Early 2024 Dynasty Rookie WR Rankings: Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers Lead a Legendary Fantasy Football Class

2024 sets up to be a legendary WR class.

This 2024 dynasty rookie WR class is as elite as it gets. This class has everything, from fantasy football dynasty cornerstones, such as Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze, to players with WR1 or WR2 fantasy upside, like Brian Thomas Jr., Keon Coleman, and Troy Franklin.

After reading our 2024 dynasty rookie WR rankings, hit up our Early 2024 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft, Way Too Early 2025 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft, and our 2024 Dynasty Trade Chart for more 2024 dynasty content.

2024 DYNASTY ROOKIE WR RANKINGS

TIER 1

1. MARVIN HARRISON JR., OHIO STATE

What’s there not to like about Marvin Harrison Jr., who is touted as one of the best draft prospects of this generation? The Heisman finalist and Biletnikoff Award winner has the size at 6-foot-4 and 205 lbs, the speed at 22.2 mph, and elite receiver traits that will make him an instant NFL alpha WR1.

Although dealing with a significant drop-off in quarterback play from CJ Stroud to Kyle McCord, Harrison still averaged over 18 yards per reception and made big play after big play to bail out the Buckeye offense. Some could argue he was the most valuable player in the country to a team that sometimes drew up the “F— it, Marv is down there somewhere” play. He can run by any defensive back, never drops the football, and can win any contested catch.

However, as someone who has watched every snap of his career, his lack of separation against physical man-to-man corners and lack of physicality after the catch makes me a little cooler on him than most of #DraftTwitter. Don’t get it twisted, though: he’s still a generational talent with monster upside, but he’s not the best wide receiver prospect ever that some are making him out to be.

Either way, he will be an elite fantasy WR1 for years to come.

Key 2023 stats: 67 rec, 1,211 yds, 14 TD, 18.1 avg

2. MALIK NABERS, LSU

Don’t get upset because Malik Nabers is an excellent consolation prize for those drafting after the 1.03 (Caleb Williams, MHJR, Drake Maye). The LSU product would’ve been WR1 in almost any other year, but he is in the same class as Harrison Jr.

He was tabbed as Jayden Daniels’ WR1 for the past two seasons and proved he could do it all this season. Whether it’s vertically or intermediately, he can make tough catches and is a pain in the ass to tackle after the catch. He’s also physical in contested catch situations and can break ankles with his route running. Overall, he’s better after the catch than Harrison Jr., and the gap between the two future alphas is not that significant.

Nabers has future fantasy WR1 written all over him and will make an instant impact as a rookie.

Key 2023 stats: 89 rec, 1,569 yds, 14 TD, 17.6 avg

TIER 2

3. ROME ODUNZE, WASHINGTON

Like Nabers, Rome Odunze is an excellent third consolation prize and would’ve been the WR1 in most classes. Odunze posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and totaled 20 touchdowns over that span as Michael Penix’s top target.

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Simply put, Odunze makes plays downfield, which is proven by his 18 receptions of 20-plus air yards. He’s arguably the best-contested catch receiver in the class. It’s not a 50/50 ball with Odunze; it’s at least a 65/35. However, he’s more than a deep threat with top-tracking skills and elite contested catch ability. He’s an above-average route runner who can separate on intermediate routes and is very physical after the catch.

Odunze will be a touchdown machine in the NFL with fantasy WR1/WR2 upside.

Key 2023 stats: 92 rec, 1,640 yds, 13 TD, 17.8 avg

TIER 3

4. KEON COLEMAN, FLORIDA STATE

Keon Coleman is a great example of a transfer portal hit. Coleman went from one of the most inept offenses in the country at Michigan State to one of the most explosive offenses in the country at Florida State. Because of this transfer, Coleman put himself on the map when he exploded for 122 yards and three touchdowns on nine receptions against LSU in his FSU debut.

Although his season had spectacular highlights, he also disappeared at times, posting a goose-egg against Boston College and having five games with three or fewer receptions. This was due to his inability to separate consistently and relying too much on his superior physicality in contested situations.

Coleman’s size (6-foot-4, 215 lbs) and tools will likely get him drafted in the first round, but he must continue to evolve his game to be a more consistent fantasy option in the future. I’m rolling the dice on the talent and upside here. But, he could stumble if his pre-draft is not up to par.

Key 2023 stats: 50 rec, 658 yds, 11 TD, 13.2 avg

5. BRIAN THOMAS JR., LSU

Previously unranked on our 2024 first round mock drafts, Brian Thomas Jr. made his first-round debut in our most recent update. In reality, he should’ve been in the original article and could continue to rise after he likely destroys LSU Pro Day and the NFL Combine.

Nabers and Daniels get all of the attention in Baton Rouge, and rightfully so. However, Thomas, who stands at 6-foot-4 and 205 lbs, is an absolute beast who cooked opposite Nabers.

Thomas’ blend of size, speed, and reliable hands make him a nightmare to guard, which could land him at the end of the first round. The former hoops standout turned down D1 basketball offers, and his body control and vertical make him what we thought Quentin Johnston should be.

I won’t rank him above Rome Odunze, but Thomas’ pre-draft process could move him ahead of Coleman and a top-five WR lock. Did we overlook the next Justin JeffersonJa’Marr Chase combo out of LSU?

Thomas Jr. has a chance to be a special fantasy asset.

Key 2023 stats: 68 rec, 1,177 yds, 17 TD, 17.3 avg

6. TROY FRANKLIN, OREGON

Troy Franklin is a lanky wideout with serious wheels and big-play ability, helping unlock Bo Nix’s offense in 2023. The 6-foot-3 wideout is a burner (will run in 4.3s) who was one of the top deep threats in the country and has some YAC upside at 187 lbs.

