Dynasty Football Rookie WR Tiered Rankings

Pre-NFL Draft

by Jordan Schultz
Dynasty Football Rookie WR Tiered Rankings

Welcome to the Dynasty Football Rookie WR 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 wide receiver tiered rankings to help make some roster moves prior to the 2024 NFL Draft!

Dynasty Football Rookie WR Tiered Rankings

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Tier 1 - Marvin Harrison Jr

Marvin Harrison Jr. is in a clear tier of his own at the top of the class for me. He is coming off back-to-back seasons of 1200+ receiving yards and 14 TDs and is the most well-rounded WR we’ve seen come out of the draft in the last few years. The only knock on him is he doesn’t have the top-end speed to blow by all DBs at the next level, but his combination of body control, route running, and catching through contact are unmatched.

Tier 2 - Malik Nabers, Rome Odunze

Malik Nabers - Nabers is the most explosive runner after the catch in the class, and his top-end speed makes up for the few minor deficiencies he has as a route runner. He paced LSU with 89 catches for 1,569 yards and 14 TDs in his final season after a 72-catch, 1,017-yard campaign as a sophomore.

Rome Odunze - Odunze is the best-contested catcher in the class, but he’s much more than just a jump-ball red-zone threat. He’s an excellent route runner who knows how to use his big-bodied frame to box out defensive backs to make plays routinely at all three levels of the field. Odunze hauled in 92 catches for 1,640 yards and 13 TDs in his final season, and he arguably has the safest floor of any of the big three WRs in this class.

Tier 3 - Brian Thomas Jr, Xavier Worthy, Troy Franklin, Ladd McConkey, Adonai Mitchell, Keon Coleman

Brian Thomas Jr - While it’s not as much of a consensus as the top 3 WRs, Brian Thomas Jr. seems to be the most common name you see listed at WR4 in this class at this point. He very easily could have improved on his 1,117-yard, 17-TD campaign if he didn’t have an elite talent like Malik Nabers on the other side of the field from him. However, he’s shown he can produce in a secondary role as well, raising his floor to the next level.

Xavier Worthy - It seems like the big differences in people's draft boards start at WR5, as there are four other names besides Worthy I can realistically see slotting in here. NFL offenses have done a good job of incorporating smaller WRs with explosive speed and change-of-pace ability into their game plans in recent years, and Worthy projects to be the next player to enter the league in that mold. He hauled in 75 catches for 1,014 yards and five TDs, and to be completely honest, QB Quinn Ewers missed him on several throws so those numbers could have been even better.

Troy Franklin - People seem to either really love or hate Troy Franklin, and I come in closer to the side that loves him. He’s got a better release and separation skills than he’s given credit for, which only complements the elite top-end speed and field-stretching ability he possesses. He brought in 81 catches for 1,383 yards and 14 TDs as Bo Nix’s number-one option in Oregon's high-octane passing attack.

Ladd McConkey - There is definitely a bit of projection baked into this ranking as McConkey battled injuries and had to share touches in the Georgia offensive attack. His route-running ability and the number of routes he can run at an elite level are near the best in the class. He was limited to just 30 catches this past season but broke off 478 yards (15.9 YPC) and 3 total TDs. In the right offense, McConkey could develop into a monster PPR option.

Adonai Mitchell - Adonai Mitchell is the other name I routinely see mentioned in the conversation for WR4, but there were enough question marks for me to drop him down a few spots. He’s not a true body-catcher, but there were enough instances he did catch it with his body when you’d like him to go up and attack the ball. This mixed with fluctuations of intensity and effort (he admitted as such) on a play-to-play basis brings up a few minor red flags. However, his prowess in the Red Zone is undeniable, as he hauled in double-digit TDs while sharing targets with Xavier Worthy.

Keon Coleman - Coleman is a converted basketball player who is still growing and learning to play the WR position. His jump ball skills are near the top of the class and he will routinely come down with contested catches when given the opportunity. He didn’t draw the volume some of the other guys on this list did, bringing in only 50 catches for 658 yards, but he did manage to find the End Zone 11 times in his final season at Florida State.

Tier 4 - Roman Wilson, Malik Washington, Xavier Legette, Ricky Pearsall, Malachi Corley, Devontez Walker

Roman Wilson - Like everyone besides Blake Corum in the Michigan offense, a lower volume of targets makes Wilson tough to rank without projecting some growth at the next level. He only caught 48 passes in his final season, but he went for 12 TDs and 789 yards for over 16 yards per catch. He has sure hands and the speed to take the top off of defenses and make plays after the catch.

Malik Washington - Washington is my favorite draft pick in the third and early fourth rounds of rookie drafts, and I expect him to be my most rostered rookie this season. He transferred to Virginia for his final season to become the focal point of their offense after four years at Northwestern, and he delivered. He set career highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns while also improving his yards per catch, demonstrating his ability to maintain efficiency with an increased workload.

