2024 IDP Football AFC West Draft Guide

by Steve Hungarter (IDPHunter)
IDP Football AFC West Breakdown

Welcome to the 2024 IDP Football AFC West Draft Guide. The AFC West continues to be one of the most intriguing and competitive divisions in the NFL, boasting a blend of veteran leadership, emerging young talent, and dynamic coaching strategies. Each team in the division has made significant moves during the offseason, aiming to maintain their dominance or rise to new heights.

The Kansas City Chiefs remain the top team to beat, with a Top-6 DST Unit on the hands. The Los Angeles Chargers, driven stalwarts on IDP like Khalil Mack, Derwin James, and Joey Bosa are again looking for more roster improvements. Under the new leadership of Sean Payton in year 2, the Denver Broncos are looking to rebuild but could quietly steal a few games, their offense while relying on a traditionally strong defense.

Meanwhile, The Las Vegas Raiders, after years of being inconsistent hope to have themselves a coach, offensive and defensive lines, and continuity for the first time this decade. Only time will tell if this assessment is right. As always, we will review the top 50 players at their respected IDP positions, but give you a peek into what the coaches are doing in mini-camps as well as any schemes or burning questions worth noting in this installment.

2024 IDP Football AFC West Draft Guide

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Las Vegas Raiders

What will this defense look like in 2024?

Defensively, the Las Vegas Raiders are striving to be one of the premier units in the NFL in 2024. Under the interim leadership of Coach Antonio Pierce, the Raiders finished last season as one of the league's top defenses. They played with spirit,  despite being in many losing battles. It's not like the offense bailed them out much if at all.

Surprisingly in '23, the team finished 15th in total defense with 330.9.  The passing defense ranked 12th (212.4) and will hope to maintain this, but the one area of need was the 21st-ranked run defense 118.4. The new additions figure to help that stat line improve.

How will this Defensive line look opposite Max Crosby?

After adding defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, the Raiders have one of the most improved defensive lines in the entire league. With Wilkins and defensive end Maxx Crosby commanding double teams, players like Malcolm Koonce will continue to thrive and have a career season by setting new benchmarks.

The former seventh overall pick in the 2023 draft Tyree Wilson figures to mix in this year playing interior. Wilson has underperformed but will play in this rotation and have a new role.

Who are the IDP players to own here?

Underrated and sure-armed tackler Robert Spillane always outperforms his ADP and is one of the better linebackers to own in all of football.

Divine Debalo had a career last year, Deablo posted 106 total tackles, four of those for loss, but his impact The other IDP player worth starting here is Nate Hobbs, who is a jack-of-all-trades cornerback who produces DB2 points week to week.  A name outside the top 50 worth remembering is Saftey  Tre'von Moehrig, who put up several strong weeks last season. Consider him a

Los Angeles Chargers

Who will be the team's Green Dot Defender?

Denzel Perryman returns to the team that put him on the map to success, but he is 31 years old now. His recent stop in Houston might suggest he is a journeyman at this point in his career and a liability in coverage. Look to rookie spotlight Junior Colson, who is familiar with coach Jim Harbaugh and DC  Jesse Minter's defense from their time together at Michigan, a huge advantage and one of the better IDP rookies drafted this year.

Where is the team's weakest link?

This answer would be the secondary. Derwin James is the only one to own here, being one of the best blitzing Safety in the league for years. His coverage skills have fallen off in recent years, yet is one of the top three defensive backs in this game due to his tackle production. Alohi Gilman can be streamed here in deeper leagues.

Besides Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack, is there anyone else overlooked?

Tuli Tuipulotu made a significant impression as a rotational player last season, recording 4.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and 12 quarterback hits. Stopping the run on the way to Quarterback, his run grades were exceptional, with 37 tackles on run plays and 29 run stops, leading all rookie edge rushers according to PFF. He also ranked as the fourth-best run defender among all NFL edge rushers. Not bad for the 2nd round rookie.

Denver Broncos

Who will lead this team in sacks?

