2020 NFL Draft: Day Two Winners And Losers See Austin Ekeler And Aaron Jones Moving In Opposite Directions


Making the first round with your Fantasy value intact is only the first step. The second day of the NFL draft is where you really need to hold your breath, with 74 choices to go, packed with players who should make an impact on their teams sooner than later. There is plenty of room in the next two rounds for players to gain or lose the lure of Fantasy.

And after the second day of the draft on Friday evening, some of the biggest winners in the first round turned into losers, and they were joined by many new names, especially when going back. At the other end of the spectrum, many running backs look much better today than they did in the draft after their teams chose not to invest in the competition. And we have a handful of shifts that the teams have given them extra help – which they badly needed.

Some of these things could change in the last four rounds of the draft, but the players selected there are less likely to have a significant impact on the first day, so this is really the last time this weekend that we let’s go see who’s value move a lot. Let’s move on to the winners and losers on day two of the NFL draft:


Austin Ekeler, Jordan Howard, James Conner, Leonard Fournette, Chris Carson

Each of these rears had reason to believe that their team would target help in the background – and in the case of Conner and Fournette, reports have given us good reason to expect it. Instead, all five emerge from the most important moments of the draft after observing the best prospects for the job landing in other places.

Without significant competition outside of Justin Jackson, Ekeler moved on to the first round. Carson’s only real competition remains Rashaad Penny, who is coming back from an ACL tear, so he’s a solid high-end RB2 if his hip is healthy. Conner and Fournette will likely still see someone added on the third day, but none of the numbers will be pushed too hard by any of these players, although Fournette remains a commercial candidate if the Jaguars can find a taker. It will be worth watching during the offseason, but it looks good at the moment.

And while Howard may not be the sexiest name for fantasy, he was effective when he was in good health before Miles Sanders usurped him last season. There are no Miles Sanders in Miami, whose main rusher in 2019 was … Ryan Fitzpatrick. It’s not a big offense, but Howard looks ready for more than 250 hits and should be a good deal on the draft day.

Derek Carr, Gardner Minshew, Philip Rivers

It was thought that Carr and Minshew could have some competition for their rookie jobs, but that possibility seemed less likely after the first round. Now it seems fundamentally impossible, and they think they have more help around them to get started.

In the case of Minshew, this comes in the form of Laviska Shenault, who does quite special things when he has the ball in his hands. The Jaguars had a decent receiving body before that, but Shenault has a huge advantage and could make a great duet with D.J. Chark. Minshew is an underrated fancy borderline starter.

Carr got even more help, first in the form of Henry Ruggs in the first round, the first wide receiver off the field, then with consecutive picks from Lynn Bowden and Bryan Edwards, both of whom have very strong skills. intriguing. Bowden was a WR / QB at the university, but the Raiders announced him as RB; he will likely be a jack of all trades and a weapon with the ball in his hands, no matter where it happens. And Edwards could have been a first-round pick if it weren’t for injuries during the pre-draft process. He played better than his numbers in South Carolina. Carr now has a ton of weapons; it’s up to him to use them for a contract year, and I still don’t think I like him as much as Minshew, let alone Rivers.

Rivers never competed for his job in 2020 after signing with the Colts, but he needed talent around him. The Colts signed Trey Burton to strengthen the tight group on Friday, then added wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. from USC with second choice in the second round and followed shortly after with Jonathan Taylor – my choice for best back in class. All of a sudden, this group of weapons doesn’t look half bad, and Rivers is a good end-of-round bet if you want to wait on QB.

Jarrett Stidham

The Patriots told reporters before the draft that they saw the fourth round of 2019 as a talent tied with the quarters in rounds 2 and 3 of this year, and they did not seem to be bluffing. The Patriots have completely abandoned the QB position, instead adding two athletic tight ends to be included in the assist game. Brian Hoyer can still start for the Patriots, but there is no real reason if Stidham shows he is ready, and the first three rounds seem like a pretty big vote of confidence in him.

N’Keal Harry

The Patriots also chose not to approach the wide catcher position in the first three rounds, although this was an obvious need last year. This seems to represent a similar vote of confidence in last year’s first-round pick Harry, who has battled injuries and has never really had an impact in his rookie season. I hope he is in good health because he has the athletic profile and the project pedigree to always be a difference in Fantasy. It should be one of the best mid to late round sleepers in the wide receiver position.

