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) will take part in individual drills at Tuesday's minicamp practice, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports. Charles has been present at offseason practices for rehab and off-field work for the past few weeks, but he's yet to make an on-field appearance alongside his teammates. Tuesday thus marks a significant step in his recovery from the torn ACL suffered in Week 5 last year, with all reports to date suggesting that Charles is on/ahead of schedule. There is some thought that Charles, even if he returns to full health, might lose touches to Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, who formed an effective duo in the superstar's absence last season. Prior to the injury, Charles was handling a huge workload while playing the vast majority of offensive snaps; he had 71 carries, 21 receptions, 541 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns in just 4.5 games.
Charles (knee) may take part in Tuesday's mandatory minicamp, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports. Head coach Andy Reid said there is a chance the star running back takes part in drills Tuesday as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. Charles has yet to make an on-field appearance this offseason.
Charles (knee) made his first appearance at offseason practices Wednesday, the Kansas City Star reports. Charles didn't wear a helmet and may have just been an observer, as head coach Andy Reid said last week that the star running back isn't expected to practice any earlier than the start of training camp. Reid did also say that Charles will be a limited participant for parts of OTAs, so it's possible he got some work in at Wednesday's session. Bouncing back from a torn ACL, Charles seems to be on track for Week 1, but his progress will be one of the key stories to monitor throughout training camp and the preseason.
Coach Andy Reid confirmed that Charles (knee) will participate in the Chiefs' upcoming OTAs in a limited capacity. It's not surprising that the Chiefs plan to limit Charles in OTAs, given that he is bouncing back from a torn right ACL that he sustained back in in Week 5 of last season. Still, that he will be working in any capacity is a great sign with regard to his chances of amping things up in training camp. Assuming no setbacks as Charles recovers, the 29-year-old -- who tore the ACL in his left knee in September of 2011 -- remains clearly atop Kansas City's RB depth chart as the 2016 season approaches. That said, the team made a point to re-sign the backs that filled in for him so capably last season -- namely Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware -- plus former No. 2 back Knile Davis remains on the team's roster. When evaluating Charles from a fantasy perspective, it's worth noting how well he returned from his first ACL injury, but with the big picture in mind, we wouldn't be surprised to see West and Ware see their share of touches this coming season in order to help keep Charles fresh.
Charles (knee) acknowledged that he probably won't participate in the Chiefs' OTAs, but is optimistic that he'll be back in time for training camp, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports. Moreover, Charles relayed that at this time, he's at the stage of his rehab where he's running. The 29-year-old Charles suffered a season-ending ACL injury last October, but he appears on track to be ready to go in advance of Week 1, though if he were to experience any setbacks, fellow running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware (who filled in for Charles last season) were both inked to contract extensions this offseason.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|3||09/25||New York Jets||3||13.13|
|7||10/23||New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|11||11/20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|17||01/01||@San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|3 Year Avg||179||895||8||44||387||4||199|