Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (28) is pursued by San Diego Chargers linebacker Jarret Johnson (96) during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Fantasy Sleepers For 2014: AFC West

Summer is approaching fast and so are preparations for NFL fantasy leagues.  Here is an updated list of potential sleepers from every team in the AFC West.

Oakland Raiders:  Maurice Jones-Drew – RB

The veteran three-time Pro Bowler left Jacksonville due to the typical reasons:  age, injury, money and declining production.  Still, Maurice Jones-Drew believes he can still play.  Depending on his upcoming battle with Darren McFadden, whose health is always a question mark, Jones-Drew should get a chance to run behind a retooled offensive line that should excel at run blocking.

Denver Broncos:  Montee Ball – RB

There is no splitting carries with Knowshon Moreno anymore.  The ball is squarely in the court of second-year running back Montee Ball for the Denver Broncos.  He should receiver the lions share of the carries and with so many focused on Peyton Manning and that dynamic passing attack, he should see his fair share of open running lanes.  Look for him to be especially effective near the goal line.

Kansas City Chiefs:  Travis Kelce – TE

People forget that the Kansas City Chiefs added the promising young tight end in the 2013 draft.  Sadly for Travis Kelce nobody bothers to remember a player when they didn’t play their first year.  Hopes are high for that to change in 2014 and NFL fantasy owners should keep careful watch on the Cincinnati standout as he hopes to broaden the offense for head coach Andy Reid.

San Diego Chargers:  Ladarius Green – TE

Antonio Gates has been the main man both for the San Diego Chargers and NFL fantasy owners at the tight end position for years.  However, it seems he may have company emerging.  Expectations are high for third-year tight end Ladarius Green who emerged as a quality reserve target with 376 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 catches.  With Gates getting older the Chargers will certainly want to incorporate Green more and more into the offense, and fantasy leagues must reflect that.

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  • Joel Ayala

    I would think RM will out up better numbers than both Jokelands RBs. We have a more solid Oline.

    • Erik Lambert

      RM is not a sleeper in my opinion. I expect him to produce. MJD is a sleeper because of what the OAK line could be, not what it is.

  • Jaime Olguin

    Finially we could agree Erik, great article

    • Erik Lambert

      Glad to hear it. Thanks.

  • powderBLUE801

    I agree with you on green. He has flash and speed for a TE. He is not going to be in a lot of pass protection plays. The bolts will use him as more of a big WR target for rivers. Good choice for us I can see this happen.

    • Erik Lambert

      We’re in agreement, then.

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        I agree too. Green reminds me of Gates in his prime, but a bit faster.

        • Erik Lambert

          Remains to be seen if the production matches the talent.

          • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

            No doubt. Small, but good, sample size so far.

  • Blake Molina

    I agree with the Kelce pick, but with the health concerns, be wary. As a Chiefs fan, I love the size and potential, but in this day and age, I need to see some production first.

    • Erik Lambert

      That’s why he’s a sleeper, Blake.