2024 Fantasy Football Top 10 Rookie WR/TE Rankings

by Corey Pieper
2024 Fantasy Football Top 10 Rookie WR/TE Rankings

Below are my 2024 Fantasy Football Top 10 Rookie WR/TE Rankings. With the Shrine Bowl, Senior Bowl and Super Bowl behind us and NFL Draft buzz heating up, these rankings are subject to change as we get closer to the 2024 NFL Draft and then again once we find out player's landing spots.

This year's wide receiver class has a chance to rival the 2014 WR draft class. That's the draft that gave us Fantasy superstars Mike Evans, Davante Adams, and Odell Beckham Jr. It also provided perennial options such as Brandin Cooks, Jarvis Landry, and Allen Robinson.

A quarter of this year's first-round selections being wide receivers is possible. More than twenty wide receivers may be selected in the first two days of the NFL Draft!

If you're looking to rejuvenate a Dynasty team, get yourself as many mid-round picks as possible. Receivers tend to hold their value longer than running backs, and this year's group is deep.

Speaking of which, check out our latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft and Big Board!

2024 Fantasy Football Top 10 Rookie WR/TE Rankings

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No. 10: Ladd McConkey, Georgia

Ladd McConkey dealt with injuries this season which caused him to some time.  It limited him to only 30 receptions, 483 yards, and two receiving touchdowns. When not injured, he still displayed the talents that have NFL teams excited to select him.

McConkey is coming into the NFL draft as one of the more refined receivers in this class. Georgia relied upon McConkey to be a threat from both out-wide and the slot. As such, he has already demonstrated a fully developed route tree. He delivered every week regardless of what was asked of him. That means that there may not be much of a honeymoon period with his NFL team. He could step right into an NFL offense and succeed. For Fantasy purposes, expect him to be a mid-round pick.

Stat to Know: Of receivers with at least 30 targets, McConkey's 81.1% reception percentage was seventh in all of college football demonstrating his reliability.

No. 9: Xavier Worthy, Texas

Texas lists Xavier Worthy at six foot one inch and 172 pounds. Going over to MockDraftable, the average wide receiver weighs 201 pounds. Recently, we've seen two other very thin receivers enter the NFL and have immediate success in DeVonta Smith and Tank Dell.

Each of those players had a standout skill that translated from collegiate success to the NFL. Smith is a top-notch route-runner which allows him to create lots of separation. Dell is incredibly shifty underneath. For Worthy, it's his speed profile. He has a chance to run the fastest 40-yard dash time of any prospect at this combine. He uses that speed to be a threat from anywhere on the field.

He will be drafted in the reserve rounds of Fantasy leagues this season just on his upside as a big play threat.

Stat to Know: Even though he was only in college for three seasons, Worthy still had 335 targets. In each of his three seasons at Texas, he had over 100 targets.

No. 8: Troy Franklin, Oregon

Troy Franklin improved each of his seasons at Oregon. Each year he was there he set new highs in receptions, receiving yards, receiving yards-per-reception, and receiving touchdowns. The culmination was last season's 81 receptions for 1,383 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.

Franklin is a receiver who is going to force defenses to account for his deep speed when he first steps on an NFL field. He is someone who may be selected in the first round, but will almost assuredly be gone in the top 50 selections. His Fantasy selection will depend on where he ends up playing his rookie season, but he has the talent to make an impact early.

Stat to Know: Franklin had nine drops in 2023. That is the most of any receiver who will be drafted.

No. 7: Adonai Mitchell, Texas

Adonai Mitchell won two National Championships at Georgia before transferring to Texas for his last season of college football. His statistics have never matched up to the dominance he has shown in flashes. Mitchell has played in 35 college games. He has a total of 93 receptions, 1,405 receiving yards, and 18 touchdowns. For perspective, Rome Odunze had 92 receptions, 1,640 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns just this season.

So then why is Mitchell getting first-round buzz? Because he has traits that can't be taught at six foot four inches tall and a natural ability to separate from coverage as a route runner. He may fall to day two of the NFL Draft, but that could make for a better landing spot for his Fantasy value in his first season. He is a mid-round pick option in redraft leagues.

Stat to Know: Mitchell only had 178 yards after the catch in 2023. That is the 5th lowest total among draft-eligible wide receivers with at least 80 targets.

No. 6: Keon Coleman, Florida State

When Keon Coleman was still at Michigan State, he played both basketball and football. That is the level of athleticism that Coleman offers. At 6'4 and 215 pounds, he has the body of an X-receiver.

