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Fantasy analysis of the second round
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Sports Network already analyzed the first round of the 2014 NFL draft in a previous piece and today we will look at some of the guys out of Round 2 who may have fantasy value.

As with most rookies, their values will be tied to their opportunity to get on the playing field. Therefore, some rookies may not have an immediate impact, but in keeper leagues their value may become much more significant in Year 2 or further down the road.

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland (Pick No. 36) - Carr may be the Raiders' quarterback of the future, but Matt Schaub is the likely starter for all of 2014 barring a complete collapse. Learning from a veteran isn't the worst thing in the world, but Carr's fantasy value isn't likely to begin until 2015 or 2016 if Schaub returns to the form that saw him throw for 269 ypg from 2009-2012.

Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville (39) - Lee was considered a surefire top-10 pick after a monster 2012 season (118-1,721-14), but a poor 2013 (57-791-4) caused him to drop into the second round where the Jaguars snagged him. With Justin Blackmon unlikely to play at all in 2014, Lee will have a good chance to start opposite Cecil Shorts. His fantasy value will be tied to his ability to beat out fellow second-round selection, Allen Robinson, and grow with first-round pick Blake Bortles.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia (42) - Matthews was a dominant receiver in the SEC, arguably the best conference in college football, catching 262 balls for 3,759 yards in his career. He's big (6-foot-3) and fast (4.46) which is just what Eagles coach Chip Kelly likes. At worst he'll be the No. 3 receiver in the Philadelphia offense, but he has the tools to eventually beat out Riley Cooper. He appears to have much better after-the-catch running ability than Cooper or last year's No. 3 receiver Jason Avant. He will eventually be a solid WR2 for fantasy owners.

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay (53) - It's hard to argue with his college statistics - 131 receptions, 1,718 yards, 24 touchdowns in 2013. Unfortunately, he heads to a team with three solid options in front of him in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin. Given the team has little pass- catching talent at tight end, star quarterback Aaron Rodgers may be able to distribute enough balls to make Adams a viable low-end fantasy-worthy receiver even at No. 4.

Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee (54) - Sankey was the first running back chosen in this year's draft and he's everything that incumbent Shonn Greene isn't. Greene is a pounding runner while Sankey is a speedster (4.49). Sankey broke Corey Dillon's school record for single-season rushing mark in 2013 (1,870 yards), has good hands and is the perfect complement to Greene. Greene will get the goal line work, however, which will limit Sankey's fantasy value. Think Gio Bernard.

Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati (55) - Hill doesn't figure to have much fantasy value in 2014 unless the team decides to choose him over 2013 starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He's the Bengals big back of the future (6-foot-1, 233 lbs) to go along with Bernard, but for the present his fantasy value will be minimal.

Cody Latimer, WR, Denver (56) - As the fourth or fifth receiver he isn't likely to make much noise in his rookie season, but he has ability and if Peyton Manning grows to like him then he could eventually become the team's next Eric Decker. In 2014 he figures to play mostly on special teams, but he has more talent than recently-signed Emmanuel Sanders or Andre Caldwell. If he ends up beating those two out for the No. 3 spot then the sky's the limit even as a rookie.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco (57) - The 49ers keep adding running backs to their roster, but as long as Frank Gore is around, they will all have to settle for minor roles. Hyde figures to start the season behind Gore and Kendall Hunter but in front of Marcus Lattimore and LaMichael James. He should not be selected in fantasy drafts.

Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville (61) - The reason Lee isn't the guaranteed starter opposite Shorts in Jacksonville is the Jaguars traded up to grab Robinson near the end of the second round. Robinson is a two-time All-Big Ten receiver who caught 97 balls for 1,432 yards and six TDs in his final season at Penn State. His lack of speed (4.60) may end up leaving him as the Jaguars No. 3 receiver, but he out-jumped and overpowered defensive backs in college and if he can do the same in the NFL he may beat out the "softer" Lee for the starting role. Until we see who wins the battle for the starting spot, Robinson's fantasy value can only be described as "to be determined."




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