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12 Dynasty Rookie Draft Values to Target (2024 Fantasy Football)

12 Dynasty Rookie Draft Values to Target (2024 Fantasy Football)

The 2024 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for fantasy football managers to turn their attention to dynasty rookie drafts. With an array of talented prospects entering the league, it’s crucial to identify the best values to target in your dynasty leagues. We asked our FeaturedPros to help you navigate the 2024 rookie class and find those undervalued players who can bolster your dynasty roster for years to come. To ensure you’re well-prepared for your upcoming draft, be sure to check out our comprehensive Dynasty Draft Kit for in-depth player profiles, rankings, and more.

Here are the consensus dynasty rookie draft values our Pros are targeting as values in rookie drafts this offseason.

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Let’s dive into Dynasty Rookie Draft Values at the running back position.

Dynasty Rookie Draft Values: Running Backs

Q: Who is an undervalued rookie RB based on early rookie rankings that you’ll be targeting in dynasty drafts and why?

MarShawn Lloyd (RB – GB)

MarShawn Lloyd has been criminally undervalued in early rookie drafts so far, mostly due to concerns over his landing spot. I haven’t seen him go higher than a late 2nd-round pick, but he mostly falls into the 3rd round. If that’s the case, I’ll take my pre-process RB2 at a supreme discount. Yes, Josh Jacobs will be the #1 in Green Bay for the foreseeable future, but Lloyd has the talent and the team around him to pop if Jacobs sustains injury. And, even if healthy, it’s possible Jacobs just isn’t the same back, given what we saw last season. I’ll take a stab at Lloyd every time in the 3rd, and you should, too.”
Jeremy Shulman (Fantasy Football Universe)

“So far in Dynasty rookie draft season, I’ve seen MarShawn Lloyd slip to the end of the second round at times, and it’s wrong. The fear of Josh Jacobs and his massive new contract is being overblown. This four-year deal is really just a puffed-up one-year deal. Green Bay can get out of his contract after the 2024 season if he doesn’t bounce back to his previous form. Now, they would incur a 9.3 million dead cap hit if they did, but in 2025, they have the 14th-most cap space. To put it kindly, Jacobs struggled mightily last year. Among 49 qualifying backs last season (per Fantasy Points Data), Jacobs ranked 41st in explosive run rate, 37th in missed tackles forced per attempt, and 44th in yards after contact per attempt. A hopeful love letter detailing Jacobs’ bounce back should be written in pencil. Lloyd should ascend to the RB2/1B role for Green Bay in short order, with the upside to take over fully in 2025.”
Derek Brown (FantasyPros)

Tyrone Tracy Jr. (RB – NYG)

“Among the 2024 rookie class, not many of the Day 3 selections landed in situations with clear paths to touches. Ray Davis, Bucky Irving, Isaac Guerendo, Audric Estime, and Will Shipley don’t look like anything more than glorified handcuffs. An exception, in my estimation, is Purdue’s Tyrone Tracy, who was selected by the Giants in Round 5. Devin Singletary is by far the weakest veteran RB any of these Day 3 RBs are faced against when it comes to his “mid” skill set. Singletary does everything right but doesn’t “wow” coaches on the field. Tracy could be an upside play in the Giants’ backfield should Singletary flounder with the starting gig. Keep in mind that in Tracy’s first year playing RB after switching from WR, he led his draft class in yards after contact per attempt.”
Andrew Erickson (FantasyPros)

Tyrone Tracy Jr., the newest member of the New York Giants, is an undervalued rookie RB in my early rankings. Tracy is a former WR turned into an RB similar to what we saw from Antonio Gibson in years past. Tracy ran a 4.48 40-yard dash, and his Burst Score and Agility Scores are in the 90th percentile. The Giants lost 66% of their carries and 14% of their targets in 2023 with recent departures from Saquon Barkley and Matt Breida, so Tracy should have an opportunity to come in and compete for some of those reps with free agent Devin Singletary.”
Andrew Mott (Big Dogs Gotta Eat)

“An undervalued rookie running back is currently ranked as the RB13 in FantasyPros rankings. That running back is Tyrone Tracy Jr. Tracy had the highest percentage of carries in the class to go 10+ yards, and he is a converted WR. Targets are incredibly valuable for running backs, and in 2019, when Tracy played receiver at Iowa, he averaged 2.38 YPRR with an ADOT of 12.4. He has the pass-catching ability to carve out a valuable role in the Giants offense.”
Nick Penticoff (Fantasy Football Astronauts)

Tyrone Tracy Jr. was drafted in the 5th round by the New York Giants. This is an ideal landing spot for any running back, as the only true competition becomes Devin Singletary. Tracy has an ideal size of 5’11, 209 pounds. The concern may be his lack of work on the ground in college, as his final season was his only one over 100 rushing attempts. 2023 was also the season he transitioned from wide receiver to full-on running back. But in that 2023 season, he had 46 missed tackles forced and had a total of 506 yards after contact. Plus, he has hands, as mentioned from his past as a receiver. Tracy could carve out a role early for the Giants. At the very least, he could become a change of pace back.”
Miguel ‘SC’ Romero (Fantasy Football Universe)

