By: Aaron Schillinger @aaron_schill
With Dalvin Cook and Joe Mixon both on the board heading into day two, Fantasy owners definitely were chomping at the bit to find out where these guys would land. Day two consisted of rounds 2 and 3, here we take a look at who landed where and just how this Rookie class continues to lay out.
(Round 2) Deshone Kizer – Cleveland Browns
I think it is fair to say that Cleveland did a solid job in the draft so far this year. Deshone Kizer heads to Cleveland with just Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler ahead of him on the depth chart. The cost the Bears paid to grab Mitchell Trubisky versus the cost the Browns paid to get Kizer is undeniable. The Bears have nailed there draft so far and Kizer is a guy with some serious upside and potential to be a starter in 2017. Corey Coleman, Kenny Britt, David Njoku, and potentially Josh Gordon; could result in a solid receiving core for whoever the starter ends up being.
(Round 3) Davis Webb – New York Giants
Eli Manning will be 36 this year, and with a plethora of weapons, it definitely is interesting in seeing which young QB they would grab. One thing is certain, in the future, Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and now rookie TE Evan Engram will be some nice weapons for whoever the Giants QB is. Whether Webb is the true successor to Eli remains to be seen, but it is definitely worth noting that Eli is getting older and sooner or later they’ll need to find their next QB.
(3) CJ Beathard – San Francisco 49ers
CJ Beathard was a wildcard heading into this draft, but the way John Lynch has drafted this year, and with the lack of clarity at the QB position, Beathard is an interesting name going forward. Kyle Shanahan also has a good track record of developing QBs, so despite the reach of CJ when other higher ranked QBs were still on the board, he lands in a good spot.
(2) Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings
As expected, Dalvin Cook was the first RB to come off the board in round 2, and he lands in a very intriguing spot with the Vikings. Dalvin Cook will likely end up starting the season as the lead back, but with the signing of Latavius Murray this off-season, and Jerick McKinnon still being a factor, this landing in Minnesota isn’t ideal by any means. Minnesota had the 30th ranked Offensive Line (Rotowire OL Rankings), and have not made any significant off season moves and didn’t have a first round pick, but I’d expect them to address their OL later in the draft. Cook should still be one of the top rookie RBs off the board, but I know I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t thrilled with his landing spot.
(2) Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals
As if Dalvin Cook to the Vikings wasn’t annoying enough to start of the second round, now Joe Mixon lands in Cincinnati. Giovani Bernard being the pass-catching back, Jeremy Hill as a goal line back, and now throw Joe Mixon into the mix, this spot was far from ideal for Fantasy owners. Jeremy Hill however does have one year left on his contract, so there is potential that he gets moved, and even with Gio as the pass-catching back, we’ve seen both be decent Fantasy options over the past few years.
Joe Mixon obviously comes with some off field baggage, but his talent would have him up there with Leonard Fournette this year, if he had a clean slate. If your issue with Mixon is off-field issues, don’t let that scare you off. The civil lawsuit from the issue in 2014 has been settled, and let’s be honest, we’ve seen plenty of NFL players stay in the league and thrive despite off-field issues, not to mention in Cincinnati. Cincinnati isn’t an ideal landing spot, but after splitting the backfield in 2017, in a year or so I’d expect Mixon shows the league just how talented he is.
(3) Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara was one of those prospects that could’ve seen a big jump in ADP if he landed in the right spot. Landing in New Orleans was far from that. Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson caused some drama in the fantasy community recently, now we have Kamara in this backfield as well. This is far from ideal for Kamara, and New Orleans is now going to be a messy backfield to deal with moving forward.
(3) Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs
Kareem Hunt is finally one of the rookie RBs with an excellent landing spot. Hunt goes to KC where Spencer Ware as the lead back was already a question heading into 2017. Hunt may very well sneak into the top 10 for rookie RBs in rankings and ADP moving forward, just because this backfield was already a question, and he has every opportunity to establish a solid role in KC.
(3) D’Onta Foreman – Houston Texans
D’Onta Foreman actually landed in a pretty appealing spot in Houston. After a 2016 full of struggles for Lamar Miller, he now has to split carries with Foreman. This backfield may be a little messy for a while in 2017, but Foreman definitely gets a slight bump in value by landing in Houston. I expect him to show us what he can do, and he definitely has a chance to establish a solid role.
(3) James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers
We all know that Le’Veon Bell is back and as good as ever, so Pittsburgh is one of the last spots that we want to see a RB land. If nothing else, Conner should be the clear handcuff to Bell owners out there, and there is no denying he is a talented RB. Despite the landing spot, we all know Bell’s concerns that he comes with. I’d make sure I’m getting Conner in my Dynasty leagues where I own Bell.
