On a recent episode of Burning the Redshirt, I said out loud, “If I don’t end up with XXX player early, then I always try and get his teammate XXX later in the draft instead.” And it got me thinking. What other teammate combos are worthy of that same line of thinking?

It’s not ideal to roster two WRs from the same team typically, so it’s wise to have a good idea of how you want to handle teams with multiple productive WRs. Subconsciously or not, I’ve actually done this actively with two other teams and think there are two others that are worth this same line of thinking. So, without further adieu, here are five WR combos that are 100% worth nabbing one or the other in 2024…

Texas State – Joey Hobert and Kole Wilson

It all started with this pairing. Hobert and Wilson are great receivers and ones that will certainly hold the value of which they’re being drafted at or better this season. Hobert is always drafted within the first 20 or so picks and in the top 12 if you’re in a draft with Andrew Katz or myself.

The addition of Jordan McCloud to this offense is so clutch for Hobert and Wilson. Hobert battled some injuries last season yet still produced 76 receptions for 895 yards and 8 TDs on 99 targets. And those targets mostly came from TJ Finley!

Courtesy of Texas State Athletics

Wilson, on the other hand, produced 66 receptions, 747 yards, and 8 TDs on 98 targets. Wilson obviously wasn’t as productive, but in 2024, we’re seeing that role baked into his cost: an 8 to 10th rounder.

There are rankers out there that have McCloud as the third-best QB this season, and for that to be the case, one or both of these receivers have to put up big numbers. Consider me in on Hobert as early as WR3 overall and Wilson as early as round eight in best ball drafts. 

Iowa State – Jayden Higgins and Jaylin Noel

I’ve very actively taken one or the other here and one time took both! I didn’t get Rocco Becht in that draft, which definitely was a failure on my part. I’m a big fan of both of these guys and think they’re in line for even stronger years in 2024.

Last season, they combined for 172 targets, but neither hit 1,000 yards or 8+ TDs. Considering the additional year under Becht’s belt and better chemistry between the three, these two are very safe plays at their respective ADPs. In my last best ball, Higgins went off in the 8th round, while Noel made it all the way to the 15th.

Higgins has the upside with his big-play ability, but Noel’s high target count (92 last season) gives him one hell of a floor this season. I’m going to wait and draft Noel in the teens before spending up to get Higgins, but if these ADPs start to get close, Higgins is the guy I’ll be targeting.

Oklahoma State – Brennan Presley and Rashod Owens

Presley and Owens come at high costs and with good reason. Presley ended the 2023 season with 143 targets, while Owens saw 99 passes thrown his way, even though he didn’t really become a thing until their fourth game of the season.

With Alan Bowman back for a 12th season, I suspect this offense remains very similar to what we saw in 2023. They also have an extremely appealing schedule to help CFF owners out. I’m going to treat this situation a lot like the Texas State WR room. I want Presley early (as high as mid-third round), but if I don’t land him, then I’m great with grabbing Owens in the seventh or eighth rounds. 

Texas – Isaiah Bond and Johntay Cook

The Texas WR room is quite full with tons of talent and some question marks as to who will be THE guy for the Longhorns. What we believe we know right now is Cook and Bond both start outside and for that reason, I’m in on these guys at their current cost.

Last year’s top two WRs were Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell, who either hit the 1,000-yard mark or scored double-digit TDs. I think Quinn Ewers will improve his game in 2024, so 26-28 TDs and 3,500+ yards are fully in the cards.

Courtesy of Longhorn Wire

Bond typically goes in the 6-8th round range, while Cook most recently went 12.01. Both have some question marks as we technically have not seen much from these two in college football, so I’ll take the discounted Cook if I had to make a choice. Otherwise, I’ll be trying to have equal ownership of both coming out of this offseason. 

Memphis – Roc Taylor and DeMeer Blankumsee

I’ve listed Memphis as a Jumbo WR3 team, and so, of course, I love what this offense is going to do this year. They have a seasoned QB who many think, myself included, will finish as a top 20 CFF QB, so the WRs have to be appealing.

Taylor is being picked in the fourth round while Blankumsee is falling to the 11-13th round range, making this situation very similar to how I want to attack Iowa State. I find myself leaning into the RBs that are available in the third or fourth-round range. So, instead of nabbing Taylor early, I’m grabbing Blankumsee before the teen rounds. In nine drafts, I have one Taylor to three Blankumsee shares.

What I’ve found really interesting is I really love the WRs that are available between rounds 8 and 15, and thus, I have plenty of options to choose from. As I’ve said in the past, I’m trying not to have more than 50% of a player in all of my drafts but these groups of guys are making it tough on me.

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