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RB Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs

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

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Week 12: vs Buffalo Bills

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Charcandrick West suffered a hamstring injury of unspecified severity last weekend, although it is being called a strain and West is considered 'day to day' at midweek. West's backup Spencer Ware tore up the Chargers in relief of West last week (11/96/2 rushing with 1/5/0 receiving) and looks like a viable alternative if West can't practice this week. Stay tuned to's Players in the News as this week moves along to see if West is going to go on Sunday. The Buffalo rush D is ranked 10th in the NFL averaging 96.4 yards allowed per game, with seven rushing TDs handed over to date. They are actually giving up the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing backs over the past four weeks, though, with an average of 23.2 allowed per contest over three games played. Last week, New England posted 22/85/1 rushing vs. the Bills. This is a good matchup for the Chiefs' backs as the Bills' rush D is slipping as the season wears on.

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 5 vs CHI (12 / 58 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)

Charles was off to his usual yard producing ways in the first half. On the team's fourth drive, Charles took a short pass over the middle from Alex Smith for 26 yards to the Chicago 43-yard line. That turned out to be the highlight of the drive which stalled at the 40-yard line, resulting in a punt on 4th and 7. Charles carried the ball 12 times for 58 yards, the longest of which was a 15-yard run off of the right end in the third quarter. That drive would ultimately end in a blocked field goal attempt. Disaster struck in the third quarter as Charles suffered a non-contact injury while attempting to make a cut on a first-and-goal play from the nine-yard line. The injury is feared to be a season-ending torn ACL in his right knee. Charles suffered a torn ACL in the 2011 season as well, thankfully in the other knee.

2015 Week 4 vs CIN (11 / 75 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)

Charles continues to find ways to accumulate yardage, but pressure on the offensive line is limiting the space he has to create. The Chiefs are trying to work around it somewhat with short, quick passes as evidenced on the team's first scoring drive. Charles was able to extend a short right pass from Alex Smith for 25 yards, his longest receiving play on the day. The second quarter would see his longest run of the day, a 24-yard run off the left tackle from the 50-yard line. For the day, Charles would have 11 carries and catch all six of his targets but those two plays alone would account for 33% of his production. Charles will continue to be highly-utilized in the Chiefs offense and can explode for multiple-touchdowns in any game as evidenced by last week's three touchdown effort against the Packers.

2015 Week 3 vs GB (11 / 49 / 3 rush, 7 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)

Charles found the end zone on three occasions Monday Night, but overall the Chiefs offense had a rough evening against the Packers. The defense was able to make life miserable for quarterback Alex Smith which affected the whole flow of the offense. Charles was not able to break any substantial runs while carrying the ball 11 times for 49 yards and hauling in five catches for 33 yards. The defensive pressure simply did not allow for much room for him to operate. On the positive news front, all three of his touchdown runs were for short yardage in the red zone, reinforcing the notion that Charles remains the preferred option for red zone opportunities.

2015 Week 2 vs DEN (21 / 125 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 2 / 0 rec)

While Charles had a solid day in the stat department, he struggled with ball security and gave up two costly fumbles. The Chiefs 74˝yard opening drive stalled inside the red zone when Charles fumbled a screen pass from Alex Smith at the 5-yard line. Charles redeemed himself for the moment in the second quarter with an electric 34-yard touchdown run. The line created great space for Charles, who was able to break into the secondary and show off his trademark elusiveness by avoiding defenders and taking it the rest of the way to the end zone. The run would turn out to be his longest of the day en route to 127 combined yards. His second fumble came in the final minute with the game tied. The Broncos recovered and scored a touchdown on the play, going on to win 31-24. Fumbles aside, Charles had a decent day in the world of fantasy considering the Chiefs struggled on offense throughout the game.

2015 Week 1 vs HOU (16 / 57 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec)

Jamaal Charles spent most of the preseason out of harms way in anticipation of the regular season, but showed little in the way of rust in Week 1. He was his usual explosive, dual threat self in rushing 16 times for 57 yards and tacking on 5 receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown came in the second quarter and showed his trademark elusiveness. A short pass from Smith led to Charles dodging a tackle and diving into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown. That score put the Chiefs up 27-6 and the offense was relatively quiet for the remainder of the day as the game was essentially over at the half. Charles looked solid as ever and still possesses outstanding quickness and burst, he will benefit from what looks to be a much-improved Chiefs offense.


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