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Kansas City is the favorite, but the Broncos will give them a run for their money in 2020.

Findbet continues our tour of NFL training camps as we approach the start of the NFL season. Let's take a look at the headlines coming out of the AFC West and make our record predictions for 2020.


Mecole Hardman scores a touchdown. Mecole Hardman impressed as a rookie in 2019.Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City

Just when you think the Chiefs couldn't get any more dangerous, they go out and select one of the most dynamic running backs in the NFL Draft in Clyde Edwards-Heliare from LSU. The Chiefs were able to bring back Sammy Watkins to pair with Tyreek Hill and emerging star Mecole Hardman. They also signed Patrick Mahomes to a 10(!) year contract extension valued at over $500 million. Head Coach Andy Reid and General Manager Brett Veach were both given contract extensions after the Chiefs' Super Bowl season, and they didn't stop there. They re-upped their star defensive tackle, Chris Jones, to a contract extension as well. Not much changed on this roster compared to last year, and not much needed to as the Super Bowl champs look primed to repeat with one of the most dangerous and exciting offenses in the NFL.

Prediction: 13-3 (Division Champ)

Von Miller and the Denver defense will be the foundation of Denver's success in 2020.USA Today

Denver

Denver feels like they just scratched the surface of what they are capable of at the end of 2019. Second rounder Drew Lock didn't look overwhelmed stepping into the starting role as a rookie, and was one of the big reasons wide receiver Courtland Sutton had a career year. The Broncos then went and added more weapons around Lock in Melvin Gordon III, Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler. They also have one of the most exciting young TEs in the league in Noah Fant. Defensively, the added Jurrel Casey to an already formidable defensive line and look to continue their stellar play from 2019. Denver's season hinges on Drew Lock's development. If he can take the next step, no one will want to see this team on their schedule, especially late in the year.

Prediction: 8-8

Alligient Stadium The Raiders make their Las Vegas debut in 2020USA Today

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders make the big move from Oakland to their brand new stadium in Las Vegas for 2020. Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and flair, and the Raiders look to take on that persona in 2020. They added the fastest wide receiver in the draft in Henry Ruggs III as well as NFL ready Bryan Edwards from South Carolina. They have a bona fide star running back in Josh Jacobs as well as gadget RB Lynn Bowden Jr. Defensively, the Raiders need to take a step forward this year if they want to have any chance at competing for a playoff spot. They traded away Gareon Conley to Houston for a third round pick during the season last year and drafted controversial Ohio State CB Damon Arnette at 19 in the 2020 draft. Celin Farrell, the 4th overall pick in 2019 had a rough year acclimating to NFL Offensive lineman and looks to make a jump this year. Overall, if the Raiders defense doesn't take a step forward this year, it will hold them back from a winning record and a playoff spot.

Prediction: 7-9

Tyrod Taylor is just a placeholder until Justin Herbert is ready.Alex Gallardo / Associated Press

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers moved on from longtime starting quarterback Philip Rivers this off season and handed the keys to their offense to journeyman QB Tyrod Taylor. The Chargers did draft Justin Herbert in the 1st round of the 2020 draft, but he is considered a raw prospect and needs some time to adjust to the NFL before being thrown into the mix. They also moved on from Melvin Gordon and signed Austin Ekeler to a contract extension in the off season. He comes into 2020 as the starter after he was borderline elite filling in for Gordon at the beginning of 2019. The Chargers offense will mostly go through their run game. Even with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams at receiver, Taylor and Herbert don't inspire much confidence in producing a viable passing game. Derwin James tore his miniscus in his knee and will be out for the year, a massive blow to Gus Bradley's defense and for a unit that was going to be relied on to take some pressure off an offense in transition. The Chargers are headed for a rough transition year, but if Herbert can make some strides in mop up time during his rookie year, the future looks bright for this rebuild.

Prediction: 5-11


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For many managers, their playoff prospects are dark and hot as hell heading into the final week of the fantasy basketball regular season.

But before you can compete to be grand champ, you need to stop, drop, shut your duds down and open up the waiver wire for your last gasp this regular season. Here are some names you should be looking for to give you that push you need.

