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RB Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs

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

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Jamaal Charles is recovering from an October 2015 ACL tear. His recovery seems to be going well, but careful attention should be paid to his summer and preseason participation.

Summary

Jamaal Charles will look to bounce back from a Week 5 torn ACL injury that brought an abrupt end to his 2015 campaign. Prior to the injury, Charles was on pace for his usual upper echelon production. At full health, he almost certainly would have finished the season in the top five to top ten range among fantasy running backs. After suffering his second season-ending injury in the past five seasons, there are questions about whether he'll be able to regain his explosiveness. He's creeping up on the age of 30, and the Chiefs found a few gems on the depth chart in the form of Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, who both filled in admirably once Charles went down. Charles has resumed running, but will be limited at OTAs. He's expected to ramp up the activity in training camp, and in line to hit the ground running in Week 1, barring any setbacks. Lingering concerns over his injury will likely cause Charles to tumble slightly on draft day, which could present a real nice value opportunity for those inclined to pull the trigger. However, those who give Charles the nod on draft day would also be wise to snag a handcuff in the later rounds. We'll have to wait and see who emerges as the primary backup between West and Ware, but at this point we'll give the edge to West, who should still see time in a change of pace role. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 6, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9
Overall Redraft - 14, 10, 12, 12, 13, 13, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 20, 20, 23
RB Redraft PPR - 7, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11
Overall Redraft PPR - 15, 10, 12, 12, 13, 13, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 20, 20, 21, 24, 25
RB Dynasty - 18, 14, 14, 20, 21
Overall Dynasty - 60, 51, 58, 58

Stats and Projections

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2013 KC 15 259 1287 12 104 70 693 7 2
2014 KC 15 206 1033 9 59 40 291 5 3
2015 KC 5 71 364 4 30 21 177 1 2
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 210 * * 48 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 210 * * 48 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 200 * * 37 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 236 * * 43 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 17
RB: 8
Overall-PPR: 17
RB-PPR: 8

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Latest News

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles placed on PUP (Wed Jul 27, 11:45 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 27.

Our View: Charles is going to get eased into action. This gives more opportunity for talented backups Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. Reports indicate that Ware will actually be the backup to Charles. However, we've also heard that West is going to play a role in this offense--even with Charles healthy and starting. Stay dialed into this situation as camp/preseason rolls on.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles won't be limited (Tue Jul 26, 11:22 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles' (knee) workload won't be limited if he's healthy and returns to the player he was before his knee injury, according to beat writer Adam Teicher.

Our View: Good news for the Chiefs here. Charles will be the lead back for the Chiefs once again this year, but expect the team to use backup Charcandrick West as some sort of change-of-pace back. We like Charles as a top-10 fantasy RB this year, and West could perform like a RB4/flex option so long as Charles is healthy.
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Chiefs | Spencer Ware considered the backup (Tue Jul 19, 06:14 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware is viewed as the backup running back behind RB Jamaal Charles, according to ESPN.com's Adam Teicher. Teicher did say that Ware and RB Charcandrick West would both play if Charles was injured.

Our View: Ware is a talented runner who could easily carry the load for the Chiefs if necessary. We feel West is going to play a role--at least as a change-of-pace back behind Charles. If something were to happen to Charles, Ware could take over as the lead back with West continuing his valuable part-time play.
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