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Fantasy Football: Winners and losers after Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft | NFL Draft | PFF

, Best landing spots for wide receivers: Both Buffalo Bills And los angeles chargers They have elite quarterbacks and need wide receivers. They did not select wide receivers in Round 1, but immediately added receivers to start Round 2 Keon Coleman And lad mcconkey

, The top rookie running back backups will be: The four running backs selected in the first three rounds landed on teams that already had running backs who graded out well the previous season. None of the top teams that need a running back the most have selected one yet.

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with the second day of 2024 nfl draft In the books, we saw many players’ fantasy football stocks improve or decline. Some rookies landed at better spots for production, some veterans faced too much competition and others are grateful their team selected a player at a different position.

Winner: Western Railways Keon Coleman, buffalo bill

Coleman was selected with the first pick in the second round and may be the Bills’ best outside wide receiver.

  • He is a big wide receiver who is very athletic for his size, which helped him score 18 touchdowns the last two seasons despite averaging less than 800 receiving yards in each season.
  • The Bills lost four of their top five wide receivers from last season and brought in only curtis samuel And mac hollins,
  • Buffalo There are plenty of players who can play the middle of the field, including wide receiver. Khalil Shakir and tight end Dalton KincaidBut Coleman should be the Bills’ top outside wide receiver this season.
  • The Bills had the best landing spot for any wide receiver in the draft, including the loss of players stefon diggs, And it has an elite quarterback josh allen,
  • Thanks to the landing spot, Coleman should be drafted ahead of some wide receivers selected in the first round in both redrafts and dynasty leagues.
  • Similarly, lad mcconkey join in los angeles chargers, who lost keenan allen And mike williams There is a great opportunity at pick 34.

Winner: HB Zamir White, las vegas raiders

Raiders spend 44th overall pick on guard Jackson Powers-Johnson and did not run back

  • White was already a winner of free agency after the team did not re-sign him. josh jacobs and only added Alexander Mattison On a cheap one year deal.
  • This made Las Vegas one of the top landing spots for the best running backs. The Raiders could still add one on day three, but it wouldn’t be as dangerous for White.
  • Instead, the Raiders spent their first pick of Day 2 on Powers-Johnson, who we believe has the best run-blocking strength. offensive line exaggeration,
  • Powers-Johnson had the second-best run-blocking grade among Power-Five interior linemen over the past two seasons at 91.7.
  • The Raiders already have several good run blockers on the offensive line, including colton miller, andre james And Thayer Munford Jr. The addition of Powers-Johnson could make this one of the best run-blocking lines in the league.

Winner: QB dak prescott, dallas cowboys

The Cowboys were a team with a clear need at running back, but they opted not to take any of their three picks on Day 2.

  • Except for the Cowboys, every team that lost a dominant running back in free agency also brought back a running back who had recent starting experience.
  • their only addition was royce freeman, Who started eight games in 2018 but has started only one game since then while playing for four different teams.
  • it goes away Rico Dowdle Wrote as a returning starter despite having no career starts and fewer than 100 career rushing attempts.
  • There are talks that the Cowboys will bring back ezekiel elliott Despite 2,065 carries in his career. He averaged 3.8 yards per carry in his final season with Dallas and 3.5 yards per carry the previous season. new England Patriots,
  • The Cowboys already finished slightly above league average last season after being a run-heavy team in 2022.
  • The Cowboys are bound to add a running back on the third day of the draft, but that shouldn’t stop them from completing more than two-thirds of their pass attempts, as they were doing in early 2020 when Prescott averaged Had 27.9 fantasy points.
  • The Cowboys need running back the most, but cincinnati Bengal, los angeles chargers And New York Giants There are three teams that could draft a running back on day two who could potentially win the starting job.
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Loser: RB Kieran Williams And black quorum, Los Angeles Rams

rams selected black quorum With the third overall pick.

