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. Today, I’m kicking off the NFC with my bottom eight units.

No. 16: New York Giants

WRs on the Roster: Malik Nabers, Darius Slayton, Wan’Dale Robinson, Jalin Hyatt, Allen Robinson, Isaiah McKenzie, Isaiah Hodgins, and Miles Boykin
TEs on the Roster: Daniel Bellinger, Theo Johnson, Jack Stoll, and Chris Manhertz

About: Yes, I like the selection of Nabers. Hopefully, he can develop into a quality WR1 option and be the passing game weapon and star the Giants need. But there’s still a lot of work to do here. Slayton and Robinson are the top returning receivers, with Slayton leading the team in targets in 2023 and Robinson leading the team in receptions. Slayton was WR46, while Robinson was WR53. Those two, combined with second-year man Hyatt and rookie Nabers, could give the Giants the makings of an interesting group.

The team also has veterans like Allen Robinson and McKenzie hanging around. At tight end, Bellinger will likely step up, while the rookie Johnson could come into play. The Giants have some guys, but none of it feels overly impressive. Given that, I have them at the bottom of this list.

No. 15: Carolina Panthers

WRs on the Roster: Diontae Johnson, Adam Thielen, Xavier Legette, Jonathan Mingo, Terrace Marshall, David Moore, and Ihmir Smith-Marsette
TEs on the Roster: Tommy Tremble, Ian Thomas, and Ja’Tavion Sanders

About: The Panthers worked to improve this group going into 2024. I like the addition of Johnson, who is a true WR1 He was WR45 last season as he missed five games. But he has a strong WR2 upside in fantasy. Meanwhile, Thielen held it down for the Panthers in 2023. He faded some down the stretch but finished as WR17. That gives them a couple of veterans at the top of the pecking order, while rookie Legette and second-year man Mingo round out this group. It’s not a bad group, and there is some potential.

There isn’t much beyond those top four, and tight end is a real work in progress. Tremble could get the shot to start, while the rookie Sanders could factor in. It’s hard to know what to expect from either. The Panthers are better than in 2023, but perhaps not great yet. So, they land at No. 15 for me.

No. 14: New Orleans Saints

WRs on the Roster: Chris Olave, Rashid Shaheed, A.T. Perry, Equanimeous St. Brown, Cedric Wilson, and Bub Means
TEs on the Roster: Juwan Johnson, Taysom Hill, and Foster Moreau

About: For the Saints, it’s a matter of depth. The team has a great WR1 in Olave. He’s been rock solid in his two years with the team, finishing as WR16 in 2023. The team also has a solid slot receiver in Shaheed. In 2023, he finished as WR44.

The Saints also have some interesting options at tight end. I like the veteran Johnson, though he didn’t have a great 2023. And Hill is the ultimate weapon, which is great for fantasy and helps power the Saints’ offense.

But the team lacks depth. Outside of Olave and Shaheed, there isn’t a lot in the receiver group. The Saints are relying on Perry—a Sixth-Round pick in 2023—to step up huge in year two. And behind those expected starters are a couple of veterans for depth and a rookie in Means, who was another late-round selection. Olave is the best receiver on the list so far, but the Saints aren’t a deep group.

No. 13: Washington Commanders

WRs on the Roster: Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Luke McCaffrey, Dax Milne, Dyami Brown, Jamison Crowder, and Olamide Zacchaeus
TEs on the Roster: Zach Ertz, Ben Sinnott, John Bates, and Cole Turner

About: The Commanders have some weapons. That starts with a duo of receivers in McLaurin and Dotson that have some good potential. Despite an uneven offense in 2023, McLaurin finished as WR31, while Dotson was WR56. The Commanders saw Curtis Samuel depart in free agency, which leaves rookie McCaffrey and a group of role-playing veterans to round out the unit. There’s some potential and some experience in the depth that gives them a nod ahead of the Saints behind Olave.

At tight end, the team lost Logan Thomas, who was TE16 in 2023. But they added the veteran Ertz, who has played in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense before, and added Sinnott in the draft. I like some of the potential here, but it’s not a unit without questions. They could rise or fall going forward based on how Dotson, McCaffrey, and Sinnott step up.

No. 12: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

WRs on the Roster: Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Trey Palmer, Sterling Shepherd, Jalen McMillan, and Rakim Jarrett
TEs on the Roster: Cade Otton, Ko Kieft, and Payne Durham

About: The Buccaneers have a solid top group. Evans and Godwin form a good duo at receiver. Evans was WR7, while Godwin was WR28 in 2023. And at tight end, Otton has been a solid player for the Buccaneers. He finished as TE20 in 2023.

They also have an interesting receiver in Palmer to round out the starting group. But there’s not much depth. The Buccaneers don’t have a proven second tight end, and the remaining receiving group is veteran Shepherd, who has struggled to stay healthy, and young players like Jarrett and the rookie McMillan. I liked the McMillan pick, but when we look at this unit, depth will certainly be an issue and a question. Despite the talent in this group, with a lack of depth beyond the top three pass catchers, I couldn’t move them any higher than 12.

No. 11: Green Bay Packers

WRs on the Roster: Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, Dontavyion Wicks, Bo Melton, and Malik Heath
TEs on the Roster: Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft

About: The Packers have a solid group. They also have an up-and-coming group. Heading into last season, with a complete lack of experience, they were at the bottom of my list. Now, they’re rising near the middle. That’s a testament to what they did in 2023 and the group’s potential. Still, among the top receivers and tight ends, there isn’t a player with more than two years of experience. That’s a young group.

In addition to the youth, we’ve seen some durability issues. Musgrave and Kraft are a talented tight end duo, but both missed time due to injuries last season. Watson has missed time in both seasons with the Packers, sometimes missing crucial games. And even Reed, who was a breakout rookie, missed time in 2023. I like this group, and I like its potential, but given the inexperience and the durability questions, I couldn’t go higher than No. 11.

No. 10: Arizona Cardinals

WRs on the Roster: Marvin Harrison, Jr., Michael Wilson, Greg Dortch, Zay Jones, Chris Moore, and Zach Pascal
TEs on the Roster: Trey McBride, Tip Reiman, and Elijah Higgins

About: The Cardinals are a receiving group in transition, and yet I like where they’re headed. The team added Wilson in last year’s draft and has gotten a decent contribution from Dortch the past few years. Into that mix, they added the top receiver in the draft in Harrison, who figures to be the WR1 target. The team also added veterans Jones, Moore, and Pascal to provide depth. That’s the makings of a solid group for Kyler Murray.

But this is also one of the NFC teams that gets a huge boost at tight end. McBride exploded in 2023, finishing as TE7 on the season. He figures to be a big piece of the attack, and that gives the Cardinals a good group heading into 2024, good enough for me to place them up at No. 10.

No. 9: Atlanta Falcons

WRs on the Roster: Drake London, Darnell Mooney, Rondale Moore, Rey-Rey McCloud, KhaDarel Hodge, and Casey Washington
TEs on the Roster: Kyle Pitts, Charlie Woerner, and Ross Dwelley

About: The Falcons land at the top of this half of the order thanks to a great starting group. But they can’t go any higher because there is a real lack of depth and both receiver and tight end. Still, the additions of Mooney and Moore, in addition to London, along with Pitts at tight end, give them a great top four. I particularly like London and Pitts and have some high hopes they’ll take a step forward in 2024 in a new offense with Kirk Cousins. That top group was enough for me to put them at No. 9.

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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