Week 2: AFC RB roundup
Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles (starter); Knile Davis; Cyrus Gray
Current scenario: Jamaal Charles is the clear cut back to own. Look for Charles to light up the stat line week in and week out with as few as 15-17 carries. Add in a few receptions a game and Charles' numbers look even better for fantasy owners.
Future scenario: Charles owners looking for some security could add Knile Davis to their roster. If Charles misses time Davis will carry the load in his absence. We don't expect great numbers from Davis but starting running backs are tough to come by after the draft.
Knowshon Moreno (starter); Ronnie Hillman; Montee Ball; C.J. Anderson
Current scenario: Moreno got the start in Thursday night's season opener and played most of the first half. Hillman stepped in to spell Moreno a bit in the first half but for the most part was not a factor in the game. The rookie Montee Ball had nearly as many carries as Moreno but Ball's action all came late in the game once Denver had all but locked up the win. It appears Moreno is the starter for now but one mistake could lead to a changing of the guard.
Future scenario: It appears Moreno is the early season favorite to start but that could all change in a heart beat. If Moreno developes fumbleitis or misses time due to injury then Ronnie Hillman would be the next in line to start for the Broncos. Owners looking to handcuff Moreno should add Hillman.
Darren McFadden (starter); Marcel Reece; Rashad Jennings; Jeremy Stewart
Current scenario: When dealing with Darren McFadden one has to wonder just how long he will be available. When on the field McFadden has been fantasy gold. In McFadden's five years in the NFL he has yet to play in more than 13 games. McFadden owners need to add Reece or Jennings to their roster to handcuff McFadden. Rumor has it Jennings is the backup but many believe Reece will see a majority of the action should McFadden miss playing time. Jennings had an opportunity last season to show what he could do as a starter and the experiement failed.
Future scenario: There's little reason to believe McFadden will make it through the whole year without missing time. Sure we'd like to see him make it through the year but his track record shows us otherwise. Reece has proven in the past he can fill in for McFadden and we believe he will be his replacement.
San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews (starter); Ronnie Brown; Danny Woodhead; Le'Ron McClain
Current scenario: Mathews is the clear starter in San Diego this season. The big question here is just how he'll be used. Last year Mathews had just one touchdown and failed to rush for 100 yards in even one game. Monday night's game gave us a little insight into what we can expect from this backfield this season. Mathews will receive a majority of the carries, Brown will be used as a change of pace back and Woodhead will step in on third downs.
Future scenario: So long as Mathews is healthy he will be the Chargers starting back. If he does miss time expect Brown and Woodhead to carry the load together. Who ever has the hot hand that week would likely see a majority of the action.