  This year there were only six skill position players selected. Let's find out what to expect from these young studs.

T. J. Yeldon  - RB - Jaguars - The former Alabama star will now be filling the void in Jacksonville's backfield. Yeldon is 6'1", and 226 pounds of three down back. He is expected to supplant Gerhart right away, making him an excellent selection for owners in need of immediate stats. He is also expected to get plenty of receptions out of the backfield, adding value in PPR. Some slight knocks on Yeldon are his ball security and his pad level. If he fixes these issues, he'll be a solid fantasy football contributor for at least a few year.  Expect Yeldon to come off the board in the middle to late 1st round of rookie dynasty drafts. 

Devin Smith - WR - Jets - The ex-Buckeye was projected to be a first round pick in the NFL draft by many in the media. At 6'0" and 196 lbs, Smith doesn't have the imposing size of many high WR picks, which dropped him to the beginning of round two. However, Smith's quickness and top end speed make him a dynamic threat all over the field.  In New York, whether in the slot or outside, Smith fit well with possession receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Situation is the only real concern about Smith, as the Jets QB situation is a mess, likely dropping Smith's value in the short term. If you have room for a talented WR with upside, be sure to take Smith by late round two or early in round three, otherwise he's likely to be gone.

Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Titans -  The former Missouri man compares favorably to many of the largest WRs in the league at 6'5", 237 pounds. His speed, and ball skills, are what separates him from many of the rest. DGB ran a sub 4.5 forty yard dash, and he scored on one of every 5 receptions he caught in college. Basically, DGB is built to score touchdowns. The knock on him, however, is his off the field situation.  Green-Beckham was arrested twice for marijuana-related incidents, was kicked off team at Missouri in April 2014 after an alleged burglary, and also allegedly shoved a female student down some stairs. If DGB can get his off the field issues in check, his talent and size give him a shot to be a top 10 fantasy WR during his career. Expect the Tennessee WR to be selected in the middle of the 1st round of many dynasty rookie drafts.

Devin Funchess - WR - Panthers - The Carolina Panthers had an interesting draft in 2015, selecting what many consider "reaches" in the first two rounds of their draft.  In the 2nd round, they selected the former Michigan Wolverine receiver, Funchess. Funchess has excellent size at 6'4" and 232 pounds, but lacks vertical talent and has below-average hands.  However, at 20 years old, Funchess has time to develop those traits, making him an interesting boom-or-bust type of player. Additionally, Carolina may decide to play Funchess at tight end, which could give Funchess some added value in position flexibility. We expect Funchess to be selected by the middle of the 2nd round in most dynasty rookie fantasy league drafts.

Ameer Abdullah  - RB - Lions - The former Cornhusker slid to round two of the NFL draft simply because of his size.  At 5'9", 205 pounds, Abdullah does not fit the typical mold of a three down back, despite having first-round talent.  Abdullah has explosive potential as a runner and ball-catcher and has natural low-body drive. The Nebraska standout also has a very high character score, which is always a plus in this age of suspensions.  We expect Abdullah to be an excellent addition to the Lions backfield, and a late 1st round pick in dynasty rookie drafts.

Maxx Williams - TE - Ravens - Another Big-10 selection (4 of the 6 in the 2nd), Maxx Williams of Minnesota, rounds out the skill position selections from the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL draft. Williams will fit in solidly with the Baltimore passing attack as he has the speed they need for their down field passing game. At 6'4", 249 pounds, Williams will need to add a little muscle and work on his in-line blocking to become a true stud at the professional level. With his bloodlines, and a little polishing, we expect solid results from the former Golden Gopher.  Williams is far and away the best tight end of the 2015 draft, and we expect him to be a 2nd round selection in dynasty rookie drafts.

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