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RB Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs

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

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Week 13: vs Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Jamaal Charles had just three touches on the football back in Week 2 (2/4/0 rushing and 1/8/0 receiving) and his team lost 17-24 at Denver - Charles was knocked out early due to an ankle injury. In his place, Knile Davis posted 22/79/2 rushing and 6/26/0 receiving as a credible running threat for the Chiefs. Lately, Charles has been his usual explosive self with 19/80/0 rushing and 4/42/1 receiving at Oakland last week, and 20/159/2 rushing with 2/19/0 receiving vs. Seattle two weeks ago. Start him if you've got him. The Broncos' rush D is ranked second in the NFL averaging 75.5 yards allowed per game, with seven rushing scores surrendered to date. Miami posted 21/97/2 rushing during the 36-39 shootout in Denver last week, though, and St. Louis had 33/131/0 rushing during the upset of Denver two weeks ago. The Denver defensive front isn't playing up to their season average right now. This looks like a neutral matchup for Charles (but he's your fantasy starter regardless).

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs NYJ 20 78 1 4 2 10 0 0
10 at BUF 15 98 1 4 3 20 0 0
11 vs SEA 20 159 2 2 2 19 0 1
12 at OAK 19 80 0 7 4 42 1 0
13 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 3 * * *
13 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay 17 * * 3 * * *
13 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom 19 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs BUF (15 / 98 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Half way through the first quarter Charles had 3 carries for -9 yards as the Bills were bringing the house to stop him in the running game. He suffered a shoulder injury early in the second quarter trying to pass protect and didn't reach positive yardage for the game until late in the second quarter. That came on a 17 yard run up the middle, through a gaping hole provided by his offensive line. Charles also picked up 12 yards before the end of the half on a couple of runs deep in his own territory with less than 2 minutes to go in the half. Charles made a good move out of the backfield on a swing pass to pick up 12 yards early in the second half but still had very pedestrian numbers through three quarters. On 4th and 1 the Chiefs chose to go for it and fooled the Bills badly with a toss left to Charles. He easily got the edge and then cut back across the middle and outran the entire Bills defense to the end zone for a 39 yard score. Charles set up the final touchdown with an 18 yard run up the middle that included him running through an arm tackle at the second level. The Bills did an excellent job controlling Charles for most of the day, but a couple of big plays were the difference.

2014 Week 11 vs SEA (20 / 159 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Charles had the benefit of running behind an offensive line that played their best game of the year and that's not to take anything away from the spectacular job he did. On the first drive alone he had 55 total yards and a touchdown, which isn't generally a bad day against this defense. He broke several tackles on the drive and continued to show brilliant vision to get to the second level. His touchdown was his easiest run of the drive. The Chiefs ran an old school option from the one yard line and Alex Smith pitched to Charles at the perfect time. Charles sprinted into the end zone untouched. Charles picked up where he left off on the second drive, picking up 28 yards through a huge hole in the middle. Two plays later he followed great blocking around the left edge then burst through a couple of jersey grabs for a 16 yard touchdown. The Seahawks slowed Charles down a little in the 3rd quarter, and he killed the team's second drive with a costly fumble in the backfield. On the third play of the fourth quarter Charles had his best run of the day and set the team up for the go ahead score. On 2nd and 1 Charles made three tacklers miss in the open field and picked up good blocking down field for a 47 yard gain. The Seahawks focused heavily on the run with the clock winding down, and Charles was unable to convert three late carries into a first down that would have all but clinched the victory. Charles performance, combined with his offensive line, was one of the more impressive ground attacks we've seen considering the opponent.

2014 Week 12 vs OAK (19 / 80 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec)

Charles got off to a slow start, but picked things up late in the first quarter. His first big play was an 11 yard run up the middle on an inside handoff out of the shotgun. Charles started the next drive with a 20 yard gain on a screen play that was extremely well-blocked. One of the most impressive things about Charles' night was that even on a wet field, he was shifty as ever. He showed that shiftiness on his 30 yard touchdown. He dodged two tacklers, followed good blocking downfield and then ran through an arm tackle for the score. Because of the game script Charles had only 1 carry in the fourth quarter.


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