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The hype is REAL with this rookie class. Due to social media, I’ve never seen so many highlights during OTAs.  I am unsure about you but I am fired up for more football.  Luckily, mandatory minicamps are around the corner beginning now to mid-June for most teams. Then the real summer spectacle of training camp opens towards the end of July. Let’s look at some early risers and fallers thus far into OTAs.

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Risers

  • Player: Luke McCaffrey
  • Team: Washington Commanders
  • Dynasty Rookie Rank: Overall 29 | Previously 31

McCaffrey offers some intrigue in the renovated Commanders’ offense run by Kliff Kingsbury. There are natural comparisons to Julian Edelman, a QB converted to a WR, however McCaffrey showcased elite speed with his 4.46 40-yard dash. I’ve moved him up two spots in my ranking because his OC has a track record of spreading the ball to WRs during his tenure in Arizona. Former Cardinals’ slot WR, Christian Kirk, averaged 96.7 targets with a 16.8% target share in three seasons with Kingsbury from 2019-22. Only 35 WRs drew at least 100 targets in 2023. In a rookie class deep with WRs, McCaffrey could provide value in the late second and early third-round in drafts.

  • Player: Theo Johnson
  • Team: New York Giants
  • Dynasty Rookie Rank: Overall 36 | Previously 41

Darren Waller announced his retirement on Sunday, June 9th. The former Nittany Lion’s competition is Daniel Bellinger who totaled 55 receptions in two seasons. Johnson is displaying his playmaking ability in OTAs as rumors are swirling about him starting in year one. Under OC Mike Kafk, the Giants’ group of TE targets increased from 57 in 2022 to 107 in 2023. Waller drew 74 of the 107 targets in only 12 games and was five targets shy of being the team leader in 2023. Should Johnson emerge as the TE1 in NY there’s long-term potential in an offense that has shown the willingness to feature a TE.

Fallers

  • Player: Roman Wilson
  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Dynasty Rookie Rank: Overall 31 | Previously 29

Wilson dropping in my ranks is more about his situation and opportunity in Pittsburgh. I like the player and his skillset but I fear Arthur Smith will underutilize him. Last season under Smith, Drake London led all Falcon’s WRs with 69 receptions on 110 targets while the WR2, Mack Hollins, totaled 30 targets for 18 catches in 2023. Geroge Pickens is the clear WR1 for the foreseeable future so it’s hard to gauge where Wilson lands on the pecking order with two legitimate starting QBs with different skill sets. There are far too many unknowns about this offense that I am willing to pass on Wilson in drafts.

  • Player: Devontez Walker
  • Team: Baltimore Ravens
  • Dynasty Rookie Rank: Overall 39 | Previously 36

Walker is oozing with talent during Baltimore’s OTAs but hasn’t caught a pass from Lamar Jackson. He appears to be the fourth WR on the depth chart and will compete for targets with upcoming star Zay Flowers, former first-round pick Rashon Bateman, and TE Mark Andrews. The Ravens also brought back Nelson Aghlor, which won’t affect Walker’s long-term value. Unfortunately for Walker, his QB has not created fantasy value for more than two pass catchers since entering the league in 2018. He’s a long-term stash player that I will avoid in the third round.

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# Name Team Pos
Caleb Williams CHI QB
Marvin Harrison Jr. ARI WR
Jayden Daniels WAS QB
J.J. McCarthy MIN QB
Malik Nabers NYG WR
Brian Thomas Jr. JAX WR
Rome Odunze CHI WR
Drake Maye QB NE
Xaiver Worthy KC WR
Jonathan Brooks CAR RB
Brock Bowers LV TE
Keon Coleman BUF WR
Bo Nix DEN QB
Lad McConkey LAC WR
Ricky Pearsall SF WR
Trey Benson ARI RB
Adonai Mitchell IND WR
Xavier Legette CAR WR
Blake Corum LAR RB
Jermaine Burton CIN WR
Michael Penix Jr. ATL QB
Marshawn Lloyd GB RB
Troy Franklin DEN WR
Malachi Corley NYJ WR
Bucky Irving TB RB
Javon Baker NE WR
Ben Sinnott WAS TE
Ja’Lynn Polk NE WR
Luke McCaffrey WAS WR
Jaylen Wright MIA RB
Roman WIlson PIT WR
Kimani Vidal LAC RB
Ray Davis BUF RB
Jalen McMillan TB WR
Spencer Rattler NO QB
Theo Johnson NYG TE
Audric Estime DEN RB
Isaac Guerendo SF RB
Devontez Walker BAL WR
Tyrone Tracy Jr. NYG RB
Malik Washington MIA WR
Brenden Rice LAC WR
Braelon Allen NYJ RB
Will Shipley PHI RB
Ja’Tavion Sanders CAR TE
Dylan Laube LV RB
Cade Stover HOU TE
Rasheen Ali BAL RB
Johnny Wilson PHI WR
Ryan Flournoy DAL WR

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