For the next two weeks there are going to be a lot of moving parts with training camp, repetitions, snaps, pre-season snaps and injuries – all of which have fantasy relevance. I never used to think this way, but now that the competition is so good in a respective fantasy league anything you can do to get an edge is strongly advised, and this includes but is not limited to what impact players are doing in on their teams before Week 1 even gets here. Let’s take a look at the AFC WEST and what you need to know.
Oakland Raiders – It’s Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Derek Carr as the locks in this line up. Marshawn is as great of an X-factor as any player and carries huge risk/reward implications. As solid as Carr has been, he seldom put up video game numbers in a single game. Play calling is expected to open up, and Amari Cooper should be the number one WR in camp right now but has been banged up. Anytime a star doesn’t practice for over a full week, they will have my attention. I’d take Jalen Richard and De’Andre Washington on late flyers before overspending on Lynch. The Raiders defends is banged up right now, so currently the fantasy vibe in Oakland is not what it’s going to be when everyone get’s healthy.
Kansas City Chief – word from camp is that Tyreek Hill looks a tad slower. I don’t buy it, and I hate that this bug is now in my ear. I don’t think his speed will sneak up on teams like it did last year, but I do think he will get way more volume, especially after averaging over four yards per touch. There’s still both Ware and West to contend with, so I’m fading. Patrick Mahomes looks good, so I’m targeting him in a dynasty league but that’s it. Everyone loves Kareem Hunt to take over as the feature back at some point, but once again that’s dynasty talk. Travis Kelce is healthy and primed to be the #1 pass catcher in this offense. He’s a matchup nightmare that has huge upside with no camp concerns thus far.
Los Angeles Chargers – rumor on the street is that Philip Rivers is digging all of the weapons he this season. It appears as though a legit running game in cued up as well with Melvin Gordon. Between Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates Rivers has five healthy pass catchers to throw the ball to for the first time, maybe ever and that’s with first round draft pick Mike Williams out of Clemson done for the season. There are too many mouths to feed to get consistent production, but Rivers is a sneaky late round QB and definite QB2 in two QB leagues.
Denver Broncos – every single Bronco throwing the ball for Denver under the QB title looked horrible in practice but in their first preseason game they went 17-22 for 175 yards, one TD, and 117.0 QBR. Paxton Lynch looked vanilla, and is not turning out how John Elway would’ve hoped. The Defense is still world class and C.J. Anderson looks ready to be dependable again. My eyeballs tell me that both Emmanuel Sanders and Demariyus Thomas are going to trend downwards statistically even though Thomas has been one of the most dependable WRs over the last three years. Its fantasy… everyone has value depending where you get them, but proceed with caution with Broncos and don’t reach… good luck gamers!!