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RB Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs

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

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Week 5: vs Chicago Bears

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Jamaal Charles did what first-round fantasy backs are supposed to do last week, and handled 11/75/0 rushing and 6/70/0 receiving for the Chiefs. In other good news, perennial vulture Knile Davis didn't handle the football on offense last week and reports are that Charcandrick West (5/17/0 rushing and 1/4/0 receiving) has leap-frogged Davis on the depth chart. If true, rather than a coach's motivational ploy towards Davis, this means that Charles has a mortal lock on the lion's share of carries going forwards. Chicago's rush D is currently 24th in the NFL averaging 119.2 yards allowed per game, with two rushing scores handed out over four games. They gave up 22/70/0 to the Raiders last week, but two weeks ago Seattle piled up 29/159/0 rushing on the Bears (without Marshawn Lynch for most of that game). The Bears' rush D is weak, as is their pass D - this is a dream matchup for a dual-threat back like Charles.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at HOU 52 16 57 0 8 5 46 1 0 16.3
2 vs DEN 55 21 125 1 5 4 2 0 2 16.7
3 at GB 62 11 49 3 7 5 33 0 0 26.2
4 at CIN 59 11 75 0 6 6 70 0 0 14.5
5 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 4 * * * *
5 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 4 * * * *
5 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs CIN (11 / 75 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)

Charles continues to find ways to accumulate yardage, but pressure on the offensive line is limiting the space he has to create. The Chiefs are trying to work around it somewhat with short, quick passes as evidenced on the team's first scoring drive. Charles was able to extend a short right pass from Alex Smith for 25 yards, his longest receiving play on the day. The second quarter would see his longest run of the day, a 24-yard run off the left tackle from the 50-yard line. For the day, Charles would have 11 carries and catch all six of his targets but those two plays alone would account for 33% of his production. Charles will continue to be highly-utilized in the Chiefs offense and can explode for multiple-touchdowns in any game as evidenced by last week's three touchdown effort against the Packers.

2015 Week 3 vs GB (11 / 49 / 3 rush, 7 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)

Charles found the end zone on three occasions Monday Night, but overall the Chiefs offense had a rough evening against the Packers. The defense was able to make life miserable for quarterback Alex Smith which affected the whole flow of the offense. Charles was not able to break any substantial runs while carrying the ball 11 times for 49 yards and hauling in five catches for 33 yards. The defensive pressure simply did not allow for much room for him to operate. On the positive news front, all three of his touchdown runs were for short yardage in the red zone, reinforcing the notion that Charles remains the preferred option for red zone opportunities.

2015 Week 2 vs DEN (21 / 125 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 2 / 0 rec)

While Charles had a solid day in the stat department, he struggled with ball security and gave up two costly fumbles. The Chiefs 74˝yard opening drive stalled inside the red zone when Charles fumbled a screen pass from Alex Smith at the 5-yard line. Charles redeemed himself for the moment in the second quarter with an electric 34-yard touchdown run. The line created great space for Charles, who was able to break into the secondary and show off his trademark elusiveness by avoiding defenders and taking it the rest of the way to the end zone. The run would turn out to be his longest of the day en route to 127 combined yards. His second fumble came in the final minute with the game tied. The Broncos recovered and scored a touchdown on the play, going on to win 31-24. Fumbles aside, Charles had a decent day in the world of fantasy considering the Chiefs struggled on offense throughout the game.

2015 Week 1 vs HOU (16 / 57 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec)

Jamaal Charles spent most of the preseason out of harms way in anticipation of the regular season, but showed little in the way of rust in Week 1. He was his usual explosive, dual threat self in rushing 16 times for 57 yards and tacking on 5 receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown came in the second quarter and showed his trademark elusiveness. A short pass from Smith led to Charles dodging a tackle and diving into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown. That score put the Chiefs up 27-6 and the offense was relatively quiet for the remainder of the day as the game was essentially over at the half. Charles looked solid as ever and still possesses outstanding quickness and burst, he will benefit from what looks to be a much-improved Chiefs offense.


Latest News

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles piles up yards (Sun Oct 4, 09:45 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles had 11 carries for 75 yards and six catches for 70 yards in a 36-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4.

Our View: Charles got a little dinged up in the first half, but he was explosive on all of his touches. The Chiefs couldn't find the end zone and he was a still a good start. Next week against the Bears should be another strong game for Charles.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles scores three TDs (Tue Sep 29, 12:27 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles rushed 11 times for 49 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 3 game against the Green Bay Packers, and he added five receptions for 33 yards on seven targets.

Our View: The Chiefs fell down early and had to abandon the rushing attack. They still used Charles as he's a dangerous weapon and fine receiver out of the backfield. As they made their comeback, Charles was a big part.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles running well (Mon Sep 28, 01:47 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has averaged 5.47 yards per carry in his career, which is the highest average among running backs that have at least 750 carries in their career.

Our View: Charles has been fantastic this season. Fantasy owners who took a RB super early in the draft have not been disappointed. Fantasy owners who took a RB in the last part of the first round or early part of the second round might be incredibly disappointed. Charles was worth a top-3 pick in every league, and he's performing like one.
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