Dynasty

3 Second Round Dynasty Football Rookies To Target

Xavier Legette

Dynasty Football season is upon us, which is always a great time of year. NFL Depth Chart pages are closely examined, and perplexing questions are asked on NFL message boards and communities about the chances of a rookie stealing a starting job in 2024.

Gridiron Experts Dynasty Rookie rankings are a lot more aggressive than mine. The staff is higher on Brian Thomas Jr., but nevertheless, most consensus rankings look like this:

  1. Marvin Harrison Jr. (ARI)
  2. Malik Nabers (NYG)
  3. Rome Odunze (CHI)
  4. Caleb Williams (CHI)
  5. Xavier Worthy (KC)
  6. Brock Bowers (LV)
  7. Brian Thomas Jr. (JAC)
  8. Jonathon Brooks (CAR)
  9. Ladd McConkey (LAC)
  10. Jayden Daniels (WAS)
  11. Keon Coleman (BUF)
  12. Trey Benson (ARI)

However, after the top 10, many Dynasty managers tend to get frustrated. They don’t see the value and aren’t as thrilled to select someone in the second round. The following are five players that I’m very high on

Xavier Legette

WR| 6’1″ 221lbs | 4.39s 40-yard-time

Unexpectedly, the Panthers choose Xavier Legette, 32nd overall, at the end of the first round. Legette has demonstrated significant talent and big-play ability at South Carolina, but it’s hard to become overly optimistic about his prospects in 2024. The Panthers offense is still trying to establish some consistency and identity.

QB Bryce Young had a tough rookie season. As a result, I wouldn’t be shocked to see offensive coordinator Brad Idzik favor the run. Also, Young may target someone other than Legette with NFL experience if the team is forced to adopt a pass-heavy strategy. That all being said, the potential is there for Legette to thrive and I wouldn’t overlook the current situation as there is a possibility he is exactly what the Panthers are missing.

Some NFL Scouts have made the comparison to DK Metcalf.¬†“Not quite the athlete Metcalf is, but he’s got some game-breaking ability like that, and he can do a little more with versatility as a runner and pass-catcher,” an NFL personnel evaluator said.

Troy Franklin

WR| 6’2″ 176lbs | 4.41s 40-yard-time

There are doubts about Bo Nix; there are doubts about Troy Franklin. The Broncos have been spinning their wheels for years but can’t seem to get moving. They have failed with coaches, quarterbacks, and off-season decision-making, but this time is different; I believe really that.

Sean Payton wants a Drew Brees-type quarterback. He wants a get-the-ball-out-quick playmaker that will frustrate his opponents. As an Oregon Ducks fan, I truly believe Payton has found his guy, and with that, Troy Franklin will have value.

Troy Franklin haters don’t like the fact he only weighs 176 pounds; they also aren’t thrilled he only ran a 4.41 forty-time. But I can assure you he is a big play threat and was Bo Nix’s favorite target. If you can buy into the idea that Bo Nix isn’t as bad as the haters say he is, then the two of them should play well together.

MarShawn Lloyd

RB | 5’9″ 220lbs | 4.46s 40-yard-time

Lloyd in Green Bay likely won’t have much work in the beginning. The primary back, Josh Jacobs, is, quite simply, a workhorse who can do it all… for now.

AJ Dillon is believed to be handling the short yardage duty, but there are rumors he could get cut. Dillion’s 2023 season wasn’t spectacular, and some believe there will be a camp battle for the RB2 spot. Injuries happen, and I have a weird gut feeling I’ll be making my NFL Fantasy Picks this season with Lloyd in a lineup.

Dynasty Football is all about drafting the next best thing. I like Lloyd’s upside. Josh Jacobs is the RB1 now, but he has played five hard seasons and has 1,305 pro career carries. Lloyd’s only option now is to essentially receive sporadic carries and perhaps be incorporated into the passing game. Given his exceptional speed and skill at passing, he may be used as a big-play kind of gadget player.

 

 

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