Xavier Legette - Legette had never broken the 20-catch mark in college until his fifth and final season last year at South Carolina where he hauled in 71 passes for 1,255 yards and 7 scores. He can also contribute as a kick returner and is a threat to make big plays after the catch routinely.

Ricky Pearsall - Pearsall projects to be a plus weapon operating out of the slot as he knows how to set up his routes and manipulate the defense to create space for open looks. Over his two seasons at Florida, he combined for 98 catches for over 1,600 yards and 9 TDs despite playing with two different QBs. He can also contribute as a punt returner and gadget option for end-around and trick plays.

Malachi Corley - Corley is an average route runner who is elite after the catch, routinely breaking tackles and ripping off highlight plays for Western Kentucky. He’s not as physical and struggles to catch through contact for how big he is, but he’s the type of player you can scheme up looks for, and he can make an impact on minimal touches. Over three highly productive college seasons, he totaled 253 receptions for 2,968 yards and 29 TDs.

Devontez Walker - Every year, there are one or two wide receivers I find myself valuing more highly than the consensus in rookie drafts. This year, Walker is shaping up to be one of those players. Despite a somewhat bumpy journey to get on the field for the Tar Heels, he managed to break free for over 70 receiving yards in five of his eight games, surpassing the 100-yard mark three times

Tier 5 - Ja'Lynn Polk, Jermaine Burton, Javon Baker, Jalen McMillan, Johnny Wilson

Ja'Lynn Polk - Polk shined as the second option in the Huskies passing attack, bringing in 69 catches for 1,100 yards and 9 scores. He needs to improve as a route runner at the next level, but he has solid hands and body control and knows how to get up and compete for jump balls.

Jermaine Burton - Burton’s tape is a lot more appealing than the overall box score numbers he posted over his final two seasons at Alabama that saw him haul in 79 total catches for over 1400 yards and 15 TDs. He can play through contact and rarely drops passes, but he doesn’t always create separation and doesn’t add much after the catch.

Javon Baker - Baker seems to be the one WR I am constantly a little bit lower on than consensus. He needs to play more physically and cut out the drops, but if it all clicks you can definitely see the appeal. He caught 52 passes for 1,139 yards and 7 scores his final season, finishing with an impressive 21.9 yards per catch. Watch his landing spot and adjust his ranking accordingly if he ends up in an up-tempo passing attack.

Jalen McMillan - McMillan was the third guy in the Washington passing attack, but he has shown he can operate as a high-level second option. He battled injuries his final season and only played in 7 games so the overall numbers were down, but in 2022 when he was healthy he finished with 1,098 receiving yards and 9 TDs on 79 catches.

Johnny Wilson - Wilson is a freak athlete with a huge 6’7” frame. I know everyone and their dog is saying that he should transition to playing TE, and he would arguably be the TE3 or 4 in the class if he did so, but even still, it’s a bit concerning he was only able to bring in two TDs his final year at Florida St. in one of the better offensive attacks in the country.

Tier 6 - Jacob Cowing, Brenden Rice, Luke McCaffrey, Ainias Smith, Jamari Thrash

Jacob Cowing - Over the past three seasons, Cowing has improved his total receptions (69, 85, and then 90) while recording fewer receiving yards each year (1,354, 1,034, and then 848).  He hauled in 27 total TDs over that time.

Brenden Rice - Brenden, The son of Jerry Rice, was Caleb Williams's top option in the USC passing attack this past year, and he responded with 791 yards and 12 TDs on 45 receptions. Rice projects to be a complementary option that can contribute in the red zone.

Luke McCaffrey - Another prospect with an NFL bloodline, Luke McCaffrey switched to WR in college after playing QB and shouldered a huge percentage of the Rice Owls' total offense with 86 total touches for 1,100 yards and 13 TDs, and he’s still learning how to play the WR position.

Ainias Smith - Ainias Smith is a converted RB whose ability as a ball carrier pops on the tape. In his final season with Texas A&M Smith caught 53 passes for 795 yards and 2 TDs, while also contributing on special teams returning kicks and punts.

Jamari Thrash - After a dominant fourth season at Georgia St., Thrash transferred to Louisville and hauled in 63 catches for 858 yards and 6 TDs. He’s a field stretcher with ball-tracking skills that will succeed if he can beat press coverage at the NFL level.

Tier 7 - Anthony Gould, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, Isaiah Williams, Tahj Washington, Ryan Flournoy, Cornelius Johnson

The upside for the WRs 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 or by carving out a role as a returner on special teams.

If I am taking a swing at two of these guys in deeper leagues, I think Anthony Gould and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint have the skill sets best suited to carve out a role as I described above.

Tier 8 - Jalen Coker, Jerrod Bub Means, Jha'Quan Jackson, Jordan Whittington, Hayden Hatten, Xavier Weaver, Josuah Cephus, Dayton Wade, Zakhari Franklin, Tejhaun Palmer, Lideatrick Tulu Griffen, Tayvion Robinson, Devaughn Vele

The rest of these WRs 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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