The 2024 rookie wide receiver class has been touted as one of the best and deepest we have ever seen. And we have obviously extensively covered the Top Rookie Picks in our 2024 Best Ball Guide & Cheat Sheet. From top dogs like Marvin Harrison Jr. and Malik Nabers down to sleepers like Javon Baker and Brenden Rice, there’s always upside to be had with the rookies. But not every team gets to land a stud wide receiver in the draft. And there’s a lot of value to be had with the incumbent guys on teams that completely whiffed.

So that’s what we’ll focus on today. I’ve done a bunch of early best ball drafts and I can assure you that ADP is a mess. Which means that sharp gamers like us can take advantage before that is corrected. There are some many angles to take in our Best Ball Guide that we have no problem sharing a couple tips here for free but make sure to pick up your copy of that if you truly want to dominate. And win your share of the $15 million dollars worth of prizes in Underdog’s Best Ball Mania V contest which is open now!

I’ve already been in those best ball streets early putting in the work for us. And I can assure you, it’s all over the place out there. We’ve already hit on quarterback sleepers at ADP, and then Friday we focused on ADP Values at Running Back. Today we dig in and look at the wide receiver position.

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Jameson Williams, WR, Detroit Lions

I figured that after letting Josh Reynolds walk, the Lions would be in a spot to draft a big-bodied split end. There were a TON of them in this draft and not just at the top with Marvin Harrison Jr., Rome Odunze, Brian Thomas Jr, and Keon Coleman in the top part of the draft.  Plus, they could have made an even bigger splash with a trade for Tee Higgins or Brandon Aiyuk on draft day. Instead, they did none of that.

So now the comments by Dan Campbell that Jameson Williams will push to be a “full time starter” are much more interesting. Because he’s easily the best receiver on the team right now opposite Amon-Ra St. Brown. He’s had a slow start as he was coming off a torn ACL as a rookie and suffering a hamstring injury early last season but there is a reason the Lions traded up to draft him - he was arguably the best wide receiver in his class. And, even with Sam LaPorta and the running backs, he’s the exact kind of guy that can break off big plays. Despite his limited usage, he already has multiple 40+ yard catches, including a 60+ yard play as well as a 40 yard rush and a touchdown on the ground. Boom/bust players like that can be inconsistent from week to week but in best ball we don’t have to worry about that; we get the big plays with none of the bad ones. So we’ll definitely grab some Jamo at WR51 off the board.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Dallas Cowboys

“All In”. That’s what Jerry Jones said. That they were going “all in” this offseason. If by that he meant they would sign virtually no free agents and draft exclusively offensive line and defense, then they definitely went “all in”. As we talked about in the Sleeper Best Ball Running Back article with Ezekiel Elliott, we need to accept what actually happened here and use that to our advantage. Cowboys fans need to accept it as well.

Not only did they not draft a wide receiver or tight end, but Michael Gallup is gone too. CeeDee Lamb is already getting 150+ targets every year so he really can’t get much more. Last year he easily led the league with 181. And god forbid he were to go down with an injury. There really aren’t any great free agent wide receivers left out there and the Cowboys don’t have the cap space to trade for and then pay a big name so both Brandin Cooks and Jalen Tolbert are likely in line for a lot of snaps this year. Cooks was a young prospect coming into the league at only 21 so he actually feels a lot older than 30 years old. Tyreek Hill is a consensus top three WR and top five pick in this format and he and Cooks are the same age. And they both have the speed to make you pay and crack lineups. Obviously, Cooks isn’t Tyreek Hill but he also doesn’t go off the board as the WR2. Cooks is being drafted as the WR64 currently. We’ve identified the perfect spot in our 2024 Best Ball Cheat Sheet where you can safely grab Cooks without overpaying.

Rashid Shaheed, WR, New Orleans Saints

There’s a common theme here in this article. The Saints finally moved on from their big split end Michael Thomas this offseason. And he might not be the same guy that once garnered 185 targets. But, despite getting hurt two snaps into Week 10, he was essentially on pace for 120 targets. So you would think the Saints would be in consideration to replace Thomas with another big bodied pass catcher in either free agency or the draft. But they didn’t select wide receiver until they took Jerrod “Bub” Means on day three of the NFL Draft in the fifth round. And they didn’t draft a tight end either.

Chris Olave is obviously the top dog here. He’ll play flanker in two-wide receiver sets and dabble in the slot. A.T. Perry stepped up as the big bodied split end on the outside last year with Thomas out as he’s 6’5” 205 pounds. And he’s not a bad late dart throw either. But the most exciting New Orleans receiver for this format has to be Rashid Shaheed. His ability to get behind defenses and break off big chunk plays is perfect for the best ball format because we get all of the good with none of the bad. Derek Carr offers zero mobility so he’s always going to be a “throw first” player and the Saints could easily be top 10 in pass attempts like they were last year. As of now, Shaheed goes outside the top 125 picks at WR57 so fairly affordable in drafts. Jameson Williams, Rashid Shaheed, and Brandin Cooks all go outside of the top eight rounds so, if everyone is leaning into “Zero RB”, you can scoop these guys up back-to-back.