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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.


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 was placed on the active/PUP list for training camp, and there's a pretty good chance he doesn't see too much action in the preseason. Lingering concerns over his injury could cause Charles to tumble slightly on draft day, which would present a real nice value opportunity for those inclined to pull the trigger. However, those who give Charles the nod 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 whoever emerges has proven their worth in the event of another Charles injury. (August 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 6, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10
Overall Redraft - 14, 10, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 17, 17, 17, 18, 20, 24, 28
RB Redraft PPR - 7, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 11, 11
Overall Redraft PPR - 18, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 17, 19, 19, 19, 20, 21, 21, 23, 23, 24, 25, 28
RB Dynasty - 16, 14, 21
Overall Dynasty - 67, 50

Stats and Projections

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: 16
RB: 8
Overall-PPR: 18

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Latest News

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles unlikely this week (Mon Aug 22, 10:08 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) is unlikely to play in the third preseason game, according to head coach Andy Reid. Charles should practice more this week, however.

Our View: We don't see the need to run Charles out there for any preseason game. The Chiefs have a deep and talented backfield with Charles, Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. We think Charles should be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, and he should put up low-end RB1 numbers in 2016.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles practices in full (Thu Aug 18, 11:05 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Aug. 18, for the first time. He won't play in the second preseason game, though.

Our View: They'll be cautious with him, even though they have an incredibly deep backfield. In fact, it could be that depth is influencing that decision as well, since they need to decide what to do with all their RBs. Getting Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware and Knile Davis some more burn could help them make a decision. Of course, the Chiefs know you can never have too many backs. The guy to own here is Charles as an RB1, but handcuffing him with West or Ware isn't a terrible idea.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles does more work (Wed Aug 17, 12:02 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was limited Wednesday, Aug. 17, but he got through a larger workload than he did the previous day.

Our View: Charles is on track to play Week 1, and while the team could use Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West to ease him in, he will have every chance to return his second-round draft pick value as long as he can handle it.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles returns (Tue Aug 16, 09:17 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he's participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Our View: It appears that Charles is on schedule to resume his role as the lead back for the Chiefs in Week 1 against the Chargers. The team likes backups Charchandrick West and Spencer Ware a lot and could ease Charles in early in the season, but as long as he looks like the player he has been during his Hall of Fame level career, he'll be an easy RB1 in fantasy leagues again this year.
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Chiefs | Spencer Ware caps first drive with TD (Sat Aug 13, 05:59 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware got the start with RB Jamaal Charles (knee) still on the Physically Unable to Perform list and did not disappoint in the team's preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, Aug. 13, running for 24 yards on five carries and converting on a 1-yard plunge early in the first quarter.

Our View: Ware is a talented backup, and he would be a valuable fantasy asset if starter Jamaal Charles goes down with another injury. He's worth picking up as a late-round flier or to jock-block the Charles owner.
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2016 Schedule

1vs San Diego Chargers
2@ Houston Texans
3vs New York Jets
4@ Pittsburgh Steelers
5--- BYE WEEK ---
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