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NFL Draft Fantasy Recap: Round 6

Darwin Thompson

Darwin Thompson: When the Chiefs bring in a running back, fantasy owners should pay attention.

6.01 – WR Keesean Johnson, ARI

Johnson becomes the third receiver Arizona has added this weekend, pretty much cementing the Cardinals will be going full "Air Raid" and lighting up the desert sky on Sundays. Unlike the two receivers Arizona drafted before him, the first pick of the sixth round will probably spend all of his time on the perimeter. Johnson broke most of Davante Adams' records at Fresno State in large part to his ability to win in contested-catch situations. Johnson probably isn't going to challenge Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella or Hakeem Butler for the top four spots on the depth chart, but he may be seen as a replacement for Fitzgerald should he retire after the season. Given the volume this offense figures to feature, Johnson may be worth a stash in deeper dynasty leagues.

6.09 – RB Trayveon Williams, CIN

Cincinnati presumably drafted Mark Walton last year with the idea he could take over for Giovani Bernard when he becomes a free agent in 2020, but he couldn't stay out of trouble and may be done in the NFL. It's doubtful the Bengals will have a deal with the "knucklehead factor" with Williams, who I compared to Justin Forsett and Danny Woodhead. Williams became the first true freshman in Texas A&M history to run for over 1,000 yards in 2016 before leading the SEC with 1,760 yards last season, doing so at 206 pounds. Outside of lacking game-breaking speed, he is a complete back who runs physically despite his size and a player capable of taking over change-of-pace duties from Bernard in the likely event he moves on after the season. For that reason, Williams is worth taking in the third or fourth round of rookie drafts even if he is off the redraft radar at the moment.

6.34 – WR Kelvin Harmon, WAS

Harmon generated second-round buzz throughout the spring among media pundits, so the receiver-needy Redskins have to be happy they are getting a player like him who regularly wins in contested-catch situations. The North Carolina State product is not an overly explosive athlete (4.6, 32.5-inch vertical, 117-inch broad) and isn't going to provide much after the catch, but he offers good physicality in all aspects of his game and is among the best blockers at his position in the class. With so little in front of him, Harmon could find himself on the redraft radar in the unlikely event he beats out Josh Doctson in training camp, but he's a better bet in the third or fourth round of rookie drafts in the likely event Washington decides to decline Doctson's team option for next season.

6.39 – RB Rodney Anderson, CIN

It's not very often a team decides to draft two players at the same position in a round, but Cincinnati likely saw too much value in Joe Mixon's former college teammate to ignore him any longer despite his lengthy injury history. Anderson is a player who reminded me of a cross between Arian Foster and Latavius Murray, boasting the former's one-cut ability, patience and lack of durability to go along with the latter's power and straight-line explosiveness. Joe Mixon is firmly entrenched as the featured back in Cincinnati, but a healthy Anderson would give the Bengals a high-end runner capable of producing in a big way if the former is injured for any length of time. With Anderson coming back from a torn ACL, Cincinnati could be tempted to redshirt him for a season before possibly having him shoulder some of Mixon's load in 2020. Anderson is not a great bet for redraft value, but dynasty owners should strongly consider him as early as the late part of the second round of rookie drafts.

6.42 – RB Darwin Thompson, KC

As we have seen under HC Andy Reid, fantasy owners need to pay attention when Kansas City brings in a running back. Thompson is a slippery runner who is probably going to be too small at 5-8 and 200 pounds to push for regular work. A bit of a Dion Lewis clone with a bit more power and contact balance than one might expect from a player his size, he will probably be asked to work as a pass-catching threat behind Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde as a rookie - although should be noted he doesn't block particularly well at this point of his career. His landing spot dictates dynasty owners keep him on their radar. He also belongs on redraft radars as a player who Reid may decide to use as a "move weapon" if/when the team moves on from Tyreek Hill.

7.04 – RB Mike Weber, DAL

Although Dallas burned a fourth-round pick on Memphis' Tony Pollard, it is much more likely Weber ends up serving as the high-upside handcuff to fellow Ohio State product Ezekiel Elliott. Weber came out of the gates on fire to begin his college career by winning the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award, but it quickly became the J.K. Dobbins show thereafter. Weber sees the field well and is a capable pass-catcher, but his future fantasy value will be tied entirely to Elliott's health. Elliott's redraft owners will want to take Weber late and his dynasty owners may want to do the same in rookie drafts, but he is unlikely to come into any long-term value in Dallas.

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.