Fantasy Football Spotlight: Jamaal Charles

By lamarcolyer
Denny Medley-US Presswire

While owners’ were constantly checking their rosters to see who was producing, one player may have caught their eyes on who came up a bit short.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles produced a goose egg for his owners after his team lost to the Raiders 26-16.

Charles, prior to Sunday’s game, had given owners scoring outputs of 15 or more fantasy points in three of the last four games.  But against Oakland, things went amiss.  It isn’t like the Raiders are great at stopping the run.  As a matter of fact, they were ranked 21st against opposing fantasy running backs.  Charles should’ve had a pretty decent day on the ground.

The stat of the day wasn’t the useless and minuscule four yards he gained.  How about the fact that Charles only received five carries?

In the dominant three-game stretch he had, Charles received 33, 17, and 31 carries, respectively.  In each of those performances, he rushed for, at least, 88 yards or more.  The last time he received single digit carries was in week two against the Bills (6 car, 3 yds).

I understand the backfield is loaded with Peyton HillisDexter McCluster, and Shaun Draughn.  But Charles is too great of a talent to be used inconsistently.

Is he coming back from an injury?  Yes.  But he’s ready to carry the full load.  Give him enough carries and he’ll eventually break a couple of big runs.  It is inevitable.  The other running backs should be used as either a goal-line back (Hillis), or a special teams returner (McCluster).

Notice how Charles has two games of 30 or more carries.  He seemed fine then, and he exploded for 140 or more yards in both contests.  Enough with the inconsistent carries given.  No more of the splitting the carries.  Charles can/will be an elite running back when finally given that opportunity each and every week, and I think I speak for all his owners when saying so.

No need to be concerned with him, owners; just be concerned with the decision-making of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.  The Chiefs are only 1-6.  Give him the full workload.  It’s one thing to split carries with one running back; that I can sit back and accept.  But two, three, running backs?  Not a chance.

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