Buy Into These Offenses!
From the quarterback to the tight end, these teams’ starting players are all worth gunning for in fantasy drafts this season…
Kansas City Chiefs
This seems like a no-brainer, as anything attached to Patrick Mahomes‘ arm seems to turn to gold. What makes them more intriguing this year is that the Chiefs have high upside options at receiver who are largely unproven in Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle. We’ve seen flashes from Hardman in the past, but with Sammy Watkins now in Baltimore, Hardman has a chance to flourish on a consistent basis as potentially the no.2 WR in KC. Pringle hasn’t done much in his two years in the league, but he was arguably Mahomes’ favorite target in minicamp, and I”ve adored his skillset since he was a prospect out of Kansas State. If Hardman continues to struggle with man-coverage, we could see the emergence of Pringle as a fantasy asset. Both players have strong chances to outperform their current ADPs.
The Steelers have an embarrassment of riches on offense this season, especially at receiver. When JuJu Smith-Schuster is your “worst” receiver, you’re in a pretty good spot – Just pick one of them. Whether it’s JuJu, Diontae Johnson or Chase Claypool, you can almost be sure of at least 800 yards and 7 TDs – Each of them had at least that last season. It doesn’t stop there though. TE Eric Ebron had his second best year there as a pro in 2020, and rookie Najee Harris has the makings of a top 10 fantasy back. Miss on any of these guys, and you can still go for Big Ben! Having a Steeler at any starting position in fantasy is a great idea, and no one seems to be talking about any of them except for Harris.
Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert might give Patrick Mahomes a run for his money as best QB in the AFC West in only his second season as a pro, and anyone playing beside him is going to benefit by his being under center. Mike Williams, Jared Cook and potentially rookie Josh Palmer are all undervalued players who could put up career years for fantasy and otherwise if things pick up where they left off in 2020. Only two teams attempted more passes per game in 2020, the Steelers and the Cowboys.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams were an offensive juggernaut when Jared Goff was QB, so just imagine how much more potent they can be with Matt Stafford under center. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are known commodities, and will be hard to get ahold of, but DeSean Jackson‘s ECR is behind the likes of Josh Reynolds and Sammy Watkins right now. Jackson has had injury riddled seasons the last few years, but his last two 1,000+ yard seasons came under OC Sean McVay as a Redskin. RB Darrell Henderson will also prove to be of immeasurable value if the Rams don’t add another back after losing Cam Akers to an achilles tear. They aren’t sexy picks, but they’ll pay off in spades.
I like getting a piece of the Falcons for a couple of reasons. One, Julio Jones left a target vacuum when he left for the Titans. Not counting last seasons’ 9 appearances, Jones averaged about 160 targets a season over the previous three. In that vacuum, aside from Calvin Ridley, we have either unproven or low profile players and someone has to absorb those targets! Rookie TE Kyle Pitts is high on the list, as he’s an athletic specimen and Matt Ryan loves his TEs. But even if you can’t get Pitts, WRs Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus can be had for peanuts, and fellow TE Hayden Hurst may also prove a worthwhile investment as OC Arthur Smith ran a ton of two TE sets in Tennessee during his time there. At RB we have old faithful Mike Davis, who will assuredly outperform his 24th ranked status if they don’t add a back to the mix. Hell, tack on Cordarrelle Patterson at the end of your draft if you like. They have plans for him too. The Falcons were 4th in pass attempts last season, so expect a lot of players to get involved.