2024 NFL Draft: Why Caleb Williams can be a fantasy football QB1 in Year 1


Let’s just say, hypothetically, that you only knew the following details about the presumptive draft landing spot for Caleb Williams, without knowing the specific franchise that was likely to select him:

He’s joining an offense with a pair of elite wide receivers who combined for over 200 receptions and 2,600 receiving yards last season;

His team will have a deep and talented backfield, featuring one of the game’s premier pass-catching backs;

Williams will have at his disposal a tight end duo that hauled in a combined 124 catches last year;

His new offensive coordinator is the guy who was on hand for Geno Smith’s career revival in 2022.

All things considered, you’d have to say that seems like a pretty solid first-year situation, right?

It’s basically a turnkey opportunity for a rookie quarterback — a significantly better environment than we’d typically expect for any player selected first overall. Bryce Young didn’t exactly step into a talent-rich offense last season, nor did Trevor Lawrence two years prior. Often, when we look at the roster of whichever NFL team has played its way into the top overall pick, we’re sifting through smoldering wreckage.

But that’s not the case in 2024.

The Chicago Bears, however, are not historically known to be a quarterback development factory, a fact that seems to have dimmed our collective enthusiasm for Williams. We’d love his setup if it was connected to any team other than the Bears. Again, his primary receiving options in the season ahead would have been a stellar 2023 fantasy roster: DJ Moore, Keenan Allen, D’Andre Swift and Cole Kmet.

Chicago also holds the ninth pick in this year’s draft and are widely believed to be interested in the premium receiving prospects, notably Rome Odunze and Malik Nabers. When training camps open in the summer, there’s a very good chance the Bears receiving corps will be universally regarded as one of the best in the game.

We should probably also mention that Williams himself is quite often a…

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Publish date : 2024-04-02 14:54:53

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