by Chris Foster
Earlier this week we examined the First Round of a Dynasty Draft, and now it is time to move on to the second round. The second round of a dynasty draft is where the big breaks are made! Statistically, more first round players will be fantasy contributors than second rounders, but if you can reel in a productive first and second rounder, watch out! First round draft picks are the guys that you hope can provide immediate contributions to your fantasy roster. The key with second rounders is to find the guys that you think have pathways to the field. Here is my list of second round picks!
Check out Round 3 next week!
2.01= Samaje Perine (Washington Redskins)
Let me remind you that it was Perine that broke the NCAA all-time rushing record at Oklahoma, not Joe Mixon. Perine was thinner and had more wiggle in his freshman year when he broke the record than he does now, but the big body back could be worth a high second round selection in the rookie draft! His competition in Washington, undrafted free agent Fat Rob Kelley and Matt Jones, shouldn’t be able to keep him off the field. I think he will split carries with Kelley from day one, and eventually win the job.
2.02= Zay Jones (Buffalo Bills)
Jones showed out at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. He drew attention after his performance that weekend which led him to become one of the first receivers off the board in this draft. Since Robert Woods vacated Buffalo, Jones could walk right into the #2 role in Buffalo, and with Sammy Watkins injury history, his ceiling could be very high. Many will be scared off because of Tyrod Taylor being his quarterback, but Taylor is a competent passer who will rely on Jones.
2.03= Joe Williams (San Francisco 49ers)
This may be a surprise. Yet, for whatever reason, Kyle Shanahan does not think that Carlos Hyde is that back that fits his scheme. Shanahan personally pleaded to John Lynch to trade up and get Williams and Lynch did just that. It appears the writing is on the wall for Carlos Hyde and that it could only be a matter of time before Williams will step into some playing time.
2.04= Chad Williams (Arizona Cardinals)
This is a, “trust the organization pick” more than anything else. The Cardinals have been able to take guys in later rounds that produce for them on the field. They do it as well as any organization in the league. See David Johnson, John Brown, and many others that were not highly thought of but have turned into stars for the Cards. They Cardinals, with the impending retirement of Larry Fitzgerald, needed another wide receiver badly. They grabbed Chad Williams later in the draft. He may not be an immediate producer for the Cardinals, but there is a chance that he could become one before the season ends.
2.05= Curtis Samuel= (Carolina Panthers)
I actually think Samuel and McCaffery hurt each other’s fantasy value. Both players can do very similar things out of the backfield and the slot. I would expect that Samuel would take on the Ted Ginn role in the Panthers offense this season. We have seen Ginn be able to produce as a flex in years past.
2.06= JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers)
There are some people that are really high on JuJu. I, however, am not one. I was never truly impressed with JuJu at USC and even though he is in a pass heavy offense, I don’t like his landing spot. Martavious Bryant is obviously the big question mark here. If Bryant stays out of trouble and on the field, I don’t like Schuster at all. He will compete with Sammy Coates for the last WR to see some playing time in that offense. Don’t forget, the also have Eli Rodgers in the slot. If Bryant doesn’t return for whatever reason between now and the opener, I would be willing to bump JuJu up. As of now though, it is just too crowded for me.
2.07= Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Unlike JuJu, I loved Godwin coming into the draft. If he landed somewhere else, I would definitely have him ranked higher. Yet, like Juju, he lands on a team that is crowded with pass catchers. The Bucs have Mike Evans, newly signed DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate, OJ Howard, Adam Humpries, Charles Sims, and now Chris Godwin. If Jackson, which he will, gets hurt, I like Godwin to fill the #2 role in the Tampa Bay offense.
2.08= Marlon Mack (Indianapolis Colts)
This pick has as much to do with opportunity as it does talent. It is only a matter of time until Frank Gore breaks down, and when he does it is likely to be Marlon Mack that will step in and fill his role. Mack isn’t as talented as some backs in this class, but he has a great pathway to carries.
2.09= Jamaal Williams (Green Bay Packers)
I had Williams ranked high than most on my board coming into the draft and he landing in a really good spot. Ty Montgomery may be the starter, but he isn’t a true workhorse back, and especially one that can reach paydirt inside the five-yard line. I understand that the Packers don’t need a workhorse with Aaron Rodgers under center, but he could start off with goalline carries in game 1. Stick with Williams and he may just pay off for you.
2.10= Carlos Henderson (Denver Broncos)
The Broncos haven’t had a third receiver to trot out beside Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Henderson is just that and should see plenty of opportunities this season. The unstable quarterback position in Denver hurts him, but he could grow as a player with Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, or Chad Kelley.
2.11= Ardarius Stewart (New York Jets)
Stewart is one of the best playmakers in this class. He consistently made big plays for Alabama last season, and I think he can do much more than was asked to do for the Tide. He doesn’t have tons of competition around him in New York, so he has a pathway to immediate playing time. The Jets will just have to find someone who can get him the ball consistently. Getting him late in the second would be a good investment.
2.12= Bucky Hodges (Minnesota Vikings)
Outside of Evan Engram, I think that Bucky Hodges landed in one of the best spots a tight end could have. Kyle Rudolph has consistently let down fantasy owners in his time in Minnesota and the Vikes are looking for a replacement. Hodges, like Engram, isn’t an inline tight end who will do a lot of blocking at the line of scrimmage. Yet, he will be able to create tons of mismatches in the slot and could be in for a big year for the Vikings if he can get on the field.
Check out Round 3 Dynasty Draft later on next week!
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