2024 Dynasty Football Rookie RB Landing Spots

by Jordan Schultz
2024 Dynasty Football Rookie RB Landing Spots

In this post, we will be looking at the landing spots for the 2024 Dynasty Football Rookie RB class.

We have been told for months that this was one of the weaker rookie running back classes, and it seems like the 32 NFL GMs all but confirmed that they viewed it similarly to the dynasty community. The first RB didn’t come off the board until pick 46, and only four total were taken in the first three rounds of the draft.

To put this in perspective, last year saw seven RBs come off the board in the first two days of the draft, with two going in the top 12 overall. In 2022, there were six RBs off the board in the first three rounds, with Breece Hall getting selected 36th overall and Kenneth Walker going at pick 41.

While this doesn’t mean there won’t be anyone who emerges as a diamond in the rough from this class, it looks like a good chunk of this group has an uphill battle to become fantasy-relevant in a major way.

I’m going to breakdown the landing spot and dynasty outlook for every running back selected in the first four rounds of the NFL draft, and highlight a few guys that went late on day three that I’m targeting with 4th-round rookie picks.

2024 Dynasty Football Rookie RB Landing Spots

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Jonathon Brooks, Carolina Panthers

Brooks was my RB1 pre-draft, and that remains the case today. I love this fit with the Panthers, and he’s going to reward the dynasty GMs who are patient with him in years two and three.

He only has Chuba Hubbard and Miles Sanders to compete against for touches, and when he’s healthy, it won’t be long before he separates himself from the pack to seize the job for himself.

Trey Benson, Arizona Cardinals

James Conner was productive last year, but he’s entering his age-29 season and is in the final year of his contract with the Cardinals.

Luckily for the Cardinals, they had a ton of extra early picks, so they were able to splurge in the second round to grab their RB of the future in Trey Benson. You may have to be patient with him, but the allure of the RB1 tied to an offense led by Kyler Murray and Marvin Harrison Jr. is highly appealing.

Blake Corum, Los Angeles Rams

Corum lands in a backfield where he immediately should slot in as the primary backup RB, and possibly as the guy that is used near the goal line in Sean McVay’s offense. I wasn’t super excited in my immediate reaction to this landing spot on draft night, but as I’ve had time to marinate on it for a few days, he’s jumped from RB5 to RB3 for me in this class.

Marshawn Lloyd, Green Bay Packers

Lloyd was the last RB that was selected on Day 2. Unfortunately, he landed with the Packers who are heavily invested in free agent Josh Jacobs.

The optimist in me says that Matt LaFleur has wanted to run the ball more since he got there and now he has two explosive weapons to do it with, but the pessimist in me knows it could be tough to count on him for more than flex-value while Jacobs is healthy and on the field.

Jaylen Wright, Miami Dolphins

Wright was the first RB off the board on Day 3.

While the depth chart is crowded, there are few offenses better suited to take advantage of Wright’s explosive speed than the Dolphins. We saw what De’Von Achane was able to do even on limited touches in this offense last season, and Wright has the speed and elusiveness to produce similar results.

Bucky Irving, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I think this is an underrated landing spot for Irving with Tampa Bay. Rachaad White has been effective for fantasy through two seasons but has done most of his damage through the air, as he has yet to break 4 yards per carry in a season. Irving’s elusiveness could earn him some carries as the season goes on if White continues to struggle on the ground, and if he were to ever go down Irving could assume the passing game work for the backfield.

Will Shipley, Philadelphia Eagles

Shipley was one of my favorite backs in this class due to his pass-catching ability. Unfortunately, he landed with a team that hasn’t utilized their RBs as receivers in the Jalen Hurts era.

I’m still stashing Shipley as I believe his skill set fits today’s NFL, but it could take an injury to Saquon for Shipley to sniff fantasy relevance this season.

Ray Davis, Buffalo Bills

Davis should immediately slot in as the primary backup RB for the Bills, and I imagine he will play a small role from day one unless they bring in someone else between now and the start of the season. He provides a nice complement to what James Cook brings to the table, but his impact may be felt more in real life than on the fantasy scoreboard.

Isaac Guerendo, San Francisco 49ers

I have continued to be a bit of a doubter on Guerendo since he lit up the combine, but he finds himself in a unique opportunity in San Francisco. After this season, Christian McCaffrey is the only RB under contract, and we’ve seen multiple RBs have fantasy relevance in Kyle Shanahan's offenses before. He’s a nice stash in the 4th round of rookie drafts.

Braelon Allen, New York Jets

Allen brings a power element that could serve as a nice complement to Breece Hall in what should be an improved Jets offense. Hall is going to dominate the work between the 20s and in the passing game, but Allen could carve out a decent role as the short-yardage and goal-line back, and I think there could be some untapped potential as a receiver in time.

Audric Estime, Denver Broncos

I’m a believer in Javonte Williams, but we have to acknowledge that Sean Payton wasn’t here when he was drafted. The Broncos are entering a new era built around Bo Nix, and Estime could be one of the beneficiaries as the roster turns over and rebuilds.

Tyrone Tracy, New York Giants

Tracy is a converted Wide Receiver who has a unique opportunity ahead of him as no other RB on the Giants roster profiles as a major threat as a pass-catcher. I’m stashing Tracy with a 4th round pick and giving him a full year to see how he develops.

Kimani Vidal, Los Angeles Chargers

Vidal was a true three-down back in college and now finds himself in what projects to be one of the most run-heavy offenses in the league. Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins are currently ahead of him on the depth chart, but he’s an interesting stash with a 4th round pick.

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