Dynasty Rookie Rankings 2024: Jalen McMillan Rises, MarShawn Lloyd Climbs, and Bucky Irving Falls

Rookie minicamps are in the books. How has the dynasty rookie rankings board changed since the conclusion of the 2024 NFL Draft?

Now that the initial reactions from the landing spots of these prospects has subsided a bit after the conclusion of the 2024 NFL Draft, the time has come to definitively solidify the dynasty rookie rankings board.

Here is a closer look at my dynasty rookie rankings in Superflex formats heading into the 2024 NFL season.

Best Rookies for Dynasty Fantasy Football in 2024

1) Caleb Williams, QB, Chicago Bears

After countless mentions of the Bears not having a true franchise quarterback since the days of Sid Luckman, the Monsters of the Midway finally appear to have a true blue-chip prospect in USC QB Caleb Williams to give the city of Chicago a bright future at the position.

Whether you love or hate how Ryan Poles handled the situation regarding Justin Fields, the organization has done an excellent job retooling the offensive roster to give their new young quarterback the best possible chance to succeed in 2024 and beyond.

First, they signed versatile running back D’Andre Swift, then traded for veteran wide receiver Keenan Allen, and subsequently managed to hit another home run by adding Rome Odunze at No. 9 overall in the NFL Draft.

New offensive coordinator Shane Waldron spent his last few years with the Seattle Seahawks and had a similar dynamic trio with DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba to threaten opposing secondaries on all three levels of the football field.

Williams has the arm talent and elite off-script playmaking ability to take Waldron’s offensive scheme to a new level with the embarrassment of riches at his disposal in 2024.

There has been plenty of debate over which player should sit atop dynasty rookie rankings, and that answer probably differs depending on whether you’re in a Superflex or 1QB league. In 1QB formats, Williams may be more of a luxury selection, making it hard to pass up top-tier receivers or tight ends.

However, when it comes to Superflex, it’s almost impossible to have too many quarterbacks on your roster. Sure, some of the tape brings up red flags, but that’s often the case with young quarterbacks. Ultimately, the promise outweighs the concerns.

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, that’s generally the direction you should go.

2) Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Arizona Cardinals

Another top rookie prospect settled into an ideal landing spot when the Arizona Cardinals selected Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Harrison falls into a great situation where he immediately steps into a receiver room in which he’s likely to see north of 130 targets in his rookie season and has competent QB play with Kyler Murray under center.

Once upon a time in Arizona, Murray had an exceptionally talented X-receiver by the name of DeAndre Hopkins, who could dominate in isolation situations outside the numbers. Back in 2020, DHop finished as the WR4 with 115 receptions for 1,407 yards and six TDs on 160 targets. I don’t think a stat line like that is outside of the range of outcomes for Harrison in 2024.

Harrison’s 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 who have entered the NFL recently. He can beat you with vertical speed, after the catch, or outright just bully you at the catchpoint in contested catch situations. A player like that will demand a huge target share in his rookie year and beyond.

If you want to draft Harrison at 1.01 in Superflex, you won’t hear a very big argument from me. But, ultimately, the positional value and extended shelf life of a top QB prospect slightly outshines even the best of receiver prospects.

3) Jayden Daniels, QB, Washington Commanders

The 1.03 in Superflex rookie drafts is where things can start to take a very different twist and turn depending on your league mates.

The case can certainly be made for several players at this spot, but adding a dynamic dual-threat weapon who showcased an excellent amount of growth as a passer during his final year in college is hard to pass up.

The Washington Commanders brought a new sheriff into town when they selected Jayden Daniels at No. 2 overall. There is plenty to dissect about his fantasy outlook, but pairing him up with offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury and wide receivers Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson is far from a terrible situation to step into as a rookie.

There is a long list of young signal-callers who have had great fantasy success within the first two years of their NFL career. Here is a quick look at some of those players.

Lamar Jackson: QB1 (2019)
Josh Allen: QB8 (2019)
Justin Fields: QB7 (2022)
Robert Griffin III: QB5 (2012)
Cam Newton: QB3 (2011)

The rushing production these playmakers provide simply gives them a higher weekly floor than some of their pocket-passing counterparts.

