Deep Into The AFC: FANTASY PREVIEW

AFC North:

Baltimore Ravens

  • Week 1 @ MIA
  • Week 2 vs ARI
  • Week 3 @ KC
  • Week 4 vs CLE
  • Week 5 @ PIT
  • Week 6 vs CIN
  • Week 7 @ Sea
  • Week 8 Bye
  • Week 9 vs NE
  • Week 10 @ CIN
  • Week 11 vs HOU
  • Week 12 @ LAR
  • Week 13 vs SF
  • Week 14 @ BUF
  • Week 15 vs NYJ
  • Week 16 @ CLE
  • Week 17 vs PIT

QB:

  • Lamar Jackson

RB:

  • Mark Ingram
  • Gus Edwards
  • Kenneth Dixon

WR:

  • Marquise Brown
  • Willie Snead

TE:

  • Mark Andrews

This team is going to compete in every game of the upcoming season.  The Baltimore Ravens’ defense will not let them get into a deep enough hole that Lamar Jackson will not be able to dig them out. The acquisition of Mark Ingram gives the team a slight upgrade at running back and the volume will be there for whoever is at that position. RBs every game will have a lower ceiling because Jackson will take away yards with some running of his own. 

How you feel about Jackson as a passer is up to you; however, Marquise Brown is tailor-made for this offense full of athletes. Consistency will be hard to come by for Brown, but when he hits, it could easily win your week. Mark Andrews is the only other pass-catcher to take a look at on this team. Edwards and Dixon are viable options out of the backfield after they carve out their role.

Notable Fantasy Players: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Gus Edwards, Kenneth Dixon, Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Week 1 @ SEA
  • Week 2 vs SF
  • Week 3 @ BUF
  • Week 4 @ PIT
  • Week 5 vs ARI
  • Week 6 @BAL
  • Week 7 vs JAX
  • Week 8 vs LAR
  • Week 9 Bye
  • Week 10 vs BAL
  • Week 11 @ OAK
  • Week 12 vs PIT
  • Week 13 vs NYJ
  • Week 14 @ CLE
  • Week 15 vs NE
  • Week 16 @ MIA
  • Week 17 vs CLE

QB

  • Andy Dalton

RB

  • Joe Mixon
  • Giovani Bernard

WR

  • AJ Green
  • Tyler Boyd
  • John Ross

TE

  • Tyler Eifert

Every team is going to have players who hold fantasy value, and the Cincinnati Bengals are no different. They will be down in many games, and that will lead to fantasy production, albeit in limited quantities with the team’s inability to protect Andy Dalton. 

If this team can stay healthy, the offense could produce wins for the Bengals and your fantasy team. Cincinnati has to establish the run in every game to provide Dalton with space. With AJ Green expected to miss time to begin the season, everyone is targeting Tyler Boyd during these games, but if healthy, I would grab Tyler Eifert. Joe Mixon will have the volume to be a high-quality running back.

Notable Fantasy Players: Joe Mixon, AJ Green, Tyler Boyd

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Giovani Bernard, Andy Dalton, Tyler Eifert

Cleveland Browns

  • Week 1 vs TEN
  • Week 2 @ NYJ
  • Week 3 vs LAR
  • Week 4 @ BAL
  • Week 5 @ SF
  • Week 6 vs SEA
  • Week 7 Bye
  • Week 8 @ NE
  • Week 9 @ DEN
  • Week 10 vs BUF
  • Week 11 vs PIT
  • Week 12 vs MIA
  • Week 13 @ PIT
  • Week 14 vs CIN
  • Week 15 @ ARI
  • Week 16 vs BAL
  • Week 17 @ CIN

QB

  •  Baker Mayfield

RB

  • Nick Chubb
  • Kareem Hunt

WR

  • Odell Beckham Jr
  • Jarvis Landry
  • Rashad Higgins
  • Antonio Callaway

TE

  • David Njoku

The Browns have a lot of expectations going into the 2019 season. This team made some moves to make their offense one of the deadliest in the NFL. Will they live up to expectations? It all depends on if their line can protect quarterback Baker Mayfield enough to make plays. Nick Chubb will be able to run and will help create space because teams are forced to respect it; this is the key to victory for this team. 
Having Odell Beckham Jr. run wild and Jarvis Landry doing the dirty work in the slot will help this team move the ball. Rashard Higgins, Antonio Callaway (4-game suspension), along with David Njoku at tight end will potentially give you one of the deadliest offenses in the NFL on a team that is going to compete to win every single game.

