Week 16 Fantasy Football: Start RB Jamaal Charles

By Adam McGill
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Last weekend Kansas City Chiefs running back, Jamaal Charles, simply had a miserable game for fantasy football owners, as he gained only ten yards on 9 total carries. However, this is just another classic Chiefs football game. Some games, the team  just throws the ball much more than they have to, and their 15-0 loss to the Oakland Raiders last weekend was a perfect example of this.

Charles has had six 100-yard games this season, including a game with 165 yards on the ground and an insane game with 233 yards. However, Charles has also suffered through five games where he received less than 13 total caries in the game, which is unacceptable for a guy that is currently ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing with 1,230 yards.

Not many backs in the league are as fast as Charles when he gets the ball in open space. He is a former track star from the University of Texas, so he has the ability to take a play the distance on any snap; however, it is something that is extremely dependent upon him getting a heavy dose of the ball.

The Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts this weekend, who do not exactly boast an amazing run-defense, so expect this to be one game that the Chiefs look to pound the rock inside. The Colts are currently 23rd against the run and just got gashed for 165 yards on the ground by Arian Foster of the Houston Texans, so there are obviously holes in their front seven. This is a matchup that looks very promising for any owner that has Charles.

Additionally, it is likely to be very cold in KC this weekend, so expect head coach Romeo Crennel to want to limit the turnovers and keep possession of the ball during a frosty game at Arrowhead Stadium.  The only way to do that is to give Charles the ball and to give it to him well over 20 times.

Charles has everything in his favor to have a monster game this weekend. Start him with confidence and watch him rack up the fantasy numbers. The Chiefs will most likely lose yet again, but at least Charles will have a huge fantasy performance for any lucky owners in the Super Bowl.

Week 16 Fantasy Prediction: 24 rushes, 132 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD


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