The 2024 NFL Draft is in the books, and the biggest wave of free agency is over. That makes it a perfect time to take stock of NFL rosters as we head toward the 2024 season. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking at the quarterbacks, running backs, and pass catchers for all 32 NFL Teams. I’ll be ranking each unit 1-16 in their conference. When it comes to taking stock of the whole unit, it’s not just about star power but depth.

We’ve looked at quarterbacks and running backs; now it’s time for the pass catchers. In the modern fantasy game, this is the deepest and most fantasy-rich category. For these, we’ll look at wide receivers and tight ends. I’m continuing today with my Top 8 groups in the AFC.

No. 8: Tennessee Titans

WRs on the Roster: Calvin Ridley, DeAndre Hopkins, Tyler Boyd, Treylon Burks, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, and Kyle Philips
TEs on the Roster: Chig Okonkwo, Josh Whyle, and Nick Vannett

About: The Titans have made a lot of moves to this unit during the off-season, all designed to give second-year quarterback Will Levis a good shot at succeeding during his first full year as a starter for the Titans. The team retains Hopkins, who signed last off-season, and brings back a solid tight end in Okonkwo, while Burks—a former First-Round draft pick—heads into his third season.

They also added a weapon in Ridley, who posted 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns on 76 receptions last season for the Jaguars. In addition, the team brought in veteran Boyd, who played under new Head Coach Brian Callahan while with the Bengals. That gives them a formidable trio, with now less pressure on Burks to continue to develop and contribute.

Given the top four receivers on the roster and a solid tight end option in Okonkwo, I like what the Titans have to roll out. That was enough to vault them into the top half of the AFC for me.

No. 7: Las Vegas Raiders

WRs on the Roster: Davante Adams, Jakobi Myers, Tre Tucker, Michael Gallup, Jalen Guyton, and D.J. Turner
TEs on the Roster: Brock Bowers, Michael Mayer, and Harrison Bryant

About: The Raiders are a really tough team to rank. They have some incredible top-end talent but a weird mix of players. Adams is one of the best receivers in the game, finishing as WR10 last season. Myers is a great complimentary receiver, too, but was a signing that seemed to make more sense in the previous regime. In the rest of the group, Tucker is a second-year player who showed some flashes, while Gallup and Guyton are veterans adding depth. How will this group shake out? That’s a fair question.

Into the mix, the Raiders have some great options at tight end. Bowers was the top tight end in the Class of 2024, while Mayer was a top prospect from 2023 who had an uneven rookie season. Behind them, Bryant comes over after flashing over the last few years for the Browns. That gives the Raiders, potentially, one of the best tight end rooms in the NFL.

There are some weapons here, locking the Raiders into a Top 8 spot. But the questions and potential lack of receiver depth is why they weren’t in the top half of the group.

No. 6: Kansas City Chiefs

WRs on the Roster: Xavier Worthy, Rashee Rice, Marquise Brown, Skyy Moore, Justin Watson, and Kadarius Toney
TEs on the Roster: Travis Kelce, Noah Gray, Irv Smith, Jr., and Jared Wiley

About: The Chiefs have a deeper group than they have in previous seasons. They got a good performance from Rice as a rookie in 2023, then added another top rookie in Worthy and a quality veteran in Brown. That gives them a decent Top 3 at receiver while they maintain Moore, Watson, and Toney as depth for the group instead of having to rely on them as starters.

Rice remains something of a question owing to his off-field troubles, but he finished as WR27, showing his fit for the Chiefs on the field. Brown never really connected with the offense in his two years in Arizona, but we’ve seen him make big contributions before when he was in Baltimore.

But the Chiefs also benefit from having one of the best tight ends in the game in Kelce, who finished as TE3 on the season and signed a two-year extension this off-season. The Chiefs have some questions in the receiving group, but it’s more solid than it was in years past, and with the top-end talent on the roster, they earned a spot in the Top 8.

No. 5: New York Jets

WRs on the Roster: Garrett Wilson, Mike Williams, Malachi Corley, Xavier Gipson, Allen Lazard, Jason Brownlee, and Malik Taylor
TEs on the Roster: Tyler Conklin, Jeremy Ruckert, and Kenny Yeboah

About: The Jets rise on my list this year owing to their potential after a couple of off-season moves. The team added Williams in free agency from the Chargers and drafted Corley in April. I don’t know what we’ll get from Lazard, who flopped in his first season with the Jets in 2023 but may be better with Aaron Rodgers back in 2024. I also like Gipson, who flashed as an undrafted free agent last season.

