Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: AFC West

Fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to check back frequently for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch for all 32 teams. Here’s a look at the AFC West.

Broncos

Rising

Royce Freeman, RB—I’m willing to bet Freeman gets the starting job before too long. He only has to beat out Devontae Booker, who has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in his career. Freeman is currently being drafted in the fifth round, behind Sony Michel, but I think he ends up being the fourth rookie running back taken after Saquon Barkley, Derrius Guice and Rashaad Penny.

Falling

Devontae Booker, RB—Though Booker could end up being a value—he’s being drafted in the 11th round—Freeman has the ability to take that starting job quickly. Booker isn’t a productive runner, but he does have catching ability. He’s hauled in 61 passes over two years and that may give him his biggest shot to contribute. Booker being named starter in camp just offers you a discount on Freeman.

One to watch

Emmanuel Sanders, WR—Before last season (47 catches, 555 yards, 2TDs), Sanders had three straight 1,000-yard seasons. Last year the quarterback situation in Denver was atrocious. Now that Case Keenum is in town, I’d expect Sanders to be a candidate for a nice bounce-back season.

Chiefs

Rising

Sammy Watkins, WR—Watkins’ value will depend on how well Patrick Mahomes plays. Watkins reportedly injured his hip during practice on Monday, but signs are that it isn’t serious. Despite his seemingly underwhelming play in four seasons, he’s actually scored 25 touchdowns. Watkins is getting drafted in the sixth round, and if this injury knocks him down further, you could find yourself a value.

Falling

Spencer Ware, RB—Kareem Hunt solidified himself as the main rusher for Kansas City as he led the league in rushing last season. Hunt will have to get injured or falter spectacularly if Ware is going to gain fantasy relevance.

One to watch

Patrick Mahomes, QB—The Chiefs believed in Mahomes enough to let Alex Smith leave for Washington. The range of outcomes for Mahomes is pretty wide, however. In college he threw an interception in 21 of his 32 games. His rushing ability could be the x-factor that makes him fantasy relevant.

Raiders

Rising

Amari Cooper, WR—Cooper hit a major regression last season, but he still scored seven touchdowns. Fantasy owners are taking him early in the fourth round, which seems a bit high after a rough season. The targets will still be there, especially with Michael Crabtree in Baltimore.

Falling

Derek Carr, QB—Carr looked like he might enter the elite fantasy QB tier before last season, but he fell into mediocrity, throwing just 22 touchdowns and a career-high 13 interceptions. He lost Crabtree in the offseason, but will have to replicate his play from two years ago if he’s going to help you win in your league. He’s getting drafted behind quarterbacks like Jared Goff, Mahomes and Marcus Mariota.

One to watch

Martavis Bryant, WR—I very much like that Bryant is being drafted in the 12th round. He could end up providing a big return on a small investment. Jordy Nelson isn’t getting younger and he’ll be the main competition for Bryant. Much was made of Jon Gruden’s criticism of Bryant Saturday, but the coach ended his comments expressing confidence in the receiver.

Chargers

Rising

Keenan Allen, WR—Allen finally topped his great rookie season in his fifth year. Injuries have plagued his career, but he finally put it all together in 2017. Allen and the Chargers should continue to put up points this season. Melvin Gordon will get it done on the ground while Allen produces through the air.

Falling

Tight end—With Hunter Henry falling to injury before training camp even started, it looks like there will be a pretty big void to fill at the position. The Chargers may end up luring Antonio Gates out of retirement. If not, Virgil Green will likely start.

One to watch

Mike Williams, WR—Williams is having a great training camp and it looks like he’s itching to be the No. 2 target in Los Angeles. With Hunter Henry going down, Williams could help take pressure off Allen and prove to be a tremendous value. He’s being drafted in the 11th round.

Division previews

AFC North

AFC South

NFC North

NFC South

AFC East

AFC West

NFC East

Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: AFC West

NFL teams are starting training camp this week which means fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to bookmark this page for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch. Here’s the AFC West.

Broncos

Rising

Demaryius Thomas, WR—The hip injury he dealt with last season is behind him and he gets to be reunited with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

Falling

C.J. Anderson, RB—The running game will likely struggle, and Anderson has Devontae Booker and Jamaal Charles to fend off.

One to watch

Jamaal Charles, RB—If it turns out he comes back at even 75 percent of what he used to be, you’ll gladly take him in the eighth round.

Chiefs

Rising

Travis Kelce, TE—Hard to think he’s rising after the great season he had last year, but I’m thinking he gets more than four touchdown receptions this year.

Falling

Spencer Ware, RB—His status as the Chiefs’ No. 1 back is in question with the addition of rookie Kareem Hunt, who impressed during OTAs.

One to watch

Tyreek Hill, WR—The electrifying wide receiver is no longer a secret, but you have to make sure you don’t overvalue him.

Raiders

Rising

Amari Cooper, WR—He’s entering his third year and if Derek Carr targets him more often near the red zone then Cooper can finally show his true upside.

Falling

Marshawn Lynch, RB—I wasn’t as excited about his return, given the last time he played he was a shell of Beast Mode. There’s talent in his backfield that he’ll have to hold off.

One to watch

Jared Cook, TE—The playoff hero for the Packers joins a team that could use a threat down the seam. He’s got TE1 potential, but may stay a TE2.

Chargers

Rising

Tyrell Williams, WR—He led Chargers wide receivers in yards and touchdowns last season and he’s an absolute bargain right now, being drafted in the tenth round.

Falling

Mike Williams, WR—With Allen’s injury history, the rookie out of Clemson was looking like he could be a nice pick. But Williams is dealing with a back issue and may miss the start of the season.

One to watch

Hunter Henry, TE—It’s likely this is the season Antonio Gates finally falls off, Henry has shown he has the capability to make an impact.

Divisions:

NFC North

NFC South

AFC North

AFC South

NFC East

NFC West

AFC East

AFC West