Jamaal Charles is coming back from last year's torn ACL in his right knee, but he's expected to be ready for training camp and should once again be a solid Fantasy option in all leagues. In 2015, Charles was on his way toward another outstanding season when he tore his ACL in Week 5. Prior to that, he was averaging 17 Fantasy points a game in a standard league in his first four outings, but he has to come back from an ACL tear for the second time in his career (he hurt the left knee in 2011). The following season, in 2012, Charles had 285 carries for 1,509 yards and five touchdowns and 35 catches for 236 yards and one touchdown. He's 29 now, and the Chiefs will give touches to Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, but Charles still has the potential to be a Top 5 Fantasy running back. He shouldn't be drafted before Round 2, and you should handcuff him to West since he's expected to be in the No. 2 job. Charles should have one more great season left if his knee is OK, so hopefully he comes back at 100 percent and is ready for Week 1.
Charles (knee) is not expected to play Sunday against the Jets, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Charles was officially listed as doubtful, so it will not be overly surprising if he misses out. Spencer Ware will likely get the start, with Charcandrick West the backup once again, though the Jets boast one of the better defensive lines in the league, particularly against the run, so a breakout rushing performance is unlikely from either back.
Coach Andy Reid noted Wednesday that Charles (knee) "is improving by the day and is chomping at the bit to play," BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports. Meanwhile, Reid fell short of stating that Charles will play Sunday against the Jets, adding "we'll see how it goes." Kissel adds that in advance of Wednesday's practice, it's expected that Charles will continue to work predominantly with the Chiefs' scout team.
Charles (knee) is expected to make his season debut in Week 3 against the Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Charles missed the Chiefs' first two games while working his way back from last season's torn ACL, but should complete his return by taking the field Sunday. Considering he hasn't played since Week 5 of last season, it's reasonable to think Charles won't receive a full workload right away, and the effectiveness of both Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West in his absence gives Kansas City little reason to force Charles back into action. That being said, his pedigree clearly makes him the team's starter once fully fit, which could see Ware and West's respective contributions decline somewhat over time. Although Sunday's matchup against a stout Jets run defense isn't very conducive to an emphatic return, Charles' fantasy owners should surely be excited about having him back in the fold going forward.
Charles (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against Houston, ESPN reports. Spencer Ware had a big performance in Week 1 with Charles out, and he is expected to get a majority of the backfield touches against the Texans. Charles was seen in pregame warmups, so that's a good sign he may be able to return for Week 3.
Charles (knee) is not expected to play Sunday against the Texans, but he could make his season debut in Week 3 against the Jets, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Spencer Ware had a big performance in Week 1 with Charles out, and he is expected to get a majority of the backfield touches against the Texans. It is unclear if the two running backs will split carries when Charles is healthy, a situation that would obviously limit their respective fantasy upsides.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||New York Jets||7||13.00|
|7||10/23||New Orleans Saints||29||23.00|
|11||11/20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||26||21.00|
|17||01/01||@San Diego Chargers||24||20.00|
|3 Year Avg||179||895||8||44||387||4||199|