NFL Draft fantasy football analysis - Rounds 2-3

      May 9, 2014 @ 22:05:16 PDT

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The second day of the NFL Draft offered considerable fantasy football talents and scenarios to keep an eye on. Here is my blurry-eyed snap-judgment on what has transpired.

Round 2

36) QB Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Fantasy football analysis: The Fresno State product gets to sit for a year and learn behind veteran quarterback Matt Schaub. The Raiders will pay Schaub $8 million in guaranteed money in 2014, but the $5 million he is owed for 2015 is not secured. Carr has no immediate fantasy value and should do well learning from the sidelines. Disregard the disaster that was his brother David Carr; Derek will only benefit from the tutelage of David. The younger Carr has considerable value in full-retention keeper leagues.

38) TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fantasy football analysis: The Bucs are doing everything they can to get vertical, adding their second receiving target of at least 6-foot-5 in as many rounds. The 6-foot-6, 262-pound Seferian-Jenkins should see limited playing time out of the gates. He'll have to contend with veteran Brandon Myers, among others, at the position. Look for the Buccaneers to move TE Timothy Wright (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) to wide receiver. Seferian-Jenkins is an intriguing talent with a bright future, but he will be difficult to count on as a rookie for fantasy purposes.

39) WR Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars

Fantasy football analysis: Lee will play flanker and likely start from the onset. The Jaguars do not expect to have WR Justin Blackmon on the field in 2014. Cecil Shorts should lock down the split end position, while Ace Sanders will use his elusiveness to create mismatches from the slot. Lee has serious upside but a lot of bad tape to raise red flags. Someone has to catch the ball in Jacksonville, so Lee could have a bigger impact this year than expected. My knee-jerk response pegs Lee as a WR4 with No. 3 PPR potential. That's probably a little too aggressive.

Edit: Now knowing about the WR Allen Robinson selection, I am even more hesitant to say Lee is a starting receiver for this team. There will be a lot of evaluation by this coaching staff between now and Week 1. All bets are off for Lee being a substantial fantasy provider as a rookie.

TE Jace Amaro, New York Jets

42) WR Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy football analysis: The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder should play out of the slot as a rookie, with WRs Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin (knee) on the outside. There will be plenty of balls to go around in Chip Kelly's system, but Matthews' fantasy production figures to be erratic and matchup-driven, barring an injury putting him into a more prominent role.

45) WR Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks

Fantasy football analysis: Richardson can open up a defense with speed in the 4.3s, which certainly is needed in Seattle's passing game. Richardson will be too all or nothing to count on as a rookie, assuming he even gets into the mix. He has to learn more routes and fit into a run-first offense in a tough defensive division. I can just see him breaking free for a huge catch after Russell Wilson scrambled around for seven seconds to keep a play alive. Nevertheless, avoid him on draft day in single-year formats.

49) TE Jace Amaro, New York Jets

Fantasy football analysis: This was an interesting addition. The Jets re-signed tight end Jeff Cumberland this offseason, but Amaro is the better talent. Blocking is a bit of an issue, so the Jets could choose to use him as a slot option. I see a Brent Celek-Owen Daniels blend here, and the Celek side is notable given that Marty Mornhinweg is New York's OC. Still, rookie tight ends notoriously struggle to post consistent fantasy-relevant numbers. Amaro is barely draftable even in deep leagues for 2014, but he is a name to tuck away for 2015 and beyond.

52) TE Troy Niklas, Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy football analysis: Niklas is more of an inline tight end but can get upfield well enough for a 270-pounder. He probably will have to contend with TEs Rob Housler, John Carlson and Jake Ballard for playing time. Barring several surprise cuts, Niklas is a long shot for fantasy owners in 2014, even in Bruce Arians' tight end-friendly offense.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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