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2023 NFL Draft: Top Day 2 Fantasy Football Options

Mark Morales-Smith May 4th 6:03 AM EDT.

Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft was filled with intriguing fantasy options for both redraft and dynasty owners. So many that it was tough to cut this list down. These are the top guys you should be keeping an eye on while you pick your rookie and fantasy drafts this season. 


Hendon Hooker, Detroit Lions

Hooker was easily the best quarterback taken on Day 2 and quite frankly is better than at least one quarterback drafted in the first round. Had he not torn his ACL late in the season last year he would have been picked near the top of Round 1. His dual-threat ability gives him a ton of fantasy upside and his landing spot is ideal. The Lions got the steal of the draft. This is a dynasty pick though because it's unlikely he plays much if at all this year. He is still recovering from his knee injury and Jared Goff played well last season. However, Jared Goff is still Jared Goff so Hooker will take the reins eventually. Once he does think of the weapons he will have at his disposal. On the outside, he will be throwing to Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jameson Williams with Jahmyr Gibbs coming out of the backfield and Sam LaPorta at tight end. Don't be shocked at all if entering 2025 he is the top quarterback from this class going in fantasy drafts. 

Will Levis, Tennessee Titans

Levis has to be included here because he was a projected first-round pick and has perceived upside. Also, there is no one else to include. We fully believe he will be a bust and have been down on him through this entire process. Everyone else was too apparently and that's why he slid all the way out of the first round despite reportedly declaring that he would be drafted first overall. While his putting mayo in his coffee and eating unpeeled bananas is weird and gross, it's not the reason he fell out of the first despite how amusing that theory is. He slipped because he's not a good quarterback. We will see that play out on the field over the next few years.  

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Running Backs

Kendre Miller, New Orleans Saints

Our love for Miller this spring has known no bounds and we also love the landing spot. This year may be tough with Jamaal Williams and eventually Alvin Kamara in New Orleans this season. However, that backfield is going to open up sooner rather than later. Kamara will inevitably be suspended this season for his looming assault charge and will likely be out of New Orleans next season. Williams signed a two-year deal and like Kamara will be 28 when the season kicks off. These are not long-term players, Miller is. The Saints also like to use two backs so there is a good chance Miller will see work early this season. He is the best short and long-term fantasy option drafted on Day 2 of this draft. 

Zach Charbonnet, Seattle Seahawks

Predictably Charbonnet was the top rusher taken in Round 2, however, the landing spot was a bit curious. After drafting Kenneth Walker last season, the Seahawks added another running back muddying the waters for fantasy owners. His ADP will be all over the place in all drafts because of this issue. Walker was a top running back prospect last year and is entering just his second year in the league after an impressive rookie season. There will be debate all summer about which one of these guys is the better option in all formats, but especially dynasty. We like the talent and believe there is little chance that he's a bust. While his floor is safe and his ability is evident, we aren't sure how high his upside will be for the foreseeable future in Seattle without help from an injury. 

Devon Achane, Miami Dolphins

Achane is a wild card in this draft and landed on a team where he should see opportunities almost immediately. The Dolphins don't have a dead-set RB1 so touches will be up for grabs. While there is no chance he will ever be a work-horse type of guy because of his size, he is absolutely a home run hitter on an offense that likes to hit a lot of home runs. There is a chance he becomes a Darren Sproles-type player with his ceiling even being Jamaal Charles. Look for him to become a favorite sleeper in the industry this summer. His highlight reels are going to draw a ton of attention because he pops on film. 

Wide Receivers

Rashee Rice, Kansas City Chiefs

Rice is going to be a stud and was our WR3 in this draft. Now that he landed with Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City we can make a strong case that he should be the top rookie wideout drafted in redrafts this season. He will be the best wide receiver Mahomes has had to throw to not named Tyreek Hill. On top of his talent, being a true WR1 in KC comes with value of its own no matter who you are. He immediately becomes the best receiver on the team and is better prospect than Skyy Moore ever was.

Jalin Hyatt, New York Giants

This is the boom-or-bust wideout in this draft. His NFL comp is Will Fuller and rightfully so. The question becomes is he going to boom or bust week-to-week or is he going to be boom or bust for his career? There is no doubt he can take the top off a defense, but he also has plenty of flaws in his game which is why he slipped in the draft. There are also questions surrounding his new quarterback Daniel Jones. This will be a swing for the fence pick in both dynasty and redraft this season. There is a shot he could develop into the WR1 in New York this season which you can't say about many receivers in this draft including the two drafted in Round 1.  

Jonathan Mingo, Carolina Panthers

We don't love Mingo, but he edged out the field for the final spot on this list because of his draft capital and landing spot. He was the first wideout selected on Day 2 and is another guy who has a shot to become the WR1 on his team this season. The issue we have with him is that he is a measurables guy who may be better at combine drills than football. However, if he develops like the Panthers hope he does, the opportunity is there for the taking on the Panthers' rebuilding offense.  

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Tight Ends

Michael Mayer, Las Vegas Raiders

Mayer slipped further than most expected in this draft, but that doesn't mean he can't be the quickest to have an NFL impact. There is a great chance that he does actually. With Darren Waller shipped out of Vegas this offseason Mayer could be a Week 1 starter. It also helps that he lands in a system that we know can produce a top fantasy tight end with a quarterback who we know can produce a top fantasy tight end. If we are drafting a rookie tight end in redrafts this year, which is always a risky move, this is the guy we would go with. 

Sam LaPorta, Detroit Lions

LaPorta is the Lions' TJ Hockenson replacement and immediately becomes the best receiving option at tight end for the Lions. With that said, we wouldn't be grabbing him in redrafts. His head coach Dan Campbell is a smash-mouth former NFL tight end. He is going to want a tight end out there that he trusts to block and do the little things and it will cost LaPorta snaps this season. The long-term upside here is undeniable, however, redraft owners shouldn't get too excited for this season. 

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