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Fantasy Football Draft Outlook: Jayden Reed, Drake London, Nico Collins (2024)

Fantasy Football Draft Outlook: Jayden Reed, Drake London, Nico Collins (2024)

It’s never too early to start looking ahead at the fantasy landscape to see which expert consensus rankings you disagree with the most.  There’s plenty of value out there being overlooked, as some in the space may be overreacting to disappointing seasons specific players had last year. The inverse is also true, as some fantasy managers may ignore changing circumstances and draft athletes higher than they should based on last year’s stats. Which players do our featured experts project differently than their peers? Check out our full article here. Below we dive into a few notable picks.

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Jayden Reed (WR – GB)

“If I can land Jayden Reed as the WR35, I’ll take that value in every draft. In his rookie year, where he only started 13 games, he finished as the WR25. If you look at the schedule, he really stepped into the WR1 role after the Packers’ Week 6 bye. From Week 7 on, Reed was the WR7 in fantasy. He has already beaten that ADP and that doesn’t even factor in the growth of Reed, Jordan Love, or this Green Bay offense as a whole.”
Ryan Weisse (Club Fantasy FFL)

Drake London (WR – ATL)

Drake London is ready to take his place as a top-10 WR, and that’s where he belongs, not WR17. The upgrade to Kirk Cousins (and the absence of Arthur Smith) cannot be overstated. Last year, London had to mostly contend with Desmond Ridder, who ranked 38th out of 38 QBs in PFF’s player grades. The slew of uncatchable targets and the questionable play-calling can no longer hold him back.”
Pierre Camus (Fantasy Endgame)

Drake London is currently WR16 and 30th overall, and that is way too high. Through his two NFL seasons, he has finished as WR31 and WR37. The argument here will be that Kirk Cousins is a huge upgrade over any quarterback that has been thrown to him so far, and while that is true, this is another case of drafting a player at his ceiling. I like London coming out of college, and he has mountains of potential if Cousins can help him reach it, but to draft an unproven player this high is simply a case of the risk outweighing the reward. You can get Tee Higgins three rounds later, and he already has three top-30 seasons.”
Aaron St Denis (Fantasy Football Universe)

Nico Collins (WR – HOU)

Nico Collins’s ECR of WR16 is wildly optimistic now that the Texans have added Stefon Diggs. As much as I love Collins’s game, and as bullish as I am on the Houston passing game, a WR16 ranking for Collins is daft. The presence of Diggs and 2023 rookie sensation Tank Dell will deprive Collins of the sort of target volume he needs in order to return high-end WR2 value — even if he’s as freakishly efficient in 2024 as he was in 2023 when he averaged 11.9 yards per target and 3.11 yards per route run. Collins is big and sure-handed, and he’s an absolute beast after the catch. He has statistically prolific seasons in his future, but Collins is unlikely to put up huge numbers in 2024 as a member of the Texans’ ensemble WR cast.”
Pat Fitzmaurice (FantasyPros)

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