As the best time of the year approaches, fantasy football drafts are well underway. The AFC West is packed with fantasy talent. The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders are looking to have bounce-back years. The L.A. Chargers are looking loaded and ready to finally win the AFC West. The reigning AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs are looking to retain their spot with a new quarterback at the helm. Overall the AFC West is one of the most interesting divisions in the NFL and that does extend to fantasy football. As always all of these stats are based on a non-ppr 12 team league.
Ever since his disappointing rookie season, Melvin Gordon has been an impressive running back. In the last two years, he has finished eighth and fifth respectively out of all running backs. This year he should generate even more points with all the talent around him. The Chargers should be a top 10 offense this year and Gordon will be sure to score a lot of touchdowns. He is currently the seventh running back being drafted and will almost surely finish higher than that.
Draft: first round
Kareem Hunt has a very similar outlook to Melvin Gordon. He should also be helped by the fact that the Chiefs have a new starting quarterback and should lean towards the run in his first year starting. That being said, Andy Reid has been known to be pass happy at times. Reid’s tendency to pass is the reason that Melvin Gordon has a slightly higher value. Hunt is currently the ninth running back being drafted on average coming off a top three fantasy year. He should have a top ten fantasy performance this year as well and his bust potential is relatively low in Kansas City.
Draft: first round
Keenan Allen finished last season as the third highest scoring receiver in all the NFL. In addition to playing in all 16 games, Allen showed great rapport with quarterback Phillip Rivers which should only improve as they continue to play together. Currently, Keenan Allen is the seventh drafted receiver on average. His output last year justifies selecting him early on in the draft. His current average draft position is 21st which puts him firmly into the end of the second round in the 12 team format.
Draft: mid-second round
Much like Keenan Allen, Tyreek Hill impressed with his production last year. He finished fourth overall in points scored among receivers. His production could be even more impressive this year as new gunslinger Patrick Mahomes is known to throw deep often. Somehow, despite his production and outlook going into 2018, Hill is being drafted 12th among receivers and 32nd overall. He should finish top ten in points scored at least. This means that the value is there for Hill and he is one of the best value picks in fantasy football this year.
Draft: third round
Kelce is the second tight end drafted in most fantasy drafts. This is for a reason. Kelce is a huge producer at tight end and is essentially a third receiver in terms of point production. There are only three to five tight ends that can match that production in any given year. Kelce is the best bet to consistently score those kind of points.
Draft: third round
Top ten wide receiver talent, but available at a bargain rate. Cooper played through injuries last year causing him to have a down year. Now he presents a great value at a manageable spot in the draft. Cooper is being drafted 38th overall by average. Which makes him the 14th receiver selected. This combined with the fact that Gruden’s new offense should provide a boost to his output means Amari Cooper is a great selection this year.
Draft: fourth round
Sammy Watkins has failed to live up to his potential to this point. Whether it has been injuries or play calling, he just hasn’t been able to match the hype. This year is the year though. Andy Reid’s playcalling, as well as the fact that the Chiefs plan to make Watkins a consistent part of their offense for years to come, means that the opportunity will be there for Sammy Watkins to produce. Watkins can be easily acquired in most leagues as his average draft position is 79th.
Draft: seventh round
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