Davante Adams

I’m not sure what the Packers are doing, but it was good news for Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, I suppose. They took a QB project which will not play until 2022 at the earliest in the first round, then took – completely inexplicably – a step back in the second round. This choice certainly has an impact on one of the stars of Packers Fantasy, but it shouldn’t be Adams, who needs tons of targets to be truly an elite Fantasy receiver and seems guaranteed to receive them now. It is a viable late first round.

Denzel Mims

We thought the Jets would take a wide catcher in the first round, but they jumped on Mims after he fell at the end of the second. He is a physical specimen who achieves many impressive captures and should enter the field as a replacement for Robby Anderson, if not option # 1 for Sam Darnold. Whether Mims can overcome the “Adam Gase factor,” as Ben Gretch put it, is another matter, but he will have plenty of opportunities to produce from week 1.


Marlon Mack, Kerryon Johnson, Devin Singletary, Ronald Jones, Darrell Henderson

All of these backs weren’t in similar places before that, but they are now in similar places: facing potential battles for their starting jobs from some of the most talented backs in the class.

Mack and Johnson face direct challenges in their work from top prospects, Jonathan Taylor and D’Andre Swift respectively. Our team is divided on who is most at risk, but the two could lose their jobs entirely by October. I think Taylor is the best player, and Mack is on an expiring contract, but Johnson’s injury history means that the Lions may have soured him even if he was not even 23 years old. You can demonstrate that recruits in both scenarios should be ahead of the veterans in the fifth or sixth round.

Singletary will share the backfield with Zack Moss, in what may be one of the most difficult choices to analyze overnight. Singletary and Moss share many similarities as players, and Buffalo is not exactly an offense which is super conducive to supporting multiple viable backs; Josh Allen’s dominance near the goal line as a rusher and his reluctance to throw him behind the back limit the ultimate advantage. Even if Singletary is not giving up a ton of work to Moss, there isn’t much room for error here for Singletary to be a must-have RB. Singletary won’t fall as far on the boards as Mack or Johnson, and he will always go ahead of Moss, certainly. But it could be fall into a TRAP return role here, which would be extremely frustrating.

As for Jones and Henderson, neither was guaranteed to start even before these choices were made, but we had our hopes. With the challenges of Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Cam Akers, their chances are even lower. I would not touch anyone in any of these backfields before the seventh round at the earliest, at least until we got reports from the camp on who could win the jobs.

Aaron Jones

Oh, cool, the Packers now have three backs. Matt LaFleur talked about wanting three backs for his attack, but it was still a surprise to see the Packers take A.J. Dillon in the second round. This is a team on the verge of a Super Bowl, with an aging and expensive quarterback and an obvious need for playmakers in the passing game, and they passed their first and second round picks on … a project quarterback and a pound and a half pound that has captured 21 assists in his college career.

It’s not good news for Rodgers’ chances of coming back to the elite level, but it’s even worse for Jones, who is considered a first round at the border after his breakthrough in 2019. He has given up more work that we would have liked at Jamaal Williams last season, and now Dillon is ready to play his part near the goal line. A truly disastrous result for Jones – and for Packers fans too. It’s a second-round pick the use of which could torment you on a weekly basis. Fun!

Jalen Hurts

I really wanted to see Hurts land somewhere like New England where he might have a chance to contribute to his rookie season. Instead, he ends up supporting a quarterback who is under contract until 2024. This quarterback has struggled to stay healthy, so we may see Hurts sooner rather than later – just ask Nick Foles – but if Carson Wentz stays healthy, we won’t see Hurts at all, except for a random gadget game here and there. This is a disappointing result for a player with a skill set perfectly suited to accumulating Fantasy points.

Darren Waller

The Raiders did not write a direct competition for Waller’s place in the lineup, which is why he won the first run. But given that he already started losing targets when Hunter Renfrow broke out in the second half of 2019, increased competition is not a good sign. The Raiders don’t really profile themselves as a team that is going to air it a ton, so Waller probably has to stay their # 1 option to be a real difference in the end. Going back to the 2019 target number could be too much to ask, let alone increase it. He comes back into the crowd at the end of the phone.

Jace Sternberger

With Jimmy Graham out of the picture, there was some hope that Sternberger could emerge as one of Rodgers’ weapons, but that optimism took a blow when the Packers pulled out Josiah Deguara of Cincinnati with the 94th pick. It is not a huge investment, but neither is it an investment in Sternberger a year ago. One of the tight ends of the more interesting sleepers got a little more competition, which means that Sternberger won’t be drafted as often as he finds his way in later rounds.


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