The AFC West is my favorite in terms of draftable NFL players for fantasy football. Even though I try to space out the teams I’m drafting, I always find myself having multiple players from the same teams in the AFC West. Looking at the possible depth charts gave me ideas on who to take note of during draft day. Here are fantasy sleepers you should watch out for in the AFC West.
Denver Broncos: RB Samaje Perine (ADP: 167.7)
The Denver Broncos picked up RB Samaje Perine during the offseason in order to beef up their RB depth chart. Javonte Williams is still recovering from injury and there is some doubt that he may miss some parts of the season. Perine will take over the load at first and can be a suitable backup as he also has good pass-catching skills. The Broncos want Javonte to take his time so Perine has his reps.
Kansas City Chiefs: RB Jerick McKinnon (ADP 175.8)
It’s challenging to trust Kansas City Chiefs’ players not named Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce. Their depth and plays make it possible for anyone to stand out. For this, we will trust Jerick McKinnon. He played an integral role in Kansas City’s run to the Super Bowl. The difficult part is that the Chiefs also have Clyde Edwards-Helaire, La’Mical Perine, and Isiah Pacheco. Hopefully, McKinnon will stand out due to his pass-catching ability.
Las Vegas Raiders: TE Michael Mayer (ADP: 138.9)
The Raiders drafted who many thought is the top TE in this year’s draft. Michael Mayer, a TE from Notre Dame, was picked up by Las Vegas in the second round. He is known for his offensive skills coming out of college. He will have some competition with Austin Hooper and O.J. Howard in the depth chart. Mayer has the most upside among the three and can be a sneaky pickup in the later rounds.
Los Angeles Chargers: WR Quentin Johnston (ADP 106.7)
Quentin Johnston landed in the perfect situation with the Chargers. Even if he’s the third-best WR on the team, the top two are often injured so this will open up more opportunities for him. With the addition of Kellen Moore on the team, the Chargers are bound to throw the ball deep more often which will help Johnston as he is likely to take those reps.