Dynasty Rookie Rankings 2024: Should You Target Marvin Harrison Jr., Brock Bowers, J.J. McCarthy, and Others?

The 2024 NFL Draft is closing in. How has the dynasty rookie rankings big board changed after the majority of athletic testing results are in the books?

The results from the NFL Combine, Pro Days, and collegiate all-star games have given dynasty fantasy football managers all the athletic testing data they are going to get on these prospects entering the professional ranks.

After crunching the numbers and watching the tape, here is one of my final dynasty big board rookie rankings in Superflex formats prior to the 2024 NFL Draft.

Best Rookies for Fantasy Football in 2024

1) Caleb Williams, QB, USC

At this point, it’s very difficult not to imagine Caleb Williams becoming a Chicago Bear when the draft begins on April 25. This has been my line of thinking throughout much of the draft process, which has kept things the same at the very top of my rankings.

Yet, the biggest debate among the dynasty community rages on as to exactly who is the top overall prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft. It’s really hard not to get caught up in the buzz surrounding the No. 2 player on this list, but a Superflex format makes this decision a bit easier.

This class features a loaded receiver group and a blue-chip TE prospect, which can make this decision a bit tougher than usual, but Williams is still the pick here.

The former USC star has the production, arm talent, and elite off-script playmaking ability to justify some of the high praise he’s received over the last year and is well deserving of the top overall pick in Superflex formats.

Sure, some of his tape against Notre Dame showcased tendencies to put the ball in harm’s way when he starts to press the situation. But overall, he showed far more promise than concerns during his USC days.

Solidifying his place atop the rankings was how aggressive the Bears were with adding talent around a young quarterback by signing D’Andre Swift in free agency and trading for WR Keenan Allen to join DJ Moore. In the history of QBs selected at No. 1 overall, few prospects have ever stepped into a situation this favorable to start their career.

The debate between Williams and the No. 2 player on this list will be all the rage in the next few months, but if you can get a share of a potential superstar under center in Superflex with the top rookie pick, then that’s generally the direction you should go.

2) Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

The argument for Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. for the top spot in dynasty rookie rankings is 100% valid. His rare blend of size, speed, exceptional route running nuance, and body control are some of the common traits that you see from the elite pass catchers that have entered the NFL recently.

Unlike some high-profile QB prospects who get drafted into terrible situations, Harrison’s landing spot shouldn’t drastically impact his potential production from the day he enters the league.

Harrison quite literally checks all of the boxes you could want for a receiver entering the NFL. His potential landing spot is the only thing that could impact his dynasty outlook negatively, but WR talents like this simply don’t miss. Harrison feels like a slam-dunk selection no matter where he’s picked in upcoming rookie drafts.

3) Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

The 1.03 is where you could see a handful of ranking variances in Superflex formats, particularly at quarterback. Some of the other top-tier prospects at other positions have a reasonable case for this third spot, but high-quality QBs in Superflex make it much tougher to pass on signal-callers in this range.

Jayden Daniels may have taken a bit longer than most to finally hit his stride as a passer at the collegiate level, but his development and production under center during his two seasons at LSU shouldn’t be overlooked.

Daniels’ 3,812 passing yards and 1,134 rushing yards, resulted in him accounting for 50 total touchdowns in his super-senior campaign, which won him the Heisman Trophy. Keep in mind, sacks actually count against rushing yardage totals at the collegiate level, which means Daniels’ rushing production was even better than his gaudy 2023 total suggests.

His development as a passer during his collegiate career is very noteworthy in comparison to his earlier days at LSU. His ability to feather in layered throws outside the numbers, clean throwing motion, pocket manipulation, and flashes of getting through reads suggest he can be a very productive passer in the NFL.

If Daniels lands in the right place with the right coordinator who can build an offensive system around his dynamic dual-threat skill set, then his fantasy upside is too rich to pass on in this spot.

4) Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

The next player on this list truly has the physical profile and fantasy ceiling to be the 1.01 on this list. That’s because few players can make you go “whoa” with their natural ability more than North Carolina QB Drake Maye.

