AFC West

AFC West Season Outlooks

Denver Broncos

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 5-11 4-11-1 8-8 3,333 1,852 58.70% 41.30% 39%
2016-17 9-7 9-7 7-9 2,972 2,085 59.80% 40.20% 34%
2015-16 12-4 8-8 6-9-1 3,970 1,718 61.08% 38.92% 35%
2014-15 12-4 8-8 10-6 4,661 1,785 59.21% 40.79% 44%
2013-14 13-3 10-6 11-5 5,444 1,873 60.54% 39.46% 46%
2012-13 13-3 11-5 10-6 4,534 1,832 55.65% 44.35% 45%

Known for their stout defense, the Broncos offense is routinely forgotten. Since the decline and departure of hall-of-fame QB Peyton Manning, the Broncos have scuffled to find a viable replacement. As it stands, Trevor Siemian is expected to start Week 1 while 2016 first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch will man the headset on the sidelines Siemian started 14 games last season, registering 3,401 passing yards and 18 touchdowns. Though those numbers are expected to increase in year two, it's best to leave the Broncos QBs alone. Former head coach and QB guru Gary Kubiak retired this offseason, which led to the hiring of Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. The hiring doesn't suggest any drastic changes to the offensive playbook as Mike McCoy has been brought back in to rebuild this offense. An added workload on RB C.J. Anderson is forecasted given the inexperience at the quarterback position. Anderson has a high ceiling but hasn't been able to stay healthy starting in just 19 games in four years. Prior to last season's injury, Anderson averaged 15 attempts per game that bellied 427 rushing yards. He's an intriguing RB2 option handcuffed with Jamal Charles or Devontae Booker. Broncos WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas will attempt to kick start this offense after the dynamic duo shredded opposing offenses for a combined 2,115 yards and 281 targets. Thomas was the top option, hauling in a team-high 90 footballs for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. Both are stellar WR2 options with appeal as a WR1. TE Virgil Green is listed as the team's starting TE on the depth chart, however, his value at TE is in blocking and has no fantasy relevance.

Kansas City Chiefs

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 10-6 10-6 7-8-1 4,104 1,903 66.90% 33.10% 39%
2016-17 12-4 9-6-1 6-10 3,958 1,938 58.38% 41.62% 38%
2015-16 11-5 8-8 8-7-1 3,255 2,044 54.35% 45.65% 38%
2014-15 9-7 10-6 5-11 3,182 1,918 56.34% 43.66% 40%
2013-14 11-5 9-7 7-9 3,340 2,056 57.31% 42.69% 33%
2012-13 2-14 3-12 6-10 2,713 2,395 50.74% 49.26% 32%

The Chiefs offense is filled with fantasy potential and hungry for yet another division title. With reports that 2017 top-10 draft pick Patrick Mahomes will be given every opportunity to thieve the starting job away Alex Smith, Smith's value is uncertain. However, given the fact that Smith's sparkling 67.1 completion percentage and 3,502 yards were a big reason the Chiefs made the playoffs last season. He manages games masterfully, but with a lack of arm strength, he remained a mediocre QB1 with the seemingly unstoppable Travis Kelce the main focus in the offense. Kelce led all fantasy TE in fantasy points with a dazzling 233 points and his 1,125 receiving yards was 12th best in the league. Tyreek Hill led Chiefs wide receivers in total fantasy points with 217 and is expected to be atop of the Chiefs depth chart at WR. The Chiefs wide receivers are all under the age of 30 and look poised for a collective breakout season. The Chiefs wide receivers are a unit that could thrive in Andy Reid's possession coaching scheme and with Alex Smith's time in Kansas City ticking, the offense could become a terrific source of fantasy points. Running back Spencer Ware finished the season with 951 rushing yards on 214 attempts. Their run option game plan worked last year for rookie offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and with Ware entering the season as the team's feature back, he most definitely has appeal as a RB2 or FLEX option. Nagy will look to involve Tyreek Hill more in the pass game, which could become deadly given his out-of-this-world speed and athleticism has already terrorized opposing team's special team's units. Hill's value lies within is as a FLEX or sleeper option. The bottom line is the Chiefs will go only as far as Smith or Mahomes can take them. If Smith starts off the season slow, don't be surprised to see Mahomes become a hot waiver wire commodity.

