Biggest NFL Picks and What It Means for DFS This NFL Season

We've put together the top draft picks from the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft and how they'll impact your DFS lineups this season.

Matt Brown
By Matt BrownPublished: April 26, 2024
Biggest NFL Picks and What It Means for DFS This NFL Season

The NFL draft is always one of the biggest highlights of the sports year, promising new talent and potential game-changers for teams hoping to make a splash in the coming season — and that goes for DFS owners as well.

The 2024 draft was no exception, with several teams making significant picks that not only have implications for their futures but also shake up the DFS market.

We've put together the biggest highlights from the first round of the NFL Draft so you can see for yourself how this will shake up DFS for 2024.

Caleb Williams Joins the Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears made a headline-grabbing move by selecting Caleb Williams, the standout quarterback from USC, as their first pick. While it wasn't a surprise, it's still a huge move that can impact the Bears for the next 15+ years.

This decision represents more than just a new face under center; it's a strategic move aimed at breaking away from past struggles at the quarterback position.

General Manager Ryan Poles emphasized their goal to "break a cycle" of underperformance, and Williams could be the key. Known for his poise, accuracy, and arm strength, Williams is expected to greatly impact the Bears' offensive game.

DFS Impact

For DFS players, Williams is a name to watch. Quarterbacks often score the highest points, and a talent like Williams, surrounded by a capable offense, could rack up significant fantasy points. His dual-threat ability of the ground game, compounded by his arm, adds extra scoring potential, making him a valuable pick in fantasy drafts.

Marvin Harrison Jr. to Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals, under no pressure to trade down, chose Marvin Harrison Jr. with their first-round pick. Like Williams, this wasn't a surprise to anyone. Harrison was constantly a favorite for the Cardinals in every mock draft we saw.

Harrison, one of the most dominant collegiate receivers in recent history, brings a proven track record from Ohio State to an Arizona team eager for playmakers. His presence on the field is expected to be a game-changer for quarterback Kyler Murray and the Cardinals' offense.

DFS Impact

Harrison's addition to the Cardinals makes him an instant fantasy asset.

His ability to dominate in pass catching and his seamless transition to the NFL could make him a top pick for DFS rosters, especially in PPR (points per reception) leagues.

His synergy with Kyler Murray will be critical to watch during the preseason and could lead to some potential stacking if that's your thing.

Malik Nabers Elevates New York Giants

The New York Giants secured Malik Nabers from LSU, providing quarterback Daniel Jones with a dynamic and lucrative new weapon.

Nabers is known for his exceptional abilities as both a downfield target and a run-after-catch threat. His versatility could bring a much-needed spark to the Giants' offense, which has struggled to produce even a single 1,000-yard receiver since 2018.

DFS Impact

Nabers' potential to end the Giants' receiver drought makes him a strong candidate for fantasy rosters. Given that the Giants took him in the first round, it tells us they're probably going to use him on a regular basis.

His ability to generate yards after the catch and his projected volume of targets should put him on the radar for DFS players looking for high-ceiling options.

Rome Odunze Boosts Bears' Receiving Corps

Alongside Caleb Williams, the Bears also drafted Rome Odunze, one of the most talented receivers in CFB from Washington. Odunze is expected to complement DJ Moore and provide Williams with a reliable target, particularly for jump balls.

His all-around skills and potential for making big plays are highly anticipated. This offensive splash could make the Bears a playoff contender this year.

DFS Impact

Odunze's role in the Bears' revamped offense could make him a sleeper pick in DFS leagues. With DJ Moore in the mix, we're not sure if Odunze will be WR1, but a strong candidate for a WR2.

His ability to pull in contested catches and his potential chemistry with Caleb Williams will be pivotal in determining his fantasy value. Keep an eye on him throughout the season.

Quinyon Mitchell Strengthens Eagles' Defense

The Philadelphia Eagles made a strategic, yet somewhat surprising defensive pick with Quinyon Mitchell, a cornerback from Toledo. 

Mitchell is known for his elite ball skills and physical attributes. He is expected to bolster the Eagles' secondary immediately. His ability to handle man coverage effectively will be crucial for Philadelphia's defense.

DFS Impact

While defensive players are not typically as central in DFS as offensive players, Mitchell's playmaking ability could lead to points through interceptions and defended passes for those that lock in the Eagles on their DFS lineups.

For leagues that score individual defensive players or for special defensive DFS contests, we think Mitchell could be a key contributor.

Get Your NFL DFS Lineups Set!

This year's NFL draft picks bring a fresh look to several teams in need of some help and will undoubtedly affect the DFS market.

Players like Caleb Williams and Marvin Harrison Jr. are expected to make immediate impacts, considering they're going to a team that will unquestionably start using them out the gate. Both will be offering some serious real-world and fantasy potential.

As these athletes integrate into their respective teams throughout the coming months, their ability to adapt and perform will be the ultimate test of their draft day grades.

DFS players should keep a close eye on these rookies as they could be the difference-makers in fantasy football leagues this season.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown

Head of DFS

Matt's deep-rooted enthusiasm for sports betting and daily fantasy sports infuses the EatWatchDraft team with valuable expertise in football, hockey, and baseball. His forward-thinking perspectives are grounded in a solid academic foundation, including a B.S. in Aeronautical Computer Science and an M.S. in Project Management. This combination of sports passion and technical knowledge fuels Matt's innovative input to the platform.