2017 NFL Draft: Fantasy Impact from Rounds 2 and 3

Three rounds of drafting in the books. Rounds two and three were not nearly exciting as the first, but they never really are.

There was certainly a run on skill position players, specifically wide receivers. Let’s delve into where you should value some of the guys drafted on Friday.

Buffalo Bills: WR Zay Jones, East Carolina 

Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin departed in free agency, so Jones should slide into a starting spot opposite Sammy Watkins. If the veteran WR continues to have trouble staying on the field, Jones could become Taylor’s favorite target. Not sure how confident I’d be drafting him. Maybe a decent stash in a dynasty league.

Carolina Panthers: WR/RB Curtis Samuel, Ohio State

Cam Newton has to be happy with the way this draft is going. McCaffery and now Samuel as new toys in his offense? Yes, please. Expect Samuel to line up all over the field and contribute in the return game as well. He’ll have great potential in PPR league’s. I’d say low-end WR2 or Flex option (if he’s designated at WR?).

Minnesota Vikings: RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State

Wow, the Vikings go from an embarrassment at running back depth to an embarrassment of riches with Latavius Murray and Cook. Okay so maybe that’s a stretch, but their top TWO backs didn’t even combine for 1,500 yards from scrimmage. Expect Cook to push Murray for playing time. If given enough touches, he could be in the RB2 discussion.

Los Angeles Rams: WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington and TE Gerald Everett, South Alabama

The Rams really wanted to get Jarred Goff some help, so they addressed the offense with two pretty decent picks. Top WR Kenny Britt and top TE Lance Kendrick both departed in free agency. Robert Woods came to town, but he doesn’t have teams shaking in fear. If these two rookies develop a rapport with Goff, they could see breakout seasons. Everett will see a lot of red zone targets. Probably wouldn’t drsft either guy, but watch them on the waiver wire.

New Orleans Saints: RB Alvin Kamara, Tennessee

The Saints have certainly loaded up at the RB position this offseason. Is this possibly insurance for Adrian Peterson? Maybe, but Saints fans should be excited regardless. Kamara has low mileage on the tires and can be explosive in the open field. Fantasy fans, don’t get too happy. He’s in a good situation, but there just aren’t enough touches to go around, even if he’s catching passes out of the backfield. Watch him on the waiver wire if AP or Ingram go down with an injury.

Chicago Bears: TE Adam Shaheen, Ashland

Another talented tight end in a deep class at the position this season. Typically ends are good safety valves for quarterbacks. In Mike Glennon’s rookie season, tight end Tim Wright was his second leading receiver in yards and touchdowns. Veteran Zach Miller is still on the team though, so temper expectations. No real fantasy potential here. Yet.
Cleveland Browns: QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame

Don’t. Draft. A. Browns. Quarterback. Ever. Don’t.

Pittsburgh Steelers: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Southern California 

This pick kinda sent ripples through the organization and confused some. Martavis Bryant was just reinstated. Sammie Coates flashed potential. Antonio Brown is still an All-World receiver. So where does he fit in? Until we know more, leave him waiting in the fantasy greenroom. 

Tennessee Titans: WR Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky 

The Titans needed a target for Marcus Mariota after the departure of Kendall Wright, so they traded up to pick Taylor. NFL.com compared him to Titan great Derek Mason. Similar size, ability to play inside and outside. Possible dynasty league option here with the young Titans offense trending upward, but not much more than a streaming flex option for standard or PPR leagues. 

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