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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 - 7, 5, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10
Overall Redraft - 15, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 23, 27
RB Redraft PPR - 8, 3, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11
Overall Redraft PPR - 19, 11, 13, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 19, 20, 21, 25, 27, 27, 27, 49
RB Dynasty - 14, 14, 14, 14, 21
Overall Dynasty - 60, 51, 55, 59

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 16 200 * * 45 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 200 * * 37 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 225 * * 43 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 17
RB: 8
Overall-PPR: 21
RB-PPR: 8

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Latest News

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles will not be rushed (Fri Jun 17, 07:38 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was able to participate in some drills during minicamp, but head coach Andy Reid said the team will not rush Charles back to the lineup.

Our View: The Chiefs are being wisely cautious here. Charles is likely to be a RB1 for fantasy owners when healthy, but he's no longer a top-5 player at his position if Charcandrick West gets used a bit more. West proved last year that he can be dangerous with the rock in his hands, and there are rumblings that he's going to have a role on offense...even though Charles is going to be back. Charles has a current ADP of RB7 (2.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles may take part in minicamp (Sun Jun 12, 05:30 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) may be able to participate in some drills during the mandatory minincamp, according to head coach Andy Reid. Charles has not participated in organized team activities because he is rehabbing from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Our View: If he does end up participating in minicamp, it will be on a very limited capacity. There's no need to rush him back and risk further injury. Charles should be 100 percent healthy (or close enough) by the start of the regular season. Fantasy owners need to recognize that the Chiefs will use Charcandrick West a bit more...even with Charles back as the starter. That dings Charles' fantasy value a bit, and it makes West a sure-fire handcuff.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles could return soon (Sat Jun 11, 03:37 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) might participate in team drills during minicamp next week, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Our View: The team is going to take it easy on Charles as he comes back from this injury. The plan is to have him ready for training camp and starting for Week 1 of the regular season. Charles may be more of a top-10 fantasy RB this year instead of a top-5 fantasy RB because of the emergence of Charcandrick West.
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2016 Schedule

1vs San Diego Chargers
2@ Houston Texans
3vs New York Jets
4@ Pittsburgh Steelers
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6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs New Orleans Saints
8@ Indianapolis Colts
9vs Jacksonville Jaguars
10@ Carolina Panthers
11vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12@ Denver Broncos
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14vs Oakland Raiders
15vs Tennessee Titans
16vs Denver Broncos
17@ San Diego Chargers