Notable Fantasy Players: Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry(PPR)

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Kareem Hunt, Rashad Higgins, David Njoku 

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Week 1 @ NE
  • Week 2 vs SEA
  • Week 3 @ SF
  • Week 4 vs CIN
  • Week 5 vs BAL
  • Week 6 @ LAC
  • Week 7 Bye 
  • Week 8 vs MIA
  • Week 9 vs IND
  • Week 10 vs LAR
  • Week 11 @ CLE
  • Week 12 @ CIN
  • Week 13 vs CLE
  • Week 14 @ ARI
  • Week 15 vs BUF
  • Week 16 @ NYJ
  • Week 17 @ BAL

QB

  • Ben Roethlisberger

RB

  • James Conner
  • Jaylen Samuels

WR

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster
  • Donte Moncrief
  • James Washington

TE

  • Vance McDonald 

Life after Antonio Brown is looking pretty good for the Steelers after all of the helmet news that broke regarding the former Pittsburgh wide receiver. Ben Roethlisberger’s home/road split is probably the most consistent thing about this whole team. 

JuJu Smith-Schuster is now the clear cut number one wideout on this team, but without the spacing from Brown, does he maintain his production from last year? Donte Moncrief will be on the opposite side of JuJu going into the upcoming season. After a year in Jacksonville, how will he take on this new role without Bortles as his quarterback? 

If Moncrief does not develop, does Vance McDonald become the #2 pass catcher on the team? James Conner is running behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. The Steelers’ starting running backs get high volume no matter what the game plan is; they will establish the run every game. Conner is the safest play on this team. 

Notable Fantasy Players: JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner, Ben Roethlisberger

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Donte Moncrief, Vance McDonald, James Washington

AFC South:

Houston Texans

  • Week 1 @NO
  • Week 2 vs JAX
  • Week 3 @ LAC
  • Week 4 vs CAR
  • Week 5 vs ATL
  • Week 6 @ KC
  • Week 7 @ IND
  • Week 8 vs OAK
  • Week 9 @ JAX
  • Week 10 Bye
  • Week 11 @ BAL
  • Week 12 vs IND
  • Week 13 vs NE
  • Week 14 vs DEN
  • Week 15 @ TEN
  • Week 16 @ TB
  • Week 17 vs TEN

QB

  • Deshaun Watson

RB

  • Carlos Hyde
  • Duke Johnson Jr

WR

  • DeAndre Hopkins
  • Will Fuller V
  • Keke Coutee

TE

  • Jordan Akins
  • Jordan Thomas

The Houston Texans have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL; a double-edged sword when it comes to fantasy production. Deshaun Watson is a fantastic passer, and when all of his options are fully healthy, they are hard to stop. His bad line forces him to run, adding points for a nice floor every week. 

DeAndre Hopkins is a top two receiver in the NFL. His physicality and ability to catch the ball put him in a tier of wideouts where he is unguardable. No matter what, he’s going to get his. Will Fuller, on the other hand, is one of the most efficient wideouts in the NFL. He is a big play waiting to happen, but he has to be able to stay on the field. Keke Coutee filling out the slot will make a great passing attack in the NFL. The trade for Kenny Stills in the preseason is going to add depth to a team that desperately needed it.

With the addition of Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde this is looking like a 2-Headed back field that will give Houston the balance approach they are looking for.

