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The second round is as important as the first, most notably because there is potential for drafting a bust. In addition, drafters need to focus on the other teams and their selections. If a team selects a QB in round two, it is safe to assume that team will not select a QB again. On the other hand, if a team selects a second running back, in all likelihood, they will go QB or WR in round three.

Fantasy football analysis revolves around measuring risk and reward. In the second round of a 2009 draft, most of the RBs taken were busts: Steve Slaton, Brandon Jacobs and Clinton Portis. Avoiding the busts and finding the next player who will make the leap into fantasy elite is the key to a great second round.

11. WR Randy Moss (New England Patriots)

Moss is 33 years old but still shows little sign of slowing down. He can still singlehandedly win a fantasy game as evidenced by two 2009 games where he scored over 30 points in standard scoring leagues. It is difficult to imagine Moss falling off a cliff in production simply because he is a touchdown machine.

12. QB Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

Rodgers exceeded expectations in a big way in 2009, leading all fantasy QBs by putting up 35 total TDs and 4434 passing yards. There’s no reason to expect a big drop-off in production, but it is reasonable to expect a slight one. Selecting a QB this high needs to be a can’t miss and Rodgers is not yet a bulletproof pick. The Packers face both the AFC East and NFC East teams in their schedule.

13. WR Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals)
Despite putting up great numbers, some fantasy owners may have considered Fitzgerald a disappointment. A trendy selection late in the first round in 2009 drafts, Fitz’s yardage dropped nearly 25% from 2008 to 2009. Even with the retirement of QB Kurt Warner, Fitzgerald has proven himself too big to fail and will still be a top 20 pick in all leagues.

14. RB Ryan Grant (Green Bay Packers)
For the owners who have not had Grant on their fantasy team, they may not appreciate his talent. In 13 of 16 games last season, he had at least nine fantasy points. He also had the 8th best fantasy production of all RBs. Grant isn’t flashy, but he’s a good back in a potent offense.

15. RB Cedric Benson (Cincinnati Bengals)
Benson surprised the great majority of fantasy analysts in 2009. But his season was a tale of two halves. In his first eight games, he averaged just over 15 points per game. In his final eight games, he averaged five points per game. Those numbers really suggest he wore down and was ineffective at an important time of the season.

16. RB Shonn Greene (New York Jets)
The Jets ran the ball more than anyone else in the league. This year, they’re led by Shonn Greene at the RB position. Greene has limitless potential simply because he will be given the ball quite a bit in 2010. The only question mark is his durability since he hasn’t proven himself over a full season, but if he can hold up, he’ll catapult himself among the fantasy elites in the first round.

17. QB Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts)
Manning is still Manning. He’s one of the safest picks in fantasy football. Landing him at No. 17 would be a steal. The Colts pass the ball quite a bit and still don’t have much of a running game to speak of. As long as Manning is playing, he’ll be producing.

18. WR Miles Austin (Dallas Cowboys)
In Week 5 of last season, Austin exploded on the scene with 10 receptions, 250 yards and two TDs. He didn’t let up after that, finishing the season as the second most valuable WR on the year. Austin could go sooner or later than this, but considering his play-making abilities, he’s worth the selection late in the second round.

19. WR Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts)
The combination of Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne is one of the most lethal tandems in fantasy sports. Over the last six seasons, Wayne has average 89 receptions, 1249 yards and nine TDs each season. When Wayne is selected, there is no second guessing his ability.

20. RB Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs)

Due to the release of former Chiefs’ RB Larry Johnson, Charles became a fantasy football hero overnight. In his last four games of the year, he had 737 total yards and four TDs, including a ridiculous week 17 performance where he put up 259 rushing yards and two scores. Charles will have an expanded role in the offense this season and has serious potential to make the leap into first round RB status following this season.

Written By: Matt De Lima

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