Kimani Vidal (RB – LAC)

Kimani Vidal is currently going off the board as RB11 and 38th overall and is a steal. The landing spots for most of the rookie running backs were nothing short of brutality, but Vidal is one of the few rookie running backs who has a clear pathway to a major workload. Vidal was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers, and with only the aging Gus Edwards and the oft-injured JK Dobbins ahead of him on the depth chart, it’s not out of the question that he could find himself with a large percentage of the workload for the Chargers from Week 1.”
Aaron St Denis (Fantasy Football Universe)

“While this year’s running back draft class lacks elite talent, there are a few later-round sleepers. At the top of my list is Kimani Vidal. While everyone expected Jim Harbaugh to select Blake Corum, the Chargers waited until the sixth round to add a running back. Vidal averaged 3.6 yards after contact per rushing attempt and posted a 31.9% missed tackled forced rate last season. No one should be surprised if he ends up as the lead back in Los Angeles this year with limited competition ahead of him on the depth chart.”
Mike Fanelli (FantasyPros)

Kimani Vidal was a predraft favorite of mine even before he won the landing-spot lottery, ending up with the Chargers, who figure to be one of the run-heaviest teams in the league with new head coach Jim Harbaugh in command and Greg Roman calling the plays. Troy University’s all-time leading rusher, Vidal piled up 2,793 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns over his final two college seasons. The 5-7 1/2, 213-pound Vidal runs with surprising power and also has good agility and contact balance. He’s effective running between the tackles and is useful as a pass catcher. Vidal has 4.46 speed and posted a Relative Athletic Score of 8.81. The RBs standing in Vidal’s way on the depth chart are the one-dimensional Gus Edwards and the oft-injured J.K. Dobbins. Although the hit rate on sixth-round running backs isn’t great, it’s easy to envision Vidal paying dividends right away.”
Pat Fitzmaurice (FantasyPros)

Blake Corum (RB – LAR)

Blake Corum landed in a good spot for future potential in Los Angeles. I believe the concern over his size is overblown and that at 5’8″ and 215 pounds, he is ready to make an impact. His competition in the backfield is tough after we all witnessed Kyren Williams explode onto the scene. However, it remains to be seen if he is a one-hit wonder or if his production is sustainable. There are also minor health concerns for Kyren. ”
Mitchell Carl (Rise or Fall)

Jonathon Brooks (RB – CAR)

Jonathon Brooks is being drafted after Brian Thomas, Ladd McConkey, and Xavier Worthy in rookie drafts. The thing is, I cannot give you a clear reason for this. Does anyone expect those 3 wide receivers to be impact players in year 1 of fantasy football? Meanwhile, Brooks is a talented running back who can play all three downs, stepping into a workhorse role behind a revamped offensive line in Carolina. Based on Dave Calanes track record, Brooks is expected to get all of the work he can handle. I currently have Jonathon Brooks as the RB8 in Dynasty. Smash the draft button on Jonathon Brooks at the 1.09 spot of rookie drafts.”
Jesse Moeller (Fantasy Football Universe)

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Dynasty Rookie Draft Values: Wide Receivers

Let’s dive into Dynasty Rookie Draft Values at the wide receiver position.

Q: Who is an undervalued rookie WR based on early rookie rankings that you’ll be targeting in dynasty drafts and why?

Roman Wilson (WR – PIT)

“It’s Roman Wilson here for me. Wilson showed off his ability to work open in Michigan last season as the #1 target on a championship squad. Now, with a better quarterback situation with the veteran Russell Willson (yes, it’s better) and not much competition for targets in the short to intermediate area of the field, Russ should find Roman regularly. Roman has the talent to beat out TE Pat Freiermuth for targets, and WR George Pickens is more of an intermediate to deep target. Expect Roman to flourish in the slot from the jump and, at the price of a late 2nd round pick – or even an early 3rd, I’m happy to smash the draft button on the other R Wilson in Pittsburgh every time.”
Jeremy Shulman (Fantasy Football Universe)

Javon Baker (WR – NE)

“Even though the Patriots drafted Washington’s Ja’Lynn Polk two rounds ahead of Javon Baker, I believe the 4th-rounder offers a much higher ceiling as a potential alpha in New England’s passing game. Baker ended the 2023 college season fifth in yards per route run among the 2024 WR draft class (3.21). He also finished fourth in targets and third in receptions of 20-plus air yards in 2023. The only other WRs in the class to do so (Marvin Harrison Jr., Rome Odunze, Brian Thomas Jr., and Malik Nabers) were selected in Round 1. New England has desperately needed to add a WR with an edge to his game, and the former UCF product brings that immediately. After being selected, he broke the internet with this quote after being drafted, saying, “I make people in wheelchairs stand up.” New head coach Jerod Mayo described him as “all ball.”
Andrew Erickson (FantasyPros)

