Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
|RB - #1||3.18||KC||Questionable||7 years||27||5'11||199||@jcharles25|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-28-2014 by Jeb Gorham
FANTASY ROYALTY: Charles is the ultimate fantasy stud. His 1,287 rushing yards and 12 rushing TDs produced his best fantasy season to date. On the receiving side, Charles doubled his 2012 receiving targets and gained nearly 700 yards through the air, along with seven touchdowns. Charles should see continued chemistry with Alex Smith and continue to be the focal point of this offense's game-plan. He has been the Chiefs' MVP four of the last five seasons. Charles is a no-brainer in fantasy circles and should be off the board with either the first or second pick in redraft.
Editor's note: Expecting Charles to replicate his 2013 numbers isn't wise. During his three best seasons as the Chiefs' primary back (2009-10, 2012), he scored 22 total TDs. Last season, he scored 19 total TDs. A big year could still be on the way; however, a regression toward the mean is a more logical outlook. The wild card is head coach Andy Reid. His presence obviously did wonders for Charles' production. It just wouldn't make much sense to expect him to do it all over again after smashing most of his personal bests by a wide margin. Also, losses to the offensive line are never easy to work through and the Chiefs have had their share of offensive line issues this off-season losing three key starters to free agency.
When doubt is expressed about a player's Sunday status, that doubt usually comes from anonymous sources or beat writers. Rarely do you see the doubt expressed by the player at the heart of the matter. But according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, that seems to be the case with Jamaal Charles.
Rapoport tweeted this morning that Charles doesn't expect to play against the Dolphins this afternoon. He will test out his injured ankle in pregame warmups, but odds are Knile Davis will get the start and a lot of touches.
Rapoport also says that Charles' injury is more of a bruise than a high ankle sprain, which explains why he was able to return to practice so quickly. However, it's probably best that the Chiefs hold him back today. The season is still young, and they don't need to risk their best player, especially with such a quality backup like Davis available. Davis scored twice and caught six passes in relief of Foster last week. He is a high-end RB2 in all formats. Although this game doesn't kick off until late in the afternoon, this report makes it pretty safe to unleash Davis in your lineups. You can basically lock him into 20-25 touches.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/21 - Report: Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles not expecting to play vs. Dolphins
9/18 - Despite sprained ankle, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles practices Thursday
9/15 - Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has high ankle sprain
8/22 - Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will sit out third preseason game
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|1.02||2006 World Champion - Charles year was just too big last year. If he does 80% of what he did this pick works.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|1.03||FFToolbox - He may not repeat as top fantasy scorer, but he will be very close to it. PPR monster.|
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