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Week 1 vs. BAL
Rushing: 4 / 8 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 29 / 0 on 4 targets
Charles was used more as a receiver than as a rusher against a formidable Ravens defense in Week 1. Most of his yardage came on a meaningless catch just before halftime, so his current threat level to Larry Johnson's workload is quite low. Look for him to put up bigger stats next week against Oakland.
Week 3 vs. PHI
Rushing: 6 / 36 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 34 / 0 on 4 targets
Charles returned to the lineup after being inactive in Week 2. Charles was given fewer touches than Larry Johnson (10 to 19) but Charles did much more when he had his chances. Charles looked much faster, cutting quickly and getting to his top gears rapidly when catching the ball in space. Charles padded some of his numbers with plays before halftime and later in the game, along with a 26-yard catch and run on a gimmick throw from WR Mark Bradley. Charles has some fantasy value in PPR leagues and may start seeing more touches than Larry Johnson.
Week 4 vs. NYG
Rushing: 2 / 24 / 0
Jamaal Charles entered the stat sheet early in Week 4, but not in a good category. Charles fumbled the opening kickoff, setting up the Giants for an early score and putting Kansas City out of the game almost before it even started. He added a meaningless 24-yard rush on the final play of the game, so until Larry Johnson gets benched (which could happen) keep Charles out of your fantasy lineup.
Week 5 vs. DAL
Rushing: 3 / 9 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 54 / 0 on 7 targets
Charles played important role as a receiver in the two-minute drill and had a few change of pace carries, but he still hasn't risen to the level of a true committee back.
Week 6 vs. WAS
Rushing: 4 / 6 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 2 / 0 on 1 targets
Jamaal Charles had only five touches (four carries) in Week 6 against Washington for a combined scant seven yards. Charles is no better than a handcuff to Larry Johnson and has no fantasy value with Johnson healthy and starting.
Week 7 vs. SD
Rushing: 4 / 33 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 1 / 0 on 3 targets
Charles looked much quicker than did Larry Johnson, but that's to be expected. Charles is younger and has that good burst that Johnson may not quite have these days. Charles showed nice inside cuts and quickness to get to the second level of the defense, though he didn't break many tackles once he got there. The Chiefs also split him out wide in the second half as they tried coming up with some creative ways to get him the ball. At one point, he got way behind the last line of the defense wide open for what should have been a long touchdown but the pass was badly overthrown.
Week 9 vs. JAX
Rushing: 6 / 36 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 19 / 0 on 4 targets
Charles got touches on three of the first four plays and made good gains out of them, but then the Chiefs inexplicably went to a RB rotation that cooled Charles off. He got more touches in the fourth quarter did well with, too. He ran hard between the tackles and even got a few yards after contact. He caught the ball well as a receiver out of the backfield and showed good urgency getting upfield to make positive plays out of his receptions, especially on his two-point conversion. Charles burst is translating on runs between the tackles and when he tries to get the corner. He deserves more work, and should get it if the Chiefs coaching is rational.
Week 10 vs. OAK
Rushing: 18 / 103 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 14 / 0 on 5 targets
Jamaal Charles 44-yard TD run on 4th and 1 should put to rest any ideas of real committee backfield in Kansas City. He was patient and rubbed off contact to find the lane through lots of strong downfield blocking by the Chiefs to paydirt, never really having to turn on the jets. Charles didn't make any other big plays, but he ran hard for the entire game, not shying away from contact at all, even though his build/size leaves him open to get man-handled at times. Charles was still fresh in the fourth quarter, showing his ability to handle a heavier load, and Charles also showed off his soft hands out of the backfield. Charles also got through trash in the backfield with good feet. Two goal-to-go carries went Charles, but the line got no push at all. He should be a great flex and solid RB2 play going forward, but this game could represent his high-water mark over the remainder of the season.
Week 11 vs. PIT
Rushing: 17 / 58 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 8 / 1 on 5 targets
Charles started the game off with a 97-yard kickoff return for a score. On offense, the Chiefs moved him around; he took a reverse after lining up in the slot, and later took the pitch in a handoff-and-option play. Charles was not particularly successful overall running the ball, but picked the right time to get hot. His final three carries, including one in OT, went for 27 yards, and all for first downs. He also caught a 2 yard touchdown. There was speculation that Kolby Smith might steal some carries, but that was not the case. Charles remained the go-to guy from beginning to end.
