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NFL Draft Fantasy Recap: Rounds 6 & 7

NFL Draft6.18 BUF – TE Nick O'Leary

O'Leary was considered a Day 2 pick for a long time, so Buffalo gets good value here. One of Jameis Winston's favorite targets at Florida State, O'Leary will probably only fall into redraft fantasy value in the event that Charles Clay gets hurt. Jack Nicklaus' grandson did not have a single reception over 25 yards as a Seminole and backed that lack of big-play ability up with a slow 40-time at the combine. Still, O'Leary is a feisty competitor who catches just about everything and holds his own as a blocker, so he could see some time in two-tight sets right away. However, he is limited in fantasy by the Bills' run-heavy offensive attack and the presence of Matt Cassel. There is no redraft value here, but he could be worth a later-round pick in rookie drafts.

6.28 BAL - WR Darren Waller

Just about any receiver that gets drafted by Baltimore has a chance at immediate playing time, so the fact that Waller is 6-6, 240 with mid-4.4 speed should draw some interest in fantasy circles. Waller is the typical Georgia Tech receiver that is incredibly raw as a route-runner but blocks his tail off in the run game. He's going to need a lot of time to develop, but could contribute immediately as a red-zone target on fades and jump balls. There is no redraft value here, but is worth a flyer late in rookie drafts given the Ravens' unproven receiving corps.

6.29 IND - RB Josh Robinson

The Colts land perhaps the most physical inside runner left on the board in Robinson, who could be in line for a handful of early-down touches in Indy whenever Frank Gore needs a breather. The Mississippi State product is a grinder that can contribute a bit in the passing game, but he is not a threat to become a starter with the Colts anytime soon. His only redraft value is as a potential handcuff for Gore, but with the ex-Niners' advanced age, it is possible Robinson could have a bit of dynasty value down the line after Gore retires.

7.16 KC - WR Da'Ron Brown

Brown is going to a be a 24-year-old rookie, but the Chiefs have receiver spots to fill and there is no reason why he can't challenge third-rounder Chris Conley or 2014 find Albert Wilson for a starting spot opposite Jeremy Maclin. The Northern Illinois standout will be no more than a possession receiver in the NFL, but has strong hands and should be a chain-mover. It will help his cause that Alex Smith loves to throw short. Once again, he'll have no redraft value, but the fact he could challenge for significant snaps right away means he is worthy of a late-round rookie draft pick.

7.28 TEN - WR Tre McBride

It's about damn time. McBride is a small-school receiver that needed to go in the fourth or fifth round and has a realistic chance to outperform Dorial Green-Beckham given how much of a project he might end up being. The William & Mary standout is supposedly a bit of a diva, but catches everything, runs 4.4 (plays slower than that though) and has impressive ball skills. Tennessee is deep in talent at receiver, but the Titans cannot count on DGB or Justin Hunter to give them anything significant anytime soon. That means McBride could easily be a long-term possession receiver opposite Kendall Wright and could be an end-of-draft consideration in yearly formats. In rookie drafts, he warrants a late-second pick.

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.