Miami Dolphins RB/WR Lynn Bowden Jr.

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As wildly entertaining fantasy football is, entering a dynasty league takes the love of fantasy football to the next level.

Instead of only being able to see your draft picks or auction buys on your team for one year, a dynasty league allows you to build the squad of your dreams. If you are savvy enough with draft picks and on the waiver wire, you could turn your fantasy football team into a feared group that is in the hunt for the league title year after year.

What makes dynasty leagues so interesting is your ability to find rookies and stash them on your roster, allowing them time to find their footing in the NFL. While players taken in the first couple rounds of April's NFL Draft are scooped up earlier, we are going to look at some possible future studs who were selected in the third round of later in the 2020 NFL Draft.


Jacob Eason Indianapolis Colts QB Jacob EasonAbbie Parr - Getty Images

Jacob Eason - QB - Indianapolis Colts

There weren't many other spots Jacob Eason could have landed in the NFL that would have been better than Indianapolis. The Colts signed veteran quarterback Philip Rivers during the offseason before drafting Eason, which means Indianapolis doesn't need their fourth-round pick to step in and contribute right away. Instead, Eason can soak up knowledge from Rivers, backup Jacoby Brissett this year, and position himself to take over the quarterback job in 2021 if the Colts don't bring Rivers back for a second season.

Eason started his college career at Georgia, tossing 16 touchdowns as a true freshman after coming to Athens as a five-star recruit. In the first game of his sophomore season, Eason was injured, which allowed Jake Fromm to take over, leading to Eason transferring to Washington, where he threw 23 touchdowns in 2019.

Eason was an intriguing prospect coming out of college because he has the measurables that scouts drool over, standing at 6-foot-6. Once Indianapolis decides to move on to Eason, he'll have talented targets like Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman Jr. to work with. Once Eason gets to take a shot at earning the starting job, don't expect him to give it up for a while.

Eno Benjamin Arizona Cardinals RB Eno BenjaminRick Scuteri - Associated Press

Eno Benjamin - RB - Arizona Cardinals

Eno Benjamin was one of the most electric running backs in college football the last two seasons. After seeing limited carries for the Sun Devils in 2017, Benjamin started making noise in 2018 by rushing for a school record 312 yards against Oregon State. In the last two seasons with Arizona State, Benjamin rushed for at least 100 yards in 15 games.

So why am I so high on a running back that was taken in the seventh round? Location, location, location. Not only will Benjamin be playing professionally just 30 minutes away from where he played college football, but he is also now part of one of the most promising young teams in the NFL. Benjamin joins quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's dynamic offense.

Currently the Cardinals have Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds ahead of Benjamin at running back, but neither has been able to consistently stay healthy at the NFL level. It doesn't feel like "if" Benjamin gets a shot to carry the load at running back, but more "when". Once Benjamin gets a taste of the starting running back role, expect him to run with the opportunity.

Antonio Gandy-Golden - WR - Washington Football Team

Antonio Gandy-Golden might not have the name recognition that some of the wide receivers taken before him, but that doesn't mean Gandy-Golden doesn't have talent. The wide receiver from Liberty amassed three straight seasons of at least 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

What could set Gandy-Golden up for success is he'll have a young quarterback to grow with. Dwayne Haskins will be entering his second season in the nation's capital, and has to be happy to get a wide receiver who can go up and get the football and compliment the speedy Terry McLaurin. While McLaurin will likely get most of the love from Haskins since the two were teammates at Ohio State, expect Haskins to look Gandy-Golden's way plenty in the future.

Lynn Bowden Jr. - RB/WR - Miami Dolphins

If you were looking for one word to describe Lynn Bowden Jr., it would be versatile. During his time at Kentucky, Bowden started his career as a returner, graduated to wide receiver, and last year was the team's leading rusher while playing quarterback. Bowden was the recipient of the Paul Hornung Award as college football's most versatile player in 2019.

The start of Bowden's NFL career has been a little odd after the Las Vegas Raiders recently traded Bowden, who they selected in the third round of April's NFL Draft, to the Miami Dolphins. Don't let the trade scare you away from picking up Bowden, as he should have plenty of opportunities to make an impact on a young team that will be building around quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Expect Brian Flores to try and find creative ways to use Bowden in the future, as he could wind up being used in many of the same ways Percy Harvin was.

Harrison Bryant Cleveland Browns TE Harrison BryantKathy Hitchcock - Palm Beach Post

Harrison Bryant - TE - Cleveland Browns

How good is Harrison Bryant? Even though the Cleveland Browns already had Austin Hooper and David Njoku, they couldn't pass up on the Florida Atlantic tight end. Bryant was the winner of the Mackey Award last year as the best tight end in college football, marking the first time a player from a Group of Five team won the award. Bryant finished the season with 65 catches for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns.

