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Fantasy Fallout from the New Additions in the AFC West



Denver Broncos Russell Wilson (QB):

It’s time to let Russ cook! This was perhaps the simplest plug-and-play solution of this offseason. Russ relocating gives his fantasy value the biggest boost that it has had in years as he will be taking snaps behind a much better offensive line after being sacked 222 times over the last 5 seasons, 27 more than the next closest QB. While the Broncos' offense lacks a clear alpha WR1 like DK Metcalf, Russ has proven that he doesn’t need that prototypical ‘X’ receiver, yielding better results through his connection with Tyler Lockett than Metcalf. The Broncos are more than well-equipped with weapons, their WR room has proven to be one of the deepest in the league over the past few seasons. We have seen current WR3 Tim Patrick and WR4 K.J. Hamler show their abilities to be more than serviceable when called upon. This is perhaps the most complete team that Russell Wilson has been a part of since the Seahawks were Super Bowl contenders, a resurgence year from Russ could be in order.

 

Kansas City Chiefs JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR):

With the departure of Tyreek Hill the Chiefs were desperate to find a viable WR option to complement Travis Kelce, Juju fits that role. While he doesn't project to be a WR1, with the QB and scheme upgrades it is well within the range of outcomes for him to produce at a consistent WR2 level with upside.


Marquez Valdez-Scantling (WR):

There is no one player that could replace Tyreek Hill’s value to the Chiefs, so they opted for multiple. Valdez-Scantling will be able to provide the field stretching speed that can unlock Mahomes deep ball, an important portion of the Kansas City offense. While his role may be slightly increased Valdez-Scantling doesn’t figure to provide consistent production and fantasy value due to the lack of versatility within his route tree, thus he remains a boom-or-bust WR3/flex option.


Skyy Moore (WR):

After signing 2 notable wideouts in free agency, the Chiefs went a step further by using the 54th overall pick to select Skyy Moore, the tantalizing WR prospect out of Western Michigan. With his athletic profile, ability shown at the collegiate level, and the hefty amount of draft capital Kansas City utilized on him, Moore projects to be a valuable asset both in redraft and Dynasty. There is no guarantee that he will garner a viable target share this season, but he could be a valuable stash with a late pick that could prove to be useful at some point as his role within the offense becomes more defined.

 

Las Vegas Raiders: Davante Adams (WR):

Choosing to move on from his unparalleled connection with Aaron Rodgers and into a new offense and smaller target share, now sharing the field with Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow, Adams is an interesting fantasy prospect heading into this season. While his talent and resume are unquestionable, the unknown of how he will be utilized within the Raiders offense, and more importantly how often adds skepticism toward whether he will be able to regain his status from Cooper Kupp as the WR1 in fantasy. This is likely the most talented pass-catching group Adams has been a part of, meaning Derek Carr won’t have to rely on him as heavily as Aaron Rodgers has had to in Green Bay, where Adams commanded at least a 30% target share 3 of the last 4 seasons. While his ability alone will secure his place as a WR1, the unknown surrounding his new offense may hold him back from being the overall WR1 that we have known him to be.


Raiders D/ST:

Adding superstar edge rusher Chandler Jones as well as bolstering their secondary with slot corner Rock Ya-Sin has upgraded the Raiders D/ST unit to a streamable quality defense within a good matchup. That being said, they are in arguably the toughest division in football so good matchups are few and far between.

 

Los Angeles Chargers Chargers D/ST:

Trading for superstar OLB Khalil Mack, signing All-Pro corner J.C. Jackson, and signing CB Bryce Callahan from the division rival Broncos has upgraded the Chargers D/ST unit to new heights. Similar to the Raiders, it will likely be hard to deploy this defense on a weekly basis because of how strong their division is, however, unlike last season this Chargers' defense has an opportunity to flourish as a streaming defense. Adding J.C. Jackson and Bryce Callahan to a secondary that already included Derwin James and 2nd-year corner Asante Samuel Jr. will help improve a unit that was bottom 3rd in interceptions and passing plays of both 20+ and 40+ yards. Despite this, the real weakness of the Chargers' defense last year was defending the run, where they allowed the 3rd most touchdowns and were bottom 5 in yards per carry allowing 4.6. Adding Khalil Mack as well as DT Sebastian Joseph-Day gives the defensive line a much-needed boost in overall ability.

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