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NFL Draft Fantasy Recap: Round 5

Ryquell Armstead

Ryquell Armstead will battle with Alfred Blue for running back touches behind Leonard Fournette.

5.02 – RB Ryquell Armstead, JAX

Armstead should be a perfect Day 3 pick for the Jaguars. One of the more aggressive and high-effort runners available in the draft, the Temple product gives Jacksonville a viable alternative to injury-prone Leonard Fournette without threatening his hefty workload when he is healthy. Armstead does not offer much in the passing game, however, so it's possible he would be locked in a committee with Alfred Blue if Fournette cannot play for any length of time in 2019. Armstead will likely have far more value to Fournette owners than anyone else, but his likely spot on the depth chart in the Jags' run-heavy offense puts him on the redraft radar.

5.11 – WR Hunter Renfrow, OAK

This will likely go down as my favorite pick of Day 3. Renfrow initially made his name as Deshaun Watson's preferred target in clutch situations before becoming the slot receiver no one could not stop - including Alabama - during Clemson's national championship win three seasons ago. Renfrow is not going to blow anyone away with his athleticism, but the fact of the matter is very few college defenders ever found a way to hang with him at the most important part of big games. The Raiders signed Ryan Grant in free agency, but it's a good bet Renfrow overtakes him sooner than later and becomes the long-term slot option in Oakland - essentially offering more upside in the same role Seth Roberts occupied in recent years. Renfrow probably won't enjoy much redraft value this season, but he is a player I want to find room for on my dynasty teams.

5.14 – RB Qadree Ollison, ATL

Atlanta drafted Ito Smith last year to take over for Tevin Coleman in the likely event he left in free agency, and the addition of Ollison feels like a bit of an insurance pick should Devonta Freeman struggle to stay healthy again. Whereas Smith is more of a smallish back, the 228-pound Ollison is more of a power back who will likely form a committee with Smith if Freeman goes down again. Owners do not need to concern themselves with the Pittsburgh product in redraft leagues or until late in rookie drafts, but he could find himself having some value in both sooner than later if some things happen in front of him.

5.16 – RB Jordan Scarlett, CAR

Many were probably expecting Carolina to go with a bigger back to take the carries off of Christian McCaffrey's plate, but the Panthers instead go with a 208-pounder who is built more like him than the big back they added last offseason (C.J. Anderson). Scarlett runs physical for his size and is built to take a pounding, running with the kind of violence that will make him a nice complement to McCaffrey. With only Elijah Hood to compete with for backup duties, the Florida product has a realistic shot of quickly emerging as a top handcuff for fantasy purposes. With that said, Scarlett offers little in the passing game, so McCaffrey will remain unchallenged when it comes to receiving duties in the passing game. McCaffrey owners might want to use their last pick in redraft leagues on Scarlett, but it's hard to get excited about him for dynasty purposes.

5.33 – WR Darius Slayton, NYG

On a team that traded away Odell Beckham Jr. and is counting on slot receiver types like Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate to carry the passing game in 2019, Slayton has a decent shot at making a bit of a splash as a vertical receiver with his 4.39 speed. The 6-1, 190-pounder offers run-after-catch upside, but he has much room to grow as a route-runner and doesn't do the greatest job tracking the ball on downfield throws. I'm not sure he beats out Corey Coleman or Cody Latimer this season, but a player who compares favorably to D.J. Chark has a chance to stick - making him worth considering in deeper rookie drafts.

Doug Orth has written for FF Today since 2006 and been featured in USA Today’s Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He hosted USA Today’s hour-long, pre-kickoff fantasy football internet chat every Sunday in 2012-13 and appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, including Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive”. Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.