One Move Every Team Needs to Make: AFC West

Denver Broncos
Biggest Need: Wide Receiver
Things may be finally falling into place for the Broncos offense as they showed flashes of explosiveness last year when Drew Lock took over. Adding the young explosive offense to the new offensive coordinator hire of Pat Shurmur, 6th in total team cap space, and the 15th pick in the NFL draft things are only looking up for the Broncos. With all, the biggest need for this team is to add a wide receiver to fit into Pat Shurmur’s downfield stretching passing attack.

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Shown above is a chart showing the pass/run splits in Shurmur’s coaching career whether that be Head coach or offensive coordinator. As you can see, in three of the last 4 seasons he has coached a team that has thrown the ball over 60% of the time which obviously is very promising for fantasy purposes of the skill players on the Broncos. Although it has been super consistent in the percentages as a whole there has only been two outlier seasons as 54% and 52% instilling confidence in the passing attack for this squad going forward.

Then this now opens the opportunity for the addition of a wide receiver. Currently the Broncos are a little thin at receiving weapons with Courtland Sutton, DeSean Hamilton, and Noah Fant who is a tight end so there is obviously a need. Whether that is addressed in the NFL Draft or Free Agency the Broncos must get busy. Mock drafts so far this offseason have had the names of Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy, Ceedee Lamb, and even Tee Higgins at that 15th spot. As all those names seem nice and promising we must remember one thing…. Free Agency happens before the draft, so as much as we think they will draft a receiver we have to wait and see if they go after a big name FA like Amari Cooper or if they add a couple smaller names like Robby Anderson, Nelson Agholor, or Breshad Perriman.

Best Possible Additions: Amari Cooper, Ceedee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs

Kansas City Chiefs
Biggest Need: Cornerback
Despite the surge of defense that led the Chiefs to the Superbowl, the Chiefs defense struggled overall, and this is where they need improvement. Here are some of the defensive ranks at certain stats from the 2019 season:

  • Yards allowed per drive: 25th
  • Plays allowed per drive: 31st
  • 3 and outs per drive: 31st

All stats via FootballOutsiders.com
32nd being the “worst” rank to get

The Chiefs could probably benefit from any defensive additions, but with Kendall Fuller, Morris Clairborne, and Breshad Breeland set to be UFA this offseason a cornerback addition will be needed.

Los Angeles Chargers
Biggest Need: Quarterback
With the recent news of Phillip Rivers not returning to the Chargers it seems only fitting to make quarterback the biggest need for this team. It has been 15 years and maybe even more since the Chargers have had to worry about replacing a quarterback, but they have made it clear that that is their next intention. The Chargers sit at the number 6 pick in the draft and it has been made almost “guaranteed” by the media and mock drafts that Justin Herbert will be in a Chargers uniform next season, but with the current trading state of the draft who knows if Herbert will be there. Head coach Anthony Lynn has made it obvious that the team would be comfortable with using Tyrod Taylor as a bridge quarterback to find their next Rivers. In multiple interviews he has stated, “Taylor is a heck of a quarterback…. and now he has an opportunity to maybe stepping up into the starting role.”

It will be hard to find their next Rivers, but the Chargers are in a prime spot to add a QB or an immediate impact player to help Tyrod. We have discussed on the channel the other free agency concerns with this team as Austin Ekeler, Melvin Gordon, and Hunter Henry are all UFA. The Chargers have a big decision to make, and I am excited to see what they can do.

Best Possible Additions: Jameis Winston, Tom Brady, Justin Herbert, Jacob Eason

Las Vegas Raiders
Biggest Need: Wide Receiver

Along the same lines as the Broncos needs is the Raiders, but the need of wide receiver for the Raiders is much larger as they lack that true alpha receiver. Raiders handled the offseason extremely well last season as they filled big holes in Free agency and the Draft with Josh Jacobs, Tyrell Williams, Maxx Crosby, and Clelin Ferrell as well as making huge improvements to the offensive line but they still struggled in the 2019 season.

Obviously, you can’t show why a team needs a receiver through a statistical breakdown, but I can give other factors to show the improvement areas of the offense and then tie in a wide receiver to outline why it would help. Oakland ranked 22nd in team touchdown percentage when in the redzone and Derek Carr held a red zone completion percentage of 59.2% ranking them at 20th out of all quarterbacks. When breaking down Derek Carr’s passing stats and overall 2019 season he secretly had a great year. Carr’s true passer rating, via playerprofiler.com, was 106.0 ranking him 7th and his clean pocket completion percentage was 77.9% ranking him 5th. I could break down a ton of bright spots to Carr’s game, but the one part of the game where the team is lacking is deep ball completion percentage and red zone completion percentage. The Raiders ranked 18th in deep ball completion percentage and 20th in red zone completion which screams that this team needs a pass catching identity outside of Darren Waller.

My strong prediction is that the Raiders look to the draft or maybe even exploring a Stefon Diggs trade to fill this need.

Best Possible Additions: Stefon Diggs, Ceedee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs

Published by Lukas Kacer

Fantasy Football Writer/Content Creator

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