According to PFF, Franklin had 37 explosive plays of 15 yards or more and forced 14 missed tackles with the ball in his hands. The best part of Franklin’s game is that he’s not just a straight-line burner; he dices up corners in intermediate routes and can get open on any level. Still, he’s an excellent ball tracker and is a vertical weapon.

Franklin is a typical fantasy WR2 with massive ‘boom’ upside– think of a suped-up Gabe Davis with more natural receiver talent and consistency. The former Duck is a day-one impact player who fantasy managers can get at the end of the first or early second of rookie drafts.

The Oregon product may end up at WR4 before rookie dynasty drafts kick-off.

Key 2023 stats: 81 rec, 1,383 yds, 14 TD, 17.1 avg

TIER 4

7. ADONAI MITCHELL, TEXAS

The Quinn EwersXavier WorthyAD Mitchell trio was unstoppable this season, a significant reason for Texas’ College Football Playoff run. All Mitchell does is win, leaving college with two national titles at Georgia and a CFP berth at Texas.

Mitchell was lethal against single coverage, hauling in six touchdowns against that coverage in 2023. At Georgia, Mitchell was used as a vertical burner, but his underrated route tree expanded, and he has the size advantage (6-foot-4, 196 lbs) over his teammate Xavier Worthy. Since arriving in Austin, Mitchell flourished with Ewers in Steve Sarkisian’s offense.

Fun fact: 84.4% of his receptions have gone for a first down or touchdown this season (second-best in FBS).

Key 2023 stats: 55 rec, 845 yds, 11 TD, 15.4 avg

8. XAVIER WORTHY, TEXAS

Xavier Worthy is one of the most polarizing wide receiver prospects in this class. Fantasy players will see draft experts mocking Worthy from WR4 to WR10 — primarily due to his range of upside, consistency, and lack of size at 6-foot-1, 172 lbs.

From a positive standpoint, Worthy is one of the best short and intermediate route runners in his class, displaying elite short-area quickness and NFL-type releases. Plus, he can burn defensive backs downfield with his blazing speed (4.29 40). However, his lack of size doesn’t stack up against physical defensive backs and sometimes has a case of the dropsies.

Still, if drafted into the right spot, he’ll be a fantasy weapon and could be a weekly ‘boom’ option.

Key 2023 stats: 75 rec, 1,014 yds, 5 TD, 13.5 avg

9. XAVIER LEGETTE, SOUTH CAROLINA

Xavier Legette is coming off a monster final season at South Carolina, making him one of this class’ biggest risers. The 6-foot-3, 225 lb beast is excellent after the catch and consistently makes plays both intermediately and downfield.

Legette is as physical as it gets and should run in the 4.3s at the NFL Combine, making him a real mismatch in the pros. Not only can he get vertical, but his size and speed make him an opponent’s nightmare at all three levels. It’ll be interesting to see if his route running will improve throughout the draft process, as he wasn’t given an extensive route tree in college.

The fantasy upside is tremendous, and he has shades of the next DK Metcalf once the tape starts rolling.

Key 2023 stats: 71 rec, 1,255 yds, 7 TD, 17.7 avg

TIER 5

10. LADD MCCONKEY, GEORGIA

Displaying shades of Julian Edelman, Wes Welker, and Danny Amendola, Ladd McConkey would’ve been a dream selection for Tom Brady’s Patriots. He is ‘deceptively’ quick off the line (wink) and can easily get in and out of his routes. But more impressively, he can also get loose downfield and make defenders miss when given the chance.

Some say he’s a screen merchant, but his route tree is impressive in the intermediate areas of the field. McConkey battled through some injuries in 2023 and the passing game took a step back with the departure of OC Todd Monken, but he put enough on tape over the last three years to show what he can do at all levels of the field.

McConkey has PPR consistency written all over him, with Curtis Samuelesque upside.

Key 2023 stats: 30 rec, 478 yds, 2 TD, 15.9 avg

11. JOHNNY WILSON, FLORIDA STATE

Johnny Wilson was built in a lab and could become the ultimate WR/TE hybrid mismatch, ala Darren Waller or Evan Engram. Wilson will be a red zone monster in the league, standing at 6-foot-7 and 237 lbs with 35 5/8″ arms and an 84 1/2″ wingspan (99th percentile). Not only does he have the size, but he also has the speed (expected to run in the 4.4s) and agility, making him a challenge to cover on the perimeter.

The thing about his size and strength is that he could legitimately be the TE2 behind Brock Bowers if his future team moves him there. Still, his elite catch radius, high-point ability, YAC upside, and non-stop motor in the blocking game make him a three-down perimeter or “big slot” weapon in the NFL.

The fantasy upside is massive here — especially if he moves to tight end.

Key 2023 stats: 41 rec, 617 yds, 2 TD, 15 avg

12. DEVONTEZ WALKER, NORTH CAROLINA

Tez Walker is one of the most debated players in this class. It seems that #DraftTwitter either loves or hates the guy. While I do not necessarily ‘hate’ him, I am not as high on him as others.

Why is that, you ask? Well, his route tree is severely incomplete, with little to no separation on short and intermediate routes. Right now, he’s a project and vertical specialist, similar to former Tar Heel and current Commander Dyami Brown. Sure, he has some YAC upside mostly due to his size (6-foot-3, 200 lbs) and speed, but miss me on an older one-dimensional prospect who cooked in the MAC at Kent State before teaming up with Drake Maye.

Still, there is some touchdown upside if he lands in the perfect spot with a cannon under center.

Key 2023 stats: 41 rec, 699 yds, 7 TD, 17 avg

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