In the first two rounds, you picked the players that you are going to build your team around. Whether you picked two wide receivers, two running backs, or a wide receiver and a running back, the next three rounds are absolutely crucial in building you roster. In this post, I won’t be getting pick specific because there are a few different ways that you could have built your roster in the first two rounds and it also becomes more draft specific regarding who falls to these rounds. I feel that the best approach is to highlight the players that I’ll be targeting and avoiding in the following three rounds. You can always refer to my rankings if your draft board looks different than fantasy football calculator’s ADP. In some spots, it most definitely will look different. Especially when you are doing a live draft with your buddies instead of a draft online where everyone is looking at the same best player available list.
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Third Round Targets
The days of being able to get Josh Jacobs after the 3rd round are behind us. He’s starting to gain an avalanche of supporters with his training camp performance. Josh Jacobs is a threat in the running and passing game in Oakland and will see as many touches as many of the backs that are taken in the first round. He played one series in the second preseason game and gained 21 yards on four touches. The only reason that Jacobs doesn’t have an ADP in the first two rounds is that he never had the chance to prove that he could take on a season’s worth of a workload in college. But, he has a special skill set to be a dynamic play maker.
I mentioned in Friday’s post that I will be heavily targeting Kittle in the third round of my drafts. I hardly ever target tight ends this early, but I think that we could be looking at a very big season out of a player that created a proven track record with a 1,300 yard season in 2018 while leading the NFL in YAC. Reports have suggested that Jimmy Garappolo and George Kittle have developed a nice groove in red zone drills during training camp. Kittle can give you an overall TE1 season but is a round cheaper than Travis Kelce.
Third Round Fade
Leonard Fournette’s rookie numbers gave people hope that 2018 could be a breakout year with numbers that would equal a first round return. Sure, he only averaged 3.9 ypc in his rookie season, but he proved that he can take on a full season of a heavy workload and also perform in the red zone. But, 2018 was a nightmare for those who put their faith into Fournette. Fournette wasn’t durable and made headlines that you don’t want to see regarding his dedication. 3.3 ypc is not a pretty number and I’d rather let somebody else take on the risk that comes along with Fournette.
Fourth Round Targets
I have written throughout the preseason how big of a fan that I am of Rashaad Penny. Reports just haven’t been favorable for Penny getting the amount of playing time and touches that I had hoped for. I still like the talent, but it’s a hill that I don’t want to die on when there are reports that Carson is going to see two-thirds of the touches for an offense that was second in the league in rushing attempts in 2018. Even more damning for Penny, reports suggest that Carson is looking great in the passing game as well. I still like Penny as a strong handcuff to Carson.
Chris Godwin has been on the field for every snap that Jameis Winston has played in the preseason, including some snaps in the slot. Godwin deserves the hype that he has gotten in the fantasy community, as eye-roll inducing as it is. He has been a great complimentary wide receiver in his first two seasons for the pass heavy Buccaneers and finally has a chance to be one of Winston’s top two targets in AIRian’s offense. I don’t think the haters are going to win this one.
Fourth Round Fade
Mark Ingram has succeeded in this league for a number of years, but he’s not in New Orleans anymore. Lamar Jackson’s running ability puts a cap on Ingram’s profit potential. Also, Justice Hill looks awesome and is knocking on the door of being a big part of this backfield.
Fifth Round Targets
I’m not too impressed with any of the wide receivers or tight ends going in this round so I am cleaning up running back depth since it’s still too early to take a quarterback.
I wrote about Tevin Coleman last week as a nice profitable value in San Francisco. Jerrick McKinnon is probably going to start the season on the IR so that leaves Coleman and Breida. Coleman is a Shanahan guy so he should see a lot of quality touches in this offense. In a ‘meh’ season, he still finished as RB19 in the PPR format.
Sony Michel is healthy (for now) and coming at a reasonable price tag. Michel had a dynamic college career and had a good start to his NFL career and the fifth round is just too late for him to fall even with the knee concerns. The are murmurs that Michel will be involved in the passing game in New England so this could be an even bigger year for him than last season. If you are taking a risk on Michel it is necessary to handcuff him with Damien Williams.
Fifth Round Fade
If DeShaun Watson or Aaron Rodgers fall out of this round than go ahead and grab one if you really find it necessary. But, with Jameis Winston, Kyler Murray, and Jared Goff being on the board a few rounds or more later, there is plenty of reason to skip out on taking a quarterback this early.