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

Daniels was a true dual-threat weapon during his entire collegiate career and was exceptionally productive through the air and on the ground in 2023. He piled up 3,812 passing yards and 1,134 rushing yards, resulting in 50 total touchdowns and a Heisman Trophy in his fifth-year senior campaign.

Keep in mind that sacks count against rushing yardage totals in college, which means Daniels’ rushing production was even better than his gaudy 2023 total suggests.

Helping his cause is the addition of two more playmakers from the 2024 NFL Draft who will be joining Dotson and McLaurin, with TE Ben Sinnott and WR Luke McCaffrey being selected in the second and third rounds, respectively.

Furthermore, the offseason signings of Zach Ertz and Austin Ekeler should give Daniels two more reliable veteran playmakers in the passing game to start his career.

4) J.J. McCarthy, QB, Minnesota Vikings

This ranking may seem a bit aggressive considering the amount of talent at other positions available on the board, but a strong scheme fit and promising talent make J.J. McCarthy difficult to pass up at the most important position in a Superflex format.

McCarthy has skyrocketed up the rookie dynasty boards throughout the draft process, and he got one more big boost with the Minnesota Vikings trading up to 10th overall to select the former Michigan QB.

It’s not a guarantee McCarthy will be the starting signal-caller for Minnesota’s 2024 season opener, but he’ll eventually be the man under center in an incredibly favorable long-term fantasy situation.

The weapons at McCarthy’s disposal — Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and T.J. Hockenson — are among the best in the league, and he’s paired with a very talented offensive mind in Kevin O’Connell.

It doesn’t hurt that McCarthy has plenty of experience running pro-style passing concepts and operating under center during his days at Michigan, which should help ease his transition into a play-action-heavy Minnesota offensive scheme — one that featured a league-high 191 play-action passing attempts in 2023.

McCarthy has a live NFL arm and underrated athleticism (he was utilized in QB run concepts as a Wolverine), and he flashed the ability to operate within structure and throw with anticipation over the middle of the field.

Sure, he may not be the sure thing that some of these top prospects project to be in the NFL, but his ceiling and long-term outlook in this offense push him up the board significantly in this format.

5) Drake Maye, QB, New England Patriots

When you watch Drake Maye, it’s easy to see why he was the top player on Pro Football Network Draft Analyst Ian Cummings’ NFL Draft Big Board. Fortunately for the Patriots, they landed themselves the immensely talented quarterback at No. 3 overall.

Few players can make you go “whoa” with their natural ability more than the former North Carolina QB, and there’s a case to be made that he should be the very top player on this list.

However, Maye’s inconsistent throwing mechanics and processing ability give him a wider range of outcomes than some of his counterparts at the position in this class.

Maye’s prototypical height (6’4”), weight (223 pounds), and arm strength check all of the measurable boxes heading into the NFL, and he possesses plenty of upside as a ball carrier. Yet, his overall lack of weapons in New England cloud his immediate fantasy ceiling and present some developmental risk early in his career.

The situation is what can be a bit concerning for Maye’s outlook heading into the league.

Are we certain that the wide receiver trio of Ja’Lynn Polk, Javon Baker, and DeMario Douglas will help provide him with quality enough production and separation to make life easier for him in 2024 and beyond?

Are we certain we can trust offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt and the rest of the New England staff to put Maye in the best position to succeed and accelerate his development under center early in his career?

Sure, Maye’s potential alone is still well worth a top-five dynasty rookie pick, but he comes with a bit more risk than some of the other receiver prospects in the 1.05 conversation.

6) Malik Nabers, WR, New York Giants

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 scouts in March. His Relative Athletic Score (RAS) of 9.67 was impressive, especially when you consider that he scored just slightly above average in terms of his size.

I mention all of that to say this: the New York Giants landed themselves an incredible receiver and one who instantly gives quarterback Daniel Jones the best weapon he’s ever had on the outside.

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. There are glimpses of the elite movement skills we saw from Odell Beckham Jr. during his days with the Giants.

Speaking of Beckham, the Giants haven’t had a receiver top 70 receptions or 800 yards receiving in a season since OBJ back in 2018 … when Eli Manning was still the quarterback.

