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Fantasy Football Draft Targets: Diontae Johnson, Ladd McConkey, Brian Robinson Jr. (2024)

A fantasy football league certainly isn’t won at the draft. The adjustments and trades made along the way will ultimately decide who is victorious in early January. That being said, pinpointing value in each round of drafts can help kickstart your team and limit the amount of housekeeping required over the course of the season.

It’s important to recall that every round will contain players who will ultimately fail miserably as well as those who achieve incredible success. Below is a list of players who, assuming health, will fall in the latter category. Here are fantasy football draft picks to target in each round. Below we dive into a few of our top targets for 2024 fantasy football drafts.

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Players to Target in Each Round

For the sake of this exercise, we will be analyzing the players available in each round of a 12-team, half-PPR league. Here are fantasy football draft picks to target in each round.

Round 7: Diontae Johnson (WR – CAR)

During his time in Pittsburgh, Johnson was a consistent target earner. He’s seen an average of 130 targets per season across his career. To his credit, this elite usage has been deserved. Last season, he proved to be an effective pass-catcher once more, ranking 24th among all NFL WRs in PFF receiving grade.

In Carolina, Johnson will be the lone bright spot in an otherwise uninspiring WR group. He is due to see abundant volume in this offense that should make great improvements under new HC Dave Canales. This Panthers team is still a work in progress, so Johnson is likely to find himself in pass-heavy game scripts more often than not.

Round 8: Ladd McConkey (WR – LAC)

Much has been said about the new Chargle this remains true, it’d be unwise to completely write off Justin Herbert‘s primary target. McConkey is entering a favourable situation where his main target competitors are Josh Palmer and Quentin Johnston.

McConkey will have every opportunity to rise up this depth chart and step into a more prominent role as the season progresses. His 3.26 yards per route run during his final collegiate season (per PFF) suggest that he’s more than capable of becoming the WR1 in this offense. Expect McConkey to turn plenty of heads during his rookie campaign.

Round 9: Brian Robinson Jr. (RB – WAS)

Robinson quietly put together a productive 2023 season, finishing as the RB22 in half-PPR formats. He proved the quintessential ability to withstand heavy volume while maintaining high levels of efficiency. Among RBs with at least 100 carries, Robinson ranked 17th in elusive rating and 20th in missed tackles forced (PFF).

The arrival of Austin Ekeler, who’s merely a change-of-pace receiving back at this point of his career, will not affect Robinson’s volume. With an improved offensive line and a presumed upgrade at the QB position, Robinson will provide consistent fantasy production in 2024.

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