June 12, 2024

2024 Rookie Dynasty Impact: MarShawn Lloyd

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The 2024 NFL Draft is over, and the first round was dominated by offensive players. The first running back did not come off the board until pick 47 with Jonathon Brooks.  Three more backs were picked in the third round and one of the interesting landing spots was MarShawn Lloyd being teamed up with Josh Jacobs.

In this Rookie Dynasty Impact, I will analyze MarShawn Lloyd’s impact on his new team, the Green Bay Packers, and how best to approach trying to roster his services.

 

2024 Rookie Dynasty Impact: MarShawn Lloyd

Is Lloyd the new Aaron Jones in Green Bay?

Marshawn Lloyd was one of the running backs I was excited about in this upcoming draft, but at first, I did not love his landing spot. After more thought, I decided this could be a great spot for Lloyd to continue to develop and thrive. The Green Bay Packers have loved to use a two-back system under Matt Lefleur.

The Packers let Aaron Jones go after they signed Josh Jacobs, and I envision Jacobs as being the physical between-the-tackles back. That leaves the slashing and passing back role open. Lloyd had injuries at the beginning of his college career, and we finally started to see what he was capable of in his lone year at USC.

 

The issue is Lloyd’s career high in carries for a season is only 115, so I always thought he needed to be part of a tandem. In 2023, he only had 13 receptions for 232 yards and a whopping 17.8 yards per reception. Marshawn Lloyd is the best in the open field and the Packers have shown the scheme to get running backs the ball where they can make things happen. The difference between Jones and Lloyd is that I think Lloyd will get less goalline work since the signing of Jacobs.

 

How high is MarShawn Lloyd’s Dynasty Stock?

Lloyd got the all-important draft capital in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. He will not be the starter, but out of all the backs, I rank his situation as third behind Jonathon Brooks and Trey Benson. MarShawn Lloyd is not slated to be the starter but, as discussed earlier, the Packers have a philosophy of using two types of backs.

 

What is Xavier Worthy’s Rookie Draft Status?

The format is critical to any rookie draft, as well as how to best approach ranking players.

If you are in a one QB league, I would take MarShawn Lloyd as the third-ranked running back and around the middle of the second round. That would be ahead of Xavier Legette and Malachi Corley but after Adonai Mitchell or Ricky Pearsall.

If you are in a 2 QB/Superflex league, that would push Lloyd to late second because the first-round quarterbacks would all go ahead of him. If he is around in the early third round, I would jump at that pick because of his overall talent.

There will be some variance on where MarShawn Lloyd is picked in drafts because of how deep the receivers are in this draft. Even with that, I would make sure to get him in the first two rounds of either format.

 

Trade Ideas

When it comes to running backs, you want to ensure you get the value back before they hit the decline. Below are two ideas I like on the Lloyd side in our Dynasty Pros Trade Calculator

I know Devin Singletary had a good year in Houston last year, and with Saquon Barkley leaving, he should be the starter. I do not think this the long-term answer, and the addition of Tyrone Tracy Jr. could eat into his targets.

MarShawn Lloyd

 

This is an interesting trade because it is Aaron Jones’ replacement. Even though I think Jones will have a good year in Minnesota, I want to get the younger back and you also could get a pick in this deep draft.

MarShawn Lloyd


If you want to see more on some of these players and their fantasy impact, you can find their Dynasty Rookie Impact articles here:

[one-fourth-first]Jayden Daniels
Xavier Worthy[/one-fourth-first]
[one-fourth]Drake Maye
Brock Bowers[/one-fourth]
[one-fourth]Xavier Legette
Jonathon Brooks[/one-fourth]
[one-fourth]Ladd McConkey[/one-fourth]