Those numbers aren’t exactly encouraging from a fantasy perspective, but I believe that to be an indictment more so on Jones and the collection of middling receivers — namely Wan’Dale Robinson, Jalin Hyatt, and Darius Slayton — than a certainty that a Giants receiver can’t be fantasy relevant.

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Nabers is flat-out dangerous after the catch. His target competition is very weak, which should make him a target funnel in his rookie year.

Ultimately, head coach Brian Daboll will have a dynamic weapon to move all over the formation and make the focal point of the Giants’ offense with Saquon Barkley no longer in town.

7) Rome Odunze, WR, Chicago Bears

The Bears may have found themselves the next great QB-WR combination to dominate the league for years to come, but Rome Odunze‘s immediate fantasy production may require dynasty managers to be a bit more patient than they would like to admit.

I love the long-term pairing with Williams under center, but competing with DJ Moore and Allen — who have both been very productive when given a healthy share of targets — could cap Odunze’s fantasy ceiling in 2024.

To further that point, Moore and Allen combined for 204 receptions, 2,607 yards, and 15 TDs in 2023. Additionally, they both finished as top-10 fantasy WRs last year, which makes it difficult to envision either of them not having a significant role in 2024.

Not to mention, Williams is a rookie who needs some time to adjust to the pro game. The track record of signal-callers in their first year not seeing elite fantasy success is pretty lengthy. Expecting him to make three receivers reliable fantasy producers is a big ask.

Odunze is still an exceptionally athletic receiver who regularly dominates at the catch point and can move all over the formation, which gives him an extremely high long-term ceiling. Yet, tempering fantasy expectations early in his career is the proper course of action.

8) Brock Bowers, TE, Las Vegas Raiders

If I’m a Las Vegas Raiders fan, I love the fact the organization decided to simply take the best player available and a generational TE prospect at 13th overall.

Yet, the fantasy situation Brock Bowers landed in comes with a bit of uncertainty. For starters, the current QB competition is between Aidan O’Connell and Gardner Minshew. That’s not exactly ideal from a fantasy perspective.

Bowers is highly unlikely to become the alpha target-earner in Vegas’ passing game, with borderline future Hall of Famer Davante Adams demanding a very large share. In addition, Jakobi Meyers is far from a scrub and certainly could find himself around the 100-target range in 2024.

The last thing working against Bowers is that the Raiders invested second-round draft capital at tight end last year when they selected Michael Mayer, who showed promise as a rookie and could significantly limit Bowers’ ceiling if he is the preferred in-line tight end for offensive coordinator Luke Getsy this year.

All plausible concerns aside, I’m still a big believer in Bowers’ athleticism, ball skills, and ability to create after the catch. He’s an elite prospect who may not return the type of initial fantasy returns many dynasty managers were hoping for in 2024, but he still has TE1 overall potential because of his exceptional ability.

9) Ladd McConkey, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Someone is going to need to explain to me how it’s not within the range of outcomes for Ladd McConkey to potentially see north of a 25% target share in his rookie season.

The departures of Allen, Mike Williams, Gerald Everett, and Ekeler mean that 320 targets, 229 receptions, and 2,339 yards worth of opportunities and production are suddenly vacant entering the 2024 season.

His current competition for targets includes Josh Palmer, Quentin Johnston, and Hayden Hurst. None of them hold a candle to McConkey’s elite separation abilities, formation versatility, and even run-after-catch ability.

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McConkey’s exceptional route-running nuance and explosiveness as a ball carrier after the catch make him a real threat to lead all rookie receivers in receptions and receiving yards in 2024. His long-term outlook with quarterback Justin Herbert from the moment he steps on the field in 2024 and beyond gives him an exciting amount of upside.

10) Xavier Worthy, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Superflex enthusiasts who swear by investing in quarterbacks with first-round draft capital may scoff at this ranking of a smaller wide receiver, but the fantasy ceiling is simply too high to ignore.

Xavier Worthy easily gives Patrick Mahomes the best deep threat he’s had since Tyreek Hill was on the roster. We saw the fantasy football magic those two produced during their time together.

In that same light, don’t expect Worthy to just be catching 50-yard bombs from Mahomes this year. He added plenty of value in the screen game during his days with the Texas Longhorns.