Week 12 vs. SD
Rushing: 14 / 93 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 54 / 0 on 3 targets
Charles wasn't given a ton of room to run by his offensive line, but when there was even a crack he made the most of it. And on the few occasions they opened a hole for him, he busted through for multiple big gains. His long run went for thirty yards with another fifteen tacked on for a facemask penalty. Considering his team was down 28-7 at halftime and they ended up losing by 29 points, it's pretty astounding that he managed to rack up nearly 100 yards on the ground. Charles got 14 of the team's 17 running back carries, proving that he is clearly "the guy" in the Kansas City backfield. Not only that, but he got the short yardage carry that resulted in the team's lone rushing score, and he was also a very active participant in the passing game. His long gain there went for 49 yards down the sideline with CB Quentin Jammer defending him, but Jammer seemingly never saw the ball. Charles made a very nice play to haul it in as he fell down towards the sideline.
Week 13 vs. DEN
Rushing: 18 / 56 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 3 targets
Charles ran tough today against a Broncos defense focused on stopping him. He seemed to get a little banged up as the game went on, but kept coming back in and didn't miss much time overall. The Chiefs were successful running to the outside, where Charles is at his best. However, the scatback continued to show that he could be a determined and effective runner between the tackles too. Charles kept his legs driving after contact, and even delivered a blow to linebacker D.J. Williams on th sideline where he lowered his shoulders to pick up extra yards instead of running out of bounds. He could have had two touchdowns on the game, but Brian Dawkins was able to fight off left tackle Branden Albert on a sweep to the left and Charles was stopped for a 3-yard loss.
Week 14 vs. BUF
Rushing: 20 / 143 / 1
Receiving: 7 / 38 / 0 on 8 targets
Charles is the do-everything back for the Chiefs, and he is taking well to the role. He had a ton of catches out of the backfield and absorbed punishment to get what was there after the reception, and his speed allowed him to run away from the Bills defense and score the Chiefs only TD on the day from 76 yards out. His hard-nosed running between the tackles kept the offense in manageable down and distances. He had three straight carries on goal-to-go to get the Chiefs down to the one, but they decided to go to Cassel on fourth down, and Cassel failed. Charles converted some key short yardage plays, and another big run in the fourth quarter was called back by a penalty. He is a very good RB2 to have for the fantasy playoffs, especially next week against the Browns.
Week 15 vs. CLE
Rushing: 25 / 154 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 16 / 0 on 4 targets
Charles continues to assert himself as the Chiefs RB of the future. He ran tough inside, falling forward and hurtling himself through the hole for yards after contact. He also had good hands as a receiver out of the backfield, and great patience waiting for the hole to develop. When he did see the hole, Charles turned on that track star burst, and it turned into a 47-yard TD when broke some arm tackles and made a tackler miss in the open field. Charles got small through the hole, never went down easily, and even dragged a few Browns for a ride at the end of runs. He did some damage in the second half on runs out of the shotgun, too. He has arrived as a fantasy RB1 for the playoffs, and maybe for 2010.
Week 16 vs. CIN
Rushing: 24 / 102 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 22 / 0 on 4 targets
Charles continues to look impressive as Kansas City's featured back. He ran well between the tackles against a usually solid Cincinnati front seven. He easily glided to the corner on a number of longer runs, beating linebackers to the edge. Charles was also effective as a pass catcher, despite a bad dropped pass on a short route for his lone missed target.
Week 17 vs. DEN
Rushing: 25 / 259 / 2
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 1 targets
Charles ran for a Chiefs record 259 yards against the Broncos on Sunday, and crushed the Broncos hopes of getting back in this game with big runs in the 4th quarter. Kansas City got him the ball in a number of different ways, but the speedy back only needs a sliver of daylight to have a big gain. He was regularly getting to the second level of the defense, and in the end averaged over 10-yards per carry. Once again Charles ran with good authority between the tackles, and was very dangerous outside if the Broncos failed to set the edge. Charles also showed great balance as he ran under control and was hard to bring down with just a shoulder hit. He looked like Chris Johnson out there and kept his feet moving after contact which allowed him to gain positive yardage on plays where it looked like he might be dropped for a minimal gain. His running style is fearless despite his size, and he is very aggressive when he runs the football. Charles becomes the first player in NFL history to have over 1,100 yards rushing on less than 200 carries.