5 Round Mock Draft PPR: Round 3





(3.01) Derrick Henry- Derrick Henry has the opportunity to solidify himself as a top 5 RB in the NFL this season. Demarco Murray is gone, and the Tennessee Titans backfield is now Henry's. Fantasy owners have been waiting for this since he entered the league in 2016. Well, the time is here. This owner will be thrilled to pair Antonio Brown with Cook and Henry.



(3.02) Joe Mixon- Every league has one of these owners. This owner preaches "Oh, I can just trade one of my RB's for a WR if I have to." While it's not a bad strategy by any means, it's something I don't endorse. There's no doubting Mixon's upside, but I believe there were safer options on the board at this point in the draft.



(3.03) Rob Gronkowski- After going RB/RB in Rounds 1 and 2, this team decides to go with what he thinks is the best player available in Rob Gronkowski. He is a brute force that gives teams a distinct advantage at the TE position. Instead of going back and forth on which WR to take, drafting Gronk is the safe, smart move here.



(3.04) Adam Thielen- Well, we have another squad going with the Zero RB approach. After drafting Odell Beckham Jr. in Round 1 and Davante Adams in Round 2, this team drafts Adam Thielen in Round 3. Since 5 of the last 6 picks were RB's, there wasn't any value in reaching for an RB here, so going Thielen here was the wise choice in my opinion.



(3.05) Amari Cooper- With a solid RB core in David Johnson and Jordan Howard, it was time for this team to draft a WR. With Michael Crabtree off to Baltimore, his 101 targets in 2017 are up for grabs. Enter Amari Cooper. I think the Head Coaching change in Oakland will help Cooper and I think Cooper will have somewhere around 85 receptions, 1,100 receiving yards in 2018.



(3.06) Aaron Rodgers- How to approach the QB position is one of the most argued debates in all of fantasy football. Do you pull the trigger on one of the top fantasy QB's early in your draft or wait till the later rounds to draft one? Either way I don't think there's a right or wrong answer to that question. This team decides to go with the peace of mind of drafting Rodgers and not having to worry about the QB position all season.



(3.07) Larry Fitzgerald- This Larry Fitzgerald pick means there are now 3 squads that have gone WR with their first 3 picks. There's little to not like about Fitz. He has had at least 100 receptions in each of the past the past 3 seasons and is as reliable as it comes. Solid pick here in the 3rd round.



(3.08) Travis Kelce- I'm not so sure I agree with drafting two players on the same team in the first 3 rounds. If the Chiefs have an off game, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce likely did not perform well which means this team will likely lose its matchup. On the flip side, it's entirely plausible that these two players can put up 20+ points in any given week and win you a week by themselves. Bottom line is Kelce is an elite TE and I wouldn't blame anyone for drafting him in the 3rd or 4th round later this summer.



(3.09) Russell Wilson- Every draft is different. I've been a part of drafts where a QB wasn't taken until Round 6. I've also been a part of drafts where there are 5 QB's off the board by the end of the Round 4. This team pulls the trigger on the best fantasy QB in 2017 in Russell Wilson. Oh, and by the way, Wilson has finished as a top 10 fantasy QB in each of the last 5 seasons. He's as reliable as it gets at QB.



(3.10) Doug Baldwin- Apparently teams are deciding there is no value at the RB position at this point in the draft, as Doug Baldwin comes off the board here at pick #34. In my opinion, Baldwin has more upside than any other WR available right now. This team gets a solid WR2 with WR1 upside. Great pick.



(3.11) T.Y. Hilton- Risky, risky. Like Doug Baldwin, there's top 10 WR upside in T.Y. Hilton if Andrew Luck is at the helm in Indy. Conversely, we saw how dreadful Hilton was last season when Luck wasn't on the field. Tread carefully folks, there's a ton of bust potential with Hilton this season.



(3.12) Jerick McKinnon- "Enough is enough," says this owner. There hasn't been one RB picked in the last 9 picks and as we say in the fantasy football industry, "You should zig when everyone else is zagging." With two stud WR's in A.J. Green/Keenan Allen, this team jumps at the opportunity to draft what he feels is the two best available RB's in Jerick McKinnon and Carlos Hyde.


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