(2) Zay Jones – Buffalo Bills
Zay Jones landing in Buffalo is actually one of the more promising landing spots of this draft so far for the WRs. We all know Sammy Watkins has struggled to stay on the field, and even if he is healthy, Zay can be a factor in this offense. Whether or not Tyrod Taylor can sustain to solid fantasy WR options remains to be seen, but this is definitely one of the better spots for WRs so far in this draft.
(2) Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers
As if Christian McCaffrey landing in an offense that doesn’t exactly lean on the pass game for RBs, throw Curtis Samuel in to the mix. He’s smaller, plays out of the slot, fast (4.31 40), and can be labeled as a WR or a RB. Curtis Samuel to Carolina will likely cause him and McCaffrey to fall in my rankings, and definitely isn’t an ideal spot for Samuel to land.
(2) JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers
Just keep pouring on these poor landing spots in this draft as JuJu Smith-Schuster lands in Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger sustaining a couple viable fantasy options at the WR position is not the issue here, we’ve seen Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant both become excellent fantasy options in the past, but with JuJu, we’re looking at Brown, Bryan, Smith-Schuster, and likely Sammie Coates. JuJu was one of the top rated WRs heading into this draft, and due to his talent, his rank will likely not change much. Not to mention, Bryant comes with his obvious concerns, so don’t be afraid to draft JuJu, whether the landing spot is ideal or not.
(3) Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams
Cooper Kupp was a WR that definitely would’ve gotten a bump in value if he landed in the right spot. He is a solid pass catcher and a talented receiver, but landing in LA is not at all what we wanted to see as fantasy owners. He definitely takes a hit in value as we look towards our Rookie drafts, and similar to Gerald Everett, this offense needs to turn it around before I’d be crazy about owning Kupp.
(3) Taywan Taylor – Tennessee Titans
After Corey Davis was selected fifth overall, Taywan Taylor isn’t a guy I am too thrilled about moving forward. Marcus Mariota is yet to show us he can sustain multiple receiving fantasy options, and with Davis ahead of him, Taylor isn’t someone to go crazy about.
(3) ArDarius Stewart – New York Jets
The Jets are a team that we all were hoping would land a big name rookie WR. ArDarius Stewart is definitely one that gets a bump due to his situation. Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwar, and with the departure of Brandon Marshall, Stewart could be a sneaky good fantasy option.
(3) Carlos Henderson – Denver Broncos
Carlos Henderson is one of the rookie WRs that I was really hoping would land in a good spot, but Denver isn’t exactly ideal. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders took a hit in 2016, largely due to the QB situation, no Henderson will come in as the third option.
(3) Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After being introduced to the Guruscore http://ffdynasty260.com/the-top-12-wrs-to-target-for-your-2017-rookie-draft/ , by one of our writers Miguel Chapeton, Chris Godwin is someone that I was really excited about drafting. Tampa Bay now has Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, OJ Howard, Cameron Brate, Adam Humphries, and Chris Godwin. Depending on how Tampa plans on using Godwin, his upside is definitely limited in an offense that has quickly become full of some great pass catching options.
(3) Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions
Kenny Golladay just is going to be someone that jumps in ADP over the next few weeks. He was a guy that wasn’t terribly high on many rankings, but his situation is definitely a good one that should give him a solid bump in value.
(3) Chad Williams – Arizona Cardinals
Chad Williams is another guy that is going to get a jump in ADP and rankings due to his landing spot. With Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald reaching the end of their career’s, there is definitely opportunity for a WR to emerge over the next few years. John Brown, Jaron Brown, and JJ Nelson are pretty similar guys that have their own concerns, and now Williams will be thrown in the mix.
(3) Amara Darboh – Seattle Seahawks
Seattle isn’t an ideal spot for a WR to land, and Amara Darboh isn’t a prospect that was turning many heads this off-season. This landing spot definitely limits his upside.
(2) Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams
Gerald Everett is more of an undersized Tight End at 6’3, and landing with the LA Rams isn’t anything fantasy owners should get too excited about. Barring a major step forward from Jared Goff, I wouldn’t be too crazy about the TE for the Rams, no matter who it is.
(2) Adam Shaheen – Chicago Bears
Adam Sheehan is a big body Tight End who lands in another somewhat disappointing spot. Chicago is going to have some major changes at the QB positon, whether Trubisky or Glennon ends up being the starter, I’d be waiting to see how this offense turns out before I’d be interested in paying up for their TE.
(3) Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans
The Titans were a team that potentially would target a TE early in this draft, and Jonnu Smith happens to be their guy. Delanie Walker is by no means done yet, but the way Tennessee utilizes the TE position, Smith is a name worth noting moving forward.