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NFL Draft Fantasy Recap: Round 3

3.05 TB - RB Charles Sims

Sims has a fair amount of Matt Forte in his game and Tampa Bay continues to add to an impressive offensive arsenal in this draft. With Doug Martin and Mike James both coming off injury, the Bucs make sure they have a back capable of excelling on all three downs in Sims. The West Virginia and Houston standout should overtake James in relatively short order as Martin's handcuff, which is where his immediate fantasy value will lie. Martin's presence makes Sims nothing more than a mid-second round pick in rookie drafts, however.

Tre Mason

Tre Mason isn't a threat to Zac Stacy's fantasy value.

3.11 STL - RB Tre Mason

St. Louis is making clear that it wants to win in the NFC West in the same fashion that San Francisco and Seattle are: building a dominant defense and having enough horses to run the ball if injury strikes. Mason isn't going to challenge Zac Stacy in his rookie year in all likelihood and isn't much to brag about in the passing game, but he should give Benny Cunningham a run for his money as the No. 2 back for the Rams. Although he has little shot at overtaking Stacy right away, Mason has the talent to overtake Stacy at some point - possibly in 2015. Mason probably fits in as an early-second round pick in rookie drafts.

3.26 IND - WR Donte Moncrief

An athletic freak, Moncrief lands in a spot where he seemingly has no chance for immediate production with Reggie Wayne returning, Hakeem Nicks coming in and T.Y. Hilton doing a pretty fair job at manning the slot. (And let's not forget Da'Rick Rogers.) Moncrief could have easily been one of the more productive players in the SEC in 2013, but had to get his production on a lot of screens because Mississippi had a pair of very inaccurate quarterbacks. Despite the logjam of receivers in front of him, Moncrief's dynasty prospects are bright with Nicks in Indy on a one-year deal and Wayne on the verge of retirement. His redraft value, however, is virtually nil.

3.30 CLE - RB Terrance West

Even by FCS standards, West's 2013 production at Towson was ridiculous. West is not the typical FCS back, however, as he drew significant interest from Clemson out of high school and at one point thought he was going to Maryland. He has drawn comparisons to Zac Stacy for his running style and about his only significant weaknesses are that his play speed (from game to game) is inconsistent and that he will run up the heels of his linemen too much. At any rate, his best fit was going to be in a zone-blocking scheme and that is exactly where lands in Cleveland under new OC Kyle Shanahan. Given Ben Tate's durability issues and West's talent, West has significant upside redraft and dynasty formats. The case could be made that he should be drafted as a low-end RB3 in yearly leagues and inside the top eight in rookie drafts.

3.32 MIN - RB Jerick McKinnion

In a draft full of athletic marvels, McKinnon is near the top. McKinnon is a complete departure from the Vikings' old backup to Adrian Peterson (Toby Gerhart) and probably best profiles as a true change-of-pace back due to the fact he split time at two positions (quarterback and running back) in college and is a complete project as a receiver out of the backfield. The Georgia Southern alum has two things every team wants in their backs: speed and extraordinary athleticism. Even in the event of an AP injury, it is more than likely that he would share time with a back like Matt Asiata or Zach Line. As a result, he only has dynasty appeal and makes sense in the late third or fourth round of rookie drafts.

3.33 PIT - RB Dri Archer

OC Todd Haley has yet to really hit on one of his gadget players, but Archer may be the most impressive player in the bunch that includes LaRod Stephens-Howling, Dexter McCluster and Chris Rainey. Archer just missed matching Chris Johnson's NFL Combine record in the 40, but offers significant potential in the return game and as a receiver out of the backfield. His fantasy upside is if he is used in the same kind of way Darren Sproles was in New Orleans, but Archer's 170-pound frame and Haley's history with these type of players will ensure he is nothing more than a 5-to-8 touch/game player. He warrants consideration as a late-round rookie pick because he can turn every touch into a score, but even at his very best, his limited touches will make him highly inconsistent in fantasy.

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Doug Orth has written for FF Today since 2006 and appeared in USA Today’s Fantasy Football Preview magazine in 2010 and 2011. He is also the host of USA Today’s hour-long, pre-kickoff fantasy football internet chat every Sunday. Doug regularly appears as a fantasy football analyst on Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive” and for 106.7 The Fan (WJFK – Washington, D.C). He is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.