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Fantasy Football 2024 Mock Draft: 12-team PPR leagues

2WHXW9Y San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

• Christian McCaffrey remains the 1.01: The 49ers running back brings talent and volume to the table as a consistent producer of fantasy points.

• CeeDee Lamb is the early WR1: The reigning PPR WR1 goest at 1.02 in this way-too-early mock draft after a stellar 2023 season.

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The 2024 NFL Draft and free agency are still to come, likely significantly shifting the fantasy football landscape, but an early look at what a first round could look like in fantasy drafts is helpful nonetheless.

Here is a way-too-early 2024 first-round mock draft for 12-team PPR fantasy football leagues.

1.01: RB Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers

No need to overthink this. In 2023, McCaffrey averaged 24.5 fantasy points per game, leading all players, and clinched his second career RB1 title, largely thanks to his league-high 339 touches. If any running back can break the nearly two-decade streak of non-repeating PPR RB1s, it's Christian McCaffrey.

1.02: WR CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

The reigning PPR WR1 is positioned at the 1.02 spot and is the first wide receiver chosen in this mock draft. Despite a sluggish opening to 2023, Lamb delivered 28.5 fantasy points per game from Weeks 8 to 18, surpassing any other wideout by 7.4 during that span while being fed a league-leading 32 red-zone targets. When Lamb hits his stride, he is arguably the best wide receiver in fantasy football.

1.03: WR Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

Despite a 2023 season in which Jefferson missed seven games and endured a less-than-steady quarterback room as the WR33, he still managed to finish fourth in fantasy points per game, largely thanks to his yards per route run figure increasing to 2.91 (fourth among wide receivers) when he was active. Even amid uncertainty surrounding the Vikings' quarterback position in 2024, the arguable WR1 in the NFL should not fall out of the top five in any fantasy drafts this season.

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1.04: WR Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins

The back-to-back highest-graded wide receiver in the NFL is as reliable as they come. As the PPR WR2 in 2023, he didn't have a single game with less than 10 PPR points, thanks to his league-leading 53 receptions of 15-plus yards and eight games with 25-plus PPR points. The Cheetah is poised for another top-five fantasy finish in 2024.

1.05: RB Breece Hall, New York Jets

Following a slow start in 2023, where Hall averaged just 7.9 fantasy points per game, he averaged 20 points per game from Weeks 5 through 18, ranking third among running backs. During that period, Hall amassed 71 receptions (first among running backs), 549 receiving yards (first) and 31 missed tackles forced on receptions (first among all pass catchers), establishing himself as a fantasy force late in the season.

1.06: WR Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals

Higgins ended 2023 with a disappointing WR11 ranking due to the Bengals losing Joe Burrow early in the season. The loss was evident in Chase's average depth of target and yards per reception figures, both of which dipped compared to a full season with Burrow in 2022. Chase should be back among the top five fantasy WRs in 2024. After all, Burrow to Chase is as automatic as it comes.

1.07: WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions

The Sun God proved his consistency in 2023, securing the PPR WR3 title. Now entering his fourth NFL season, he is positioned to be selected in the first round of fantasy drafts. St. Brown has continuously improved each year, going from WR21 in his rookie season to WR7 in his sophomore year and then to WR3 last season. Jared Goff also trusted St. Brown to go up and get it more in 2023. His contested catches went from five in 2022 to 13 last season. With a contract year ahead, St. Brown could elevate his game even further this season.

1.08: WR A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

Brown, on his way to a PPR WR5 finish in 2023, torched single coverage to the tune of a 93.4 PFF grade in such situations. If you have a chance to draft Brown in the backend of the first round, take him.

1.09: RB Bijan Robinson, Atlanta Falcons

It was an overall disappointing rookie campaign for fantasy managers who drafted Robinson in the first round in 2023. While an RB9 finish is nothing to scoff at, his ceiling was perceived to be much higher, but it was not met due to having just a 36.1% share of designed runs — the lowest rate for a rookie first-round running back since Saquon Barkley in 2018.

However, when he did have the ball in hand, he made the most of it, with 52 missed tackles forced on runs — the eighth most among running backs. With a new coach and likely a new quarterback at the helm in 2024, Bijan Robinson has a chance to reach his full potential.

1.10: WR Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams arguably had the two breakout players of the 2023 season in Puka Nacua and Kyren Williams. Nacua finished as the PPR WR4 and shocked everyone who drafted him in the late rounds or picked him up via waivers. He broke multiple rookie records and was PFF's third-highest-graded rookie wideout since 2006. Nacua should not fall out of the first round in fantasy drafts in 2024.

1.11: RB Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams

Williams was the breakout league-winner last season and was selected as PFF's second-team All-Pro running back after his second NFL campaign. Williams proved elite after contact in 2023, averaging 3.3 yards after contact and forcing 51 missed tackles on rushes. The Kyren Williams train isn’t slowing down at all as we head into the 2024 fantasy season.

1.12: RB Jahmyr Gibbs, Detroit Lions

Gibbs managed an RB10 finish despite low usage in Weeks 1-4 and being out in Weeks 5 and 6. After returning in Week 7, he ripped off six 20-plus PPR point finishes and saw an immense usage upgrade. That usage should continue to rise in 2024.


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