Last season, the AFC West was chock full of surprises. The Chargers did not win the division as expected and failed to make the playoffs. Rather, the Chiefs won the division and made the playoffs for the first time in years. The Raiders, who have struggled in recent years, finished five hundred and started to look like the tough black-and-blue franchise that has been their legacy. As for the Broncos, well, they finally decided to turn the page and move on after attempting a comeback to division dominance by rebuilding, when rebuilding was simply not necessary. Also, let’s not forget the fact that the Chargers started last season without one of their best players, Vincent Jackson, on the field due to a contract dispute with the organization. Much like the AFC South, you don’t have to look far within the AFC West to find fantasy gems for your rosters.
As The Fantasy Greek has mentioned before, in the case of the 2011 previews, a player’s projected draft round is based on a twelve team league due to the fact that the fantasy draft pool of players shrinks faster in a twelve team league than in a ten team league. The previews also assume a fourteen round draft.
As you read through the previews by team, you will see each team’s averages on both offense and defense, where the team finished in the league, a positional overview with a suggestion of what round(s) in fantasy drafts each player should be drafted (if at all), strength of schedule by position, each team’s 2011 schedule, and each team’s “bottom line” for 2011. When fantasy owners draft, they must consider the block of players on the board to be drafted in any given round, as well as what round each player should be drafted in. This is important because no player should be drafted before it is time. Drafting a player too soon means you are passing up on a better fantasy player than the one you are drafting. At the same time, when a player is still on the board after they should have been drafted, the player becomes a “value pick.” Hopefully, the previews help in understanding this.
Enjoy the previews! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact The Fantasy Greek.