Dynasty Rookie Sleepers 2024: Fantasy Targets Include Rasheen Ali, Sione Vaki, and Ben Sinnott

Whether your dynasty rookie draft is quickly approaching or in the rearview mirror, here are some sleepers you should target in your league in 2024.

Picking studs like Brock Bowers, Caleb Williams, or Marvin Harrison Jr. is the easy part of navigating your dynasty rookie draft. The best fantasy managers who truly separate themselves from the pack are the ones who consistently identify sleepers resting on the waiver wire or are available in the last round of your rookie draft.

Names like Puka Nacua, Tank Dell, and Jaleel McLaughlin were all fantasy contributors in their rookie year and were mostly identified as fantasy sleepers heading into their first year in the NFL.

Here are some fantasy football sleepers to keep an eye on heading into your 2024 dynasty rookie drafts.

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Sione Vaki, RB, Detroit Lions

Many of you may roll your eyes at this suggestion, but after scouting Sione Vaki originally as a safety at Utah during the draft process, I can tell you his tape as a running back is very exciting.

Sure, Vaki may not have a path to touches in 2024 that will get any fantasy managers excited with both Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery expected to retain their respective roles in this backfield, but that is why he qualifies as a dynasty sleeper, right?

Vaki is a physical runner with great contact balance and exceptional short-area burst, which project him as an effective runner behind this talented Detroit Lions offensive line.

If the Lions were to part ways with Montgomery next offseason, he would only cost Detroit $2.2 million dollars in dead money. If the Lions view Vaki as a complementary runner to Gibbs down the road — which we’ve already seen Montgomery prove is a valuable fantasy role — then Vaki may be worth a spot on your taxi squad in 2024.

Rasheen Ali, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Rasheen Ali completely flew under the radar during the pre-draft process due to a ruptured biceps tendon he sustained during Senior Bowl practices, but his prospect profile is one that he is a prospect worth keeping an eye behind Derrick Henry in this high-powered rushing attack in Baltimore.

Ali is a physical, downhill runner with a nice burst and surprising lateral agility for a bigger back who doesn’t showcase wasted motion or sluggish hips when forced to reset after a jump cut at top speed. Additionally, he is a capable and reliable pass-catching option out of the backfield, which is a nice element he brings to the backfield that Henry doesn’t do at a high level.

Henry will be the guy in 2024, but Ali’s long-term outlook with an aging veteran back in front of him makes him an intriguing stash given how dominant he looked back in 2021 with 1,735 total yards and 24 touchdowns in his redshirt freshman season.

Jalen Coker, WR, Carolina Panthers

One personal disappointment was seeing WR Jalen Coker out of Holy Cross go undrafted. However, that doesn’t mean I’m still not making it a point to go and draft this prospect everywhere I can late in rookie drafts.

Coker combines an explosive athletic prospect — NFL Combine-best 42.5” vertical jump at the WR position — with exceptional body control and strong hands that suggest he can produce in contested-catch situations even with a significant jump in competition.

Sure, the athletic profile is nice, but Coker brings so much more to the table than just being able to dominate in contested catch situations. Coker displayed some of the most advanced route running detail in the class — expansive release package combined with multiple reps of rocker and pressure steps approaching the breakpoint of his route — to help him consistently create plenty of space for his quarterback.

If we are looking for a weakness in his game, it would have to be his lack of home-run speed. Coker ran just a 4.57-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, which does suggest he isn’t going to threaten many defenses vertically consistently.

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Yet, his combination of route-running detail both against man and zone coverage, physicality at the catch point in traffic, and diverse route tree make him a quality candidate to move to the big slot. It wasn’t something he was asked to do much for the Crusaders, but a lack of evidence shouldn’t be considered evidence.

This is the part where I inform you the Carolina Panthers signed him as an unrestricted free agent. Carolina traded for Diontae Johnson and drafted Xavier Legette this offseason, but neither of whom have established themselves as Bryce Young‘s go-to guy.

Actually, if that title goes to anyone currently on the Carolina roster, it would be Adam Thielen. For some context, Thielen — who has some similarities concerning his lack of vertical speed — finished as the WR17 in PPR formats operating primarily out of the slot (second-most slot snaps in the league last year behind Tyler Boyd).

The lack of an established top option and an aging veteran WR with a similar prospect profile give Coker as good a chance as any to make this roster. I believe he will do that and much more in the years to come.

Javon Baker, WR, New England Patriots

Speaking of teams who completely retooled their wide receiver room this offseason, the New England Patriots decided to invest multiple picks in the 2024 NFL Draft to build around third-overall pick Drake Maye. Sure, I’m guessing you are already up to speed on the team’s second-round pick Ja’Lynn Polk, but I’m here to tell you not to sleep on New England’s fourth-round pick Javon Baker.