The first week of the college season was the coming out party for Coleman in the Camping World Kickoff vs LSU. On a field with Jayden Daniels, Malik Nabers, and Brian Thomas, it was Coleman who stole the show. In that game, he was dominant down the field and with the ball in his hands including the slant route below.

Coleman is likely to hear his name called on the first night of the NFL Draft. He will likely be a mid-round selection in Fantasy drafts.

Stat to Know: PFF stats have Coleman with 30 contested targets on only 87 total targets.

No. 5: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

It was only three seasons ago that the word 'generational' was used with a tight end. Don't let the disappointment of Kyle Pitts's Fantasy output so far discourage you from another generational tight end prospect in Brock Bowers.

While he was at Georgia, the Bulldogs lost only one game. He was a big reason for that. He has been used all over the formation including in-line, out-wide, slot receiver, and even in the backfield. The Bulldogs recognized that the more ways you can get Bowers involved, the better it is for your offense.

Don't be surprised when an NFL team selects Bowers in the top 10 picks. Then, don't be surprised when he is drafted as a top-10 tight end already this season.

Stat to Know: While at Georgia, Bowers had 19 carries for 183 rushing yards and five touchdowns demonstrating his unique skillset.

No. 4: Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

Malik Nabers isn't the only LSU wide receiver who is likely to be selected in the NFL Draft. Brian Thomas is a big receiver with a listed height of six foot four inches and 205 pounds. He has also been clocked over 22 miles-per-hour which is an absurd speed for a player of his size.

While he has plenty of long speed, he isn't twitchy to win consistently underneath. With that in mind, he reminds lots of analysts of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. Higgins also happens to be a free agent this offseason. If he does leave the Bengals, Thomas would be a good replacement for him in the middle of the first round. If that were to happen, he would be a mid-round selection in Fantasy drafts this season.

Stat to Know: Thomas led the nation in receiving touchdowns with 17. He had six games this past season with two touchdowns or more.

No. 3: Rome Odunze, Washington

The Washington Huskies are likely to have three wide receivers chosen in the NFL Draft. While Ja'Lynn Polk and Jalen McMillan are likely day-two selections, Rome Odunze could go in the top 10 overall.

Odunze is a receiver who uses his catch radius and physicality to make receptions downfield. While he had struggles with drops earlier in his career (over 14% drop percentage his first two seasons), he has worked at it. He only dropped three passes this season while making 92 receptions.

Odunze has the potential to be the third wide receiver to be selected in the top 10 of the NFL draft. A popular NFL mock draft destination is the Chicago Bears, where he would be a complimentary receiver to D.J. Moore. He likely would then be a Fantasy selection somewhere between picks 45 and 65.

Stat to Know: Odunze led the nation in receiving yards with 1,639. That number is boosted by his 15.5-yard average depth of target which was second in the nation with players over 100 targets.

No. 2: Malik Nabers, LSU

Malik Nabers is the second-best wide receiver prospect in this draft. While that is a factually accurate statement, it doesn't do justice to how good of a prospect he is. In my grading scale, which I have used since 2019, only Marvin Harrison Jr. and Ja'Marr Chase scored higher than Nabers.

There are three major aspects of playing wide receiver: route-running, catching the ball, and yards-after-the-catch ability. Nabers doesn't have a deficit in any of the aspects, but it's his abilities with the ball in his hands where he shines. He has quick twitch athleticism which allows him to make sharp cuts and use his speed to eat up yardage.

Nabers is a rookie receiver who is going to be a hot commodity at the Fantasy draft table. He could go as early as the third round, even in redraft leagues.

Stat to Know: Nabers made 89 receptions last season. 70 of them went for a first down. That means 79% of his catches went for first downs.

No. 1: Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State

If it's not a quarterback who is selected with the first pick in the draft, Marvin Harrison Jr. is the odds-on favorite. A true X-receiver with his 6'4 205-pound frame, he is not just a size-speed option. As you watch him play, you can see that he picked up some route-running nuances from his Hall of Fame father.

Any prospect can be a bust, but it's hard to see a scenario where Harrison isn't a successful receiver. In the traditional redraft format, Harrison should be the first rookie off the board in Fantasy drafts. He should go off the board in the first three rounds of Fantasy drafts.

Stat to Know: Among receivers with 100 targets, Harrison led all college football receivers with 18.1 yards per reception.

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