Notable Fantasy Players: Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Will Fuller, Keke Coutee, Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, Kenny Stills

Indianapolis Colts

  • Week 1 @ LAC
  • Week 2 @ TEN
  • Week 3 vs ATL
  • Week 4 vs OAK
  • Week 5 @ KC
  • Week 6 Bye
  • Week 7 vs HOU
  • Week 8 vs DEN
  • Week 9 @ PIT
  • Week 10 vs MIA
  • Week 11 vs JAX
  • Week 12 @ HOU
  • Week 13 vs TEN
  • Week 14 @ TB
  • Week 15 @ NO
  • Week 16 vs CAR
  • Week 17 @ JAX

QB

  • Jacoby Brissett

RB

  • Marlon Mack
  • Nyheim Hines

WR

  • T.Y Hilton
  • Devin Funchess
  • Parris Campbell

TE

  • Eric Ebron
  • Jack Doyle

This team has a very competitive schedule, and all of their “tough” games are away from Lucas Oil Stadium. Jacoby Brissett is now the quarterback for this team and I think he will preform above expectations. The last time Brissett played for this team he had the worst offensive lines in the game. With time to throw the ball and the ability to make plays with his legs Brissett should make for a mid-tier floor play every week.

Marlon Mack looked like a complete stud at points last season. If he can maintain a good volume of 15+ carries a game, he can easily be a top 10 running back this season. In matchups where he had 15+ touches (6 out of 12 games), he averaged 5.2 yards per carry and 110.3 yards per game. The Colts have many instances this year where running the ball will be the key to victory. Still, consistency could be an issue for Mack, but if you believe he gets the volume, he should be of great value. 

We know T.Y Hilton is a high-quality wideout with Luck throwing the ball, but where does that leave the rest of the offense? Last year Luck was working with an assortment of subpar wide receivers. The addition of Campbell and Funchess should help bring the offense to the next level. Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle playmaking can round out a fantasy group that could be one of the most productive in the NFL if their team is put in a position where they have to put up score after score.

Notable Fantasy Option: TY Hilton, Marlon Mack

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Devin Funchess, Parris Campbell, Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron, Jacoby Brissett

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Week 1 vs KC
  • Week 2 @ HOU
  • Week 3 vs TEN
  • Week 4 @ DEN
  • Week 5 @ CAR’
  • Week 6 vs NO
  • Week 7 @ CIN
  • Week 8 vs NYJ
  • Week 9 vs HOU
  • Week 10 Bye
  • Week 11 @ IND
  • Week 12 @ TEN
  • Week 13 vs TB
  • Week 14 vs LAC
  • Week 15 @ OAK
  • Week 16 @ ATL
  • Week 17 vs IND

QB

  • Nick Foles

RB

  • Leonard Fournette
  • Alfred Blue

WR

  • Dede Westbrook
  • DJ Chark
  • Marqise Lee
  • Chris Conley

TE

  • James O’Shaughnessy

Blake Bortles out; come in Nick Foles. It’s a new era in Jacksonville! How effective it will be is up in the air as a lot of things with this team are. A healthy Leonard Fournette will still lead this offense but other than that it all falls on how consistent Foles is on a week to week basis. Fournette will have the weekly volume and a good enough floor to be a mid-tier RB1. 

We’ve seen Nick have some fantastic highs, but we’ve also seen the lowest of lows. He is an upgrade from Blake Bortles but to say it’s monumental is a stretch. Wide receiver is the position most up in the air at this point. 

They have a plethora of wideouts that all could compete for the starting spots. Dede Westbrook had a breakout season last year, so he seems to be safe but after that who knows. Marqise Lee can make plays, but he is coming off tearing his ACL last year. Chris Conley could also be a playmaker but is he really much of an upgrade on an inconsistent DJ Chark? 

Besides Fournette, it is “wait and see” for this offense for me, but if you like Foles and one or more of these wideouts, you should strike before everyone else sees it for themselves. 

