There was plenty of understandable concern about Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles this week. He missed the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Bills due to a left knee injury, the same knee he had ACL surgery on last year. But it turned out to be just a bruise, and Charles has practiced fully this week. He is officially listed as probable to face the Saints.
Charles will be looking to redeem himself after a game in which he averaged 0.5 yards per carry. He certainly has the right matchup for a big game. The Saints have already allowed six rushing touchdowns this season, they have allowed the second-most fantasy points to RBs, and they have yet to face a back with Charles' talents. While Peyton Hillis will still vulture the goal-line opportunities and a decent amount of other carries, I have no qualms about starting Charles as a high-end RB2 this week. I expect him to break off a couple of long runs against that horrible defense.