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Will Shipley Dynasty Outlook – Fantasy Football

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The NFL has a rich history of satellite backs. James White was crucial to the Patriots' success. Jerrick McKinnon will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Chiefs fans. Shipley may have the ability to be the next in line to catch the pass, but does he also have the skills that could be of use to both Fantasy and his future team?

Will Shipley Dynasty Outlook – Fantasy Football

The history

Shipley's pass-catching profile is exceptional in his class. He has served in the role for three years and has twice surpassed 30 receptions in a season. Among the NFL's top receiver backs, almost all had 30+ receiving backs at some point in their college season. During his time at Clemson, Shipley split time with another skilled defender, making it difficult for him to compile any eye-catching scoring statistics. It should be noted that Shipley is below average height for the position in both weight and arm length, which will relegate him to the third down role.

The situation

Based on current mock draft projections, Shipley will likely get an early start on day three. This makes him a better choice for the running back position than wide receivers, who are in the same range. Still not an ideal bet, but it would have a hit rate of around 10%. With that in mind, some of the teams that could use Shipley include the Chiefs, Panthers, Chargers and Cowboys. Each of these is a Great Landing spot for him to be fantasy relevant. The 2024 NFL Draft will show how immediately relevant it can be. Admittedly, his best role would be as a check-down option with the Chiefs or Chargers.

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What to do with Will Shipley in Dynasty Fantasy Football

For the crazies drafting before the NFL Draft, Shipley is a good late third round target. With the 12-15 wide receivers likely going in the first three rounds and the four to six quarterbacks likely going in the top 50, it's time to hammer the running backs. A defenseman like Shipley with a clear role and a profile that fits his intended deployment is worth his weight in gold late in the draft. It's unlikely he'll ever crack the top 18 running backs in fantasy football, but in deeper leagues he can be a backup or backup player.

Regardless of the team's offseason needs, going for value in rookie drafts is the right move. People drafted Stetson Bennett and Kayshon Boutte too many times because they “needed” a receiver or quarterback. Instead, grab Shipley for the receivers and quarterbacks with good draft capital and hope he has a breakout week that allows you to flip him. Dynasty players have an aversion to running backs these days, especially in this class and in the offseason. But when one of these backs inevitably takes off in October, they're worth a second or more next year. The 2025 running back class is awesome, so grabbing players to trade for ammunition next year is the right move.

Bottom line: Draft Shipley in the late third/early quarter of your rookie draft, then flip him once a peak week hits.

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