Notable Fantasy Options: Leonard Fournette 

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Nick Foles, Dede Westbrook, DJ Chark, Marqise Lee, Chris Conley 

Tennessee Titans

  • Week 1 @ CLE
  • Week 2 vs IND
  • Week 3 @ JAX
  • Week 4 @ ATL
  • Week 5 vs BUF
  • Week 6 @ DEN
  • Week 7 vs LAC
  • Week 8 vs TB
  • Week 9 @ CAR
  • Week 10 vs KC
  • Week 11 Bye
  • Week 12 vs JAX
  • Week 13 @ IND
  • Week 14 @ OAK
  • Week 15 vs HOU
  • Week 16 vs NO
  • Week 17 @ HOU

QB

  • Marcus Mariota
  • Ryan Tannehill

RB

  • Derrick Henry
  • Dion Lewis

WR

  • Corey Davis
  • Adam Humphries
  • Taywan Taylor

TE

  • Delanie Walker
  • Jonnu Smith 

This team is up in the air. They are either going to be an above-average unit or one of the low-tier teams in the league. It all depends on what happens at quarterback and how their pick at said position performs from there. They went out and got Adam Humphries to add to an underrated Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor. Whether it’s Mariota or Tannehill at QB1, if this team can establish a consistent average to above-average passing attack, it opens up for everyone else. 

Davis and Humphries especially could see great fantasy value if they have a consistent quarterback. If the passing attack opens up, it will make the Titans running game even more deadly, giving Henry space to run and Lewis room to make plays in an open field. They could live up to the Thunder and Lightning moniker they were seeking to be last year. A healthy Delanie Walker provides a great safety net and a safe pick at tight end if he can stay healthy. 

This is all best-case scenario. If the Titans can’t improve from a passing standpoint this season, then I see them stuck as the same thing they were last year: an inconsistent team with all of their fantasy options being inconsistent.

Notable Fantasy Option: Derrick Henry

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Dion Lewis, Corey Davis, Adam Humphries, Taywan Taylor, Delanie Walker, QB

AFC East:

Buffalo Bills

  • Week 1 @ NYJ
  • Week 2 @ NYG
  • Week 3 vs CIIN
  • Week 4 vs NE
  • Week 5 @ TEN
  • Week 6 Bye
  • Week 7 vs MIA
  • Week 8 vs PHI
  • Week 9 vs WSH
  • Week 10 @ CLE
  • Week 11 @ MIA
  • Week 12 vs DEN
  • Week 13 @ DAL
  • Week 14 vs BAL
  • Week 15 @ PIT
  • Week 16 @ NE
  • Week 17 vs NYJ

QB

  • Josh Allen

RB

  • Devin Singletary
  • Frank Gore
  • TJ Yeldon

WR

  • John Brown
  • Cole Beasley
  • Zay Jones
  • Robert Foster

TE

  • Tyler Kroft

The Buffalo Bills are going to improve on their performance from last year. Josh Allen is going into his second year now and has some players who will help suit his style of play and help this team move the ball effectively. Either way, this team is going to run the ball in an attempt to control the pace and win games. The Bills have three running backs that could all see playing time. Josh Allen will also run the ball probably more than any other quarterback not named Lamar Jackson, creating a great floor for Allen. 

The acquisition of Cole Beasley and John Brown gives him some capable receivers that can do the dirty work in the slot and make some big plays. Zay Jones or Robert Foster is set to round out the wideouts. Right now, we have to wait and see who gets the third spot. Devin Singletary and Frank Gore are going to split the carry work. If either of them has a productive fantasy season, I will be surprised. TJ Yeldon will have a role as a passing back, but even in PPR, I don’t know if there will be any value there. There are just too many mouths to feed in the Buffalo backfield so, I find it hard to find fantasy value there besides maybe a few games. 

Tyler Kroft should be the pass-catching tight end while Lee Smith is going to get more play being the better blocker among the group of tight ends.