  • Williams finished second among running backs in fantasy points per game last season with 21.3. This was three points per game more than other unknown running backs. Christian McCaffrey,
  • Part of his success was quantitative, as he was on the field for over 77% of his team’s offensive snaps in all three games he played. In more than half of his games, he ran the ball at least 20 times.
  • The second reason was he was simply an excellent player. His 90.6 rushing grade was tied with McCaffrey for second-best among all running backs.
  • Prior to this selection, it could be argued that Williams was second off the board in fantasy drafts, but the potential threat of Corum taking a few of those carries per game would lower his draft stock.
  • The Rams have had a clear workhorse running back during Sean McVay’s era. The player most likely would be Williams for the entire season unless he got injured, but the chances of Williams being benched despite good play increased with this selection.
  • It’s certainly possible that Corum doesn’t cut Williams’ playing time at all.
  • tutu atwell Played only 10 offensive snaps as a rookie in 2021 while both Cam Acres And van jefferson Each played less than 300 snaps as rookies in 2020 Darrell Henderson Less than 100 in 2019. All four were second-day draft picks by the Rams.
  • Both running backs were born within three months of each other, so this is not a situation where, like some other situations, an older running back will start for a year or two before the younger running back takes over.

Loser: RB Chuba Hubbard, carolina panthers

The Panthers were the first team to select a running back. jonathan brooks Ranked No. 46 overall.

  • Hubbard takes over the Panthers backfield miles sanders Last season and scored the 16th-most fantasy points in the second half of last season.
  • The Panthers made a lot of changes on the offensive line and defense throughout free agency but did not touch the backfield until the draft.
  • Brooks was top on our big board, top on the consensus board and trending at the top.
  • Running backs haven’t been a sure thing in the second round Zach Charbonnet Didn’t contribute much to fantasy managers last season, and didn’t Breece Hall Or James Cook In his rookie season.
  • Hubbard may still have some fantasy value this season, but he is much less likely to be the fantasy starter on any given week with Brooks in the backfield.

Loser: RB trey benson, Arizona Cardinals

Benson was the 66th overall pick in the draft. Arizona,

  • Benson was the second running back taken off the board, but he likely won’t get as many opportunities as some of the other running backs selected after him.
  • james conner Was one of the best running backs last season. His 89.8 PFF rushing grade was fourth-best among 36 running backs with at least 150 carries.
  • He avoided 0.29 tackles per game, best among running backs.
  • Connor averaged 4.2 yards per carry or better in all of his games last season. The one exception was a game where he caught five passes for 67 yards and a touchdown to make up for his only poor rushing game.
  • Conner is getting too old to run. He turns 29 in a week, and he’s one of 10 running backs on an NFL roster with 1,100 or more career carries.
  • Benson may simply serve as a change of pace or injury insurance as a rookie, but if Connor’s game takes a step back he could be the team’s top running back by 2025.

Loser: WR adonai michel, indianapolis colts

Mitchell was selected as the 11th wide receiver on the board, 52nd overall, but was expected to be selected higher.

  • He was ranked 22nd as the fourth-best wide receiver on our big board and was also on the consensus big board as a first-round talent.
  • He was a frequent target of mock drafts Buffalo Bills And kansas city ​​chiefBoth teams did not have much depth at wide receiver but they had elite quarterbacks.
  • Instead, he joined the Colts, who have one of the all-time scoring quarterbacks Anthony Richardson generally with heavy crime jonathan taylor,
  • Nearly half of the wide receivers selected before him have a chance to be the top wide receiver on the depth chart by the end of this season. This will never happen in the near future IndianaPolis, as just signed by the Colts Michael Pittman Jr. Signed a three-year, $68 million contract just two weeks ago.
  • Indianathe police also have it josh downs Joe had a 74.9 receiving grade through the first eight weeks of his rookie season, which was 23rd overall and second among rookies. His season was derailed by injuries, but he eventually returned to form for the last two weeks of the season.
  • Mitchell at least has a chance to become an every-down starter in his rookie season, but it will be difficult for him to find a high volume of targets as he has in other offenses.
  • Similarly, troy franklin He was a borderline first-round prospect based on our big boards and a high second-round pick on consensus big boards, but he wasn’t selected in the first three rounds at all.

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