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2024 Dynasty Superflex Rookie Draft Rankings: Fitz’s Top 40 Picks (Fantasy Football)

2024 Dynasty Superflex Rookie Draft Rankings: Fitz’s Top 40 Picks (Fantasy Football)

Weep not for the coming end of the football season. Instead, exult over the wave of rookie talent that’s about to wash over the NFL’s shores.

This is a rookie class that hardcore dynasty enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting, and with good reason. It’s possible that the first six players to come off the board in April’s NFL Draft will be skill-position players. But this class has depth as well as star power. There will be rookies with pulse-quickening talent who last until Day 3 of the draft.

Top 40 Rookies for Superflex Dynasty Drafts

Positional Overviews

Quarterbacks

This is an attractive QB group offering both star power and depth.

Caleb Williams and Drake Maye are likely to go 1-2 in the NFL Draft. Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels figures to go top five and could conceivably jump past Maye. Those three will be drafted as immediate or near-immediate starters. Michael Penix Jr. is a probable first-round pick as well.

J.J. McCarthy and Bo Nix are more polarizing QB prospects, but they’ll both have their fans within NFL front offices.

Running Backs

It’s not a banner RB class, but there are some intriguing prospects in all shapes and sizes, big (Braelon Allen, Audric Estime) and small (Blake Corum, Bucky Irving).

Perhaps we’ll see a consensus No. 1 running back emerge over the next couple of months, but at the moment there’s no clear consensus, and there are probably at least four or five RBs who could be first off the board.

Wide Receivers

Welcome to the candy store. This WR crop is ridiculously good, and the talent comes in a wide variety of flavors. Do-it-all alpha types? Check. Vertical receivers? Check. Possession receivers? Check. Contested-catch artists? Check. Run-after-the-catch specialists? Check.

The bonanza starts at the top with Marvin Harrison Jr., who’s bigger, faster and quite possibly even better than his pops, who was a perennial Pro Bowler for the Colts. (And the younger Harrison isn’t the only second-gen receiver in this class — Jerry Rice’s son Brenden is a promising 2024 prospect.)

LSU’s Malik Nabers and Washington’s Rome Odunze are likely to be top-10 picks in the NFL Draft. Another LSU receiver, Brian Thomas, is a good bet to go in the top 20 and could sneak into the top 10. We could see as many as 6-7 wide receivers drafted in the first round, and there might be as many as 15 receivers selected by the end of the third round.

Tight End

Georgia’s Brock Bowers is one of the best TE prospects to enter the NFL in years and will be a top-10 overall pick. Ja’Tavion Sanders of Texas is a very good TE prospect and a probable Day 2 pick. It’s not an especially deep TE class, but the wattage at the top is impressive.

Fitz’s Top 40

Here are my top 40 rookies for superflex rookie drafts as of now. These rankings will inevitably change based on Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine performances. I can also be swayed by compelling arguments from fantasy and NFL Draft analysts — particularly when those arguments are made by FantasyPros college football and NFL Draft analyst Thor Nystrom.

Beneath my top 40 are a few notes on players I’ll have ranked higher than consensus.

  1. Caleb Williams, QB, USC
  2. Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
  3. Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
  4. Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
  5. Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
  6. Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
  7. Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
  8. Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington
  9. Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
  10. Brian Thomas, WR, LSU
  11. Troy Franklin, WR Oregon
  12. Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas
  13. J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan
  14. Bo Nix, QB, Oregon
  15. Devontez Walker, WR, North Carolina
  16. Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas
  17. Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky
  18. Blake Corum, RB, Michigan
  19. Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin
  20. Jonathon Brooks, RB, Texas
  21. Trey Benson, RB, Florida State
  22. Jalen McMillan, WR, Washington
  23. Bucky Irving, RB, Oregon
  24. Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington
  25. Ja’Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas
  26. Xavier Legette, WR, South Carolina
  27. Audric Estime, RB, Notre Dame
  28. Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia
  29. Ray Davis, RB, Kentucky
  30. Brenden Rice, WR, USC
  31. Jermaine Burton, WR, Alabama
  32. Will Shipley, RB, Clemson
  33. Johnny Wilson, WR, Florida State
  34. MarShawn Lloyd, RB, USC
  35. Joe Milton, QB, Tennessee
  36. Michael Pratt, QB, Tulane
  37. Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina
  38. Cody Schrader, RB, Missouri
  39. Jaylen Wright, RB, Tennessee
  40. Ricky Pearsall, WR, Florida

Planting Flags

  • Keon Coleman didn’t put up dazzling numbers in college, but he made some spectacular catches, and there’s a lot of Mike Evans in Coleman’s game. Like Evans, the 6-4, 215-pound Coleman has a basketball background, having played for Tom Izzo at Michigan State before transferring to Florida State. Watch Coleman’s tape, and you’ll see more than just highlight-reel grabs — he’s a surprisingly skilled and nuanced route runner.
  • Malachi Corley will be overlooked in a lot of dynasty rookie drafts because he played at Western Kentucky. But Corley’s after-the-catch talents could help him make the sort of quick, successful transition to the NFL that Rashee Rice made in 2023.
  • He’s undersized, and he isn’t going to melt stopwatches at the NFL Scouting Combine, but I think Blake Corum is the best pure runner in this class. He’s been compared to Ray Rice as a runner, and it’s an apt comparison.
  • Like Josh Jacobs, Ray Davis is a tough, productive back who overcame a difficult childhood to become a college football star. Resourceful and versatile, Davis could play on early downs, passing downs or both in the NFL.
  • I’ve got Joe Milton in my top 40, but a lot of dynasty managers won’t have him in their top 50. Milton is an overaged prospect whose game lacks nuance, but I’m a sucker for a bazooka-launcher arm, and Milton has one of the strongest arms I’ve ever seen. I’d like to think that there’s a quarterback guru out there who could turn Milton into an NFL starter.

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