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Fantasy Football: How would a two-round draft look today after two weeks of NFL action?

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The NFL is a snowball league. Everything changes quickly, day after day, week after week, even minute by minute on game day. Ask Raiders, Ravens and Browns fans how they feel this week. Today’s assignment is to remake the fantasy league, which theoretically starts in week 3. Some options may seem too reactionary to you, and others not reactionary enough. That’s why we have a game.

The ongoing goal is to adapt to new realities faster than our opponents and to do our best to decipher what is a signal and what is just noise.

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I’m waiting for the next 24 picks. Let’s say there are 12 teams in the PPR league.

1. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Colts

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It’s a terrible start for the Colts, but Taylor was fine. He is capable of playing in all trims and the Indianapolis offensive line shouldn’t be a problem. As great as it is that the league is accepting talent right now, I still think the backstab is likely to end as RB1 makes sense in this place.

2. Cooper Kupp WR, Rams

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Everyone reasonably expected a regression after Kupp broke football last year, but perhaps no one has solved the Kupp matrix yet. It is extremely rare to find a player that offers the weekly cap and minimum that Kupp provides. Seems to be, Matthew Stafford the elbow problem is not a big deal.

3. Justin Jefferson, WR, Vikings

Minnesota didn’t fare well on Monday, but give Philadelphia credit. I still expect hiring Kevin O’Connell to be a fantastic jump to Jefferson’s value, and Jefferson was already an overlord under the previous, outdated regime.

4. Stephon Diggs, WR, Bills

Call this team Buffalo Springfield; it’s an absolute rink. There are problems in Tennessee, but on Monday the Buffalo made them look like a junior college team. Diggs is linked to the franchise’s quarterback, and while the Bills offense has strong depth in skill points, Diggs is special enough to carve out significant market share in most weeks.

5. Jamarr Chase, WR, Bengals

The Bengals have invested in their holey attacking line, but the attacking lines need time to dry up. Obviously it hasn’t happened yet, but it will happen. I’m still ready to follow Joe Burrow anywhere, and Chase is capable of winning anywhere on the field. Any pass to Chase could turn into a movie touchdown, and he has the right mix of athleticism, intelligence and swagger. He knows he can’t be covered up.

6. Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants

Over the summer, I viewed Barkley as a reactive (rather than preemptive) pick in the second round, which clearly looks wrong now. The Giants finally have a grown-up in the coaching room and the offense needs to go through Barkley to make up for the weak receiving group. Barkley’s potential may not be quite the same as he was in his early years, but he is still high enough – and only health can destroy his strong floor (this can be said about any running back). If you wanted to take Barkley higher, I wouldn’t fight you.

Sakwon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants bounced back in his fantasies
Sakwon Barkley is back as a fantasy star. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

7. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers

He was fine for two weeks, not really. I was hoping that Baker Mayfield it would be a noticeable upgrade for the quarterback; so far this has not happened. Maybe Matt Rule is out of his mind. The early choice of running back is a bet on infrastructure, and the current Carolina infrastructure worries me.

8. Davante Adams, WR, Raiders

He consumed all targets in week 1 and almost nothing in week 2. They will smooth it out. I cry for the Rogers-Adams poetry we no longer have, but Derek Carr knows where his bread is buttered. The Raiders also take a beating, which is another reason to fix Adams’ blatant use in week two.

9. Tyreke Hill, QB, Dolphins

I still don’t know Tua Tagovailoa really good. But with Hill and Jaylen Waddle running past opponents like they’re traffic cones, I’m not sure if that matters. Hill doesn’t get credit for its dynamism on medium to short courses; he’s a defensive nightmare no matter what scheme he’s working on. Miami has switched to an offensive passing model, which is what you’ve been doing since acquiring Hill.

10. Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals

He is the undisputed cowbell and as I said in the chase section, I expect the Bengals to sort out the offensive line. But I also can’t shake the fear that the Bengals won the Super Bowl in spite of Zach Taylor, not because of him.