Maye’s prototypical height (6’4”), weight (223 pounds), and arm strength check all of the measurable boxes heading into the NFL. On top of that, he’s no slouch whatsoever when he tucks the ball away and becomes a runner. Over his last two seasons, Maye rushed for 1,147 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Maye’s special arm talent and athleticism will give him a very high fantasy ceiling if he can manage to put it all together. However, some of his issues with footwork mechanics, head-scratching hot-and-cold accuracy, and inconsistent ability to effectively handle pressure concern me enough to rank him as the QB3 in this class.

5) Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

At this point, you can’t convince me that Georgia’s Brock Bowers isn’t going to be an exceptional offensive weapon the day he steps onto an NFL field.

The decision to rank one of the best tight end prospects I’ve ever seen ahead of LSU’s blue-chip WR certainly feels like a controversial one, but I’m going with the courage of my conviction that I truly believe this kid is going to be something special at the next level.

Bowers has impressed me immensely since the first time he appeared in a Georgia uniform back in 2021. He’s a special talent with the type of elite production that gives him an argument as the greatest TE in the history of college football and quite possibly the best prospect at the position to ever enter the NFL.

Bowers’ athleticism, ball skills, and ability to create after the catch are elite.

One could certainly make the argument that some of the other top-tier WR talents may be a safer investment and provide a higher weekly floor in PPR formats. However, Bowers has the type of elite traits that give him an overall TE1-type ceiling, which could give dynasty managers a huge advantage at the position for years to come.

6) Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

An exceptional pro day performance helped validate all of the buzz surrounding LSU WR Malik Nabers, who ran an unofficial 4.35 40-yard dash in front of NFL scouts in March.

For the record, if you can manage to grab a talent like this in the middle of the first round in your rookie draft, you should be doing a backflip and thanking the fantasy gods simultaneously.

One of the reasons Daniels managed to win the Heisman Trophy last season was the top-end production he got from his wide receivers in 2023. The best of those premier weapons at his disposal was Nabers, who looked like an unstoppable force in the SEC for the vast majority of his junior year.

Nabers is a sudden athlete whose formation versatility, size, and separation ability allow him to excel in almost any role and any offensive system you could imagine. If that’s not encouraging enough, Nabers is dangerous after the catch.

In many recent drafts, Nabers would’ve been the top WR prospect on the board, which would make him an immense value if he’s available in the middle of Round 1.

7) Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

The previous six players on this list did not step on the field in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine. Washington’s Rome Odunze, meanwhile, did nothing but cement his status as an elite pass-catching prospect entering the NFL.

Shuffle ’em up and put them in whatever order fits your fancy, but Odunze is certainly in the conversation alongside Harrison and Nabers for the top WR prospect in this class.

Odunze has a great blend of size, speed, and strength coupled with plenty of formation versatility, which makes him a great bet to become an immediate contributor at the NFL level.

8) J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

One quarterback who seems to be consistently rising up NFL Draft boards and dynasty rookie drafts alike throughout this process is Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy.

It is a bit tricky to get a full evaluation of McCarthy’s ability as a passer entering the NFL because of what he was asked to do at Michigan. The passing production in a run-heavy Wolverines offense simply didn’t have enough volume to generate the sample size of NFL-caliber throws we saw from other quarterbacks in this class, which makes him an incredibly polarizing prospect entering the NFL.

Yet, when McCarthy got opportunities to cut it loose, he flashed many of the skills you want to see from a potential NFL quarterback. Flashes of top-tier arm talent to push the ball vertically outside the numbers, throwing with anticipation into tight windows over the middle of the football field, pocket manipulation, off-script play creation, and leadership intangibles are all there when you dig deep enough into his tape.

If he gets high NFL Draft capital, then I’m comfortable projecting McCarthy as a multi-year starter in the NFL, which certainly raises his fantasy stock considerably in this format and could shoot him up the board even higher when rookie drafts roll around.

9) Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

Fortunately, I had LSU’s Brian Thomas Jr. listed as my WR4 entering the NFL Combine. His outstanding performance did nothing but strengthen his case as the best receiver prospect outside of the Big 3 in this position group.

The universal praise Thomas received for his 4.33 time in the 40-yard dash at 6’3” and 209 pounds validated my previous claim that men this size aren’t supposed to move like he does. Thomas’ top-shelf suddenness, foot quickness, and body control are all pretty uncommon for a guy with his prototypical measurables for an outside receiver.

If you’re skeptical about Thomas’ lack of overall production in college or would rather put a quarterback in this spot, then by all means, bump him down the board a bit. However, his prospect profile presents a fantasy ceiling that could rival some of the names listed ahead of him here.

10) Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Speaking of big-time risers from the Combine, some might argue that I have the wrong Texas WR ranked 10th on this list after his collegiate teammate, Xavier Worthy, broke the Combine record with a 4.21 performance in the 40-yard dash, but that is how special of a prospect Adonai Mitchell truly is.

His 6’2”, 205-pound frame — which was 10 pounds heavier than his playing weight in college — projects very well to the next level after he posted a formidable time of 4.34 in the 40.

Mitchell has great hands and is among the best route runners in this class, with incredibly fluid hips, great timing, tempo variation, route deception, and foot technique at the top of his route, which could help him thrive at the next level as a high-end outside vertical threat in the right situation.

11) Trey Benson, RB, Florida State

The RB1 of the 2024 class is certainly up for debate, but FSU RB Trey Benson‘s consistent production and playmaking ability over the last two seasons in Tallahassee give him as good of a case as any.

Benson tested very well, and he projects as one of the most athletic backs entering the league this year, boasting explosive home-run-hitting ability on a leading NFL RB-type frame.

12) Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

If you want to put Xavier Worthy much higher than this after his performance at the Combine, then I can’t really say I blame you. He’s a special playmaker who burst onto the scene in Austin with a great true freshman season and confirmed his elite top speed with a historic performance in Indianapolis.

Sure, concerns about play strength at the catch point and target volume in the NFL exist, but Worthy is an elite vertical threat with far more route-running nuance than he’s given credit for.

In today’s space-driven NFL, and with Worthy’s ability to win in a variety of ways on all three levels of the field, he could be a special fantasy asset if he falls into the right situation on draft day.

13) Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

There’s a lot to like when you turn on the tape of Georgia WR Ladd McConkey. His ability to get off of press coverage, create separation at the top of his route, and elusiveness as a ball carrier all speak to McConkey’s exceptional start/stop abilities as a receiver prospect.

His smaller stature could create a wider range of outcomes regarding what type of draft capital teams are willing to invest in McConkey, but he has been widely projected to be a late-first- or early-second-round pick.

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Regardless of the draft capital McConkey gets later this month, his exceptional ability to win at all three levels of the football field with hyper-efficient change of direction skills, route running IQ, diverse release package, and top-shelf ability to manufacture yards after the catch should give any team plenty to work with when he enters the professional ranks.

14) Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

One can only applaud how Michael Penix Jr. was able to bounce back from multiple devastating injuries during his time at Indiana and help Washington get to the CFP National Championship, in large part due to his exceptional production to finish out his collegiate career.

Unfortunately, Penix’s advanced age (six years in college) and lack of rushing production give him one of the lowest fantasy ceilings of this entire crop of QB talent.

Penix’s production as a passer and leadership skills were outstanding at Washington, but some of his injury concerns heading into the NFL could make him one of the riskier picks of the first two rounds in upcoming rookie drafts.

15) Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

FSU WR Keon Coleman is one of the flashiest and freakiest talents in this entire draft class, regardless of position. He made some jaw-dropping contested catches as a member of the Seminoles, which understandably gets many dynasty managers very excited about his potential transition to the NFL.

However, Coleman had some issues consistently creating separation in college. His limited release package and lack of suddenness out of cuts make him more of an immensely talented WR project than a surefire stud at the next level. If a team decides to make him a big slot receiver to work the middle of the field with his exceptional contested catch ability and flashes of route running ability to win against zone coverage, then we could be talking about a fantasy star.