Worthy’s elite speed (4.21-second 40-yard dash time), savvy route-running ability, and production as a run-after-catch (RAC) threat make him a moveable weapon with a gifted offensive mind in Andy Reid that could make this a fantasy match made in heaven for years to come.

Yes, Worthy is tiny by all NFL standards at 5’11”, 165 pounds, but depending on how the Rashee Rice situation plays out this offseason and with an aging Travis Kelce potentially waning, don’t think this is just a long-term dynasty play. He has plenty of Flex value upside in 2024.

11) Brian Thomas Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost Calvin Ridley this offseason, but they may have landed a receiver prospect with an even higher ceiling by selecting WR Brian Thomas Jr. in the first round.

The Jags added Gabe Davis to the WR room this offseason to help bolster the weapons around Trevor Lawrence but couldn’t resist splurging on the dynamic deep threat from LSU after trading back with Minnesota in Round 1.

The universal praise Thomas received for his 4.33 40-yard dash time 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.

Another encouraging sign for Thomas was the team’s decision to part ways with Zay Jones this offseason, which should make Thomas a staple in three-receiver sets alongside Davis and Christian Kirk.

Ridley’s departure vacates 136 targets, 76 receptions, 1,016 receiving yards, and eight TDs heading into 2024. Thomas may not have the route-running bag of tricks that Ridley possesses yet, but his elite vertical speed and underrated ability to churn out yards after the catch give Thomas a nice fantasy ceiling this season paired with a great long-term outlook.

12) Bo Nix, QB, Denver Broncos

Well, well, well… Bo Nix saw his dynasty Superflex value jump significantly after the Denver Broncos made him the 12th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Nix showcased some promising processing skills and played on time when getting to his primary read. Sean Payton values that type of skill set and believes he can be the future face of his franchise under center.

Nix doesn’t have a ton of great weapons at his disposal at the moment, with Courtland Sutton and Marvin Mims Jr. projected as the team’s top two options heading into the upcoming season. Yet, the addition of his favorite wide receiver at Oregon, Troy Franklin, instantly gives Nix a familiar and explosive playmaker to feed the ball to early in his career.

The team doesn’t have many exciting options at tight end either, with Adam Trautman and Greg Dulcich on the roster.

Nix’s draft capital and a potential path to playing time in 2024 make him a worthwhile investment in the back half of the first round of dynasty rookie drafts in Superflex formats, but the collection of weapons and the holes in his prospect profile push him down the board a bit.

13) Ricky Pearsall, WR, San Francisco 49ers

“Pretty” Ricky Pearsall turned some heads after garnering first-round draft capital and heading to one of the most productive offenses in the league to join forces with Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers.

The target competition early in Pearsall’s career is going to make things pretty difficult in terms of predicting a huge fantasy campaign in his rookie season. He’ll be fighting for targets with Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, George Kittle, and Christian McCaffrey. But the fit in Kyle Shanahan’s system certainly makes for a great long-term outlook.

Now, if Samuel or Aiyuk get traded ahead of the 2024 NFL season, then Pearsall probably jumps ahead of Nix in the rankings, but his immediate fantasy expectations should be tempered.

Pearsall is among the best route runners in the class — plenty of nuance with his tempo variation and technique — and has plus-level ball skills, which will give him a role early in his career with the Niners.

The lack of overall passing volume from this offense, paired with exceptionally tough target competition, could make for a slow fantasy start. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of room for Pearsall to develop into greatness later in his career.

14) Keon Coleman, WR, Buffalo Bills

Former FSU WR Keon Coleman has turned into a social media gold mine for the Buffalo Bills, which makes him a dynasty asset I want to see succeed in the NFL.

The situation Coleman is stepping into is certainly one that could lead to a large target share to start his career. The exodus of starting wide receivers from the Bills’ roster — Stefon Diggs and Davis — vacates 241 targets from last year, which left Khalil Shakir and Curtis Samuel as Josh Allen’s top targets entering the 2024 NFL Draft.

Coleman has the size (6’3”, 215 pounds) and strength to win in contested-catch situations on the outside, which could be his projected role in Buffalo’s offense with Shakir, Samuel, and TE Dalton Kincaid all expected to see a significant amount of work in the slot next season.

