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Fantasy Football 2024: Rome Odunze gets selected No. 9 overall, gives Chicago Bears one of the best receiver rooms in NFL

2TA9B48 Seattle, United States. 25th Nov, 2023. November 25, 2023: Washington Huskies wide receiver Rome Odunze (1)looks for the ball during the NCAA football game between the Washington State Cougars and Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA. Washington defeated Washington State 24-21. Steve Faber/CSM/Sipa USA (Credit Image: © Steve Faber/Cal Sport Media/Sipa USA) Credit: Sipa US/Alamy Live News

Don’t sleep on Rome Odunze: While Odunze was the third receiver picked in this draft, he would have been the top prospect in some other recent classes.

The Chicago Bears give Caleb Williams another weapon: Chicago added D.J. Moore and Keenan Allen in the last two offseasons, and now Rome Odunze gives them a top-tier wide receiver trio.

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Rome Odunze fell to the Chicago Bears with the ninth overall pick, giving them one of the best receiving rooms in the league. While this is excellent news for Caleb Williams and Bears fans, this isn’t ideal for Odunze’s short-term fantasy value because there are so many targets to go around. Longer term, he has the chance to be the favorite target for a potential elite quarterback in a few years.

What Rome Odunze brings to the table

Odunze should make several big plays in his first year. Our draft guide calls him a super-sized Chris Olave, and he is the best contested-catch receiver in the class. Over the last two seasons, no wide receiver in college football had more deep targets or deep receiving yards. He projects to be an outside wide receiver who should make big plays in his first year.

Rome Odunze’s career college metrics and ranks:

Metric Value Rank among WR prospects since 2019
Receiving grade 88.8 82nd percentile
Receiving grade versus single coverage 92.1 89th percentile
YPRR versus single coverage 4.17 78th percentile
Receiving grade lined up wide 85.8 89th percentile

What being drafted by the Chicago Bears means for Rome Odunze

He should consistently be on the field in three-receiver sets, and the talented veteran receivers should take the pressure off Odunze, but there aren’t enough targets to go around. D.J. Moore and Keenan Allen are two of the eight wide receivers with at least 500 targets over the last four seasons, and both were already looking at a decline in targets before Odunze’s arrival. One bright note is that while the Bears were among the most run-heavy teams last season, new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron should be more pass-happy.

Chicago Bears 2023 stats and ranks (Weeks 1-17):
Metric Value Rank
Pass play percentage 57.3% 28th
Run play percentage 42.7% 5th
FF PPG (QB) 17.2 13th
FF PPG (RB) 16.2 16th
FF PPG (WR) 17.4 27th
FF PPG (TE) 7.8 13th
Chicago Bears expected receiving depth chart
WR1 Keenan Allen
WR2 DJ Moore
WR3 Rome Odunze
TE1 Cole Kmet
TE2 Gerald Everett

Fantasy football outlook

In dynasty leagues, Odunze should be a top-10 pick despite the potential low first-year value. In re-draft leagues, he should still be drafted like a high-end backup because the upside is there for him to overcome the competition for targets.


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