Notable Fantasy Option: Josh Allen

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Devin Singletary, John Brown, Cole Beasley

Miami Dolphins

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  • Week 1 vs BAL
  • Week 2 vs NE
  • Week 3 @ DAL
  • Week 4 vs LAC
  • Week 5 Bye
  • Week 6 vs WSH
  • Week 7 @ BUF
  • Week 8 @ PIT
  • Week 9 vs NYJ
  • Week 10 @ IND
  • Week 11 vs BUF
  • Week 12 @ CLE
  • Week 13 vs PHI
  • Week 14 @ NYJ
  • Week 15 @ NYG
  • Week 16 vs CIN
  • Week 17 @ NE

QB

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • Josh Rosen

RB

  • Kalen Ballage
  • Kenyan Drake

WR

  • Albert Wilson
  • Jakeem Grant
  • DeVante Parker

TE

  • Mike Gesicki

The Miami Dolphins will be one of the worst teams in the NFL. Now being on a bad team doesn’t mean that there isn’t fantasy value on this team. They’re going to be passing and passing a lot with the off-season acquisitions of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen. As of this column, “Fitzmagic” is the Week 1 starter. But, once Fitzpatrick starts making mistakes, the team will focus on seeing what they have with Rosen. 

They have capable pass catchers in Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, and DeVante Parker. Whether you should take a chance on any of them is up in the air. It’ll be hard to find any consistency on this team but if you find it, strike. Kalen Ballage and Kenyan Drake are set to share this backfield with Ballage said to be the favorite to get the start. This team is going to have to establish the run to try and win games. That could lead to high volume on the ground for Ballage with Drake getting the passing down work as a change of pace. 

Miami has a plethora of tight ends, but I feel Gesiciki will get the passing down work for the team but don’t be surprised if Nick O’Leary or Dwayne Allen takes the spot over instead.d. 

Notable Fantasy Options: Kalen Ballage, Albert Wilson

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Kenyan Drake, Jakeem Grant, DeVante Parker, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen

New England Patriots

  • Week 1 vs PIT
  • Week 2 @ MIA
  • Week 3 vs NYJ
  • Week 4 @ BUF
  • Week 5 @ WSH
  • Week 6 vs NYG
  • Week 7 @ NYJ
  • Week 8 vs CLE
  • Week 9 @ BAL
  • Week 10 Bye
  • Week 11 @ PHI
  • Week 12 vs DAL
  • Week 13 @ HOU
  • Week 14 vs KC
  • Week 15 @ CIN
  • Week 16 vs BUF
  • Week 17 vs MIA

QB

  • Tom Brady

RB

  • Sony Michel
  • James White
  • Damien Harris

WR

  • Julian Edelman
  • Josh Gordon
  • Phillip Dorsett

TE

  • Benjamin Watson

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The New England Patriots are one of the most well-coached teams in football. They work on moving the ball in a way that isn’t flashy, just efficient. This team will win games with one of the easiest schedules to start the season and then one of the toughest towards the end of the season. 

This season, the team is projected to run the ball a lot, which makes me high on Sony Michel, if his knees can hold up is a different question. If Michel does go down, Harris would be the main guy. James White is always going to have his role in this offense and is arguably the safest play in this backfield. 

Tom Brady is entering his 20th season in the NFL, and at 42 years old, people are ready for him to fall off a cliff, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.Tom doesn’t rely on his arm strength or making big plays to win games. He makes short plays and moves the ball efficiently. There is a possibility to fall off a cliff, but I don’t see it. 

Julian Edelman will continue to be a high-quality play and the addition of N’Keal Harry or Ben Watson to fill that big play-ability hole they will be missing without Gronk as an option. Josh Gordon has also been reinstated by the NFL he is in his second year with the Patriots and it should be a good one. He is the best outside wide receiver on this team and could go for 100+ yards in absolutely any game. 

Notable Fantasy Options: Tom Brady, Sony Michel, James White, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Phillip Dorsett, Benjamin Watson, N’Keal Harry

New York Jets

  • Week 1 vs BUF
  • Week 2 vs CLE
  • Week 3 @ NE
  • Week 4 Bye
  • Week 5 @ PHI
  • Week 6 vs DAL
  • Week 7 vs NE
  • Week 8 @ JAX
  • Week 9 @ MIA
  • Week 10 vs NYG
  • Week 11 @ WSH
  • Week 12 vs OAK
  • Week 13 @ CIN
  • Week 14 vs MIA
  • Week 15 @ BAL
  • Week 16 vs PIT
  • Week 17 @ BUF

QB

  • Sam Darnold

RB

  • LeVeon Bell

WR

  • Robby Anderson
  • Jamison Crowder
  • Quincy Enunwa

TE

  • Chris Herndon
  • Ryan Griffin

This team has the potential to be a breakout squad in 2019. Le’Veon Bell brings a new dimension to the offense that the Jets have lacked in recent years. The only real issue I have is that Bell has to prove that he can perform at the same level when he is not behind the superior Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line.