The Broncos appear to be rebuilding, so not much excitement remains on this roster. Denver’s edge rotation includes  Jonathon Cooper, Baron Browning, Nik Bonitto, newly traded for John Franklin-Meyers, and third-round rookie Jonah Elliss from Utah. You would have to squint your eyes but there is some talent here and one name emerges from the pack.

Cooper is the most likely to lead the Broncos in sacks among these four due to his consistent availability and ability to play every down. That is what this rotation is going to be this year. Browning has faced injury issues since entering the league, preventing him from completing a full season. Elliss is recovering from a torn labrum in his shoulder late last year. Bonitto struggles with run defense, and while Cooper isn't exceptional in that area either, he is better, ensuring more playing time.

Cooper is poised for another strong year with Denver by default.

Alex Singelton: Hype or Hope?

Singelton finished the 2023 season third in the NFL with 177 tackles and didn't miss a single defensive snap over the team’s final 14 games. His 1,090 defensive snaps ranked among the top 10 for linebackers in the NFL, accounting for 97% of the team’s defensive plays for the year. Usually, when you see stats like this it is hard to repeat the following year, but the opposite here is true.

With Drew Sanders injured, and Jewell out the door the opportunity emerges for Singelton to remain a top option in IDP. You could draft him in later rounds and still get a LB1.

Who will emerge now that Justin Simmons is gone?

Defensive backs are a hard thing to decipher. First, this team still has all=pro cornerback Pat Surtain, but most managers won't use cornerbacks. Due to the position not being thrown on, the points per week and limitations of the position do not seem likely that he could benefit from the vacated opportunities left behind since Simmons left. Let's keep looking.

Two opportunities emerge as immediate replacements.  One of Denver's major free-agent acquisitions, Brandon Jones, will have a major opportunity to showcase his hard-hitting tackling, which attracted the Broncos this offseason. Jones profiles as an in-box tackle safety, who was miscast and injured. Before this though, he was playing at an elite level before he tore his ACL in 2022 injured in Miami doing his best Jamal Adams impression.

PJ Locke took advantage of his opportunity, starting in eight of 12 games played. He notched his first career interception to clinch Denver’s win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 7 and recorded a sack in three consecutive games. Locke finished the season with career highs in tackles (53), sacks (three), passes defended (five), and defensive snaps (539). Call this an auction, but his ADP is low right now and he could emerge as a top-50 Defensive back this season.

Kansas City Chiefs

Who will lead this team on the DL front?

That would be Chris Jones, a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and three-time Super Bowl champion. He will get help from 2nd-year player George Karlaftis, who finished with 10.5 sacks. They should have great seasons and will help the Chiefs remain a top-6 DST Unit on draft night.

How does this linebacker corp work?

Nick Bolton is a top 6 LB option and will get every opportunity to make impact plays this season.  He is just two seasons removed from 180 tackles with 108 solo seasons, Talent like that is not going to go away. Dru Tranquil is the only other linebacker here going to factor in, now that Willie Gay has left in free agency.

Is there IDP potential in the secondary?

There is. Justin Reid could be a sleeper in 2024. As he prepares for a possible kick returner role he could exploit the new NFL kickoff rule policy. As the team’s starting safety, Reid has already frequently played every defensive snap most weeks. You could get value out of a three-down player who returns kicks.

Because McDuffie has demonstrated reliability on every play, the Chiefs were able to trade L'Jarius Sneed to the Titans earlier this offseason. He turned into an All=Pro in this team's scheme.

Final Thoughts

This Division is Kansas City Chiefs to win again. This could explain why so many teams are in a rebuild. With the exception of Brandon Jones and Christian Wilkins very few FA sign here in IDP.  Even though some of these teams look thin, that could lead to great stats for individual defense players to put up major stats. Keep an eye on several of these players meeting or exceeding these expectations.

Thanks for reading the 2024 IDP Football AFC West Draft Guide. Check out our other great Fantasy Football content from the F6P Team!

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