2017 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

2017 NFL Draft Day Two: Stars That Fell

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After an interesting day one of the NFL Draft, day two sure had its moments as well. After seeing three teams trade up to select a quarterback in the first round, there were plenty of trades coming in day two. Rounds two and three had more defensive players come about throughout the night, but the rise of the running backs was the big talk of day two. Many interesting choices at that particular position that can really turn into some starting caliber players.

Of course, there had to be that one conference that outnumbered all the other ones on day two of the draft, and that conference was the SEC. The SEC continued to show its true dominance by having the most players selected in the first 2 rounds of a draft in history. The SEC had a total of 21 players selected out of 64 total players in the first two rounds.

Not all the talk comes from the SEC, as there was plenty to talk about from an eventful Friday night.  Emotions were all over the place in rounds two and three, but there is certainly more to come in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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2017 NFL Draft Day Two

The second day of the draft had a plethora of different positional players come out. There were three different quarterbacks that were taken day two. As well as eleven receivers, six running backs and three tight ends. Let’s take a look at some of the positional players and what they bring to the 2017 fantasy season.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers

2nd Round, No. 40 Overall: The Carolina Panthers have come away with two of the top playmakers in the draft. It was Christian McCaffrey in the first round and now it was Curtis Samuel in the second round. Curtis Samuel is a player who can bring a lot to the Panthers organization. He’s a guy that ran a 4.31 forty at the combine and possess Percy Harvin like attributes in his game.

With Ted Ginn leaving due to free agency, this may be a case in which Samuel plays a big portion of his time at. He may not be limited to only one position with the team, but with Christian McCaffrey on the team as well, this makes for a fun and explosive Panthers offense. I see Curtis Samuel being a better NFL player than he is fantasy. But nonetheless, this will be an explosive offense to watch moving forward.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

2nd Round, No. 41 Overall: Here is a guy that was one of college footballs most dynamic running backs heading into the draft. Dalvin Cook is a guy that is fast, versatile and a guy who can handle a big workload. Now he enters the NFL on one of the worst rushing offenses in the league. The addition of Cook will help regain the confidence in the rushing offense.

It’s somewhat of a crowded backfield for the Vikings though. Latavius Murray, Jerick McKinnon and now Dalvin Cook. Dalvin Cook is the best running back out of the three in my opinion. It will be an intense training camp and a very competitive one as well. I don’t expect Cook to dominate touches early on in the season, but he will get the majority of them week in and week out.

Dalvin Cook offers a lot to the Minnesota Vikings. He will get the touches he deserves from week to week. He offers RB2 potential as he can be a factor in the passing game as well as the running game. Expect Cook to be the big dog out of the three in the Vikings offense. I can see Dalvin Cook lasting until the seventh or eight round of fantasy drafts for the 2017 season. If he is available in those rounds, go snag him as he will prove to be one of the best running backs from the 2017 draft class.

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

2nd Round, No. 48 Overall: The Cincinnati Bengals may have made the riskiest pick in the draft so far. Taking Joe Mixon early in the second round created some buzz around the league. We know that Mixon is a very talented running back, the main concern is his troubled past. That was why his draft stock slid into the second round. He is a first round talent with some off the field issues he needs to take care of.

Joe Mixon brings a lot to the Bengals heading into the 2017 season. The Bengals ranked in the bottom half of the league in rushing. Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill had disappointing seasons, to say the least in 2016. The early draft pick indicates that the team plans to make Mixon a big part of their offense. Although he might not get the time he deserves to be getting early on, Mixon will quickly establish himself as the top running back on the team.

Joe Mixon has excellent pass catching abilities as well as athleticism that both factor into him having a workhorse type frame. His fantasy upside is through the roof on a team like Cincinnati. I am expecting Joe Mixon to be one of the more productive rookie running backs in the league. Joe Mixon offers RB2 appeal and has the upside to even offer some low-end RB1 numbers in fantasy.

DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns

2nd Round, No. 53 Overall: One of the bigger quarterbacks in the draft class, Kizer will be given an opportunity to compete as the main guy in Cleveland. With that being said, we really don’t have an idea when that’ll be, but from the looks of it Cody Kessler will be the starting quarterback week one. Being drafted in the second round does suggest that the Browns saw something in Kizer’s game heading into Draft night.

There were questions going around as if Kizer should have stayed another year at Notre Dame to develop more. He thought otherwise and had a pretty solid performance at the NFL Combine. The quarterback job can be his sooner rather than later in Cleveland. For now, DeShone Kizer is nothing more than a dynasty league stash. It would be wise to just stay away from him in year one, see what he has to offer and hold him on the bench in fantasy leagues.

Juju-Smith Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

2nd Round, No. 62 Overall: Juju-Smith Schuster was one of the most productive wide receivers USC has produced in years. He had an eye-popping 2015 season with the Trojans. Posting nearly 1,500 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns really got the college football world buzzing about him. His 2016 season didn’t live up to the hype, which may have been a reason he was one of the last picks in the second round. Juju- Smith Schuster isn’t the biggest receiver coming to Pittsburgh, but he is naturally born skilled pass catcher.

He joins a team within a crowded receiving game, in which hell be fighting for looks. Behind Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Ladarius Green. He may eventually take over the role Sammie Coates had with the Steelers. It will be tough for Juju- Smith to actually be considered a liable fantasy starter. He surely has the talent to move into the high-end WR3 rank and low-end WR2 if Martavis Bryant continues down his troubled road.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

3rd Round, No. 69 overall: Cooper Kupp is one of those players who made a big name for himself while playing for a small school. Setting the FCS record in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns in his career at Eastern Washington, he has shown he can be a difference-maker as a receiver.

He enters Los Angeles on a team that lacks offensive talent. Cooper can ultimately be a nice weapon for Jared Goff moving forward.

Immediately he can be a guy that can contribute to a depleted wide receiver core. Cooper will be the third look in an offense that is set behind Tavon Austin and Robert Woods. The ability to start right away is a good sign for a first-year pro coming from a smaller school. He’s a low-end fantasy player as it’ll be hard for him to produce viable fantasy numbers on a weekly basis.

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

3rd Round, No. 86 Overall: The wait for the 21-year old finally came to an end on day two. Kareem Hunt is one of the most underrated running backs in this draft class. If you read my pre-draft article on him, you would already have known that.

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Here is a guy that averaged an astonishing 6.3 yards per carry in his career at Toledo. Rushing for nearly 5,000 yards and 44 touchdowns in 4 seasons, Hunt is as impressive as they come. He was utilized more in the passing game his senior year and that worked out well for him.

With that being said, this is bad news for Spencer Ware owners. Kareem Hunt is expected to compete with Ware to be the number one running back. Hunt will definitely have fantasy value as he will likely be a mid-round pick in fantasy leagues. He offers sleeper appeal as he did not get the praise from teams as he should have gotten. Look for Hunt to be a top five rookie running back from this draft class and look for him to have a large role in the Chiefs offense as well.

About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a big time NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for years now. He goes in depth with stats and numbers to make his audience understand more not just about fantasy football, but about overall teams and players in the game. You can learn more about him by following him on twitter @Mike_Triv

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