Unfortunately, Coleman’s profile certainly has some potential red flags, most notably his ability to create consistent separation against man coverage and a lack of top-end vertical speed. Yet, his contested-catch ability gives Allen an elite red-zone threat in an offense that struggled to cash in consistently inside the 20 last season.

If Coleman plays primarily outside, then you’ll have to expect some growing pains early in his career. But he does possess an elite ceiling if he can improve his release package and route-running consistency to win at a higher rate on the perimeter.

15) Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, New England Patriots

The Patriots quickly went from one of the worst collections of offensive skill-position players in the league to having an intriguing long-term QB-WR fantasy stack by selecting Ja’Lynn Polk in the second round after selecting Maye in the first.

Polk enters a WR room with just DeMario Douglas currently locked into a starting role, which could make him a candidate to return top-25 WR production as a rookie and potentially become Maye’s go-to guy for years to come.

Polk’s exceptional ball skills, sticky hands, and ideal formation versatility make him one of the biggest draft winners at the position from a fantasy perspective. Sure, there could be some limitations to his effectiveness to threaten defenses vertically without elite top speed, but he should provide plenty of production working the short-to-intermediate portion of the field.

16) Malachi Corley, WR, New York Jets

Malachi Corley may not be a complete prospect like some receivers below him on this list, but he should be an exceptional complement to what top receiver Garrett Wilson does at a high level.

Corley is a RAC monster who could be a great safety valve and manufactured-touch option for Aaron Rodgers in a Jets offense that could vastly outperform last season’s production across the board. Pitfalls in his profile do exist, though.

Rodgers isn’t exactly renowned for his track record of peppering rookie wide receivers with targets. Additionally, Corley doesn’t necessarily have the most expansive route tree in the world, nor does he possess a great catch radius (5’11”, 215 pounds with just 32 1/8” arms), which makes him a bit of a question mark as to what else he can do other than be a dominant RAC threat.

The opportunity to emerge as a great second option to Wilson is there. But we’ll have to see how quickly Corley gets up to speed with Rodgers and if the team views him more as a manufactured-touches threat in personnel packages or as a full-blown WR2 in this offense.

17) Trey Benson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

The top running back on my board heading into the draft process fell into the laps of the Cardinals in the third round. Trey Benson could see plenty of run in 2024 and projects favorably as the RB of the future behind veteran James Conner.

Benson is a big play waiting to happen and can contribute on all three downs. Conner is a solid player who may cap his immediate fantasy ceiling, but Benson could slide into a full-time role in the very near future in an offense that has quickly been reinfused with young talent.

18) Adonai Mitchell, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Entering the 2024 NFL Draft, there was some buzz that Texas WR Adonai Mitchell could sneak into the back end of Day 1. Yet, he slid a bit to the Indianapolis Colts at No. 52 overall.

Mitchell’s pairing with young franchise QB Anthony Richardson provides an intriguing long-term outlook, but he’ll be competing with alpha target earner Michael Pittman Jr. and dynamic slot specialist Josh Downs for looks early in his career.

The role Mitchell will likely assume from the jump is that of Alec Pierce, who produced just 32 receptions for 514 yards on 65 targets despite playing over 90% of the offensive snaps in all but one game last year.

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To give you an idea of how disappointing Pierce’s production was compared to his ample opportunity, he ranked 91st amongst wide receivers with just 0.87 yards per route run.

Mitchell still possesses an exciting ceiling and is a great addition to a WR room that desperately needed a vertical weapon, but his weekly target volume could be a bit tricky to project.

19) Michael Penix Jr., QB, Atlanta Falcons

I have to be honest… I’m having a really hard time figuring out exactly what to do with Michael Penix Jr. after the Atlanta Falcons shocked the world by picking him No. 8 overall less than two months after signing veteran QB Kirk Cousins to a four-year deal worth up to $180 million dollars.

On paper, Penix’s long-term upside playing with talents like Drake London, Kyle Pitts, and Bijan Robinson is certainly plenty high. Yet, we have absolutely no guarantee whatsoever when he’ll take the starting role away from Cousins.

Can we confidently say Penix will be the starter in Atlanta heading into 2025? I don’t believe we can. Not to mention, he’ll turn 24 years old before the start of his rookie year, meaning there’s a real possibility Penix doesn’t see legitimate playing time until he’s… 26 years old!