His lack of production during his time with the Alabama Crimson Tide was certainly disappointing, but Baker finally reached his potential as an impactful playmaker on the outside with UCF. His 52 receptions for 1,139 receiving yards and seven scores flashed some of the top-tier potential Baker possesses as a fluid mover with an NFL body at 6’1” and 202 pounds.

To speak a bit more to some of those flashes of excellence, Baker’s route-running nuance (multiple reps where he changes tempo, attacks DBs’ leverage, and bursts out of breaks), jaw-dropping catches away from his frame, and above-average play strength at the catch point all appear on tape. Consistency is his biggest issue. The drops have to be cleaned up at the next level.

Ultimately, Baker has a great set of physical tools entering the league and an opportunity to earn a role very early in his career with a young franchise quarterback in a WR room completely up for grabs.

Tyrone Tracy Jr., RB, New York Giants

Operating with the same line of thinking for both Coker and Baker above, Tyrone Tracy Jr. enters a New York Giants backfield that feels ripe for the taking if a player can make a favorable impression on the coaching staff early in his rookie year. For some context, the G-Men parted ways with Saquon Barkley this offseason and currently have Devin Singletary and Eric Gray as the two projected biggest contributors heading into the season.

Back to Tracy, who did nothing but help his stock throughout the entire pre-draft process with some outstanding testing metrics, his 4.48-second 40-yard dash, 40” vertical jump, 10’4” broad jump, and cat-quick times in the 3-cone drill (6.81 seconds) and short shuttle (4.06 seconds) all help make him one of the most explosive running back prospects in this draft.

When you turn on his tape, it is difficult not to get visions of an impactful fantasy RB in the NFL. He has exceptional creativity as a ball carrier with great short-area quickness, burst, and contact balance.

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The advanced metrics of his 2023 season were mostly outstanding and confirm his ability to make defenders miss consistently. He ranked inside the top 10 at the position with 4.44 yards after contact per attempt and forced over 40 broken tackles on just 114 carries.

By the way, this is the part where I inform you he has been playing the position for just one year after transitioning from wide receiver. Speaking of those days at receiver, his pass-catching and route-running skills are among the best at the position due to his experience at wideout. It also doesn’t hurt that he isn’t a liability in pass protection.

The one downside to his profile is his age. He will turn 25 years old later this year, which does limit his developmental runway in the league and will likely turn many dynasty managers off of him altogether.

Yet, he is stepping into a backfield with no firmly established pecking order and offers an intriguing amount of upside heading into his rookie season.

Malachi Corley, WR, New York Jets

Oftentimes, the best receiver prospects aren’t the ones who fall into the best landing spot to realize their full fantasy potential. One polarizing player who fell into a favorable landing spot in the 2024 NFL Draft was Western Kentucky WR Malachi Corley, who was selected by the New York Jets in the third round.

Opinions on Corley are a bit all over the place, but his elite ability to create an exceptional amount of yards after the catch (YAC) certainly feels like a great fit alongside Garrett Wilson and Mike Williams.

Wilson is your dynamic moveable weapon who can threaten defenses on all three levels of the football field, while Williams is your contested-catch specialist who can be a red-zone force operating on the outside. Corley slides in perfectly as an underneath YAC threat who can terrorize opposing defenses in the quick game and the screen game, and he can occasionally work the field on seam routes and settle into soft spots against zone coverage.

Sure, his game comes with plenty of pitfalls — a limited route tree, inconsistent ball skills in contested catch situations, and a lack of refinement in his footwork at the top of his route and off the line of scrimmage (LOS) against press coverage — which could limit how comfortable the Jets feel asking him to do things in this offense. But his one elite skillset happens to be a very valuable asset when projecting fantasy success for a wide receiver.

Ben Sinnott, TE, Washington Commanders

The Washington Commanders did a fantastic job retooling the roster around rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels in the 2024 NFL Draft. One of the weapons they added for their rookie signal-caller is flying a bit under the fantasy radar with Ben Sinnott becoming the second tight end off the board at No. 53 overall.

Sinnott has the ideal amount of versatility for a modern tight end entering the NFL. His formation versatility at tight end during his days at Kansas State includes inline, H-back, and slots reps. The reason he can be deployed in such a variety of ways is due to his functional athleticism.

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He has plus-level quickness and change of direction skills at the position, has the play strength to both power through would-be tacklers, has powerful authority at the catch point in contested catch situations, and has explosive bursts to help him create separation at the breakpoint.

In addition, all that stands in his way from a fantasy perspective is the 33-year-old Zach Ertz, whose best years are behind him. Sinnott may not have a huge fantasy impact for the Commanders’ offense through the first month of the 2024 NFL season, but don’t be surprised if Kliff Kingsbury finds a handful of creative ways to get this young man the ball during his rookie year and beyond.

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