Dynasty players looked forward to the 2022 NFL Draft for weeks, maybe even months. We were rewarded with the expected avalanche of skill position players taken on day two and day three followed with some players who could be hidden gems taken on the draft’s third day. NFL veterans will feel the impact of these choices, with some fearing for their respective jobs while others made it through the most important part of the draft unscathed. Let’s take a look at some of the players who could see their dynasty value changed as a result of the picks from day three.
The Patriots drafted running backs Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris on day three. They’ll now join a running back room that already includes the likes of Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, James White, JJ Taylor, and Ty Montgomery. No, thanks. It’s not even worth trying to figure this thing out. Personally, I’ll avoid this group at all costs. At least we now have 100% clarity that’s the right thing to do. Bill Belichick hates fantasy football and that’s just never going to change. If every team played like New England, there wouldn’t even be fantasy football.
James Conner, RB ARI
While the Cardinals did add running back Keaontay Ingram in the sixth round, they passed on finding a true 1B all weekend. They were rumored to have interest in the top tier running backs like Breece Hall and Kenneth Walker III, but ultimately decided to add Ingram to Eno Benjamin, leaving Conner with a golden opportunity for a massive season for the Cardinals. Can he put up even better numbers without Chase Edmonds in town? Can he just stay healthy all year? If he can, he’s a great buy for a contending dynasty team, maybe even THE buy.
Drew Lock, QB SEA
As signal callers like Malik Willis and Sam Howell continued to free fall on day three, Seattle just continued to pass on them without hesitation, leaving Lock as the starter at the moment. While Seattle could still make a play on a highly discounted Baker Mayfield, it’s highly likely they’ll roll into the season with Lock and Geno Smith on the roster. Seattle isn’t a team known to tank (it would be a great year to do that with CJ Stroud and Bryce Young coming soon), so they really must believe Denver missed something in Lock.
Chase Edmonds / Raheem Mostert, RBs MIA
The Dolphins were another team that could have taken a run at a running back, but chose to stick with Edmonds and Mostert instead. It’s hard to tell exactly how this backfield is going to shake out, but adding another runner would have thrown a giant wrench into all of it. It’s fair to wonder if Mostert can stay healthy for any extended period of time, so Edmonds will likely have one more chance to really prove he can lead a backfield – a chance few thought he’d ever have again.
Daniel Jones, QB NYG
Sure, the Giants didn’t pick up his fifth year option, putting him squarely on the hot seat. However, they also failed to add another quarterback and have surrounded him with a supporting cast to give him one final shot to prove he can be a long-term answer. From what we’ve seen, that’s likely not going to end well. Still, he’s going to have a chance to prove himself one more time.
Miles Sanders, RB PHI
Philadelphia looks to be entering the season with Sanders, Boston Scott, and Kenneth Gainwell in the backfield once again this season. They did add Kennedy Brooks as an undrafted free agent, but his path to relevance is going to be a tough one, even though he’s squarely on dynasty watch lists. Sanders has yet to post a 1,000 yard season, but the Eagles are going to be a run-first team again this season and the addition of AJ Brown should help keep defenses from stacking the box. His value has been steadily declining, but it looks like the Eagles still have some confidence in him.reamining.
Marlon Mack, RB HOU
Mack (and Rex Burkhead) dodged a bullet during the draft’s first two days, but couldn’t make it through three. The Texans added Dameon Pierce, who is an immediate threat for carries in Houston. While the Texans brass is saying all the right things about Pierce earning his way up the depth chart, Mack has never been able to stay on the field and Burkhead is a mediocre option. Pierce was underused at Florida and could represent a long-term option for Houston.
Josh Jacobs, RB LV
Daniel Jones wasn’t the only player who had their fifth-year option declined as Jacobs suffered the same fate. To make matters worse, the Raiders drafted Zamir White, who could threaten Jacobs for carries this year and even be his long-term replacement. This is suddenly a make-or-break season in Las Vegas for him.
Josh Kelley, RB LAC
The Chargers have long-been looking for a solid backup for Austin Ekeler and they may have finally found it with Isaiah Spiller, who ended up falling in their laps on day three. With Justin Jackson a free agent and only the unimpressive Josh Kelley and Larry Rountree competing against him on the depth chart, Spiller should carve out a role quickly at the expense of Kelley.
Mike Davis, RB FA
The Falcons added running back Tyler Allgeier, making Davis a huge loser. In fact, Atlanta went ahead and cut the veteran after a terrible disappointing season that “featured” just 503 rushing yards and a measly three touchdowns. Allgeier is one of the draft’s big winners based on landing spot alone.
Jimmy Garoppolo and Baker Mayfield
Unfortunately, neither of these players was traded on the draft’s third day. At this point, Garoppolo needs to show he’s healthy before getting traded and Mayfield could be had for next to nothing. The problem is most of the landing spots have dried up. The 49ers are going to need to give Trey Lance his shot and the Browns may be forced to just cut bait on Mayfield. Neither of them landing a new starting job and that’s was a massive disappointment.
Carson Wentz, QB WAS
The Commanders were desperate for quarterback help and ended up getting Wentz from the Colts this off-season. His numbers are still relatively solid (3,563/27/7), but the mistakes he makes are just brutal. The Commanders were able to snag Sam Howell with the first pick of round five and he should compete with Taylor Heinicke for backup snaps immediately. Should Wentz falter, Washington now has another option at their disposal.