2024 Fantasy Football Rookie Quarterbacks

by Corey Pieper
2024 Fantasy Football Rookie Quarterbacks

It's time to begin researching the 2024 Fantasy Football Rookie Quarterbacks. We've got you covered from Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, to Bo Nix.

It was an interesting draft for the quarterback position. NFL teams recognized a top tier of six options. All six of those quarterbacks were selected in the first round. Not just in the first round, but all the quarterbacks were gone in the first twelve picks.

After the first-round quarterbacks, we waited to see where the next quarterback would go. It would be over 100 more picks before we saw the next quarterback selected in Spencer Rattler. While there were quarterbacks such as Rattler, Michael Pratt, and Jordan Travis who were drafted later which may be appealing for dynasty football purposes, it is unlikely that they will carry any value in a redraft format. I recommend the dynasty rankings on Fantasy Six Pack if you're looking for dynasty information.

That is why this article will focus on the six first-round quarterbacks. Some of them fell into good situations in their first seasons. Others have questions about playing time. To know who is which, you need to keep reading the 2024 Fantasy Football Rookie Quarterbacks preview.

2024 Fantasy Football Rookie Quarterbacks

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Caleb Williams, QB, Chicago Bears

Was there ever a question about who the first pick would be in the NFL Draft? A few days before the NFL Draft when checking the betting lines, Caleb Williams was -20000 to go first overall. Now the question becomes how successful will he be as the quarterback of the Chicago Bears?

Typically, when a player is selected first overall they are going into a tough situation (see Bryce Young just last season). That doesn't appear to be the case for Williams. The Bears have one of the top wide receiver trios in the NFL with D.J. Moore, Keenan Allen, and fellow first-round selection Rome Odunze.

Williams' skills can translate quickly to the NFL. His creativity, when plays break down around him, is reminiscent of some of the NFL's best quarterbacks over the past few years such as Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes.

When a player with ability means a good situation, that's where fantasy gold can be found. Even with the depth at quarterback for fantasy, Williams should be selected as a top-12 quarterback in redraft leagues.

Jayden Daniels, QB, Washington Commanders

The upside of Jayden Daniels for fantasy football is higher than any other quarterback prospect selected in this draft. It is a combination of his rushing abilities and a Kliff Kingsbury offense.

Before the 2019 season, Kingsbury took over as the Head Coach of the Arizona Cardinals. He knew he wanted a mobile quarterback and selected Kyler Murray first overall. Kingsbury remained head coach for four seasons. Murray's fantasy finishes in those years were QB-8, QB-3, QB-10 (in 14 games), and QB-18 (only played 11 games).

The aspect of Daniels' game that best compares to Murray's is the rushing ability. Murray ran for over 400 yards every season in Kingsbury's offense with a max of 819 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2020. Daniels ran for over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns in his two seasons at LSU. His rushing upside sets him up for a very high floor, although he needs to learn when to slide for the sake of his health.

Caleb Williams and Daniels should be drafted in a similar range in redraft leagues. This may seem hyperbolic considering there have only been four seasons where a quarterback has rushed for over a thousand yards, but that is a possibility for Daniels already this season.

Drake Maye, QB, New England Patriots

No spots on the field are inaccessible to Drake Maye's right arm. He loves to attack vertically down the field.

He finds himself as the next quarterback for the New England Patriots. Unlike Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels, Maye doesn't find himself in a great landing spot for a rookie quarterback. The Patriots finished in the bottom 10 in the league in attempts and bottom five in passing yards. Part of the responsibility for those poor numbers falls upon the quarterback play by Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe.

The team brought in a new offensive coordinator, Alex Van Pelt, this offseason to attempt to revitalize the offense. That should help with Maye's development as Van Pelt was a large influence on Aaron Rodgers when he was with the Packers. That won't help him this season though.

Maye also offers some rushing upside.  He has ran for over 400 yards each of the past two seasons, and is very adept in the red zone at exploiting gaps to rush for a touchdown. That is evidenced by his 16 rushing touchdowns combined the past two seasons.

There are enough questions to limit Maye to late-round dart throw in fantasy drafts this season.

Michael Penix Jr., QB, Atlanta Falcons

This one can be short and to the point. Michael Penix was surprisingly selected by the Atlanta Falcons at pick eight overall.  Just over a month ago, the Falcons signed Kirk Cousins to a four-year contract worth $180 million with $40 million guaranteed.

Cousins tore his right Achilles last October. Unless we hear that there has been a setback in his recovery, there is no reason to consider Penix in a redraft league.

J.J. McCarthy, QB, Minnesota Vikings

J.J. McCarthy was the fifth quarterback selected in the NFL draft. He will likelier go early in fantasy drafts though.

McCarthy finds himself in an ideal landing spot for fantasy purposes. While the team signed Sam Darnold in the offseason, it seems unlikely that he will prevent McCarthy from seeing the field early for Minnesota. Although Vikings' General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah already stated that the team will be cautious with McCarthy's development. Hopefully, he is playing soon because there may not be a better fantasy offense than Minnesota.

Head Coach Kevin O'Connell loves to throw the ball. The Vikings have been in the top 6 in passing attempts with over 37 attempts per game in both seasons that O'Connell has coached. It's easy to understand why the Vikings throw it so much with the weapons they have at their disposal. Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, T.J. Hockenson (knee injury late last season), and new addition Aaron Jones are excellent receiving options.

Since there are questions about whether or not McCarthy will start initially, he can't be in the same tier as Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels for redraft. If preseason indications lean that he is immediately starting, he should be taken as a high-upside bench option.

Bo Nix, QB, Denver Broncos

Bo Nix was taken as the sixth quarterback off the board by the Denver Broncos. Nix excelled at the University of Oregon the past two seasons after transferring from Auburn.

This past season, Nix connected on  45 touchdowns to just three interceptions. He had the highest completion percentage in NCAA history at 77.4%. Of course, it came with a career-low ADOT (average depth of target) at just 6.8 yards downfield as the Oregon offense was based around getting the ball out quickly. The only quarterback with at least 200 attempts who had a lower ADOT in the NFL last season was Jake Browning at 6.6 yards downfield.

We've seen Head Coach Sean Payton have considerable success with quarterbacks who like to get the ball out quickly due to arm concerns. It's hard to forget because of his eventual Hall of Fame career, but Drew Brees was a backup in the NFL for the beginning of his career due to arm concerns. Under Payton, he routinely had over 600 passing attempts for truly massive volume.

Let me be clear, it's unlikely that we get anywhere near that type of volume from Nix right away. More likely, he is eased into his rookie season. Nix is a wait-and-see as far as redraft leagues this season.


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