Coleman’s ceiling is among the elite of this WR group, but the separation concerns give him a wider range of outcomes entering the league than some of the other top prospects in this class.

16) Xavier Legette, WR, South Carolina

South Carolina’s Xavier Legette may come in a bit shorter and lighter than we expected, but he still possesses an elite combination of size and speed, with a 4.39 40 time and a 6’1″, 221-pound frame that could provide a team with an immediate difference-maker on the outside.

Legette’s tape reminded me a bit of Josh Gordon … if you strapped a rocket to his back.

Now, he’s not a complete product as a route runner and certainly could be a bit more consistent with his ability to win at the line of scrimmage against press coverage, but if Legette gets coached up by the right team and/or is schemed up properly … then look out, because the sky’s the limit.

17) Jonathon Brooks, RB, Texas

The opinions on where Texas’ Jonathon Brooks should rank amongst his rookie counterparts at the position comprise a heated debate.

On one hand, Brooks looked the part of a three-down back in his lone campaign as the leading man of the Longhorns’ backfield. On the other hand, he’ll be entering his rookie year trying to recover from a devastating knee injury.

The flashes of potential are there to be the RB1 in this class, but the going rate for Brooks’ services is in the second round of rookie drafts. The question you’ll have to ask yourself is whether you saw enough from him last year to potentially sacrifice his rookie season while he recovers from injury.

18) Ricky Pearsall, WR, Florida

“Pretty” Ricky Pearsall checks several boxes to immediately contribute at the NFL level. He’s among the best route runners in the class — plenty of nuance with his tempo variation, route-running techniques, and plus-level ball skills — and could provide a team with intriguing versatility to slide into multiple roles early in his career.

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Pearsall’s physical profile (6’1”, 189 pounds) is combined with a nice athletic profile, which features some exceptional change of direction testing numbers in the three-cone drill (6.64) and 20-yard shuttle (4.05) and top-end speed (4.41 in the 40-yard dash). His ability to consistently create separation and get open makes him a very intriguing prospect.

Pearsall has been a steady riser throughout the draft process and could climb even higher with great NFL Draft capital or a favorable landing spot.

19) MarShawn Lloyd, RB USC

It’s hard not to fall in love with MarShawn Lloyd‘s tape when you dig into his final collegiate season at USC. He’s an exceptionally elusive ball carrier with burst/acceleration that jumps off the tape despite not having great home-run speed.

Unfortunately, Lloyd’s ball-security issues, inconsistency in pass protection, and a devastating knee injury in the past put some potential red flags in his profile. Still, he has enough playmaking instincts on tape to make him worth the risk at the end of the second round if the draft process goes favorably for him.

20) Malik Washington, WR Virginia

I’m aware the 20th-ranked player on my board shouldn’t exactly feel like an aggressive ranking, but Virginia WR Malik Washington hasn’t been cracking the top 25 in many consensus rookie rankings I’ve come across.

However, after watching a fair amount of his tape, it’s honestly hard not to push Washington even further up the board.

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His suddenness and fluidity definitely pop on tape. Washington is a YAC machine and can win in a variety of ways on all three levels of the football field. I was very high on Zay Flowers during last year’s draft process, and I’m getting similar vibes from Washington.

Sure, he’s a bit undersized and probably won’t offer a ton of value on the outside, but Washington does some things at a very high level and has few elite production metrics to back that up. Keep an eye on this player throughout the draft process.

21) Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky’s Malachi Corley has an incredibly valuable asset for fantasy managers entering the league… he’s an exceptional YAC threat. He grades out as one of the best — if not the best — producers in that category, but his game comes with a handful of pitfalls alongside that elite skill.

A limited route tree, inconsistent ball skills in contested-catch situations, and a lack of refinement in his footwork — namely at the top of his route and off the line of scrimmage (LOS) against press coverage — combined with the lower level of competition he faced make his projection a bit murky entering the league.

