As the NFL offseason inches closer to training camps, The Fantasy Footballers are in the midst of Divisional breakdowns. Make sure to check out the AFC East and NFC East breakdowns from last week if you haven’t already. Today I’ll be summarizing Andy, Mike, and Jason‘s breakdown of the AFC West, but you can check out the full episode for a more complete breakdown.

Each projected starter includes their average draft position from Fantasy Football Calculator in .5 PPR leagues.

Kansas City Chiefs

2018 Offensive Stats

Total Plays Rush Attempts Rush Yards/Game Pass Attempts Pass Yards/Game
996 (23rd) 387 (23rd) 115.9 (16th) 583 (9th) 309.7 (3rd)

Projected Week 1 Starters (ADP)

QB: Patrick Mahomes (3.09)
RB: Damien Williams (2.08)
WR*: Sammy Watkins (6.05), Mecole Hardman (10.06), Demarcus Robinson (NA)
TE: Travis Kelce (2.04)

*Tyreek Hill (4.04) is likely facing a suspension

Additions:

RB Carlos Hyde
RB Darwin Thompson (Rookie)
WR Mecole Hardman (Rookie)

Subtractions:

RB Kareem Hunt
RB Spencer Ware
WR Chris Conley

Offseason Summary:

There’s been plenty of fantasy-relevant news coming out of Kansas City this offseason. While some are questioning Damien Williams’ ability to lead a backfield, the Chiefs coaching staff has repeatedly emphasized that Williams carry the load. The Ballers are buying in and consider him a value at his current ADP near the back of the second round. Meanwhile, Tyreek Hill’s early-season availability is up in the air while he awaits league discipline for his off-field troubles, and the Chiefs spent a second-round draft pick on Mecole Hardman as possible insurance. Mix in the high probability of Patrick Mahomes regression and the “lizardom” of Sammy Watkins and the Chiefs are one of the most discussed fantasy teams this offseason

Los Angeles Chargers

2018 Offensive Stats

Total Plays Rush Attempts Rush Yards/Game Pass Attempts Pass Yards/Game
945 (28th) 399 (19th) 117.1 (15th) 512 (24th) 255.6 (10th)

Projected Week 1 Starters (ADP)

QB: Philip Rivers (10.10)
RB: Melvin Gordon (1.07), Austin Ekeler (9.04)
WR: Keenan Allen (3.01), Mike Williams (5.08), Travis Benjamin (NA)
TE: Hunter Henry (6.04)

Additions:

QB Tyrod Taylor

Subtractions:

WR Tyrell Williams
TE Antonio Gates

Offseason Summary:

The Chargers offense will look slightly different in 2019. Mike Williams looks poised for more targets with the departure of Tyrell Williams and an over-the-hill Antonio Gates will be replaced by a healthy Hunter Henry. Melvin Gordon is a first-round fantasy running back but is threatening to sit out until he gets a new contract. If he does miss any time, both Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson stand to see increased fantasy production. The Ballers also discussed that while Philip Rivers may very well finish as a QB1 again this season, it will most likely be a product of week-to-week QB2 production.

Denver Broncos

2018 Offensive Stats

Total Plays Rush Attempts Rush Yards/Game Pass Attempts Pass Yards/Game
1015 (13th) 393 (21st) 119.2 (12th) 588 (8th) 230.9 (19th)

Projected Week 1 Starters (ADP)

QB: Joe Flacco (NA)
RB: Phillip Lindsay (4.08), Royce Freeman (8.04)
WR: Courtland Sutton (10.03), Emmanuel Sanders (11.03), DaeSean Hamilton (13.11)
TE: Noah Fant (14.02)

Additions:

QB Joe Flacco
QB Drew Lock (Rookie)
TE Noah Fant (Rookie)

Subtractions:

QB Case Keenum
TE Matt LaCosse

Offseason Summary:

This offseason the Broncos moved on from Case Keenum and signed Joe Flacco while also drafting Drew Lock in the second round of the NFL draft. They also made a change at head coach, bringing in defensive specialist Vic Fangio. Many are anticipating a running-back-by-committee approach in the backfield with the second-year tandem of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, but The Ballers all prefer Lindsay now that his ADP has come back to Earth. Courtland Sutton is pegged to be the number one receiver in his sophomore season, while Emmanuel Sanders has been turning heads with some impressive workouts as he recovers from his torn Achilles. DaeSean Hamilton stepped up last year in Sanders absence and would be a contributor if Sanders isn’t ready for Week One. Denver also spent a first-round pick on athletically gifted tight end Noah Fant, but The Ballers pointed out that it’s tough to trust the inconsistency of rookie tight ends.

Oakland Raiders

2018 Offensive Stats

Total Plays Rush Attempts Rush Yards/Game Pass Attempts Pass Yards/Game
995 (24th) 387 (24th) 101.8 (25th) 556 (16th) 234.4 (18th)

Projected Week 1 Starters (ADP)

QB: Derek Carr (14.10)
RB: Josh Jacobs (3.10)
WR: Antonio Brown (2.07), Tyrell Willams (14.10)
TE: Darren Wahler (NA), Luke Willson (NA)

Additions:

RB Josh Jacobs (Rookie)
WR Antonio Brown
WR Tyrell Williams
WR J.J. Nelson
WR Ryan Grant
TE Luke Willson
TE Darren Wahler (Rookie)

Subtractions:

RB Marshawn Lynch
WR Jordy Nelson

Offseason Summary:

The Raiders made arguably the biggest splash of the offseason when they acquired Antonio Brown from Pittsburgh. They also added Tyrell Williams, J.J. Nelson, and Ryan Grant to their receiver corps. They didn’t stop revamping the offense there, as they drafted running back Josh Jacobs out of Alabama in the first round on the NFL draft. All these new weapons led Jason to contemplate a potential bounce-back season for Derek Carr, while Andy pointed out that the offensive weapons could be rendered useless if the offensive line can’t protect Carr.


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