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RB Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs

5-11, 200Born: 12-27-1986College: TexasDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Charles is rounding into late-season 2013 form, when he was a golden ticket to the fantasy finals. He is the focal point of the game plan and the Chiefs are having a ton of success with that approach.

Week 12: at Oakland Raiders

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Jamaal Charles has dominated his last two opponents, with 20/159/2 rushing and 2/19/0 receiving vs. Seattle last week (an 8.0 yards per carry average) and 15/98/1 rushing with 3/20/0 receiving line at Buffalo two games back (6.5 yards per carry). He is the engine that drives the Kansas City offense - start him if you've got him. The Raiders' pathetic 0-10 team can't stop opposing rushers or receivers - take your pick as to how you want to dismantle Oakland. Last week, they coughed up 32/120/0 rushing to the Chargers; two weeks ago it was Denver walloping them for 27/118/0 on the ground. To date, Oakland is ranked 27th in the NFL averaging 129.8 rushing yards allowed per game, with nine rushing scores handed over. Advantage, Kansas City.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs STL 13 73 2 4 4 44 0 0
9 vs NYJ 20 78 1 4 2 10 0 0
10 at BUF 15 98 1 4 3 20 0 0
11 vs SEA 20 159 2 2 2 19 0 1
12 at OAK PROJ-Dodds 20 * * 3 * * *
12 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay 20 * * 3 * * *
12 at OAK PROJ-Bloom 19 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs NYJ (20 / 78 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Charles had a solid opening two drives but was largely bottled up after that. He picked up 9 yards off right tackle on his first carry with a beautiful hesitation move behind his lineman. Two plays later he made 2 men miss in the backfield to pick up 3 yards on 3rd and 1. After being stuffed at the goal line on his first attempt Charles finished that drive with a leaping one yard touchdown run. On the second drive, Charles showed more patience with an 11 yard run around the left end then broke 2 arm tackles on a 10 yard run on 3rd and 1 in the red zone. In the next three plus quarters Charles only had 38 yards on 11 carries. Charles did break 3 tackles on a 3rd and 11 catch that picked up 12 yards and a key first down on the Chiefs final scoring drive.

2014 Week 10 vs BUF (15 / 98 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Half way through the first quarter Charles had 3 carries for -9 yards as the Bills were bringing the house to stop him in the running game. He suffered a shoulder injury early in the second quarter trying to pass protect and didn't reach positive yardage for the game until late in the second quarter. That came on a 17 yard run up the middle, through a gaping hole provided by his offensive line. Charles also picked up 12 yards before the end of the half on a couple of runs deep in his own territory with less than 2 minutes to go in the half. Charles made a good move out of the backfield on a swing pass to pick up 12 yards early in the second half but still had very pedestrian numbers through three quarters. On 4th and 1 the Chiefs chose to go for it and fooled the Bills badly with a toss left to Charles. He easily got the edge and then cut back across the middle and outran the entire Bills defense to the end zone for a 39 yard score. Charles set up the final touchdown with an 18 yard run up the middle that included him running through an arm tackle at the second level. The Bills did an excellent job controlling Charles for most of the day, but a couple of big plays were the difference.

2014 Week 11 vs SEA (20 / 159 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Charles had the benefit of running behind an offensive line that played their best game of the year and that's not to take anything away from the spectacular job he did. On the first drive alone he had 55 total yards and a touchdown, which isn't generally a bad day against this defense. He broke several tackles on the drive and continued to show brilliant vision to get to the second level. His touchdown was his easiest run of the drive. The Chiefs ran an old school option from the one yard line and Alex Smith pitched to Charles at the perfect time. Charles sprinted into the end zone untouched. Charles picked up where he left off on the second drive, picking up 28 yards through a huge hole in the middle. Two plays later he followed great blocking around the left edge then burst through a couple of jersey grabs for a 16 yard touchdown. The Seahawks slowed Charles down a little in the 3rd quarter, and he killed the team's second drive with a costly fumble in the backfield. On the third play of the fourth quarter Charles had his best run of the day and set the team up for the go ahead score. On 2nd and 1 Charles made three tacklers miss in the open field and picked up good blocking down field for a 47 yard gain. The Seahawks focused heavily on the run with the clock winding down, and Charles was unable to convert three late carries into a first down that would have all but clinched the victory. Charles performance, combined with his offensive line, was one of the more impressive ground attacks we've seen considering the opponent.


Latest News

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles a full go (Thu Nov 13, 06:51 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (shoulder, elbow) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Nov. 13.

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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles practices in full (Wed Nov 12, 10:24 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (elbow, shoulder) was able to practice in full Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Our View: It's a tough matchup against the Seahawks, but Charles is a must-start every week.
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