“The Patriots’ wide receiver room was the island of misfit toys heading into the NFL Draft. Thankfully, the team spent two draft picks on wide receivers. While he was the second one New England drafted, I’m all in on Javon Baker. We’ve seen Day 3 wide receivers turn into stars as rookies, including Amon-Ra St. Brown and Puka Nacua. While he won’t be THAT good, Baker had the 11th-high PFF receiving grade in the draft class last season and posted a higher yards per route run average than Rome Odunze (3.21 vs. 2.93). Don’t be shocked if Baker quickly turns into Jacoby Brissett/Drake Maye‘s go-to target in the passing game.”
Mike Fanelli (FantasyPros)

Troy Franklin (WR – DEN)

“At WR11 and 20th overall, Troy Franklin is a massive bargain. Once viewed in the conversation for WR3 with Rome Odunze, he has since fallen off the radar as the hype trains for other receivers have gotten out of control. Franklin slid into the 4th round of the NFL Draft which has discounted his draft cost even further, but reuniting a star college receiver with his star college quarterback can often be a formula for great value as a rookie. He is going in a large group of receivers in the back half of the second round and has easily the most upside of any player in that group.”
Aaron St Denis (Fantasy Football Universe)

Troy Franklin is an undervalued rookie WR. He was highly productive in college and is more polished than what his draft capital might reflect. While he might not have the pure upside that the other big names have, we constantly see these mid-round WRs explode onto the scene in Year 2 or Year 3.”
Mitchell Carl (Rise or Fall)

Brian Thomas Jr. (WR – JAC)

“It sounds crazy, but Brian Thomas Jr. feels undervalued by the dynasty community right now. Thomas has an expert consensus ranking of WR6 and has recently fallen behind both Xavier Worthy and Ladd McConkey due to those guys getting favorable landing spots. Say what you want about TLaw, but the Jacksonville landing spot is still great for a rookie. They lost 36% of their targets from 2023 after losing Calvin Ridley in free agency and cutting Zay Jones. Brian Thomas Jr. should be able to come in and be that X wide receiver to compliment Christian Kirk and should still be getting drafted as the rookie WR4 despite the landing spot. ”
Andrew Mott (Big Dogs Gotta Eat)

Jermaine Burton (WR – CIN)

Jermaine Burton, who is currently ranked as the WR14 in FantasyPros rankings, is someone who I am buying stock in. If Tee Higgins gets traded, Burton likely slots in as the Bengals’ new WR2. Even if he doesn’t get traded, Burton could still see 75+ targets this season. Burton’s 3.12 YPRR was better than Roman Wilson, Rome Odunze, Brian Thomas Jr., and Ja’Lynn Polk during the 2023 season. ”
Nick Penticoff (Fantasy Football Astronauts)

“Off-the-field and locker-room concerns caused Jermaine Burton to fall into the Bengal’s laps in the third round of the NFL Draft, but he won’t fall that far in any rookie draft I’m in. Burton’s another easy case where the box score numbers don’t match the film nor the deeper analytics. During his final season at Alabama, he was in the 100th percentile in receiving grade while also finishing in the 90th percentile in receiving grade against single coverage and in the 77th percentile in separation percentage (per PFF). Don’t rule out Tee Higgins getting moved before Week 1, but even if he stays on the roster for the 2024 season, he will likely be gone after this year. Burton is already locked into three wide receiver sets and will contend to be the WR3 in the target tree. If Higgins (or when) moves on, Burton’s standing will only improve. Burton is a strong second-round pick in rookie drafts and will be one of my highest-rostered players across my dynasty portfolio. ”
Derek Brown (FantasyPros)

Brenden Rice (WR – LAC)

Brenden Rice landed in a prime opportunity to make an impact on day one, even as a 7th-round draft pick. The community will be high on Ladd McConkey, as they should be. But Rice in round 7 was a steal. He is a solid field stretcher with great athleticism. Last season, he had an ADOT of 15.1 yards, plus 234 yards after the catch. This is something the Chargers were hoping Quentin Johnston would become last season, but it didn’t play out as such. Rice has football in his DNA with his dad being a Hall of Famer. When he received the call, he told coach Harbaugh that he is hungry and ready to go to work. I expect big things from Rice, and the best part is you can get him late in dynasty drafts due to his NFL Draft capital.”
Miguel ‘SC’ Romero (Fantasy Football Universe)

Luke McCaffrey (WR – WAS)

Luke McCaffrey is going to be one of my favorite third- or fourth-round dart throws in rookie drafts. As the brother of 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey and the son of former Broncos WR Ed McCaffrey, Luke McCaffrey certainly has good bloodlines. He’s also a terrific athlete who clocked a 4.46 at the combine and has a Relative Athletic Score of 9.44. McCaffrey started his college career as a quarterback but switched to wide receiver before the 2022 season and immediately made an impact for Rice. He had 58-723-6 receiving in 2022 and 71-992-13 in 2023. McCaffrey has good hands, he’s thrived in contested catch situations, and he’s dangerous after the catch. The Commanders validated predraft McCaffrey buzz by taking him with the final pick of Round 3. He’s got appealing fantasy potential as a slot receiver for new Washington QB Jayden Daniels.”
Pat Fitzmaurice (FantasyPros)

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