Los Angeles Chargers

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 9-7 8-6-2 4-12 4,431 1,595 62.80% 37.20% 40%

As long as QB Phillip Rivers is under center for the Chargers, his WRs will always benefit. In 2016, Rivers finished fifth in total passing yards (4,386), just 43 yards short of Aaron Rodgers' 4,428 passing yards. During the season prior, Rivers trailed only Drew Brees for the most passing yards in a season, racking up 4,792 yards. Though he is prone to throwing interceptions, the amount of yards he throws for each year is difficult to ignore. Rivers is an elite QB1 in fantasy. What's even more impressive about Rivers' past two seasons is the fact he's been without his top receiving option Keenan Allen, who tore his ACL during the first game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs. Allen has failed to stay healthy the past two seasons, but when he's healthy, he's proven he can produce. His first two seasons, he totalled 1,829 yards on 148 receptions and 12 scores. Allen just turned 25 and if he stays healthy Allen will positively impact the league's eighth best passing offense. Allen can be safely drafted as a WR2 and an attractive WR1. There are high expectations placed on rookie receiver Mike Williams, as he is expected to work the left side of the field. Williams is a big red-zone threat with his 6'3" and 225lbs frame and is coming off an exceptional season with the Clemson Tigers in the NCAA, totalling 1,361 yards on 98 receptions and 11 touchdowns. He's currently on the PUP and his status should be monitored throughout the season. TE Antonio Gates has been on the decline for a couple years now, but proved he can still ball. Gates was targeted 92 times and racked up 548 receiving yards. He's worth drafting late, but he may fail to return TE1 or TE2 value. The Chargers have struggled to create a successful run game the past two seasons, ranking 31st and 26th respectively. Melvin Gordon's fantasy numbers were solid and he was named to the Pro Bowl last season with 254 touches, 997 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He's a stellar RB2 or FLEX option. Though the Chargers hired Anthony Lynn as the team's head coach, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is returning for another season and will continue to deploy the traditional yet deadly vertical offense.

Oakland Raiders

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 6-10 5-9-2 5-11 3,631 1,554 62.20% 37.80% 40%
2016-17 12-4 10-6 11-5 4,120 1,881 58.59% 41.41% 38%
2015-16 7-9 8-8 8-6-2 3,879 1,457 63.33% 36.67% 39%
2014-15 3-13 8-8 10-6 3,275 1,240 66.10% 33.90% 34%
2013-14 4-12 8-8 7-9 3,336 2,004 56.34% 43.66% 35%
2012-13 4-12 5-11 6-10 4,084 1,420 63.57% 36.43% 34%

Oakland went all out on offense this offseason by convincing bruising RB Marshawn Lynch to come out of retirement to join forces with QB Derek Carr and the Raiders promising youthful offense. Don't expect the signing of Lynch to take looks away from WR Amari Cooper though, one of the best young NFL receivers in the game. He tallied 1,143 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He's an elite talent and will be for years to come, so drafting Cooper early is a must if you want him on your team. Michael Crabtree was a healthy source of touchdowns last season, registering a team-best eight scores with 1,003 receiving yards. He also saw 145 targets and will continue to see the majority of Carr's red-zone looks. The Raiders also addressed the TE position, adding pass catching TE Jared Cook. Cook did most of his damage for the Packers during Green Bay's three playoff games last season. He caught 18 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. He will be welcomed with open arms by head coach Jack Del Rio and first-year offensive coordinator Todd Downing, who has been key to grooming Carr into a pro bowl quarterback. He inherits an offense loaded with exciting young talent and Downing will rely on Cook to run plenty of post routes and work through the middle of the field to keep the Raiders' spread offense flowing. Lynch coming home was a nice offseason story, but fantasy owners should remember he is 31 years old with plenty of mileage on his legs already. Relying on him as a starting RB is risky, so drafting Lynch as a backup RB or FLEX option would be ideal. Either way, it's tough not to be excited about the Raiders' fantasy prospects this upcoming season.

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