53) WR Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Fantasy football analysis: What a great pick for the Packers and fantasy owners! Adams has a ways to go as a route runner, but he simply knows how to make big plays. He is likely to replace James Jones, perhaps not right away, but you can tell general manager Ted Thompson knew what he wanted, because Adams is a Jones clone. Adams is a big-time playmaker and will probably vie for playing time with Jarrett Boykin in this pass-happy system. Depending on how the offseason plays out, Adams could be worth a late-round roll of the dice.
54) RB Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans
Fantasy football analysis: Arguably in the best fantasy situation so far in the draft, Sankey certainly enters the conversation of a high fantasy pick. He has almost no competition, sans maybe some work around the goal line from Shonn Greene. Sankey is a three-down back and will touch the ball a lot. Tennessee improved their line and has an offensive-minded head coach. Sankey should be in the RB3 neighborhood for standard leagues and a chancy No. 2 in reception-rewarding setups.
55) RB Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Fantasy football analysis: Hill is a load to bring down but has surprisingly soft hands for a 6-foot-1, 233-pounder. Purely an educated guess: I believe RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis will stick around. He is going to count $3 million versus 2014 cap and will result in $500,000 in dead money if he is cut. While that isn't a lot, saving $2.5 million when Cincy has roughly $25 million in space is not great motivation for releasing a player who will be a free agent after the season anyway. Hill could learn behind BJGE for a year before pairing with the exhilarating Giovani Bernard. If BJGE is cut this summer, Hill is an RB3 or fourth back.
56) WR Cody Latimer, Denver Broncos
Fantasy football analysis: Peyton Manning has his Eric Decker replacement, but it will be a year or longer before Latimer comes into his own and even gets a chance at decent playing time. If all goes as planned, he won't see the field much as a receiver in Year 1. In 2015, however, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker are unrestricted free agents, so Latimer is almost assured a larger role. Remember Latimer's name for '15 drafts and as a stash move for deep full keepers.
57) RB Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
Fantasy football analysis: This pick wasn't exactly a surprise. The 49ers added another smash-mouth ball carrier. Frank Gore cannot do it forever, and who knows what San Fran has in powerful RB Marcus Lattimore (knee). I am guessing the brass is not overly encouraged by what they have seen after his two catastrophic knee injuries. RB LaMichael James, while a totally different style of player, has yet to report to the team. Hyde could be in no man's land for Year 1, but training camp should tell us most of what we need to know for determining his value. He is a late flier at this point, but Hyde is likely the future rather than the present of this backfield.
61) WR Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy football analysis: Yet another wideout for the Jags in this round, Robinson brings size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) to what is a pretty smurfy receiving corps without Justin Blackmon. He should duke it out for playing time, but his size alone could make him a viable fantasy contributor as a rook. Pay close attention to this team's receiving corps throughout the offseason.
62) QB Jimmy Garoppolo, New England Patriots
Fantasy football analysis: Do I really need to write anything here??? Just in case you were wondering, don't draft him this year. One day, the Eastern Illinois product could be a quality fantasy passer ... one day.
63) WR Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
Fantasy football analysis: Landry will be a quality addition to fantasy rosters down the road. He is a great fit for this offense as a possession guy. Expect him to battle for playing time with Rishard Matthews and Brandon Gibson (knee), whose rehab is a few months ahead of schedule. Gibson and Landry are awfully similar players. You're unlikely to find a consistent contributor here. Remember the name and his potential as a PPR flier if Landry steps up in the preseason.
Round 3 notables
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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