Jamaal Charles Fantasy News

Chiefs intend to lighten Jamaal Charles's workload
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:55am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid answered some questions from reporters Thursday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. One of the topics was the possibility of reducing the workload on running back Jamaal Charles.

Reid indicated the Chiefs intended to do that by playing Knile Davis more than they did last season, when he was a rookie. In the regular season the Chiefs gave the ball to Davis 81 times between pass receptions and handoffs. More than half of those touches came in the season’s final four games after Davis became more comfortable with the NFL and the things the Chiefs asked him to do.

“As we went on, we were able to do that with Knile," Reid said. “Knile was a rookie and he was learning every week and getting better every week. As the season went on we were able to give him the ball a little bit more. Coming into this season, we’ll be able to mix it up a little bit better than what we did early in the season last year."

Fantasy Impact:

Owners shouldn't make too much of this. Charles will still be one of the most heavily used (and most productive) running backs in fantasy. For his part, Davis is developing into a must-handcuff for Charles owners.

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Knile Davis has a knee sprain and fractured fibula
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 7:08pm

Reid Ferren, Twitter - [Full Article]

Chiefs RB Knile Davis (knee sprain & fibula fracture) is making continual progress as his rehab continues.

Fantasy Impact:

Davis emerged as the clear handcuff for Jamaal Charles and should serve in that capacity again next season.

Chiefs lose Jamaal Charles & Knile Davis
Sunday, January 5, 2014, 10:46am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis left the Saturday wild card game against the Indianapolis Colts with an apparent knee injury and did not return.

Davis carried the ball early in the fourth quarter when he was tackled and remained on the field following the play. He left with the assistance of trainers and was examined by the team's medical staff on the sideline. Davis is the latest in a long line of injuries sustained by Kansas City on Saturday.

Starting running back Jamaal Charles left in the first quarter with a concussion, and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He was followed by starting wide receiver Donnie Avery, who caught a touchdown in the first half before sustaining a possible concussion of his own in the third quarter. The Chiefs are also without cornerback Brandon Flowers, who sustained a concussion during the third quarter.

Fantasy Impact:

Charles's concussion shouldn't impact his 2014 campaign, though it's something to monitor in dynasty leagues. We should find out shortly if Davis's knee injury is a sprain or something more severe. He turned into a nice handcuff for Charles this season.

Chiefs starting offense inactive in meaningless game
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:29pm

Chiefs Inactives
Branden Albert T
Dwayne Bowe WR
Jamaal Charles RB
Tamba Hali OLB
Derrick Johnson ILB
Dontari Poe NT
Alex Smith QB

Fantasy Impact:

As outlined in our Who's Motivated? article this week, the Chiefs have nothing to play for today with their playoff spot locked up. As a result Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles & Dwayne Bowe are inactive. Knile Davis should see the bulk of the carries with Cyrus Gray also in the mix. Chase Daniel will start at QB. Avoid all Chiefs if possible as this is an unpredictable fantasy situation.

Chiefs starters likely to play 'a series or two'
Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 10:16am

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs HC Andy Reid will likely rest some of his starters in Week 17:

“I’m going to work some guys in,” Reid said. “Most of them have already worked in. … I talked to the team, and I will have it figured out by the end of the week exactly how I’m going to work it.”

Translated, that means the Chiefs, 11-4, likely will approach this game against San Diego, 8-7, much like Reid did four times in Philadelphia when his Eagles’ teams were locked into playoff positions going into a final week, the same way most teams approach a final preseason game.

He’ll give the starters a series or two and then go to the backups. Unlike in the preseason, a team with 53 players on the active roster can’t rest everyone. But don’t expect to see much of quarterback Alex Smith, running back Jamaal Charles or outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who did not practice Tuesday because of a swollen knee.

Fantasy Impact:

With Charles likely playing a low number of snaps, Knile Davis is likely to see a career high in touches against the Chargers. This is why we recommend that leagues wrap up their finals Week 16 or earlier. It's a shame that championship-caliber teams with Charles won't be able to use their star RB in the title game.

Chiefs could rest guys Week 17
Monday, December 23, 2013, 1:52pm

Terez Paylor on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chiefs HC Andy Reid says he hasn't decided what he going to do as far as resting guys against San Diego. He said he's had some success doing it in the past, though.

Fantasy Impact:

Even if guys like Jamaal Charles, Alex Smith and Dwayne Bowe play, it could only be a half, making them risky plays if your fantasy league has meaningful games in Week 17. The Chiefs are locked into the fifth seed as a wild card team.

Sunday, December 15, 2013, 2:36pm

Chiefs Inactives
Branden Albert T
Tyler Bray QB
Anthony Fasano TE
Justin Houston OLB
Rishaw Johnson G
Eric Kush C
Dexter McCluster WR

Fantasy Impact:

Jamaal Charles may see a few extra targets with McCluster out.

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 12:53pm

Pro Football Talk on Twitter - [Full Article]

Per Chiefs, WR Dexter McCluster does not have MRSA, but he won't make the trip to Oakland.

Fantasy Impact:

McCluster is out for Week 15 with an infected cut on his ankle. Perhaps Jamaal Charles gets a few more targets in the passing game. Junior Hemingway is next up on the depth chart but is far from a safe play.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 1:38pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Did Jamaal Charles play too long Sunday? Charles, the Chiefs’ biggest offensive weapon, picked up 17 and 33 yards on his final two attempts in the 45-10 win at Washington. The Chiefs ran one more play, and that was the end of the third quarter with the Chiefs leading 38-10. Charles didn’t get another attempt.

He finished the day with 19 carries for a season-high 151 yards and two receptions for eight yards.

“I thought it was the right time,” to take him out of the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday. “I’ve gone both ways, I’ve held people from games, and I’ve played people, just depending on what I feel we need to get ourselves ready, if we have that opportunity to continue to play (in the playoffs).

“We’re not there yet. I wasn’t thinking about that in this game.”

Fantasy Impact:

Reid tends to ride his RB1, even with a capable backup. He did so with Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy in his time with the Eagles. But something to take from this if you're a Charles owner is that Knile Davis looks to be a capable handcuff if Charles would go down.

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Chiefs won't limit Jamaal Charles' workload
Friday, October 18, 2013, 1:15pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Don’t expect Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles’ workload to decrease on Sunday against the Houston Texans.

In fact, Charles may even get more work than he did last week against Oakland when Charles accounted for 128 of the Chiefs’ 216 net yards on offense.

“He’s a guy who steadily wants a little more each week, a little more responsibility,” said offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, “and the more he gets comfortable in our system and what we’re asking him to do, we’ll put a little more on his plate.

“He’s so explosive, and we want to be able to use him in that fashion and create matchups in our favor.”

Fantasy Impact:

Charles is locked in as a top 3 RB each and every week.

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