2024 Fantasy Football Top 4 Rookie Quarterback Rankings

by Corey Pieper
2024 Fantasy Football Top 4 Rookie Quarterback Rankings

Below are my 2024 Fantasy Football Top 4 Rookie Quarterback 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 quarterback class is very top-heavy. Similar to last season, we may see three quarterbacks gone in the first five picks. Whether it's the Chicago Bears or someone they trade with, the first pick in the draft seems likely to be a quarterback.

Other teams in the top 13 picks who may be interested in a quarterback include the Washington Commanders, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, and the Las Vegas Raiders. When there is that much need, quarterback values may be pushed up.

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

It's possible we could see as many as six quarterbacks selected in the first round. Then, why do you only have the top 4 quarterback rookie rankings for the 2024 Fantasy Football season? We have many more ranked and you can discuss them with us in-depth in our Discord server. However, you have to join Fantasy Six Pack to see our full rankings and to have that access.

2024 Fantasy Football Top 4 Quarterback Rookie Rankings

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No. 4: J.J. McCarthy, Michigan

J.J. McCarthy's statistics aren't going to wow you. He hasn't thrown for 3,000 yards or 25 touchdowns in either of his college seasons as the primary starter. But he did lead Michigan to the playoff each of his seasons including a National Championship this past year. Going back to his high school career, he is 62-3 as a starter. Too bad you don't get fantasy points for quarterback wins! As a fantasy asset, he can make an impact with both his arms and his legs. Michigan's offensive scheme was so run-oriented that McCarthy hasn't shown his full potential. There are the makings of a fantasy asset here, but it may not be this season.

Stat to Know: McCarthy is one of four college quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts who had an adjusted completion percentage of 80% or higher.

No. 3: Drake Maye, North Carolina

Stepping into the quarterback position for the University of North Carolina after  Sam Howell, Drake Maye has excelled in every aspect. Maye took a bit of a statistical step back in 2023 from 2022.  That partially can be explained by the Tar Heels switching offensive coordinators.

There is no throw that Maye's arm can't make. He also can pick up yards with his feet having rushed for almost 1,500 yards in the last two seasons. Watching him you can see the potential to be another Justin Herbert. While Maye will likely be a usable fantasy asset in the future, in his first season there may be growing pains as he seems likely to land in a difficult situation.

Stat to Know: Maye loves to attack downfield as demonstrated by his career 10.7 average depth of target (ADOT).

No. 2: Jayden Daniels, LSU

There are very few quarterbacks who have the athletic profile of Jayden Daniels. The comparison you will hear the most is likely Lamar Jackson. Much like Jackson won the premiere NFL individual award in the MVP, Daniels won the Heisman Trophy which is the premiere collegiate individual award.

The rushing ability is what is going to make him a fantasy stalwart. He has rushed for over 700 yards each of the past three seasons, including last season's 1,134 rushing yards which led all collegiate quarterbacks. Much like Anthony Richardson last season, the rushing ability sets such a high floor for fantasy. Daniels has all the potential to be a fantasy force as soon as this year.

Stat to Know: No stat necessary. Just watch what he can do.

No. 1: Caleb Williams, USC

Caleb Williams has been on NFL draft radars since he replaced quarterback Spencer Rattler in a comeback win over Texas when Williams was still a true freshman. After that season, he followed his Oklahoma coach, Lincoln Riley, to the University of Southern California. All he did there in his first season was win the Heisman Trophy and become a unanimous first-team All-American. His creativity is unmatched in this class as he routinely makes plays out of nothing.

He is the odds-on favorite to be the first player selected in the NFL draft by whichever team ends up with that pick. He has all the potential to be a top-12 quarterback in his first season similar to C.J. Stroud in the 2023 season.

Stat to Know: Caleb Williams has a career touchdown to interception ratio of 93 touchdowns to just 14 interceptions.

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The NFL Combine will be crucial for Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix as it could determine whether or not they become first-round draft picks.


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