Brock Bowers’ Dynasty Rookie Profile | Georgia TE Fantasy Football Outlook

Brock Bowers is undeniably a great talent entering the NFL. Does playing TE drop his dynasty value below Malik Nabers and Rome Odunze in upcoming rookie drafts?

Brock Bowers enters the NFL as one of the most talented, decorated, and productive tight ends in college football history. Unfortunately, the TE position in fantasy football has been one that generally doesn’t produce a plethora of elite fantasy producers, which devalues the position considerably.

Does Bowers’ special prospect profile and elite production mean he should receive a significant boost up dynasty rookie boards, or does his position prevent him from being considered among the elite dynasty assets in this rookie class?

Should You Draft Brock Bowers in Dynasty Fantasy Football?

Despite being one of the greatest TE prospects to ever enter the league — who also happens to have a legitimate case for the best tight end in college football history — many dynasty enthusiasts aren’t willing to select a top-tier talent like Bowers over the likes of a top-tier WR prospect.

The value of the tight end position can vary significantly depending on your league format. Dynasty managers who play in TE premium or two tight end leagues should give Bowers a significant bump in their rankings because of his Hall of Fame-type ceiling.

This makes the debate of whether to select Bowers or a talent like Malik Nabers or Rome Odunze at the wide receiver position a heated debate in dynasty circles.

To be fair, the case for going receiver over Bowers is legitimate. Far more wide receivers come into the league and produce better fantasy-relevant numbers than tight ends do.

Last year, Sam LaPorta finished the year as the TE1, which is outstanding by any metric. However, he was outscored by Puka Nacua by 59 points in full-PPR formats.

Rookie wideouts like Jordan Addison, Jayden Reed, Rashee Rice, and Zay Flowers all finished inside the top 30 wide receivers with far more competition than the tight end position, yet all outscored Dalton Kincaid (TE11) by more than 50 points last year.

The receiver position just tends to score more and has a higher hit rate. The flip side of the coin is a truly special talent can give you a huge positional advantage if Bowers lives up to the hype.

Bowers’ receiving production during his days as a member of the Bulldogs felt head and shoulders above his peers with his elite numbers in the SEC. His athleticism projects to be among the best at the position in years, and his exceptional ability to create after the catch signals he has a fantasy ceiling that most cannot touch.

The counterargument is that tight ends can be a bit more system-dependent than some other positions. If Bowers gets drafted to a team where a struggling offensive line could ask him to help figure into pass-blocking responsibilities, it could take some looks away from him in passing situations.

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In addition, if he gets drafted by a team that doesn’t utilize their TEs effectively in the structure of their passing concepts, then Bowers could fall victim to posting disappointing fantasy numbers despite having all of the talent in the world.

Ultimately, though, Bowers is a surefire first-round pick in upcoming rookie drafts. With that being said, his value could fluctuate a bit more than some other players in this class based on the individual scoring format of your dynasty league.

Who Is Bowers?

Background

Bowers is a 6’4”, 240-pound four-star prospect from Napa High School in California. He made a huge impact on his high school football team by spending time at quarterback, tight end, and linebacker.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have cost Bowers his senior season on the gridiron, but he still had a productive prep career, with 1,499 all-purpose yards and 18 total TDs in 2019.

College Production

Bowers burst onto the college landscape with an outstanding true freshman campaign in 2021, tallying 56 receptions for 882 yards and 13 receiving touchdowns while adding another 56 yards and a score on the ground to help Georgia win a national championship.

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Bowers was even better in his sophomore season. His 63 receptions for 942 receiving yards and seven scores, coupled with his 109 rushing yards and three TDs on the ground, solidified Bowers as one of the most dominant tight ends in the country as the Bulldogs won a second consecutive national title.

Bowers has received nearly every accolade a college TE is capable of receiving due to his exceptional run of greatness at Georgia.

Injury History

Bowers suffered an ankle injury against Vanderbilt in 2023, costing him some time during his junior season. He played a combined 30 games in his freshman and sophomore seasons during Georgia’s back-to-back title runs.

Bowers’ Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths

  • Elite yards after the catch creator; powers through tackle attempts from smaller DBs regularly; GOAT level yards after contact producer with power, elusiveness, and competitiveness; physically imposes himself on defenders, which makes him a problem to get to the ground.
  • Exceptional body control for a TE who routinely makes contested catches away from a high frame by high-pointing the football at the apex of his jump; elite ball skills.
  • Instincts with the ball in his hands feel similar to a running back; forced missed tackle metrics were through the roof during his entire career; play strength through contact is among the best I’ve ever seen at the tight end position entering the NFL.
  • Great hands; consistently made tough catches away from his body look routine; and consistently had a low drop percentage throughout his collegiate career.
  • An effective route runner who managed to carve out space on all three levels of the football field.
  • Real formation versatility for his position; can operate inline, in the slot, or outside to help create optimal mismatches.
  • Good feel for gearing down and settling into open spaces against zone coverage.
  • Top-shelf speed, agility, and acceleration for a player his size.

Weaknesses

  • Size and length could create some consistency issues when asked to block edge rushers and defensive ends at the NFL level.
  • Can use some refinement at the top of his stem; a couple of reps with some wasted motion with his footwork when getting in and out of breaks.
  • Some limitations in his release package could be concerning against physical press corners; some reps where he’ll opt to bully his way through defenders and takes far too long to disengage with defender; would like to see more variety in his releases in these situations.

With the fantasy football season behind us, 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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