Fantasy Football: How to Pick from the 3rd Overall Pick in 0.5 PPR Leagues with a High Potential Strategy

The third overall pick is the first real interesting spot in Fantasy Football drafts in 2022. Why? Well, there are two clearly defined firsts in Jonathan Taylor and Christian McCaffrey. And I know, I know: CMC injuries! Well, that’s not how I play fantasy. Tell me about a player who’s already injured in training camp and heads into Week 1 with a murky injury status and I’m all ears: I don’t like drafting players who are already injured. But so-called “injury-prone” players who are completely healthy at the moment, like McCaffrey, don’t think so. There is no real data to suggest that “injury prone” is a real thing.

Now, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any data on injuries. There is data (albeit a small sample size) to suggest that players coming off Lisfranc injuries and surgeries need a full season to return to top speed, and data on injuries such as a torn Achilles tendon , all of which must be taken into account. But this idea that McCaffrey is injury insurance when he’s currently fully healthy, I’m not buying it.

However, once those two are off the board, the decision becomes much more difficult. I would defend Cooper Kupp and Justin Jefferson at 3rd overall in full point PPR leagues, but in this half point PPR, I want the player to be tied to a high scoring offense with a clear role in the zone. red. and a clear passing game role. And that’s exactly how I started my draft below.

But after that? I went to swing the fence. He wanted to build a team that would prioritize the positive side and try to win the league. I don’t mind finishing second or third, or making the playoffs with a team that ultimately can’t run. So my next two picks were purely to the upside and we went from there.

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As a point of reference, all touchdowns in this league are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 rushing and receiving yards and one point for every 25 passing yards. We also award 0.5 points for each reception. We have a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE and FLEX (RB/WR/TE).

Here’s my No. 3 team overall:

1.3 Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers
2.10 Javonte Williams, RHP, Broncos
3.3: Kyle Pitts, TE, Falcons
4.10 Jaylen Waddle, WR, Dolphins
5.3 Marquise Brown, WR, Cardinals
6.10 Elijah Moore, WR, Jets
7.3 Elijah Mitchell, RB, 49ers
8.10 Hunter Renfrow, WR, Raiders
9.3 Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals
10:10 Rondale Moore, WR, Cardinals
11.3 Alexander Mattison, RHP, Vikings
12:10 Jameson Williams, WR, Lions
13.3 Jordan Mason, RHP, 49ers
2:10 p.m. Gerald Everett, TE, Chargers
15.3 Evan Engram, TE, Jaguars

Favorite Pick: Hunter Renfow

I get it: Davante Adams is a Raider now and Darren Waller is healthy (for now, eh, really?), so the target competition for Renfrow will increase. But so will overall passing volume for a Raiders team trying to catch up in the AFC West. And let’s not forget that Renfrow now has Josh McDaniels running his offense – the king of slot targets! Renfrow has shown an ability to get open in two-way slot routes consistently with an incredible relationship with his quarterback and an unadvertised ability to get open in the red zone and draw targets there. He is one of the best values ​​at wide receiver this draft season.

drafting of: 1 | two | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 (Ed.: 7-12 next Friday)

Pick I Might Regret: Jaylen Waddle

I love Waddle’s edge after what he accomplished in 2021 as a goal-winner and explosive breaker, but he hasn’t practiced in several weeks, he’s got a new offensive system that should be heavier than last year’s system, questions at QB field and Tyreek Hill in the mix to take the bulk out. There is also an easy to make bust case for Waddle.

Player who could make or break my team: Javonte Williams

It feels strange to draft a player in the top 24 overall as a racer who won’t start the season with a huge load of workhorses. But at the same time, Williams is one of the most talented young running backs in the NFL and his offense just got a lot better with Russell Wilson in town. An injury to Melvin Gordon and Williams is arguably the most valuable running back in all of Fantasy. I’m taking a clear boom-bust turn here.

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