Penix is a talented prospect, and his production at Washington over the final two years of his college career was outstanding. Still, his medical red flags and competent QB competition make him a very risky investment in the first round.

20) Jonathon Brooks, RB, Carolina Panthers

Despite tearing his ACL during his one season as the full-time starter, Texas RB Jonathon Brooks still became the first running back selected in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Brooks is not a lock to be available for the start of his rookie season, which does cloud his immediate fantasy outlook in 2024. Yet, Chuba Hubbard is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the selection of Brooks certainly suggests Carolina believes he has the potential to be a featured RB under new head coach Dave Canales.

Speaking of Canales, he featured Rachaad White last season in Tampa Bay, which led to White finishing as the RB4 overall despite averaging just 3.6 yards per carry behind a pretty average offensive line.

If you can accept the injury risk and a potential redshirt-type year for Brooks as a rookie, then you could have a very valuable prospect for 2025 and beyond.

21) Xavier Legette, WR, Carolina Panthers

Speaking of the Panthers, after Bryce Young threw for just 11 touchdowns through his first 16 NFL games, it was very clear Carolina needed to add some dynamic playmakers on the perimeter to help him get back on track.

Well, the team did exactly that by trading up for an exceptionally athletic outside receiver in Xavier Legette.

Legette possesses exceptional vertical speed (4.39 40-time) and explosiveness (40” vertical) for a 6’1”, 221-pound receiver. His impressive play strength makes him a bully at the catch point, a consistent yards-after-catch (YAC) threat with great contact balance, and difficult to rough up at the line of scrimmage against press coverage.

Legette should make for a great complement to the effortless separator Diontae Johnson and reliable but aging Adam Thielen in the passing attack.

22) Roman Wilson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers may have waited a while to address wide receiver in the draft, but they managed to find a pretty intriguing candidate to replace Johnson by selecting Michigan’s Roman Wilson in Round 3.

Wilson has all of the explosive athletic tools to be a great vertical complement to George Pickens, but he’ll have to beat out players like Quez Watkins and Van Jefferson to get on the field early in his career.

Yet, the target competition isn’t my biggest concern for Wilson’s dynasty outlook. I’m actually far more indifferent about his quarterback situation — with both Russell Wilson and Fields set to be free agents next offseason — and the uninspiring offensive scheme of Arthur Smith for wide receivers.

The fantasy ceiling for WR2s in Smith’s offensive scheme hasn’t exactly been very exciting. In fact, you have to go back to his OC days with the Tennessee Titans to find a season where two receivers finished inside the top 30 at the position in the same season, with A.J. Brown and Corey Davis finishing as the WR12 and WR30, respectively.

The uncertainty at quarterback doesn’t exactly do Roman Wilson’s immediate or long-term outlook any favors, either. Still, he has the explosive playmaking ability and ideal playing time opportunity to warrant this ranking.

23) Malik Washington, WR, Miami Dolphins

As if it wasn’t already tough enough to watch Virginia WR Malik Washington fall all the way to the sixth round, the Miami Dolphins signing Beckham to a contract takes a lot of the immediate optimism away from his fantasy outlook in 2024.

Yet, I’m going to stay with the courage of my conviction that I believe Washington is going to be a very productive NFL slot receiver. He’s a sudden separator with strong hands and plays exceptionally well through contact to be a consistent RAC threat in this wide-open Miami passing attack.

Beckham scared some folks off Zay Flowers last year but failed to earn more targets than the rookie from Boston College in 2023. Ultimately, Beckham isn’t going to be a bigger long-term threat than Tyreek Hill or Jaylen Waddle, who should actually help create ideal matchups for Washington from the slot in this offense for a nice long-term outlook.

24) Troy Franklin, WR, Denver Broncos

Troy Franklin fell so far down the 2024 NFL Draft board he almost needed a parachute to deploy for safety purposes. He eventually landed in a very fantasy-friendly spot with the Broncos, who just so happened to select his college teammate (Nix) earlier in the process.

Despite a set of disappointing testing numbers and physical measurements at the NFL Combine, Franklin is still an exceptional vertical threat with plenty of juice as an underneath separator and RAC asset who could eventually become the top pass-catching producer in Denver.

