Round 1 should pose little doubt for intelligent GM's heading into this year's draft, most sites consistently paint the same advice on whom to take with variability only separated by 1-2 positions of opinion. However, Round 2 appears to be a different story altogether and a real mess no matter what way you look at it. The reason is simple: the lack of decent fantasy RB's in the league.
In our 12-team league last year, the team that won was the team whose first four draft picks in Rounds 1-4 actually played up to their billing. In reviewing the GM's drafting strategy last year, he seemed to stay with known contributors such as Moss and Gonzalez in Rounds 2 & 3 while others were buying into hyped picks. So going into this year's draft, there appears to be even more hype picks since the RB position has gotten a little thinner with every down stallworths. Not to mention, it appears that there is about 20+ receivers that are going to catch for over 1,100 yards and 10 TD's
if you read through many of these posts.
So who is worth their draft position in Round 2? Who are the <b>good</b>
, the <b>bad</b>
, and the <b>ugly</b>
- sounds like the STL RB situation is one to be avoided right now
- QB position is deep with a whole lot of scoring parity.
- see Daunte
- see earlier post, rough schedule and unproven track record makes him risky for an early Round 2 placement.
- no competition and no great alternative offensive weapons in SF maybe makes him a legitimate early Round 2 talent.
- still one of the top 3 WR even though last year wasn't his best.
- solid fringe 1st or 2nd rounder, regardless of injury concerns
- who thinks DeShaun is a great back? *raises hand*
- stellar year in 2003, nothing suggests he can't have another good one in 2004.
- Willis McGahee could (and should) eat into his production.
- was it that Thrash and Pinkston sucked so bad or does Donovan just prefer ball distribution?
- see the QB thread. Although, if Vick can get his game synchronized between his passing and rushing, he could be the most unique pick of the draft. However, he showed last year that his style of play is a risky gamble so early in the draft.
- his situation in NE, combined with his talent, makes him a solid #2 RB at the right draft spot in Round 2.
- god I hope he's not a Round 2 pick for anyone.
- poised for a breakout year; however, he's small and Tony Hollings is turning some heads. There should be concern that he may not be garnering the full load of rushing carries for the Texans when your fantasy playoffs roll around.
- great receiver who is a fringe 2nd/3rd rounder.
- the Tiki haters came out after the season but he still produces when he isn't fumbling. Scoring TD's is a bigger problem for him than his fumbling...what's Coughlin's gameplan for using Tiki?
- most likely a 3rd Rounder, but a worthwhile catch in the 3rd round.
- possibly moves into Round 2 this year on some people's draft boards.
So with all that said, is it a worthwhile strategy to consider trading your second round pick for say a third and a fourth round pick? It depends I guess, but if you don't like your options going into your Round 2 draft position, it should at least be considered. That's what they do in the pros if they don't see players they think are good value pickups, so why wouldn't you consider it in a fantasy draft. My personal opinion is that there is a lot of risk in Round 2, especially in the 20-24 pick range. Can you get better value in Rounds 3 and 4 and manufacture an extra draft pick out of it? What about trading up to early Round 2 to get a less riskier pick by using up a 4th or 5th round pick as fodder?
In summary, do you think it's advisable for a savvy GM to wheel and deal his second round pick and what do you think you could get out of it? Sorry for this book but it seems to be an alternative view to the same anxiety many of us are having about Round 2.