11. Austin Eckeler, RB, Chargers

He had three touchdowns (in 10 games in total) under the old coaching staff in 2020. Ekeler scored 20 points last year, although his use could have gotten away from the team. Where is the correct adjustment in the middle? However, the defender on the plus offense has to land somewhere in the first round.

12. Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings

His yards per goal dropped significantly last year and is even lower in 2022. If Cook wants to keep real estate in the first round, he needs to become a multi-dimensional weapon again.

13. Aaron Jones, RB, Packers

He was ridiculously underestimated in the early game, but you have to give credit to Matt LaFleur – he admitted the mistake and corrected it in the second week. AJ Dillon also a capable player, but he is Robin in this backfield – Jones – Batman.

14. AJ Brown, WR, Eagles

There’s so much to do for the Eagles – line of attack is a monster Jalen Hurts improved, talent craftsmanship outstanding, schedule is ridiculously easy. But the team also recognizes Brown as a true alpha in a plus-catcher-filled offense and I can’t wait to see what Brown does now that he finally gets the number of goals commensurate with his talent.

15. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Lions

God, how he misjudged the summer draft, even among his industry supporters (and I was one of them). St. Brown has proven that an overcrowded offense won’t stop him and his skill set is a perfect match for what Jared Goff does well. All hail the Sun God.

16. Travis Kels, TE, Chiefs

A tight position is constantly filled with traps and false promises (my Cole Kmet will share a greeting), so I understand if you want to use the vanity option earlier. Mark Andrews ultimately did not make this list, but he also deserves consideration in the second round.

17. Nick Chubb, RB, Browns

The most elegant runner in today’s game, and the Browns know they need to win with controlled offense and good defense. I wish the Browns would let Chubb catch 50 passes a year, which is what he’s capable of and worth it, but so deep in the game we have to assume that’s never going to happen.

18. D’Andre Swift, RB, Lions

Right now Detroit is the NFL’s home of laughs – they score everyone, they can’t stop anyone – and Swift is a big part of what they do. Nose Jamal Williams Owning the goal line role, Swift makes more sense in the second round.

19. Leonard Furnett, RB, Buccaneers

Tampa Bay may have finally dropped in class, but Furnett’s role is big, and this team has too much talent not to accidentally win the NFC South. Bell cows are nearly extinct, so enjoy Lenny while he’s still playing.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Furnett (7)
The ceiling may be lower, but Lenny Lombardi is still strong for the Bucks. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

20. Javonte Williams, RB, Broncos

Melvin Gordon is not going to disappear, but Williams is obviously the best receiver and he should be a special runner too. Both defensemen fumbled the ball in the first game and Williams was wide open for a touchdown last week, but Russell Wilson didn’t see him. I understand the objections to Wilson’s slow start and Nathaniel Hackett’s growing pains, but I still give this attack the benefit of the doubt. Williams doesn’t have an obvious minimum for this place, but I’ll swing it up.

21. Naji Harris, RB, Steelers

Yes, I highlighted him like I don’t want him on my list. It’s honest. Harris is a pusher and compiler, but may not have any special traits. I don’t know how soon Kenny Pickett will be ready to play, but he can’t be worse than Mitch Trubisky.

22. Derrick Henry, RB, Titans

So many arrows pointing in the wrong direction – the team broke up, the carries were added, exhaustion was a problem. And Henry will never be the successor. If you don’t see Tennessee with a winning record (and I certainly don’t), then Henry doesn’t even come close to the first round.

23. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Dolphins

It was frustrating to see Waddle being shoved into a short and horizontal role last year, and this isn’t a comment on him, but on his quarterback and coaching staff. The Dolphins let him rip the field this year, and Waddle has proven convincingly that he can win games with chunks. Hill and Waddle deserve this real estate in the draft because the team’s target distribution is heavily dependent on them.

24. Dibo Samuel, WR, 49ers

He retains a fair amount of last year’s running role, and the passing game in San Francisco is getting an obvious upgrade from the green. Trey Lance experienced Jimmy Garoppolo. I put Samuel below Waddle because the Niners have more competition for the ball.

Just missed (in no particular order): Michael Pittman, Mike Williams, Mark Andrews, Ty Higgins, James Conner.

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