With the depth Cleveland has at tight end, they don't need Bryant to be a star right away, but they do have big plans for him in the future. With a young quarterback like Baker Mayfield to work with, Bryant could become one of Mayfield's favorite targets going forward. While Mayfield was at Oklahoma, one of his favorite targets was Mark Andrews, and you could see a similar relationship develop with the talented Bryant.

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For many managers, their playoff prospects are dark and hot as hell heading into the final week of the fantasy basketball regular season.

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Rest in peace, DMX.

Booms

Kyle Anderson Forward Memphis Grizzlies

The former UCLA star might have taken the tale of the tortoise and the hare a little too seriously, but the "slow and steady" mantra has given him a successful NBA career and impressive fantasy numbers. For the past week, Slow Mo has averaged 16.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting, seven rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.3 made threes, two steals and one turnover a game.

Anderson has been a consistent contributor throughout the season and it's tough to see his numbers take a hit even when Jaren Jackson Jr. returns at the end of the month. If you haven't rostered him yet, it would be a huge mistake.

Jalen McDaniels Forward/Center Charlotte Hornets

Staying on the court has been a problem for McDaniels this season, but the absence of Gordon Hayward has forced the Hornets to look for other options on the court and the second-year player has been one of the beneficiaries. In the last three games, the San Diego State product averaged 16.3 points on 62.5 percent shooting, two made threes, five rebounds and 3.3 assists. He even threw in 1.3 steals and one block per game.

Hayward is expected to be out for at least three more weeks. Until he's back, expect McDaniels to continue his more proactive approach on this team.

Miles Bridges Forward Charlotte Hornets

McDaniels isn't the only one who has taken advantage of Hayward's injury. Bridges has cranked his game up a notch, averaging 21.7 points on 60.5 percent shooting, three made threes, six rebounds and one steal in the last three games. He may have even had the dunk of the year, posterizing Clint Capela on Sunday.

Until Hayward is back, Bridges will get a lot more freedom to operate and that means more fantasy contribution in the coming weeks.

Reggie Jackson Guard Los Angeles Clippers

Depth has not been a problem for the Clippers the last few seasons, but it has been trouble for fantasy managers looking for consistent contributors on that team. Rest and injuries haven't slowed the Clippers' winning ways this week because Reggie Jackson stepped up for them and gives fantasy participants a short-term high performer to lean on for the week.

In a week where Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Paul George missed time, Jackson thrived, averaging 17.3 points on 61 percent shooting, three made threes, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 turnovers in four games.

With Beverley out with a fractured hand and Rondo/George/Kawhi undoubtedly taking games off to save themselves for the playoffs, Jackson may not be a bad desperation option in standard fantasy and worth tracking in daily fantasy formats.

Busts

Tim Hardwaway Jr Guard/Forward Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks' recent success has not translated into numbers for all players. Tim Hardaway Jr. is one of them.

The Michigan product averaged 12 points on 37.5 percent shooting, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in four games last week. He did make two three-pointers per game in that span, but that is like threading a silver lining on a used rag.

Hardaway is still the third scoring option on the team, so he will get more chances to increase his production, but this week was a tough pill to swallow for a lot of fantasy managers.

Derrick Rose Guard New York Knicks

Rose has found a home with the New York Knicks, but his role has not been kind to fantasy managers. We all know the former MVP can still score, but head coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't asked him to do much else.

In the last four games, Rose has averaged 14.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting, 0.8 made threes, 1.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. That kind of one-dimensional play is a killer of many fantasy teams looking for a more diverse portfolio of contributions.

If you need a boost in scoring, Rose isn't a terrible option to consider, but if you need anything else, you should leave him on the waiver.

Lou Williams Guard Atlanta Hawks

Like Rose, Williams isn't asked to do anything other than score at this point in his career. But even in the past week, he can't even do that at an elite fantasy level. Only averaging 11.8 points per game, 1.8 made threes, 2.8 assists and basically non-existent in every other category in fantasy sports.

It's safe to say that Lemon Pepper Lou's effectiveness as a fantasy star is gone.

Jusuf Nurkic Center Portland Trail Blazers

Okay, I know Trail Blazers have been trying to ease Nurkic back into the lineup and giving him restricted minutes. However, with the fantasy managers looking for that final push to the postseason, there might have to be an executive decision on whether Nurkic needs to be played or pitched.

Teams firmly in playoff position can hold out for him to be used properly again, but other managers won't be able to stomach another week of missed games and low-end production.

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