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Ladd McConkey - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsLadd McConkey's Basic Stats

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ADP: 10.4
Bye: 5
Experience: 0
Age: 22.6
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 186
40 Time: 4.39
Burst Score (Rank): 123.20 (60%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.04 (57%)

Ladd McConkey's Weekly Outlook

Week 1 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
3.9 50.1 0.29 6.8
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Ladd McConkey's 2024 Projections & Outlook

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#54 Wide Receiver

170.4 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
10.4 62.4 801.6 4.64 0 0

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Basic StatsLadd McConkey's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

The Chargers traded up to make McConkey the 34th overall pick of this year’s draft. He joins a wide-open WR corps that lost Keenan Allen and Mike Williams this offseason. McConkey has a chance to lead the team in targets this year.

He arrives with an underwhelming college production profile, though, never leading Georgia in catches or receiving yards. And this Chargers offense figures to finish in the bottom half of the league in pass rate under new HC Jim Harbaugh and OC Greg Roman.

Expect McConkey to settle somewhere in WR3/4 range this season, likely holding more value in full PPR leagues.

What We Learned Last Year

  • McConkey’s raw college production is underwhelming. After redshirting in 2022, he totaled just 119 catches, 1,687 yards, and 14 TDs over the last three seasons.
  • McConkey never led Georgia in catches or receiving yards.
  • His career 17.8% Dominator Rating (share of team’s receiving yards and TDs) lands in the 19th percentile among WRs.
  • McConkey battled for targets with uber TE prospect Brock Bowers all three seasons.
  • Injuries were also a problem. McConkey played through turf toe and knee injuries in 2022. Then he missed four games with a back injury and one with an ankle injury last year.
  • McConkey was a part-time player last year. He did not finish top two among Georgia WRs in pass routes in a single one of his nine games.
  • On the plus side, McConkey was very efficient on a per-route and per-target basis.
    • He averaged a strong 2.54 yards per route across his three seasons. His career-best 3.26 yards per route last year ranked eighth among 409 WRs with 35+ targets.
    • McConkey registered a career 75.3% catch rate, 14.2 yards per catch, and 10.7 yards per target.
  • McConkey is a polished route runner and one of the best separators in the 2024 WR class.
  • He’s dangerous after the catch with a career 0.25 missed tackles forced per reception – a better rate than guys like Marvin Harrison Jr. and Rome Odunze.
  • He’s position versatile, playing 70% of his career snaps out wide and 30% in the slot.
  • McConkey checked into the Combine at a smallish 6’0 and 186 pounds. He has a ninth-percentile wingspan and sixth-percentile hand size.
  • He clocked a strong 4.39-second 40 time with a 55th-percentile vertical and 69th-percentile broad. McConkey earned a 9.34 Relative Athletic Score.

What to Expect in 2024

  • The Chargers traded up three spots to select McConkey with the 34th overall pick of this year’s draft. He was the ninth WR off the board.
  • He joins a WR corps that lost both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams this offseason.
  • RB Austin Ekeler, who averaged 6.3 targets and 4.9 catches per game over the last four years, is also gone.
  • McConkey’s primary competition for snaps and targets will come from WRs Josh Palmer, Quentin Johnston, and D.J. Chark.
    • Palmer has increased his receiving yards per game across each of his first three NFL seasons, topping out at 58.1 last year. But he sports a subpar 1.36 career yards per route and has never ranked better than 62nd among WRs in Pro Football Focus receiving grade.
    • Johnston was the 21st overall pick of last year’s draft but is coming off an ugly rookie season. Among 93 WRs with 40+ targets, he ranked 81st in PFF receiving grade and 83rd in yards per route.
    • Chark signed with the Chargers in early May on a one-year, $3 million deal with a little over $2 million guaranteed. He's missed 39 games over the last four seasons and averaged 48.6 yards per game. His 1.08 yards per route last year ranked 75th among 93 qualifying WRs.
  • The Chargers have a new coaching staff this year led by HC Jim Harbaugh and OC Greg Roman, who both have run-leaning backgrounds.
  • Harbaugh and Roman spent four seasons together in San Francisco from 2011 to 2014. Here’s where those teams ranked in pass attempts and pass rate:
    • 2011 - 31st, 30th
    • 2012 - 31st, 30th
    • 2013 - 32nd, 31st
    • 2014 - 29th, 27th
  • Here’s where the 49ers’ top WR finished in PPR points per game under Harbaugh and Roman:
    • 2011 - 30th (Michael Crabtree)
    • 2012 - 17th (Crabtree)
    • 2013 - 19th (Anquan Boldin)
    • 2014 - 25th (Boldin)

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Ladd McConkey, WR LAC

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Ladd McConkey Earns Praise ... But Will Role Match?

Chargers second-round rookie WR Ladd McConkey is reportedly meshing well with QB Justin Herbert in team workouts so far. Daniel Popper of The Athletic says McConkey has played "mostly in the slot." That probably lines up with most fans' expectations but doesn't align with his college usage. McConkey spent just 29.6% of his pass snaps in the slot across three seasons at Georgia, decreasing that rate each year.

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The Chargers and WR D.J. Chark agreed to a one-year deal worth “up to” $5 million," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Chark went for 1,008 yards back in 2019 but hasn't really been fantasy relevant since. He's missed 39 games over the last four seasons and averaged 48.6 yards per game. Chark finished a distant second to WR Adam Thielen with 525 receiving yards on a bad Panthers passing game last year. His 1.08 yards per route ranked 75th among 93 qualifying WRs. Chark isn't a guy you should be excited to bet on, although this is a solid landing spot with QB Justin Herbert and a wide-open WR corps. Chark, Ladd McConkey, Josh Palmer, and Quentin Johnston will duke it out for snaps this summer.

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The Chargers traded up in Round 2 of the NFL Draft to select Georgia WR Ladd McConkey 34th overall. McConkey’s raw college production doesn’t jump off the page. He never reached 60 catches or 800 yards in a season. But he played in a run-leaning Georgia offense and had to battle TE Brock Bowers (among others) for targets. McConkey was super efficient, leaving school with career 75.3% catch rate and 2.54 yards per route. His career-best 3.26 yards per route last year ranked eighth among 409 WRs with 35+ targets. McConkey is devastatingly quick and a polished route runner, making him one of the best separators in this WR class. And he’s a weapon after the catch, with a career 0.25 missed tackles forced per catch – a better rate than guys like Marvin Harrison Jr. and Rome Odunze. McConkey boosted his stock at the Combine with a 4.39-second 40 time and 9.34 Relative Athletic Score. The 6’0, 186-pounder can play both outside and in the slot. He might not big a big-play producer or high-TD-rate receiver at the next level, but McConkey has the potential to rack up a bunch of receptions. Going to the Chargers presents immediate opportunity. The WR corps shed Mike Williams and Keenan Allen this offseason, leaving Josh Palmer and Quentin Johnston as the top returning players. The landing spot helps McConkey's fantasy outlook. Check out our rookie rankings to see where he lands.

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Ladd McConkey, WR LAC
Dynasty MVP 92.8
Position Rank #77 WR
3yr Projection
5yr Projection
10yr Projection
278
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901
Dynasty Write-up
McConkey enters the league as a polished route-runner with excellent short-area quickness. He missed time in 2023 with back and ankle injuries but carries no lingering durability issues to the pros. McConkey also stood out at Senior Bowl practices. The ceiling might not be high for fantasy, but this Day 2 pick should deliver immediate PPR value in L.A.
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