Fantasy Football 2013: Andy Reid’s Fantasy Impact On Jamaal Charles

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In case you live in a world where you are deprived of football, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid has found a new home.

Reid agreed to a five-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, replacing Romeo Crennel after just one stint with the ball club. The hiring of Reid poses the all important question:

Can Reid take the Chiefs to new found heights?

Sorry, wrong question. You see, that won’t happen because the Chiefs are well, the Chiefs. The real question comes from fantasy land and focuses on stud running back Jamaal Charles. Many people who plan on drafting Charles in the first round are worried, and they do have reason to be. In an embarrassing season where quarterback Michael Vick was hurt, soon to be replaced by rookie Nick Foles, Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy was highly underused. Tons of people fear that this will also happen to Charles.

However, I’m not sold on the idea.

Barring a handful of big free agent signings this off-season, the Chiefs will yet again have no offensive weapons outside of Charles and wideout Dwayne Bowe. Well, Bowe appears to be headed elsewhere via free agency, making Charles the only offensive option. While Reid has grown quite fond of airing the ball out during his 14-year tenure in Philly, how can he do that with guys like Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel chucking the football? I mean, the Chiefs could very likely snag Geno Smith with the number one pick in the draft, but still, he’d be a rookie. I highly doubt Reid would let him air it out 35 plus times.

Don’t forget, even if Reid does favor the pass, he likes to use the running back in the passing game. Charles, who had 35 catches this year, is more than capable of filling that role.

From a fantasy perspective, I don’t think you necessarily need to worry about Charles. However, should you keep an eye on it as 2013 progresses? Of course. Regardless, Charles still needs to be drafted in the first round of fantasy leagues, preferably in the top 10.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.


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