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In order to reach his true potential, I’d love to see Franklin get hit with the NFL peanut butter program and add about 10 pounds of muscle. That could help him become a more effective winner against press coverage who fights through contact at the top of his route and wins contested-catch situations at a higher rate.

25) Jaylen Wright, RB, Miami Dolphins

After you sift through the cascade of groans in the distance from De’Von Achane shareholders, one should get very excited about Tennessee RB Jaylen Wright going to the Dolphins.

Wright ran into an obnoxious amount of light boxes during his days as a Volunteer, and he could encounter a very similar situation playing in Miami with both Hill and Waddle consistently threatening opposing defenses vertically.

Sure, Wright may not be guaranteed a huge volume of work in 2024 working in tandem with Achane. Yet, just as Achane proved last year, it doesn’t take many touches from an explosive runner to make a big fantasy impact in Miami’s wide-open offense.

All that stands in the way of Wright and split duties in this backfield is the 32-year-old Raheem Mostert, who has played a full NFL season just once in his nine-year career.

26) Tyrone Tracy Jr., RB, New York Giants

One of the most intriguing prospects in this class is Tyrone Tracy Jr. out of Purdue, who successfully transitioned from wide receiver to running back towards the end of his collegiate career.

The move proved to be an excellent decision. The vision was a bit inconsistent, but the burst, lateral agility, contact balance, and creativity all flashed as a running back. Tracy also provides an ideal pass-catching skill set due to his experience as a receiver. He even put some nice pass-protection reps on tape.

Tracy enters a New York backfield with just Devin Singletary firmly ahead of him, making him a nice late-second or early-third-round option in rookie drafts.

27) Devontez Walker, WR, Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens let Beckham walk this offseason, opening the door for the organization to add some WR talent in the draft. Enter North Carolina WR Devontez “Tez” Walker, who at 6’2”, 193 pounds, has a great athletic profile as an outside receiver with 4.36 speed.

Walker had some issues with drops and isn’t a finished product as a route runner. He’ll have to contend with Flowers and Mark Andrews for looks early in his career, but Walker has the physical tools to be a nice outside vertical threat if he can develop the rest of his game.

28) Jermaine Burton, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

All potential character concerns aside, the Bengals added a very talented vertical weapon in Alabama WR Jermaine Burton to join Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins in this high-powered Cincinnati offense led by QB Joe Burrow.

Higgins’ contract situation could factor into Burton’s long-term value in this situation, but ultimately, he could be the front-runner to take Tyler Boyd’s former role over Andrei Iosivas and Charlie Jones in 2024.

29) Blake Corum, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Potentially, one of the biggest fantasy losers from the 2024 NFL Draft is Los Angeles Rams RB Kyren Williams. This after Sean McVay decided to add Michigan’s Blake Corum to the backfield with LA’s third-round pick.

Corum is a workhorse back who was an instrumental piece in the Wolverines’ run to the national championship in 2023. Yet, last season, Williams produced exceptional numbers with an elite per-game workload.

It will be interesting to see how involved Corum is in the offense during his rookie campaign, and whether the Rams selected him to see significant work alongside Williams or if he’s simply a quality depth piece behind a featured back.

30) Jalen McMillan, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Washington Huskies sure did put an abundance of wide receiver talent into the NFL this season. Jalen McMillan’s knee injury last year cost him a majority of the 2023 season, which likely played a part in his fall to the third round, but his 2022 production showcased he can be a very effective slot option in the NFL.

McMillan’s 79 receptions for 1,098 yards and nine scores was actually right there with Ja’Lynn Polk’s 2023 production of 69 receptions for 1,159 yards and nine touchdowns.

McMillan is smooth operator as a route runner who has curvilinear acceleration to bend around second-level defenders while getting to his landmarks in a hurry to optimize separation over the intermediate portion of the field.

McMillan’s run-after-catch skills should play a great complement to Chris Godwin and Mike Evans in Tampa Bay’s passing attack in 2024, and the rookie could see his role expand should the team part ways with Godwin after this year.

