As we head closer to summer, the peak time for fantasy football redrafts, Dynasty Fantasy Football leagues and rookie-only drafts are in full swing. Many leagues have had their veterans-only draft months ago in anticipation for the 2013 NFL Draft. With news coming out on an almost daily basis on how guys like Eddie Lacy and Tavon Austin will be used, the rookie-only draft picks are slowly taking shape.
However, unlike past years, there really is no clear-cut No. 1 player to draft. Not that it's a bad thing. But if you're the holder of the No. 1 spot, you really have to do your homework and listen to your gut/advice on which player will give you immediate impact, and also be the cornerstone of your dynasty team for years to come.
Yours truly is currently in his second year of an industry Dynasty Fantasy Football league, with 2013 marking the first-ever rookies-only draft. As if it's hard enough matching wits with fellow owners, I had to do a lot more homework to keep up with my fellow peers.
Below is Round Two of our draft. Once you get past the first round, the picks are harder and harder to gauge. You really have to do your homework on these guys, especially in a class where there is still talent, but many things have to fall into place for them to have true dynasty success. My pick is in BOLD.
Once you check out Round Two, make sure to check out my write up on Round One and see which players went in the Top 5.
2.01 Fantasy Football Xtreme - Justin Hunter, TEN WR
Summary: Hunter could have immediate value if he can bulk up. With Nate Washington likely gone and Kenny Britt on thin ice in regards to his health, Hunter could be called upon a lot this year. But will Jake Locker finally get out of his funk and grow as a full-time NFL quarterback? That situation could hold Hunter back in 2013.
2.02 Beast OR Bust - Markus Wheaton, PIT WR
Summary: The Steelers have had tremendous luck with receivers in the draft. Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders have all made names for themselves at one point. Wheaton might not see a lot of time with Brown and Sanders in front of him, but he could have a good shot at starting in 2014 with Sanders on a one-year deal.
2.03 DraftCalc - Denard Robinson, JAC WR
Summary: A quarterback at the college level, the Jaguars plan on using Robinson all over as their swiss-army knife of the offense. It's really hard to say how much he will be used in 2013. But with a very weak receiving squad, Robinson could find himself seeing more time as the season goes on. Although, he could wind up becoming another Matt Jones.
2.04 Fantasytaz - Robert Woods, BUF WR
Summary: Many get scared off when they hear "USC Receiver," but Woods has the best shot out of all the receivers in this round to be a Week One starter. If anything, the Bills' quarterback situation will hold him back. At least early on in his career
2.05 Pro Football Focus - Aaron Dobson, NEP WR
Summary: Dobson is expected to fill the void left when the team let Brandon Lloyd go. His senior-year stats at Marshall weren't great (57/679), but he has sure hands and speed. The Boston Globe went so far as to say they expect Dobson to be the starter at the "X" position. This could turn out to be a nice steal for PFF.
2.06 Wild Thing Football - Geno Smith, NYJ QB
Summary: It's a gamble for Wild Thing, but one I don't blame him for taking. Mark Sanchez will likely enter Week One as the starter. But with a resume full of garbage, it won't take long for Smith to take over the reigns. How he handles the stress of being a starter in the Big Apple will be his big test.
2.07 Second City Fanatics - Christine Michael, SEA RB
Summary: Michael is someone who won't have much value as long as Marshawn Lynch is on the team. But with the guaranteed money in his contract set to run out in 2014, Michael could find himself in a competition for the starting job in a couple years. He'll be someone Fanatics can sit on for awhile and hope becomes the team's starter past Robert Turbin.
2.08 RosterWatch - Joseph Randle, DAL RB
Summary: I had written off the Cowboys as being one of the losers of this year's draft. Randle was one of the reasons. He's a strong pass catcher, but his ceiling isn't very high in terms of overall value at the next level. It also doesn't help that he won't be able to fully participate in any team activities until he is 100% recovered from thumb surgery.
2.09 Pro Football Focus - Mike Gillislee, MIA RB
Summary: The fact that the Dolphins whiffed on a running back early means all the hype surrounding Lamar Miller is true. That leaves Gillislee to battle with Daniel Thomas for scraps as the No. 2 guy. The Dolphins were intrigued by Gillislee's pass-protecting abilities at Florida, but he might not get much attention as anything more than a career backup in the pro's.
2.10 Fantasy Knuckleheads - E.J. Manuel, BUF QB
Summary: With Tom Brady and Carson Palmer as my only two quarterbacks, age isn't on my side at the position. Kevin Kolb can easily be pushed for the starting job, I just don't know if it will be before Week One. The Bills are hoping Manuel can end the streak of ineptness at the position. I hope so to, but I wouldn't be shocked if I wind up taking a quarterback early again in 2014.
2.11 Dynasty Football Warehouse - Travis Kelce, KCC TE
Summary: The No. 1 rated dynasty tight end on my top 5 tight end rankings, Andy Reid has already stated that Kelce will compete for the starting job this summer. Kelce excels as a blocker, something that Reid expects of his tight ends, and has better pass-catching ability than both Anthony Fasano and Tony Moeaki. Some might disagree with the Moeaki assessment. But get real, has the guy done anything in the NFL so far? I love this pick a lot.
2.12 Fantasy PPR - Terrance Williams, DAL WR
Summary: Williams has enough speed during games to stretch the field, but he is going to have to get over his bad case of the dropsees. He struggled a bit at the Senior Bowl practices and has already had some problems catching the ball in minicamps. Williams is expected to battle Dwayne Harris for the No. 3 spot, but he's not off to a good start.