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    Who Should You Draft in the Second Round of Fantasy Football Drafts This Year?

    The first round of your fantasy football draft is easy ... what happens after that? Here are a handful of players to target in the second round in 2023.

    Plotting out your first-round strategy in fantasy football is fairly easy. It’s relatively simple to predict who the top 12 players off the board will be, and these are typically slam-dunk selections. They’re top-tier players for a reason, right?

    However, all bets are off as we move into the second round and further down the draft board. It’s the Wild West, and there’s simply no predicting who will be there or who you should draft when it’s your turn to pick.

    With that in mind, we’ve done the research here at Pro Football Network to bring you three players to consider adding to your league-winning roster in this range of ADP!

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    The Top Players To Target in the Second Round

    Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions

    St. Brown has emerged as one of the most consistent fantasy options out there. After being a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, ARSB has become one of the most highly coveted WRs in fantasy each and every year, and that doesn’t seem set to change in 2023.

    Last year, St. Brown proved that he cannot only be a target machine over the middle of the field in between the 20s, but he can also be a threat in the red zone, too. The talented WR caught four touchdown passes inside the 10-yard line last season, which was tied for the fourth-most among all NFL WRs.

    Heading into 2023, there’s very little proven target competition in this high-powered offense outside of St. Brown. Jameson Williams is suspended for the first six weeks of the season and has just one NFL reception to his name, Sam LaPorta’s a rookie TE, and Jahymr Gibbs is a rookie RB.

    Amon-Ra should see a ridiculous workload again this season, and he’s an incredibly safe option to go after in Round 2.

    Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    Pollard proved last year that he can be incredibly productive for fantasy football when he’s given the opportunity. Fantasy managers had been clamoring for this for years, but it finally came to fruition in 2022, and big things happened as a result.

    Pollard ended the year as the RB7 in half-PPR scoring formats, which he did on the back of his incredible explosiveness. Pollard ran for 10+ yards on 31 of his 193 carries last year, which was the best among all NFL RBs! When he gets the ball, more often than not, big things are in store for the offense.

    The Dallas Cowboys agreed with this sentiment this past offseason as they finally moved on from Ezekiel Elliott and made Pollard the de facto RB1 in this offense.

    Throughout the entire course of the offseason, Dallas has had every opportunity to bring in another veteran RB to take work away from Pollard, and they simply have not been interested.

    As the NFL season is essentially now here, Pollard appears to be on track to see the largest workload of his entire career as he plays on the franchise tag.

    There should be zero hesitation in drafting Pollard to be the RB1 for your fantasy football roster if you decide to go with one of the top-tier WRs in the first round.

    Garrett Wilson, WR, New York Jets

    Wilson was incredibly productive last season in an abysmal situation. While other playmakers in this New York Jets offense struggled to produce with the combination of Zach Wilson, Mike White, and Joe Flacco, Wilson was effective every single week.

    That speaks volumes because Wilson just got a massive QB upgrade heading into 2023. Future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers has landed in New York, and we know that good things are in store from a fantasy standpoint for his WR1.

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    With players like Allen Lazard, Mecole Hardman, Randall Cobb, and Tyler Conklin as his main target competition this season, Wilson could easily see 12+ targets every single week this year.

    Add in the potential touchdown upside, and there’s a strong possibility that Wilson will compete with Justin Jefferson for the overall WR1 title in 2023.

    Who Should You Draft in Other Rounds?

    Want to see what options might be available before or after your pick in other rounds? We have you covered.

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