Round 3 of the 12 team PPR draft completed on July 28th saw just one QB selected as Cam Newton was the first to go after the Big 3 (A-Rod, Brees, Brady) came off the board in rounds 1/2. 

The last of the potential WR1s heard their names called as Atlanta’s dynamic duo of Roddy and JJ were selected.  Round 3 also saw a few injury question marks taken as G-Men Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks both represent decent value here provided they are able to suit up for week 1.

In this series we will give round by round analysis of the draft by providing the rationale behind our madness, our take on which selections were the best value and which picks left us scratching our heads.

Round 3 Results:

PickADP+ / -POSPlayerOwner
3.128(3)WRJennings, G. (GNB)gamechangers
3.2917QBNewton, C. (CAR)
3.340(13)RBJackson, F. (BUF)JoeBoater
3.446(18)TEHernandez, A. (NWE)FantasyFreakinFoot
3.5290WRWhite, R. (ATL)Chimeras
3.638(8)RBBradshaw, A. (NYG)Dumb & Dumber
3.7274RBLynch, M. (SEA)Hicksville
3.81913WRGreen, A. (CIN)
3.968(35)TEWitten, J. (DAL)Brothers Mayhem -
3.1268WRJones, J. (ATL)
3.1148(13)RBMartin, D. (TAM)Schadenfreude
3.122511WRNicks, H. (NYG)


FFSpin Pick: Hakeem Nicks (3.12)In our On the Mend series, we concluded that Nicks remains a WR1 despite concerns that offseason foot surgery has sidelined him during training camp and has his week 1 status in some doubt.

The 24-year-old WR is coming off back to back 70+ catch, 1,000+ yard seasons and remains a red zone beast having hauled in 24 TDs over his brief three-year career. As you’ll see in the our round 4 analysis we ultimately decided to lock down both members of the G-men starting WR corps as we went with Nicks and Victor Cruz back to back. The Giants passing offense finished 5th in the NFL last season averaging 296 YPG and is showing no signs of slowing down. Cruz and Nicks might actually see an uptick in production this season with Mario Manningham now in San Francisco.

Best ValueJulio Jones (3.10) - Atlanta traded a bevy picks to secure Julio Jones in the 2011 draft. Jones has unlimited potential but battled ankle, hamstring and back injuries in his first season. We like him more than teammate Roddy White but the dynamic duo will likely keep each other from top 5 fantasy WR status – regardless they are both WR1 potential. In his rookie season, JJ had 54 catches for 959 yards and eight touchdowns in just 13 games. At 6’3, 220 pounds he represents a matchup nightmare with one of the highest ceilings among the current crop of NFL wideouts.  ESPN’s Jerry Rice nominated Julio Jones as the NFL’s biggest breakout wide receiver for 2012 – who are we to disagree with the NFL’s career leader in catches, receiving yards and TD receptions.

Head ScratcherJason Witten (3.9) - Despite the scoring system (1.5 PPR for TE) this a major reach in our mind. Witten’s current ADP in standard leagues sits in the round 6/7 range. The loss of WR Laurent Robinson (now in Jacksonville) is a positive but Witten has averaged just 5 TDs per season over the past four years. The 30 year old TE has great chemistry with QB Tony Romo and has topped 75 catches in each of the past five seasons but we expect the too many mouths to feed Dallas offense (Austin, Bryant, Murray, Felix Jones) could keep Witten from justifying a draft slot before the 6th round.

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