However, the tools to be a big fantasy football difference-maker are certainly present in the profile and represent great upside if used correctly from Day 1 in the NFL.

22) Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington

Most of the draft buzz surrounding a Washington receiver entering the league surrounds Odunze, but dynasty managers shouldn’t be sleeping on Ja’Lynn Polk. His hands and body control at the catch point are amongst the best in the class, which could make him a productive complementary piece in an NFL passing game.

His top speed and twitchiness aren’t quite in the elite category, but he has plenty of functional athleticism combined with savvy route running to make him a very intriguing prospect to potentially snag in the late-second or early-third round of your rookie draft.

23) Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

If there’s one wide receiver who I can say definitively saw his draft stock go down at the NFL Combine — and throughout the draft process in general — it’s Oregon’s Troy Franklin.

Franklin ran slower than we expected (4.41 40-yard dash), came in lighter than we expected (176 pounds), and put together rough performances in some of the on-field drills at the Combine.

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Nevertheless, Franklin’s tape still suggests he could absolutely fly as a vertical threat, and he simply kept getting better and better as his collegiate career moved along.

Franklin remains among the best vertical threats in this class with his game-breaking speed, and he should help any offense become more explosive from the moment he steps on the field. Yet, the questions surrounding his play strength and the consistency of his hands (or lack thereof) are perhaps a little more concerning after a disappointing NFL Combine performance.

24) Jaylen Wright, RB, Tennessee

Tennessee’s Jaylen Wright managed to turn a bunch of heads with his exceptional performance at the NFL Combine and enters the draft with one of the best athletic profiles of an RB in this draft.

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He has an exciting collection of explosive traits — home-run speed, acceleration, and lateral agility — which give him one of the higher fantasy ceilings of this running back class. However, his inconsistent/indecisive rushing reads and ball-security issues give his profile some legit red flags, meaning he carries some risk if you’re investing a second-round pick. He is one of the bigger boom-or-bust prospects at the position in this class.

25) Devontez Walker, WR, North Carolina

A talented WR prospect from North Carolina, Devontez Walker certainly made the most of his one season at Chapel Hill. Walker flashed legit X-receiver skills in his eight games as a Tar Heel, showcasing instant chemistry with Maye on his way to 41 receptions for 699 yards and seven TDs in 2023.

Walker isn’t a finished product as a route runner and isn’t a yards-after-catch dynamo, but he flashes as a vertical threat. Factor in his long, athletic frame, and there’s reason to believe he could be a productive outside receiver in the NFL.

2024 Dynasty Superflex Rookie Rankings

26) Blake Corum | Michigan, RB
27) Bucky Irving | Oregon, RB
28) Roman Wilson | Michigan, WR
29) Braelon Allen | Wisconsin, RB
30) Bo Nix | Oregon, QB
31) Brenden Rice l USC, WR
32) Jalen Coker | Holy Cross, WR
33) Ray Davis | Kentucky, RB
34) Tyrone Tracy Jr.| Purdue, RB
35) Javon Baker | UCF, WR
36) Will Shipley l Clemson, RB
37) Isaac Guerendo | Louisville, RB
38) Dylan Laube | New Hampshire, RB
39) Jermaine Burton l Alabama, WR
40) Kimani Vidal | Troy, RB
41) Rasheen Ali | Marshall, RB
42) Blake Watson | Memphis, RB
43) Jalen McMillan | Washington, WR
44) Johnny Wilson | Florida State, WR
45) Ja’Tavion Sanders | Texas, TE
46) Jordan Travis | FSU, QB
47) Audric Estimé | Notre Dame, RB
48) Cade Stover | Ohio State, TE
49) Jaheim Bell | Florida State, TE
50) Ben Sinnott l Kansas State, TE

As we look ahead to the 2024 fantasy football season, why not start preparing for your rookie drafts with our dynasty rookie rankings? Additionally, as you look to improve your team heading into 2024, our dynasty trade calculator can help you find the perfect deal to boost your championship chances.

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