Rest in peace, DMX.

Booms

Kyle Anderson Forward Memphis Grizzlies

The former UCLA star might have taken the tale of the tortoise and the hare a little too seriously, but the "slow and steady" mantra has given him a successful NBA career and impressive fantasy numbers. For the past week, Slow Mo has averaged 16.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting, seven rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.3 made threes, two steals and one turnover a game.

Anderson has been a consistent contributor throughout the season and it's tough to see his numbers take a hit even when Jaren Jackson Jr. returns at the end of the month. If you haven't rostered him yet, it would be a huge mistake.

Jalen McDaniels Forward/Center Charlotte Hornets

Staying on the court has been a problem for McDaniels this season, but the absence of Gordon Hayward has forced the Hornets to look for other options on the court and the second-year player has been one of the beneficiaries. In the last three games, the San Diego State product averaged 16.3 points on 62.5 percent shooting, two made threes, five rebounds and 3.3 assists. He even threw in 1.3 steals and one block per game.

Hayward is expected to be out for at least three more weeks. Until he's back, expect McDaniels to continue his more proactive approach on this team.

Miles Bridges Forward Charlotte Hornets

McDaniels isn't the only one who has taken advantage of Hayward's injury. Bridges has cranked his game up a notch, averaging 21.7 points on 60.5 percent shooting, three made threes, six rebounds and one steal in the last three games. He may have even had the dunk of the year, posterizing Clint Capela on Sunday.

Until Hayward is back, Bridges will get a lot more freedom to operate and that means more fantasy contribution in the coming weeks.

Reggie Jackson Guard Los Angeles Clippers

Depth has not been a problem for the Clippers the last few seasons, but it has been trouble for fantasy managers looking for consistent contributors on that team. Rest and injuries haven't slowed the Clippers' winning ways this week because Reggie Jackson stepped up for them and gives fantasy participants a short-term high performer to lean on for the week.

In a week where Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Paul George missed time, Jackson thrived, averaging 17.3 points on 61 percent shooting, three made threes, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 turnovers in four games.

With Beverley out with a fractured hand and Rondo/George/Kawhi undoubtedly taking games off to save themselves for the playoffs, Jackson may not be a bad desperation option in standard fantasy and worth tracking in daily fantasy formats.

Busts

Tim Hardwaway Jr Guard/Forward Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks' recent success has not translated into numbers for all players. Tim Hardaway Jr. is one of them.

The Michigan product averaged 12 points on 37.5 percent shooting, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in four games last week. He did make two three-pointers per game in that span, but that is like threading a silver lining on a used rag.

Hardaway is still the third scoring option on the team, so he will get more chances to increase his production, but this week was a tough pill to swallow for a lot of fantasy managers.

Derrick Rose Guard New York Knicks

Rose has found a home with the New York Knicks, but his role has not been kind to fantasy managers. We all know the former MVP can still score, but head coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't asked him to do much else.

In the last four games, Rose has averaged 14.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting, 0.8 made threes, 1.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. That kind of one-dimensional play is a killer of many fantasy teams looking for a more diverse portfolio of contributions.

If you need a boost in scoring, Rose isn't a terrible option to consider, but if you need anything else, you should leave him on the waiver.

Lou Williams Guard Atlanta Hawks

Like Rose, Williams isn't asked to do anything other than score at this point in his career. But even in the past week, he can't even do that at an elite fantasy level. Only averaging 11.8 points per game, 1.8 made threes, 2.8 assists and basically non-existent in every other category in fantasy sports.

It's safe to say that Lemon Pepper Lou's effectiveness as a fantasy star is gone.

Jusuf Nurkic Center Portland Trail Blazers

Okay, I know Trail Blazers have been trying to ease Nurkic back into the lineup and giving him restricted minutes. However, with the fantasy managers looking for that final push to the postseason, there might have to be an executive decision on whether Nurkic needs to be played or pitched.

Teams firmly in playoff position can hold out for him to be used properly again, but other managers won't be able to stomach another week of missed games and low-end production.

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