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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 has been placed on injured reserve due to a setback in his surgically-repaired knee.

Week 14: vs Oakland Raiders

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Back in Week Six, K.C. defeated Oakland 26-10 - at that time Jamaal Charles was still in action (9/33/1 rushing, with 2/14/0 receiving) but Spencer Ware was the main back even then with 24/131/1 rushing and two targets for 2/32/0 receiving. Charcandrick West handled 3/19/0 rushing in a bit role, and Dontari Poe had a one-yard TD run (1/1/1). Ware is now the lead back for the Chiefs with Charles on IR - last week, he hit Atlanta for two scores, with 14/29/1 rushing and four targets for 3/23/1 receiving. Albert Wilson added a TD rush on a fake punt (1/55/1) and all told, the Chiefs manufactured 22/123/2 rushing at Atlanta. The Raiders' rush D is averaging 124.8 yards allowed per game (29th in the NFL) with 15 rushing scores given out over 12 games - last week, Buffalo whacked this defense with 30/212/3 rushing. Two weeks ago the Raiders' rush defense allowed 25/129/3 to the Panthers - uh oh, Oakland fans. From Week 10 to Week 13 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Oakland averages 26 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (second-most in the NFL). Advantage, Kansas City.

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jamaal Charles' road back to the Chiefs' starting lineup hit a bump this week. The multi-talented back only touched the ball once, and was quickly snuffed out as he tried to bounce it outside. The game script meant there was no urgent need to insert Charles into the lineup, as Spencer Ware continues to run the ball efficiently.

2016 Week 6 vs OAK (9 / 33 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

In his second game back from an ACL injury that occurred during the 2015 season, Charles looked very much like his old self. He ran the ball nine times for 33 yards and a touchdown, while also catching two passes for 14 yards. Charles had several nice rushes, including an off-tackle run to the right side where Charles patiently allowed his blockers to create a hole for him to bust through. He showcased his trademark burst, and was able to break the run for a 17 yard gain. What really convinced me that Charles was close to full health, was a red zone run that came on a first and four from the Oakland four yard line. Setting himself up on the ten yard line, the Chiefs ran motion in the backfield from the left to the right side forcing the Oakland defense off-balance for a split second. Alex Smith timed the snap perfectly, and handed off to Charles who by now had a full head of steam moving towards the left sideline. It was vintage Charles from there, as he put his left foot in the ground and cut hard inside where he powered through the Oakland defense for a touchdown. With Spencer Ware playing so well, Charles has been allowed the luxury of working his way back into game shape, and it appears that he is very close to being completely healthy and in top football shape. It will be very interesting to see how the Chiefs divide snaps between Ware and Charles moving forward, but it appears that both are viable fantasy options on a team that would like to run the ball 30+ times each week.

2016 Week 4 vs PIT (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Charles made his 2016 debut on Sunday night, but was brought along very slowly in a game that got out of head very quickly. Charles rushed the ball two times for seven yards, and although it was a limited sample size, he did not look hobbled and popped right back up after taking a solid hit on his second rush. We will have to wait for next week to see just how Charles responds to extended carries, and to what extent those carries will be divided between he and Spencer Ware.


Latest News

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles could return for playoffs (Thu Dec 8, 04:14 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) is doing well in his recovery from two knee surgeries. He is hopeful that he'll be able to return for the playoffs.

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