The second day of the 2021 NFL draft wasn’t very eventful from a fantasy football perspective, but there were a couple of gems worth keeping an eye one. Here are my thoughts on a few of them.
Javonte Williams – RB, North Carolina: Drafted by Denver Broncos
Javonte Williams is a complete back who will immediate take over the Phillip Lindsay role in Denver. He puts a damper on Melvin Gordon who was in line to be a top 20 Fantasy RB. Javonte should be drafted as an RB4 with the potential to be a bye week Flex play, or an RB2 should Melvin Gordon miss time.
D’Wayne Eskridge – WR, Western Michigan: Drafted by Seattle Seahawks
Fantasy Insight Russell Wilson gets another weapon to play with as the Seahawks look to appease their franchise QB. Eskridge is a speedy WR (ran a 4.38 at his pro day) who can beat man coverage underneath and over the top. He will complement Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf nicely in the Seattle offense. He shouldn’t be drafted in normal fantasy leagues, but he does boost the value of Russell Wilson with his game-breaking ability.
Terrace Marshall Jr. – WR, LSU: Drafted by Carolina Panthers
The Panthers were able to get a steal with Terrace Marshall Jr. slipping due to apparent health issues. At 6’3”, 200 lbs, he gives the Panthers a big target to complement Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore. He gets to play with Joe Brady, who coached Terrace at LSU, so his knowledge of the offense will help get him playing time early. For the time being, Marshall is a WR6 with upside.
Trey Sermon – RB, Ohio State: Drafted by San Francisco 49ers
Anytime the 49ers draft a running back, you have to perk your ears up a little. Sermon has the footwork and vision to perform well in the Shanahan running game. He is also a very good receiving back. He currently remains behind Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert, so his fantasy value is limited currently, but keep an eye on him on the waiver wire should the starters miss time. Only draft Sermon in leagues with deep benches.
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