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Round 2 Value Picks and Busts (2020 Fantasy Football)

Aug 6, 2020

Every round of a fantasy football draft brings with it decisions to be made, pitfalls to avoid and potential league-winning upside if you make the right picks. And our analysts are here to make sure you’re well prepared for every round of your draft; here are their thoughts on what to do – and what not to do – with your second-round pick (rounds based on consensus ADP in 1/2 PPR scoring formats as of Aug. 3):

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Q1. Who has the greatest value potential in Round 2?

When looking for value in a second-round pick, you need someone who’ll be drafted in the first round next year. Kenyan Drake is a first-round pick to me. He’s a true three-down back on a one-year deal, and playing for a team that produced a lot of fantasy points for running backs last year. If you took only the Cardinals starter from each of the 16 weeks (Drake eight games, David Johnson six, Chase Edmonds two) and combined them, they were the No. 3 running back in fantasy football. Drake was a monster once he joined the Cardinals, and the offense only got better this offseason.
– Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)

Julio Jones at WR5 is shocking to me. Jones struggles with nagging injuries, but he’s played 47 of 48 possible games over the past three seasons. In that time frame, he’s never finished less than the WR5 and he should be an essential lock (outside of significant injury) to finish in the top-3 at the position this season. This Falcons team is going to be throwing the ball a ridiculous amount this season and Jones could easily see 160-plus targets in 2020. I’m all in with Jones at his current draft price.
– Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL)

Kenyan Drake could be an absolute monster this year, and greatly outperform his late-second round price. If you prorate Drake’s time with the Cardinals over a full season, then he would have rushed 246 times for 1,286 yards, added 56 catches for 342 yards, and scored eight touchdowns. And that was with coming in mid-season and having to get up to speed on the offense. Now, with a year under his belt, another season of development from Kyler Murray, and the addition of DeAndre Hopkins to make opposing defenses need to worry about the pass even more, Drake could be a dominant force for Arizona.
– Dan Harris (@danharris80)

Q2. Who has the greatest bust potential in Round 2?

I wouldn’t be drafting Kenny Golladay in the second round. It took an average of 11.2 PPR points to finish as a WR3 or better in 2019. Did you know Golladay hit that mark in just 56.3 percent of his games? That ranked 28th among wide receivers. He does present upside on a week-to-week basis, but when selecting your WR1, you need him to post WR2 or better numbers 60-plus percent of the time to justify using him there. He and A.J. Brown were the only receivers in the top 20 at year’s end with less than 67 receptions.
– Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)

Josh Jacobs at No. 13 overall (RB9) in consensus ADP right now is the most glaring option. While I love Jacobs and think he’s a great NFL RB, he has a lot working against him to be a top-tier fantasy football option. While he could easily see 270 carries on the ground, his involvement in the passing game is likely not going to be enough to return value on his current draft cost. He’s a great back to own in Standard formats, but he loses value in any form of PPR.
– Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL)

Miles Sanders was great in the second half of last year and has little competition for carries. But Doug Pederson loves to split up touches in the backfield, and even though Sanders’s path looks relatively clear for now, I’m not convinced it will remain that ​way. I like Sanders and I’m in no way avoiding him. But if we’re talking about the potential to be a bust, given what Pederson has shown in the past, Sanders is the most likely in Round 2.
– Dan Harris (@danharris80)

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