RB Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-11, 200||Born: 12-27-1986||College: Texas||Drafted: Round 3|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): The Chiefs took it easy on Charles to the detriment of his fantasy owners, and a hard hit taken by Charles kept him on the sidelines for a concussion check when Knile Davis scored in the goal line offense. If Charles' owners survived this week, the swiss cheese Steelers defense is up in the championship.
General News (Fri Dec 19): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.
General News (Thu Dec 18): practiced fully on Thursday.
Week 16: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. This game has profound playoff implications for both teams - look for a hard-fought contest. Last week, the Chiefs inexplicably pulled Jamaal Charles in a goal line situation, essentially giving away the TD to Knile Davis (to the anguish of fantasy owners in the semi-finals everywhere, including the writer of this column - but I'm not bitter). Andy Reid lamely defended the move, saying that he felt Charles had to be evaluated by the training staff after taking a hard hit. Like that only happens once a game or so? Anyway, Charles ended the game with 12/52/0 rushing and 1/1/0 receiving while Davis compiled 9/11/1 rushing and 1/70/1 receiving on the day. The Steelers have run their record to 9-5 with two straight victories, holding Cincinnati to 21/86/1 rushing two weeks ago, and Atlanta to 20/97/0 rushing last weekend. To date the Steelers are 11th in the NFL averaging 103.6 rushing yards allowed per game, with nine rushing scores handed out to date. This is a tough matchup for Charles and Davis (especially if Andy Reid pulls him from the game at random again this week).
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs DEN (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 24 / 1 rec)
Charles only had 3 carries for 4 yards in the 1st quarter and had his usage limited by the game script. He got things going in the 2nd quarter, breaking 2 tackles in the backfield before scampering around the left edge for a 7 yard gain. Three plays later he broke a 4th and 1 run for 11 yards, breaking 2 more tackles at the second level. Charles scored his touchdown early in the 4th quarter on a deep out. He lined up in the slot, beat his man on the route, then spun out of a tackle and dove into the end zone. Charles' only other touch in the 4th quarter came on a dump off on 2nd and 15. Charles broke a tackle and burst up the field for an 11 yard gain.
2014 Week 14 vs ARI (10 / 91 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)
Despite an injury scare Charles had another impressive outing. His 63 yard touchdown run in the first quarter was a thing of beauty. He took a toss off right tackle, cut back at just the right time, bounced off a linebacker, ran through an arm tackle and outran the defense to the house. Later in the quarter he had a major scare. He ran into the pile and was bent back over his own legs, losing the ball. The fumble call was reversed and Charles was able to return to the game in the second quarter. His next touch came on a swing pass that was just off the mark. Charles showed great hands to make the catch and even better vision to follow his blocking into the end zone for an 18 yard touchdown. Charles saw limited action after halftime. His only play of consequence in the second half was a dash around the edge on 3rd and 3. He timed his cutback perfectly and picked up 7 yards and a first down.
2014 Week 15 vs OAK (12 / 52 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Charles was clearly not 100% and saw his ankle and knee issues resurface. He also took a big hit in the 3rd quarter that scared his coaching staff enough to pull him off the field to test for a concussion. Charles lost a touchdown opportunity because of that. He returned for just one more touch before Andy Reid pulled him because the game was out of reach. Charles first five carries went for a meager ten yards as he really struggled to get going. He finally got loose halfway through the second quarter for a 15 yard run around the left edge, spurred by a great hesitation move in the backfield. On the next play he made two well-timed cut to pick up nine yards up the middle. That was largely the extent of Charles' success on the ground and he had even more trouble in the passing game including a bad drop with no defender around him.
Latest NewsChiefs | Jamaal Charles expected to play (Fri Dec 19, 05:01 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Dec. 19, and is probable for Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. link to story Chiefs | Jamaal Charles fully practices (Thu Dec 18, 05:33 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) participated fully in practice Thursday, Dec. 18. Our View: One of the few preseason top ten draft picks which has paid off, Charles should carry you to some great points this week in your RB1 slot. While we aren't so sure the Chiefs will beat the Steelers, we are confident that Charles will put you in good position to win your matchup.
link to story Chiefs | Jamaal Charles limited Wednesday (Wed Dec 17, 06:37 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. Our View: The Chiefs are wisely being cautious with their superstar runner here. He should be able to practice fully by Friday at the latest.
link to story Chiefs | Jamaal Charles to have full load (Sat Dec 13, 04:15 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) is expected to have a full workload Sunday, Dec. 14, according to head coach Andy Reid. Our View: Assuming he's OK, Charles is a no-brainer start for fantasy owners for his game against Oakland. Not only do we see him as an RB1, we see him as potentially one of the top five backs for this week.
link to story Chiefs | Jamaal Charles probable for Week 15 (Fri Dec 12, 04:58 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 15. Our View: It sounds like there is no reason to worry about Charles condition or workload entering his Week 15 tilt against the Raiders. Charles had five touchdowns in Week 15 against the Raiders last year.
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