POLL: Which AFC West WR will score the most fantasy points in 2016?
Based on current ADP, the top three AFC West wide receivers are being selected within a few picks of one another in fantasy football mock drafts -- Oakland's Amari Cooper (2.10, WR11), San Diego's Keenan Allen (2.11, WR12) and Denver's Demaryius Thomas (3.05, WR14).
Within my fantasy football wide receiver rankings, those three wide receivers fall within WR10-14 as well although I have Allen ranked the highest.
Playing only eight games last season, Allen hauled in 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns -- or a full-season pace of 134/1,450/8. Before sustaining the injury, only Julio Jones (70) had more catches and only Jones (892) and DeAndre Hopkins (870) had more receiving yards. If he can stay healthy, the 24-year-old receiver should rank near the top of the league in targets in 2016.
Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie and battled a foot injury down the stretch. With 20 yards or less in four of his past seven games, his rookie campaign could have been even better, but I expect a stronger performance throughout all of 2016 for the talented second-year receiver.
With 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons, Thomas had 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. With Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency) no longer in Denver, Thomas may still approach last year's stat line but his upside is a bit capped due to the team's quarterback situation for 2016.
There are some other talented receivers in the AFC West -- Jeremy Maclin, Michael Crabtree, Emmanuel Sanders, to name a few -- but it's likely that one of Cooper, Allen or Thomas leads the division's receivers in fantasy production in 2016.