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RB Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs

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

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Week 7: at San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. This is a huge AFC West rivalry so look for an intense game on both sides of the football in this clash. The inexplicable ways of Andy Reid continued vs. San Francisco two weeks ago - for whatever reason, he only called Jamaal Charles' number five times in the second half of a close game, and wound up losing to San Francisco 17-22. Worse, from fantasy owners' perspectives, De'Anthony Thomas got one carry that went for the only rushing TD of the night (1/17/1), depriving Charles of a score that he surely could have made (he wound up with 15/80/0 rushing and 1/4/0 receiving). All this, after Charles hung three TDs on New England during Week 4 (18/92/1 rushing and 3/16/2 receiving for Charles in that game). It is almost like Reid can't quite believe how awesome Charles really is - fantasy owners hope that Reid snaps out of his sleep-walking coaching and starts featuring Charles, who is clearly the most potent player on the Chiefs' offense. The Chargers' rush D allowed 20/114/0 to the usually-dormant Raiders' backs last week, after coughing up 21/91/0 rushing to the Jets two games back. To date, San Diego is ranked ninth in the NFL averaging 99 rushing yards alolowed per contest, with just two rushing scores handed out this season. This is one of the better defensive fronts in the game, friends. Charles and company have a tough matchup against their divisional rivals, at the Chargers' house this weekend.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
4 vs NE 18 92 1 3 3 16 2 0
5 at SF 15 80 0 4 1 4 0 0
7 at SD 22 95 1 4 2 12 0 0
7 at SD PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 4 * * *
7 at SD PROJ-Tremblay 17 * * 4 * * *
7 at SD PROJ-Bloom 16 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 4 vs NE (18 / 92 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 2 rec)

Charles was outstanding in limited work despite a slow start and missing a drive because of dehydration. He showed no effects of his ankle sprain and looked as shifty and powerful as ever. His first touchdown illustrated that power. After a well-timed cutback he powered through 2 tacklers for the last half yard of his two yard touchdown. Charles next touchdown came on his next touch, but this time he lined up as a wide receiver. The Chiefs set up a screen to Charles and he dove through a wall of blockers for a five yard touchdown. Charles showed his confidence in his ankle on an 8 yard zone run on his next carry. The Chiefs ran the ball with Charles three straight times to start the second half, and he picked up 14 yards behind outstanding blocking. After a Patriots turnover gave the Chiefs a short field, Charles capitalized with a third touchdown. He badly beat Mayo out of the backfield, and had an easy catch and run into the end zone. Charles yardage totals were hampered by the near 50/50 split with Knile Davis, but his usage in the red zone more than made up for that.

2014 Week 5 vs SF (15 / 80 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Charles had a great and frustrating game on Sunday, both from a real world and fantasy perspective. On one hand, Charles showed great burst and lateral agility on his way to an impressive 5.3 yards per carry. Charles is patient and sees holes as they develop, but has the speed to capitalize on creases after they open before they're quickly shut by defenders. This ultimately is what sets him apart from impressive second year backup running back Knile Davis. Davis has incredible speed, just like Charles, but does not have the lateral agility or the patience that Jamaal does. Neither Charles nor Davis, however, were given the chance to convert several short distances on third and fourth down throughout the game, as Andy Reid elected to pass which often did not work for a conversion. Charles also fumbled the ball right before the close of the first half which was luckily recovered by Kansas City. The Chiefs were deep in their own territory and shouldn't have been running the ball as there was only 22 seconds left on the clock for the very reason of possibly fumbling deep in their own territory, but the very fact Charles coughed up the ball is a concern. Charles was also underutilized as a receiver, tallying only one reception all day. Fantasy owners will take the 84 all purpose yards, but have to be frustrated by the plays that were left on the field for Charles to potentially exploit.

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Latest News

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles finding room to run (Tue Oct 7, 09:56 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has averaged more than five yards per carry in each of the past two games, and offensive line coach Doug Pederson said improved play from the offensive line has helped boost the rushing attack.

Our View: Charles ranks 6th in the NFL with a healthy average of 3.57 yards per rush before contact. The league average is 2.53 yards before contact per rush so far in 2014. That shows the offensive line is doing a good job of opening holes for the superstar runner.
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Chiefs | Andy Reid regrets play-calling decisions (Tue Oct 7, 12:36 PM) - Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles didn't touch the ball on any of the team's final 10 plays of their Week 5 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and head coach Andy Reid regrets his play-calling decisions down the stretch. The Chiefs failed to convert on a third and short early in the fourth quarter, electing to pass instead of run with Charles.

Our View: What's going on Andy? He messed up the gameplane and playcalling in the Week 1 blowout loss (at home) against the Tennessee Titans. Does some coach need to remind him how awesome Jamaal Charles is? Something needs to be fixed here, because these Reid apologies are wearing thin.
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Chiefs | Coach talks Jamaal Charles' workload (Mon Oct 6, 03:04 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles received a limited amount of touches in Week 5, because the offense only ran 15 plays in the second half of the game, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Our View: Charles can get a large workload--and he will moving forward--provided the Chiefs can possess the ball for a reasonable amount of time. They'll work on that stuff during the Week 6 bye.
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Schedule

7@ San Diego Chargers
8vs St. Louis Rams
9vs New York Jets
10@ Buffalo Bills
11vs Seattle Seahawks
12@ Oakland Raiders
13vs Denver Broncos
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15vs Oakland Raiders
16@ Pittsburgh Steelers
17vs San Diego Chargers