Dynasty Football Rookie RB Tiered Rankings

by Jordan Schultz
Dynasty Football Rookie RB Tiered Rankings

Welcome to the Dynasty Football Rookie RB Tiered Rankings.

With the 2024 NFL Draft right around the corner, it’s time for Dynasty Fantasy Football GMs to start preparing for their own rookie drafts and getting acquainted with the new batch of incoming talent.

These rankings and tiers are still fluid and will adjust post-draft, but it gives a solid starting point on how to value the potential fantasy stars of tomorrow as we head into the draft.

Whether you are contending or rebuilding, make sure you read my running back tiered rankings to help make some roster moves prior to the 2024 NFL Draft!

Dynasty Football Rookie RB Tiered Rankings

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Tier 1 - Jonathan Brooks, Trey Benson

Jonathan Brooks - If it wasn’t for the late knee injury Brooks would be in a clear tier of his own at the top of the class. You may have to be patient and essentially let him take a redshirt year but he’s the one guy in this class I think has true potential to develop into a multi-season superstar Top-5 RB.

Trey Benson - Benson battled his way back from a gruesome injury early in his career at Oregon to develop into an early day-2 prospect in the NFL draft. He went for over 1,000 total yards in his final two years at Florida St. and doesn’t have a lot of wear on the tread of his tires, failing to eclipse 180 touches in either campaign.

Tier 2 - Marshawn Lloyd, Jaylen Wright, Blake Corum, Braelon Allen

Marshawn Lloyd - Lloyd has ball security issues he absolutely has to clean up or he will struggle to get on the field, but he’s a walking big play threat that I believe has room to grow as a pass catcher at the next level. Lloyd only needed 129 total touches in his final year at USC to rack up 1052 total yards and 9 TDs.

Jaylen Wright - Wright played in one of the more friendly college offenses to put up numbers, but he did exactly just that, breaking off 2,037 total yards to go with 14 TDs over his final two seasons at Tennessee. His quickness and change-of-pace ability are unmatched in this class, he just has to clean up the fumbles and he should develop into more than just a change-of-pace passing-downs RB.

Blake Corum - Blake Corus is one of the most productive backs to come out of the draft in the last few years, racking up three straight seasons of 1,000 total yards. It’s hard to get a feel for just HOW good he really is because he was running into some of the biggest holes I’ve ever seen with the dominant Michigan offensive line in front of him. If he lands in a good offense he could jump up near the top of this list.

Braelon Allen - Allen took a small step back statistically this season but he still managed his third straight season with over 1,100 total yards, double-digit TDs, and over five yards per carry. He improved each season as a pass catcher as well. His size-speed combo is seductive and his athleticism was on full display at the combine. A good landing spot could cause him to jump up a few spots post-draft.

Tier 3 - Bucky Irving, Will Shipley, Ray Davis, Audric Estime

Bucky Irving - Bucky Irving is the most elusive side-to-side mover in this class. He played in one of the more friendly college offenses to put up big numbers and he did just that with over 1500 total yards and 13 touchdowns in his final season in Oregon. Bucky hauled in 56 catches and also can contribute as a kickoff returner, something that is an extra bonus with the new rule changes.

Will Shipley - Although he might not be big enough to handle a true workhorse role, he could achieve low-end RB2 numbers as the primary pass-catching option in a committee in the right offense. Furthermore, his value gets a boost in leagues that award points for return yards, making him an even more attractive option under the new league rules.

Ray Davis - Davis will be one of the older running back prospects on the day of the draft, but he is also one of the most productive over the past two seasons in two different programs. Last year he turned 199 carries into 1129 yards and 14 touchdowns to go with an additional 33 catches for 323 yards and seven touchdowns against SEC defenses. He may not be productive for Fantasy past his first contract, but I could see him being very helpful for Fantasy teams over the next two to three seasons.

Audric Estime - Estime isn’t the most explosive runner, but he’s powerful and tough to bring down once he gets a head full of steam. If he can land in an offense that will feature him as a goal line and short-yardage back he could be sneaky for fantasy GMs. In his final season for Notre Dame, he broke off 1341 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground, as well as contributing 17 catches so he’s not a complete zero there either.

Tier 4 - Dillon Johnson, Kimani Vidal, Isaiah Davis, Daijun Edwards

Dillon Johnson - Johnson will be one of my most rostered rookies with where he’s going currently in rookie drafts. He definitely has some red flags as he didn’t break out until his fourth college season, but he had over 1300 total yards and 16 touchdowns for one of the most productive offenses in college football last year.