31) Ray Davis, RB, Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills made it clear they wanted to run the ball more once Joe Brady took over as offensive coordinator in November of last season. This led to James Cook’s weekly rushing usage jumping by five carries a game and Josh Allen rushing for a career-high 15 TDs in 2023. Yet, Cook’s role in goal-to-go situations still leaves room for a potential third contributor to this rushing attack.

Need proof? Well, Latavius Murray saw 79 carries last year in a complementary role to Cook. Yet, 13% of Murray’s carries in 2023 came from inside the 5-yard line. For some context, that was seven more carries than Cook saw in that same portion of the field last year.

This makes Ray Davis an ideal candidate to backfill Murray’s short-yardage role in this revamped rushing attack. Davis displayed great contact balance by consistently churning out extra yards after contact with his physical running style during his collegiate career, making him a nice dart throw in this Bills’ offense in the late third round of your rookie draft.

32) Ben Sinnott, TE, Washington Commanders

Sam LaPorta may have debunked the narrative that rookie tight ends can’t be fantasy-relevant, but it doesn’t change the fact that the position generally doesn’t produce a ton of fantasy producers early in their NFL careers.

Ben Sinnott landed in a great long-term spot with fellow rookie Daniels in Washington, but the presence of Ertz likely will get his fantasy career of to a slower start.

Sinnott is a really versatile tight end prospect who can fill a multitude of roles in this offensive scheme, but his ability to create yards after the catch could make him a nice tight end to grab in the third round and stash away for future use once his role in the offense expands.

33) Javon Baker, WR, New England Patriots

From a fantasy opportunity perspective, Javon Baker landed in a great spot considering how wide-open this Patriots passing offense is with regards to available target share.

Sure, the addition of Polk in the second round likely gives him the inside track to a bigger role heading into training camp, but these two players don’t really fill the same role.

Polk projects favorably as a big slot option who can win against zone in the intermediate portion of the field, while Baker has the physical tools and flashes of separation skills to operate outside as an X-receiver.

Both players are top-shelf contested-catch options with great ball skills and strong hands at the catch point, but if Maye ends up being better than expected and eventually lives up to his sky-high potential in the NFL, then Baker could emerge as a consistent producer in this Patriots’ offense that is flying completely under the fantasy radar heading into the 2024 NFL season.

34) MarShawn Lloyd, RB, Green Bay Packers

MarShawn Lloyd flashes the burst, creativity, and contact balance to suggest he could be a feature ball carrier for an NFL offense. Yet, his landing spot behind Josh Jacobs — who just signed a four-year deal — in Green Bay makes it difficult to project when exactly he will see a sizeable-enough role to be fantasy relevant.

Now, throw in some of my concerns about his ball security, inconsistent vision, durability, and pass protection, and I am become far less excited about his dynasty outlook during those crucial early seasons of a running back’s fantasy career.

35) Bucky Irving, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers looked to be in the market for a running back in the draft and proved so by investing fourth-round capital in Oregon’s exceptionally productive RB, Bucky Irving.

In 2023, Irving’s final year with the Ducks, he led all FBS backs with 55 receptions and flashed plenty of short-area quickness, burst, and elusiveness. Yet, his NFL Combine testing numbers were mostly poor across the board, and he doesn’t do anything definitively better than the current starter, White.

Irving should be a nice complementary piece, but he would really have to be exceptionally efficient with his limited opportunities to steal significant work away from White in 2024.

2024 Dynasty Superflex Rookie Rankings

36) Brenden Rice l WR, Los Angeles Chargers
37) Audric Estimé | RB, Denver Broncos
38) Isaac Guerendo | RB, San Francisco 49ers
39) Luke McCaffrey | WR, Washington Commanders
40) Jalen Coker | WR, Carolina Panthers
41) Rasheen Ali | RB, Baltimore Ravens
42) Dylan Laube | RB, Las Vegas Raiders
43) Kimani Vidal | RB, Los Angeles Chargers
44) Johnny Wilson | WR, Philadelphia Eagles
45) Ja’Tavion Sanders | TE, Carolina Panthers
46) Tahj Washington, WR, Miami Dolphins
47) Blake Watson | RB, Denver Broncos
48) Will Shipley l RB, Philadelphia Eagles
49) Jaheim Bell | TE, New England Patriots
50) Braelon Allen l RB, New York Jets

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