One running back this is on the verge of having a huge fantasy football season is Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles. He has head coach Andy Reid coming up with creative ways to get him the ball, and at 26 years old, the back is entering the prime of his career.
However, this is one week that I think Charles is in for a rough outing.
Kansas City will face off against a stout Dallas Cowboys defense that was all over the New York Giants last Sunday night. Dallas scored two defensive touchdowns, forced six turnovers, and sacked QB Eli Manning three times. The unit allowed New York to gain just 50 yards on 14 carries (3.6 AVG.) and was hitting everything that moved. I fully expect them to be just as hungry this weekend against Charles and Co.
To make matters worse, Charles is nursing a minor quad injury. He won’t be practicing most of the week, so you can bet he will be a little rusty to start the game. The team may even spell Charles from time to time to keep him from overworking his quad this early in the season and turning it into a major injury. He won’t be on the bench the whole game, but don’t expect him to see over 20 touches in Week 2.
Charles is obviously one of the best backs in football. However, after watching All-Pro backs like C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson, and Alfred Morris struggle in Week 1, there are obviously good matchups and bad matchups. I am not saying to necessarily bench Charles in every format, but if you have a comparable backup, don’t be afraid to use him in Week 2.