Kimani Vidal - Vidal was a true three-down back for the Troy Trojans for two seasons, culminating with a senior campaign where he handled 315 total touches and broke free for over 1800 yards and 15 TDs. He could follow the trend of recent RBs who were drafted early on day 3 and have had one or more seasons of fantasy-relevant production (Rachaad White, Dameon Pierce, Tyler Allegier, etc).

Isaiah Davis - Davis is an explosive powerful runner and was one of my favorite films to watch. Like most small school players it is tough to get a read on how good he truly is based off of his level of competition, but he was extremely productive for South Dakota State with two straight seasons with over 1600 total yards and 15 or more TDs.

Daijun Edwards - Edwards was overshadowed by the level of talent he was surrounded by at Georgia, but his skill set could shine in the right role in the right NFL offense. He averaged over five yards per carry for two straight seasons and added 34 total catches for 298 yards so there could be some untapped potential as a pass catcher in an extended role.

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Tier 5 - Kendall Milton III, Cody Schrader, Dylan Laube, Jase McClellan, Tyrone Tracy

Kendall Milton III - Similar to Daijun Edwards above Milton had a tough time standing out in a crowded Georgia offense, but he closed out the season on a heater that saw him find the end zone nine times over the final five games.

Cody Schrader - Schrader is older but rumbled for over 1800 total yards and 14 TDs in his final season at Missouri against a tough SEC schedule. He is underrated as a pass catcher as well, hauling in 41 receptions for over 300 yards in the past two seasons.

Dylan Laube - Laube is one of the RBs whose draft landing spot I’m watching the closest once we get outside of the main names everyone is following. He has the potential to be an absolute monster in fantasy leagues and is arguably the best pass catcher in the class. Over his final two seasons at New Hampshire, he totaled 117 catches for 1,163 yards and 9 TDs.

Jase McClellan - McClellan isn’t the most elusive side-to-side mover but he’s got enough wiggle to make defenders miss. He has shown potential as a receiver and blocker on passing downs but doesn’t do any one thing at a spectacular level so he could struggle to carve out a role that nets fantasy relevance at the next level.

Tyrone Tracy - Tracy is one of the older prospects in the running back class, but he’s a converted wide receiver, and that pass-catching skill set shows up on the tape. He’s still learning how to play the RB position but could contribute on passing downs in an NFL offense.

Tier 6 - Blake Watson, Isaac Guerendo, Emani Bailey, Rasheen Ali, Frank Gore Jr

Blake Watson - Watson is a dual-threat out of the backfield who tallied over 2,000 yards and 19 TDs on the ground as well as 90 catches for 794 receiving yards and 5 TDs for Memphis.

Isaac Guerendo - Guerendo is a name I wasn’t familiar with until he exploded at the combine. He is a freak athlete who is worth paying attention to if he gets early day three draft capital.

Emani Bailey - Bailey went for just under 1400 yards and 9 TDs in his lone season as the lead back for TCU. He also kicked in 25 catches for 184 yards and a TD but has stiff hips and isn’t super explosive.

Rasheen Ali - Ali is a plus-pass catcher who can line up in the slot and outside. He hauled in 28 catches for 213 receiving yards and a score to go with 1100 yards and 15 TDs.

Frank Gore Jr - Gore Jr. is likely a late day-three selection that will fight for a roster spot, but he has an NFL bloodline and will be worth monitoring if he jumps up into round four or five. He handled over 250 total touches for over 1300 yards and 13 TDs for Southern Miss.

Tier 7 - Jawhar Jordan, George Holani, Miyan Williams, Michael Wiley, Jaden Shirden

The upside for the RBs in this tier is likely just a guy that you stash on 12-team taxi squads or 16-team benches for a few seasons and you hope they can have a few weeks of fantasy relevance due to injuries ahead of them. If I am taking a swing on two of these guys in deeper leagues I think Jawhar Jordan and George Holani have the skillsets best suited to carve out a role like I described above.

Tier 8 - Deshaun Fenwick, Carson Steele Jr., Montrell Johnson, Jabari Small, Austin Jones

The rest of these RBs in this tier are likely just stashes in deeper 16-team Superflex leagues unless something crazy happens on draft day. I don't see a clear path for them to make a fantasy impact in the NFL anytime soon and believe it's more likely that we'll see them putting up numbers in the UFL instead.

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