RB Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-11, 200||Born: 12-27-1986||College: Texas||Drafted: Round 3|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): It was difficult to picture a healthy Charles as an RBBC back and second fiddle when his team has a lead, but that's exactly what Spencer Ware forced with his strong start to the season. Charles could explode back to RB1 levels if Ware gets hurt, and he still has big play upside, but he's only a low ceiling RB2/Flex until further notice.
General News (Fri Oct 21): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week due to some swelling in his surgically repaired knee.
General News (Tue Oct 18): continues to see increased activity, but he is still not ready to assume the full workload according to head coach Andy Reid.
Week 7: vs New Orleans Saints
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The Chiefs' backs whalloped Oakland for a collective 40/183/3 rushing last weekend, led by Spencer Ware's 24/131/1 rushing (with two targets for 2/32/0 receiving). Jamaal Charles continues to increase his workload, and had 9/33/1 rushing with two targets for 2/14/0 receiving, and nose tackle Dontari Poe also plunged in a TD for the Chiefs (1/1/1 rushing). Charcandrick West got a few touches as well (3/19/0 rushing) as the Kansas City running back stable dominated the Raiders. Charles (knee) continues to see increased activity, but he is still not ready to assume the full workload according to head coach Andy Reid on Monday, October 17, so look for Ware to continue as the lead back in this nice matchup against the Saints. New Orleans' rush defense is not good, having allowed the most rushing TDs to date (11) and averaging 117.8 yards allowed per game (26th in the NFL). Last week, the Carolina Panthers hit this group for 27/103/3 rushing; they've allowed eight rushing TDs over their last three games. From Week Four to Week Six of regular season (the last three weeks), New Orleans averages 21.5 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (ninth in the NFL). Advantage, Kansas City.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
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 NewsChiefs | Jamaal Charles has swelling in knee (Fri Oct 21, 02:57 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 21, due to some swelling in his surgically repaired knee and will be listed as questionable for Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints. Our View: Spencer Ware moves up to strong RB1 status with this news. New Orleans has been giving up touchdowns to running backs in bunches this year and it sounds like Charles workload is going to be scaled back if he plays.
link to story Chiefs | Jamaal Charles not ready for full load (Mon Oct 17, 03:58 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) continues to see increased activity, but he is still not ready to assume the full workload according to head coach Andy Reid. Our View: Charles is asking for more work, but the team still used Spencer Ware as the primary back. Going forward, that should be the case for the Chiefs. Ware can do the heavy lifting as Charles is continually eased back into action. This is a smart move for both players as it should help keep them fresh for what the Chiefs hope is a playoff run.
link to story Chiefs | Jamaal Charles ready for more work (Wed Oct 12, 02:39 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) said he is just as fast as he was before he suffered his knee injury and is ready for more work against the Oakland Raiders in Week 6. Our View: Fantasy owners need to take note here. The Chiefs had a bye last week, and now they travel to play the Raiders in Week 6. Charles could put up RB2 numbers (at least) now that he's healthy and will likely have a larger role.
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