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Fantasy football winners and losers from Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft

Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands off to running back Rachaad White (29) against the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

D’Andre Swift gets traded: The former second-round pick receives a new opportunity before his rookie contract is up, slotting in behind another great offensive line.

Several running back-needy teams pass on running backs: Most of the teams that seemingly needed a running back either this year or in the future didn’t pick one, making a lot of running backs winners.

Veteran quarterbacks who needed a new weapon don’t get one: Both the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans have less depth at wide receiver compared to recent years and weren’t able to add any.

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With Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft in the books, we saw the fantasy football stock of several players improve or decline. Some rookies landed in better spots for production, some veterans face a lot more competition and some others are grateful their team picked a player at a different position.

Here are the biggest winners and losers based on what happened in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. Check out the winners and losers from Day 1 and Day 2, as well.

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Winner: RB D’Andre Swift, Philadelphia Eagles

The Lions traded Swift to the Eagles, with whom he should see more opportunities.

  • The Lions spent the 12th overall pick of the draft on Jahmyr Gibbs, who seemed like a direct replacement for Swift.
  • Swift would have been injury insurance had he stayed with the Lions.
  • He joins an Eagles backfield that is also very competitive, but there is at least a path for Swift to see playing time.
  • Philadelphia kept Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott from recent seasons and added Rashaad Penny in free agency.
  • All four running backs have overall PFF grades between 68.0 and 79.0 over the past two seasons.
  • Penny is best suited to be the starter and play on early downs, while Swift and Gainwell have comparable receiving grades and could both see time on third downs and other passing situations.
  • Swift had a much higher target share (25%) than any of the Eagles’ running backs received in 2022, leading to more yards per route run.
  • Gainwell has gained more explosive plays per target.
  • While it will be hard to trust anyone from this backfield when everyone is healthy, it’s unlikely that everyone will stay healthy.
  • Both Penny and Swift have missed at least three games per season over each of the past three seasons.

Winner: RB Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys

There were reports the Cowboys were considering a running back in Round 1, but they ended up not picking one until the end of the sixth round.

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