It is that time again. Time for the two-week break prior to the Super Bowl. Do not fret @RazzbowlNFL readers since we are here for you during both this downtime and throughout the offseason with all kinds of football content. As you have seen this week, we are rolling out our Way Too Early Fantasy Football Rankings, in which we will be providing our positional rankings. Further, we will be updating those rankings throughout the offseason as news breaks. Whether it’s coaching changes, free agency, the NFL draft, etc., there will be a lot of movement between now and the summer. Stick with us along the way, and you’ll be ready to go when you’re on the clock for the 2024 draft season.
My assignment is Wide Receivers. Today, I’ll provide the first section of my Top 100 fantasy Wide Receivers for the 2024 season. I can’t wait to see how this list evolves between now and August, and there is no better time than now to start!
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Way Too Early MY Guy WRs for 2024
It is easy to list Justin Jefferson as the overall WR1 and possibly the #1 overall fantasy asset. That is not why you come to Razzball! You come for the hot takes, and I am here for it! I considered dropping the hottest of takes here by ranking ARSB as my WR1, but I did not want to lose too much credibility because I wanted to be known for that hot take. With that being said, I do think ARSB could end the 2024 season as the overall WR1. The main thing stopping me from placing him atop my rankings (for now) is the multitude of weapons around him in Detroit. Not only is Detroit loaded on offense (Gibbs, Montgomery, LaPorta, Jameson), but they might be in the market for a viable WR2, which will both hurt and help ARSB. While the Lions ascend, ARSB should do the same. I will happily draft him after Jefferson, Tyreek, and Lamb have gone off the board.
Year in and year out, Adams proves to be an elite talent at WR. Allow other team owners to sleep on Adams, and you can probably draft him in the 3rd round of your 2024 leagues. He is basically quarterback-independent and will produce with anyone under center. There are rumors floating of a trade sending Adams to partner with Aaron Rodgers in New York. I would not put it past the Raiders to overpay for Adams only to deal him two seasons later for a lesser package. Isn’t that the Raider way? If Adams is moved and reunited with AR12, then I will immediately move him up my list. For now, I love him at WR10, knowing I can probably land him closer to WR15 in most drafts.
Every year I fade Allen and every year I am both right and wrong about the decision. When healthy and on the field, Allen is a fantasy stud and can act as a clear WR1 for your fantasy roster. When those old, thin, tattered hamstrings act up, Allen disappears for a few games each season. He does have one year remaining on his contract, and it is up in the air who will line up with him on offense. Austin Ekeler is a free agent. Mike Williams is not certain to return to Los Angeles. Add to those names the new head coach and offensive coordinator, and the 2024 season could be boom or bust for Allen. The good news, you ask? Justin Herbert is back and loves throwing the ball to Allen. Though he will turn 32 before kickoff of Week 1, Allen is still a stud WR, especially in PPR formats. Keep an eye on the free agency moves for the Chargers and watch the training camp news and notes regarding the offensive scheme to determine where you like to place Allen on your list. I am comfortable, for now, to have him in my Top 15.
Falling just outside of my initial 2024 Top 15 is former fantasy MVP Cooper Kupp. With the emergence of Puka Nacua and Kyren Williams and a healthy Matthew Stafford, I truly believe an injury-free Kupp could round back into WR1a form. I do not foresee Kupp ascending to the top of the ranks again, but I think his abysmal 2023 will lead to him being a draft-day discount. I will tell you this much…defenses will need to attempt to stop the run while focusing CB1 coverage on Puka, which will allow Kupp to roam freer than he has in years. While others overpay for Zay Flowers, Tank Dell, Calvin Ridley, and Tee Higgins, you should be targeting Kupp as your WR2. It is possible a healthy Kupp could fall to the 3-4 turn, which is an ideal spot to grab a player that can realistically return WR1 numbers.
Is there another WR making a bigger name for himself during the NFL playoffs than Rashee Rice? I do not think so. What does that mean for Rice heading into draft season? That means recency bias will push him up draft boards. It is quite possible you will need to overpay to garner his services in 2024 drafts. The kid is legit. There is no denying his talent. Questions arise in playcalling as Rice disappears at times, and I cannot figure out why. The Chiefs do not have a WR that should be the first read over Rice. There should be no mention of Hardman, Watson, MVS, Skyy, or Toney unless Rice is taking a breather or grabbing some water on the sidelines for a play or two. Rice could move up/down my ranks, depending on the Travis Kelce situation. Rumors have Kelce considering retirement, though I am not buying it. Free agency might also play into my ranks if the Chiefs bring in someone like Ridley/Higgins as their WR1. I do not think they will do so, as they should envision Rice as their WR1 moving forward (and on a rookie deal for cheap) while considering bringing in a complimentary piece at WR. Someone like DJ Chark would be a nice addition while allowing Rice to hold the WR1 reigns.
Here is the full list of my Top 20 WRs:
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