If they can establish the run game, I see a big year for Sam Darnold and company. Robby Anderson will have his big games, and if they become more consistent, he can become a top receiver in the NFL. Jamison Crowder getting play in the slot and Quincy Enunwa back from injury could be huge factors in keeping the ball moving for this team. Chris Herndon is suspended for 4-games, but once that is over, he can potentially be one of the top tight ends in fantasy with his has “big play” potential. This team has one of the best-run defenses in the NFL so even if they are down in games, it’ll be tough for teams to keep them out of it.

Notable Fantasy Options: Sam Darnold, LeVeon Bell, Robby Anderson

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Jamison Crowder, Quincy Enunwa, Chris Herndon

AFC West:

Denver Broncos

  • Week 1 @ OAK
  • Week 2 vs CHI
  • Week 3 @ GB
  • Week 4 vs JAX
  • Week 5 @ LAC
  • Week 6 vs TEN
  • Week 7 vs KC
  • Week 8 @ IND
  • Week 9 vs CLE
  • Week 10 Bye
  • Week 11 @ MIN
  • Week 12 @ BUF
  • Week 13 vs LAC
  • Week 14 @ HOU
  • Week 15 @ KC
  • Week 16 vs DET
  • Week 17 vs OAK

QB

  • Joe Flacco

RB

  • Phillip Lindsay
  • Royce Freeman
  • Theo Riddick

WR

  • Courtland Sutton
  • Emmanuel Sanders
  • DaeSean Hamilton

TE

  • Noah Fant

The Denver Broncos are going improved from last year with the acquisition of Joe Flacco. The veteran quarterback brings a presence at his position that this team desperately needed. With that said, this is still going to be a run-heavy offense. Reports close to the Broncos camp believe that they will be a running back by committee so, the hot hand can change from game to game. 

Denver’s defense will make sure of that the team competes in every matchup, providing fantasy value down the stretch. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman should split the carries in the backfield while the acquisition of Theo Riddick will solidify a role for a passing back. Courtland Sutton has the potential for a breakout year if Emmanuel Sanders takes a step back returning from injury. 

DaeSean Hamilton and rookie tight end Noah Fant will round out the passing attack. Though their help should push it a step forward this year, don’t expect record-breaking number. 

Notable Fantasy Options: Phillip Lindsay/Royce Freeman

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Joe Flacco, Theo Riddick, Courtland Sutton, Emmanuel Sanders, DaeSean Hamilton, Noah Fant

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Week 1 @ JAX
  • Week 2 @ OAK
  • Week 3 vs BAL
  • Week 4 @ DET
  • Week 5 vs IND
  • Week 6 vs HOU
  • Week 7 @ DEN
  • Week 8 vs GB
  • Week 9 vs MIN
  • Week 10 @ TEN
  • Week 11 vs LAC
  • Week 12 Bye
  • Week 13 vs OAK
  • Week 14 @ NE
  • Week 15 vs DEN
  • Week 16 @ CHI
  • Week 17 vs LAC

QB

  • Patrick Mahomes

RB

  • Damien Williams
  • LeSean McCoy

WR

  • Tyreek Hill
  • Sammy Watkins
  • Mecole Hardman

TE

  • Travis Kelce

This Patrick Mahomes led offense is elite. The core of Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce is the most dangerous, unguardable passing offenses in the NFL. At any point throughout a game, Hill or Kelce could get a 25+ yard play from Mahomes. 