I also like Conklin as a tight end sleeper in 2024. He finished as TE18 last season despite the struggles of the passing game. He could be a good late-round or waiver-wire pickup.

All that is the supporting pieces behind Wilson, a top-five receiver. He finished as WR26 last year, but I suspect he’ll be poised to explode with Rodgers back and more consistency in the passing game.

No. 4: Cleveland Browns

WRs on the Roster: Amari Cooper, Elijah Moore, Jerry Jeudy, Cedric Tillman, Jamari Thrash, and David Bell
TEs on the Roster: David Njoku, Jordan Akins, and Giovanni Ricci

About: The Browns have a solid starting group. They developed a good pass offense around Cooper, Moore, and Njoku in 2023, then this off-season added Jeudy. I’ve never been a big fan of Jeudy, but he’s potentially a good upgrade over what the Browns had in place before. With Jeudy, they have a solid starting three at receiver.

I liked what we saw from Moore, coming over from the Jets, and the varied ways he was used by the Browns’ offense. But the top of the group is Cooper, who finished as WR20 last season. He makes a great tandem with Njoku, who exploded in 2023. He finished as TE6 last season. That gives them a strong quartet for Deshaun Watson.

The Browns lack some depth behind those starters, but it’s a good enough group at the top to warrant placement in the Top 4 for me.

No. 3: Cincinnati Bengals

WRs on the Roster: Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Jermaine Burton, Andrei Isoivas, Trenton Irwin, and Charlie Jones
TEs on the Roster: Mike Gesicki, Drew Sample, Tanner Hudson, and Erick All

About: It’s hard to believe a team with Chase and Higgins is only third on this list, but here we are. Do the Bengals have great depth? No, they don’t. They also took a hit when Boyd left in free agency. But the team has some options at receiver and tight end.

We saw Irwin, Isoivas, and Jones contribute in 2023, and I liked the selection of Burton in this year’s draft. But this ranking comes down to Chase and Higgins, a great and dynamic duo. Higgins is on the Franchise Tag, but if he signs long-term, that could be great for the Bengals. Chase is at or near the top of everyone’s dynasty rankings. He finished as WR16 in 2023 despite missing Joe Burrow for most of the season and missing a game himself. I suspect he’ll be back to the top of the receiver order again this season.

No. 2: Houston Texans

WRs on the Roster: Nico Collins, Tank Dell, Stefon Diggs, Noah Brown, John Metchie III, Robert Woods, Ben Skowronek, and Xavier Hutchison
TEs on the Roster: Dalton Schultz, Cade Stover, and Brevin Jordan

About: I really debated about the top two. It came down to the same thing as the AFC running back groups—depth versus star power. Not to say the Texans don’t have some star power, but they certainly bring great depth to the table. Look at that list of receivers.

Collins was WR12 last year, while Dell caught 47 passes for 709 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie in just 11 games. To that mix, the Texans added the former Bills’ top receiver Diggs. That gives them a good trio at starter.

But they also have some great depth with veterans like Brown, Woods, and Skowronek, in addition to young players like Metchie and Hutchison. That’s before we even consider the tight end, where the Texans retained Schultz. He was TE10 last season. He gives them a great weapon at tight end while they have Jordan and added the rookie Stover to provide young options. It’s an incredible group that easily vaults up to the top of the AFC.

No. 1: Miami Dolphins

WRs on the Roster: Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Odell Beckham, Jr., Braxton Berrios, River Cracraft, Malik Washington, Anthony Schwartz, and Erik Ezukanma
TEs on the Roster: Jonnu Smith, Durham Smythe, and Julian Hill

About: For as much as I like the Texans’ group, I ended up placing the Dolphins atop the list. They have a great duo leading the way with Hill and Waddle. Hill finished as WR2 last season, while Waddle finished as WR34 after missing a handful of games. When on the field together, they are a dynamic duo.

What helps move the Dolphins up this year are a couple of moves the team made to add more to the group. That starts with Beckham, who becomes the team’s third receiver. Beckham doesn’t have the pop he once did, but he can still show up in spurts, which is what he did for the Ravens last season. Now, with the Dolphins and likely seeing more favorable coverages, I like his potential to contribute.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins added a more formidable tight end in Smith. With the Falcons last year, he finished as TE17 in 2023, and I like his potential to contribute to this offense. Given the improved third and fourth options, despite a lack of depth, it was enough to move the Dolphins to the top spot for me.

Matthew Fox is a die-hard NFL fan and Broncos’ homer. He’s a member of the FSWA. You can find more from him on Twitter @knighthawk7734 or as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a part of the Campus2Canton Network.

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