by Chris Foster
Over the last week or so we have looked at the potential First and Second round picks for dynasty leagues, and today we examine what could be left in the third round. The third round is all about taking a shot at someone who could potential pay off in the long run. As an owner, you need to hit on your first round pick, you want to hit on your second round pick, but if you can nail the third rounder, you will likely be the only on in your league to get all three right! Let’s take a look at the third-rounders and see if we can help you do that!
3.01= DeShaun Watson (Houston Texans)
Unlike the NFL, typically, 2QB leagues withstanding, quarterbacks don’t go very high in fantasy football rookie drafts. The third round is the perfect spot to start pegging a QB for your teams future. Watson is setup with a really good situation in Houston. They already have a good running game and one of the best wide receivers in the NFL in DeAndre Hopkins. He could be a starter as early as week 1, and it is worth a shot in the third round.
3.02= D’Onta Foreman= (Houston Texans)
Foreman won the Doak Walker Award in 2016 for being the best running back in college football. Obviously, there are several running backs that project better at the NFL than Foreman, but he lands in a favorable spot. Lamar Miller was run ragged last season, and Foreman will be able to step in immediately and take some of that pressure off of Miller. If I am a Miller owner, this is a no-brainer pick. If am a non-Miller owner, he is one injury away from a big role.
3.03= Wayne Gallman (New York Giants)
Gallman is good at everything but not great at anything. He is one of those guys. The good news for him is that Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen, the two running backs in front of him, aren’t great at anything either. Perkins will be the lead back and Vereen will play on third downs, but Gallman could easily eat into Perkins playing time and is one injury away from a large role.
3.04= Jeremy McNichols (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
McNichols may never become anything in Tampa, but with Doug Martin missing the start of the season, there is a chance that McNichols could work his way into a major role. Charles Sims, Peyton Barber, and Jazquizz Rodgers are all in front of him on the depth chart, but none of them are super intimidating. McNichols has a shot.
3.05= James Connor (Pittsburgh Steelers)
This one is simple, if you have LeVeon Bell on your roster, you make this pick. You may even make this pick at the end of the second round if you pick there. We all have seen in the past the way that Pittsburgh will continue to feed Bell’s backup when the time comes. We all have to have insurance, so get your handcuff. If you aren’t the Bell owner, you might ignore this, but you could bolster Connor in a later trade to the Bell owner.
3.06= Pat Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)
I like Mahomes upside as much as any QB in this class based on his landing spot. He likely won’t see the field for at least a year, maybe even two. Yet, Andy Reid has a history of creating relative fantasy quarterbacks in his coaching tenure and Mahomes could be the next guy. With his powerful arm and guys like Jeremy Maclin and Tyreek Hill likely hanging around for another couple of years, I love Mahomes future. Draft him here and stash him away.
3.07= DeShone Kizer (Cleveland Browns)
Once one QB comes off the board, it is likely the run on QB’s will start. Kizer may have had the best film of the top 4 quarterbacks coming into the draft. The problem was, that the film was from 2015. He wasn’t great last season but has as much upside as any QB in this draft. Kizer could see the field this season and has some nice young weapons to work with, even for Cleveland.
3.08= Mitch Trubisky (Chicago Bears)
The Bears traded up to nab Trubisky with the #2 overall pick. That means he has to play. He likely won’t start the season as QB #1, but I expect to see Trubisky at some point this season starting for the Bears. I am not sold on Trubisky, and he doesn’t have great weapons around him, but proceed at your own risk.
3.09= Josh Reynolds (Los Angeles Rams)
Reynolds was one of my favorite sleeper picks before the draft, and then he was selected by the Rams. I still think Reynolds has as much potential as any receiver in this draft but has a lot to overcome at this point. He has the ability to start from day one on the outside for the Rams. If Goff is able to grow in year two, and that is a big if, then Reynolds could be a nice third round snag!
3.10= Donnell Pumphrey (Philadelphia Eagles)
I don’t just love Pumphrey, but he has a pretty good opportunity in front of him. Most thought the Eagles would take a running back early in the draft, but they ended up waiting until the 4th round to take Pumphrey. The Eagles are very unsettled at running back, and he will compete with Darren Sproles, Wendall Smallwood, and Ryan Matthews for playing time. He could also find time playing wide receiver in the slot as well.
3.11= Dede Westbrook (Jacksonville Jaguars)
I like Dede as much as any slot/speed receiver in the draft, but I hate is landing spot equally as much. Westbrook has a good group of receivers in front of him in Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Marqise Lee. Not only does he have a good group of receivers in front of him, but he enters a shaky quarterback situation as well. There is no guarantee that Bortles will be his QB for the whole season. Yet, if he can beat out Lee, and Bortles plays like he did in 2015, Westbrook would be a steal.
3.12= Ishmael Zamora (Oakland Raiders)
This is the undrafted free agent special of the draft. Zamora is an athletic freak, but off the field concerns kept him from being drafted. He was then able to get signed post draft by a pass happy offense with very little outside of Amari Cooper and an aging Michael Crabtree. Zamora has a chance to crack the receiver rotation for the Raiders and has an extremely high ceiling! Worth a Mr. Irrelevant selection in your draft!
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