This team is still going to run the ball as every Andy Reid-led team does. The lead back will get high volume, and they’ll run them into the ground. Damien Williams proved in stints last year that he can make plays but the durability to get close to 20 carriers is doubtful. LeSean McCoy is there, and the team could look towards more of a running back by committee this year to keep them healthy.

If there is one thing in football you cannot teach, it’s speed. Hill and Mecole Hardman have plenty of it. Look for Andy Reid to design plays around these players and their quickness.

Notable Fantasy Options: Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Damien Williams

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Sammy Watkins, LeSean McCoy, Mecole Hardman

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Week 1 vs IND
  • Week 2 @ DET
  • Week 3 vs HOU
  • Week 4 @ MIA
  • Week 5 vs DEN
  • Week 6 vs PIT
  • Week 7 @ TEN
  • Week 8 @ CHI
  • Week 9 vs GB
  • Week 10 @ OAK
  • Week 11 vs KC
  • Week 12 Bye
  • Week 13 @ DEN
  • Week 14 @ JAX
  • Week 15 vs MIN
  • Week 16 vs OAK
  • Week 17 @ KC

QB

  • Phillip Rivers

RB

  • Melvin Gordon
  • Austin Ekeler
  • Justin Jackson

WR

  • Keenan Allen
  • Mike Williams
  • Travis Benjamin

TE

  • Hunter Henry

This team has the ability to be one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Phillip Rivers could have one of his best seasons if all the pieces go into the right place. Melvin Gordon is going to need to be at its full potential. Right now, that is up in the air. 

Tyrell Williams is no longer with the Chargers, leaving behind a wealth of snap that have to be distributed. Mike Williams is a prominent breakout candidate for me to take some of those snaps and have his big playability make more of an impact with an increase in volume. Keenan Allen is still one of the best receivers in the NFL. He could easily be a top 3 wideout when the season is over if he continues to stay healthy. 

Hunter Henry is coming off an ACL tear the previous year and is primed for a breakout season on this offense. He is still young with high-upside. In the case that Melvin Gordon does miss time, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will more than likely split the carriers since neither of them proved that they could be the premier back.

Notable Fantasy Options: Phillip Rivers, Melvin Gordon*, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, Travis Benjamin, Hunter Henry

(*): Make sure to watch Gordon’s hold out

Oakland Raiders

  • Week 1 vs DEN
  • Week 2 vs KC
  • Week 3 @ MIN
  • Week 4 @ IND
  • Week 5 vs CHI
  • Week 6 Bye
  • Week 7 @ GB
  • Week 8 @ HOU
  • Week 9 vs DET
  • Week 10 vs LAC
  • Week 11 vs CIN
  • Week 12 @ NYJ
  • Week 13 @ KC
  • Week 14 vs TEN
  • Week 15 vs JAX
  • Week 16 @ LAC
  • Week 17 @ DEN

QB

  • Derek Carr

RB

  • Josh Jacobs
  • Jalen Richard

WR

  • Antonio Brown
  • Tyrell Williams
  • Hunter Renfrow

TE

  • Darren Waller

This team has a lot of work to do if they don’t want to be a bottom-five team in the league. The acquisition of Antonio Brown does bring a new dimension to this offense that they have undoubtedly been missing. The addition of Josh Jacobs via the draft gives the team he pieces to make things work. Still, they have to execute. The execution falls into the hands of quarterback Derek Carr. He hasn’t been the same since his injury and this year is going to make or break him as he goes into free agency next offseason. 

This team will likely be playing from behind the majority of the season,  providing fantasy value for every piece on this offense. Tyrell Williams will be as inconsistent as ever, and Hunter Renfrow will be thrown into the slot after a successful time at Clemson. Where they fit into this offense from a production standpoint is yet to be seen. 

This team is going to run the ball a lot, as any John Gruden offense, so drafting Josh Jacobs was the right choice. Oakland has to grind it out and make plays to win games. It won’t happen every week, but when it does, it could produce for some high scoring weeks.

Notable Fantasy Options: Antonio Brown, Josh Jacobs

Optional Fantasy Pick-Ups: Derek Carr, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow, Jalen Richard

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