June 21, 2024

2024 Rookie Dynasty Impact: Jonathon Brooks

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In the NFL, no position is disrespected more than running back. Teams lower their priority on drafting running backs early and seldom pay big dollars to running backs. Instead, most teams prefer to use a combination of players to gain the same production while paying each less. However, there are rare times when teams invest in the position to secure top-tier talent, such as Saquon Barkley and Bijan Robinson, to name a few.

In this year’s draft, that player was Jonathon Brooks. The Carolina Panthers selected him in the second round with the 46th overall pick; he was the first running back selected in the 2024 NFL Draft.

In this Rookie Fantasy Impact, we will analyze Jonathon Brooks’ impact on the Carolina Panthers and how fantasy managers should approach drafting or acquiring him.

2024 Rookie Dynasty Impact: Jonathon Brooks


How does the drafting of Jonathon Brooks impact the Carolina Panthers?

In short, it doesn’t impact the Panthers. Heading into the draft, most would have projected the Panthers to address the running back position later. Instead, they shocked most by selecting Brooks in the second round.

Many considered Jonathon Brooks and Trey Benson to be the best running backs available, so Brooks going first was not surprising. However, with Chuba Hubbard and Miles Sanders currently on the roster, spending second-round draft capital on the position was unexpected but probably warranted.

Since the Panthers traded Christian McCaffrey to the 49ers, the Panthers have not had a semblance of a running attack. With this selection, it is clearly evident that the Panthers intend to take the pressure off Bryce Young by running the ball more with some combination of Brooks/Hubbard/Sanders.

When trying to predict the type of season Brooks could post, I was reminded a lot of Josh Jacobs. In Jacobs’ first season, he posted 1,150 yards with 7 rushing touchdowns and 20 receptions for 166 yards, all reasonable targets for Brooks to achieve in his rookie season.


Where to Select Brooks in Rookie Drafts?

This year’s rookie drafts are going to be fun. I recently said in a 1QB rookie mock draft, “After the first four picks, it’s the wild, wild west.” And I genuinely believe that.

The obvious first four in 1QB drafts are Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, Rome Odunze, and Brock Bowers. After that, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

My 2024 rookie RB rankings:

  1. Jonathon Brooks
  2. Trey Benson
  3. Jaylen Wright
  4. Blake Corum
  5. Marshawn Lloyd
  6. Bucky Irving
  7. Braelon Allen
  8. Audric Estime

You can expect managers to draft Jonathon Brooks anywhere from the middle of the first round or later in 1QB leagues. However, as I said earlier, it’s the wild west. A case made for any player drafted after the top four could convince me.

In 2QB/SF leagues, Jonathon Brooks will be drafted toward the end of the first round or the beginning of the second round.

My Overall Top 20 in 2QB/SF is:

  1. Jayden Daniels
  2. Marvin Harrison Jr.
  3. Malik Nabers
  4. Caleb Williams
  5. Brock Bowers
  6. Rome Odunze
  7. Brian Thomas
  8. J.J. McCarthy
  9. Jonathon Brooks
  10. Drake Maye
  11. Xavier Worthy
  12. Keon Coleman
  13. Trey Benson
  14. Bo Nix
  15. Ladd McConkey
  16. Michael Penix
  17. Ja’Lynn Polk
  18. Ricky Pearsall
  19. Adonai Mitchell
  20. Jaylen Wright


How to Best Acquire or Trade Jonathon Brooks

In order to acquire Jonathon Brooks for your fantasy roster, you will likely need to trade away a WR3 and a draft pick. Using our DynastyPros Trade Calculator, here is what a trade may look like.

Jonathon Brooks


If you are selling high on Brooks’ value and placement, you could ask for this to gain the maximum value in return for him. It may require some draft capital, but it bolsters your roster with a proven player on an offense who is sure to score points.



Regardless of whether you are buying or selling Jonathon Brooks, his value is pretty strong right now based on his placement and what it took for the Panthers to select him. You may want to tread carefully with any deals involving Brooks. Remember, you don’t have to make any move right now. If the deal isn’t right, move on.

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Check out the rest of our 2024 Rookie Dynasty Impact articles:

[one-third-first]Jayden Daniels
Xavier Worthy[/one-third-first]
[one-third]Drake Maye
Brock Bowers[/one-third]

[one-third]Xavier Legette[/one-third]