Highlighted by the MVP performance of Patrick Mahomes last season, the AFC West was back to playing terrific football. Well, besides the Raiders, but with a number of key acquisitions, even they will look to be competitive this season.
With all that in mind, lets take a look at possible fantasy football breakout players to watch for from each of the AFC West teams.
1. Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders
The rookie out of Alabama will be experiencing a culture shock, going from the systematic Alabama to the potential chaos that will be the "Hard Knocks" Raiders. Before football even began, the Raiders lost running back Isaiah Crowell for the season. This has opened the door for Jacobs to start day one, getting the majority of the carries. As bad as the Raiders were last season, they still had Doug Martin and Marshawn Lynch both average 4.2 yards per carry. With Jacobs in line for plenty of touches, he could be in for a big rookie season.
2. Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos
In his rookie season, Sutton caught 42 passes for 704 yards and four touchdowns. He will enter the season as the Broncos' No. 1 receiving option, with Emmanuel Sanders working his way back from injury. The athletic Sutton seems to be able to do just about anything the Broncos ask of him, including being a terrific deep threat. Say what you want about Joe Flacco, but up in the thin Denver air, everything will be within throwing range of Flacco's arm.
3. Mike Williams, WR, Chargers
Williams proved he can be a big body that can go up and catch touchdowns, after leading the team with 10 receiving scores last season. Now after the departure of Tyrell Williams and getting a full season under his belt, the training wheels will be off of Mike Williams. His 62.5 percent of snaps played should only increase, and this could lead to him cracking 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.
4. Damien Williams, RB, Chiefs
Andy Reid produces great running backs, plain and simple. We saw what Williams could do at the end of last season, but after a full offseason as the lead back, his role will grow even more. And with Mahomes being able to throw 80 yards on a dime, defenses have to respect it, opening up easy running lanes between the tackles for Williams. Chiefs running backs grabbed 14 rushing touchdowns and 12 receiving scores in 2018. Williams should get a very large piece of that pie this season.
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