| Jamaal Charles' Week 3 status uncertain -- Mon Sep 19 5:25 pm --|
HC remains noncommittal on RB making season debut
|When asked if he could rule out Jamaal Charles playing this week, however, HC Andy Reid said he could not. “No, I wouldn’t rule it out,” Reid said. “I just don’t have enough information for you to put it out there.” Charles missed the entire preseason and the Chiefs’ first two games, but he has been practicing the last two weeks on the scout team and warmed up on the field before Sunday’s 19-12 loss to the Houston Texans. Reid said Charles told him directly last week that he wasn’t quite ready to play.
“Last week he wasn’t ready, he wasn’t quite there — but he’s getting there,” Reid said. (Kansas City Star)|
FF Today's Take: Reid added that Charles told him "he felt like he made a lot of improvement last week". Spencer Ware is making the decision easier for everyone by amassing going over 100 total yards in each of the team's first two games. Owners should expect a committee of sorts when Charles gets cleared, with the 29-year-old likely to take over the lead role around midseason. Even if/when that happens, expect Ware to be no worse than a strong RB3/flex option.
| Jamaal Charles expected to return Week 3 -- Sun Sep 18 8:00 am --|
Ware and West to handle rushing duties in Week 2
|Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will miss Sunday's game against the Houston Texans but is expected to make his season debut in Week 3, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: When Charles returns he won't likely resume his workhorse role... at least in his first game back. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West have proven to be capable replacements and have earned a role in the rotation. Expect to see a mixture of Charles and Ware in Week 3.
| Jamaal Charles not ready for Week 2 -- Tue Sep 13 3:55 pm --|
Spencer Ware to remain lead back, Charles "least healthy" of RBs
|Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) on Twitter: "#Chiefs could give Jamaal Charles, recovering from ACL surgery, another week, per source. He's least healthy of 4 RB, esp Spencer Ware" (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Uh-oh. Charles owners can't like to hear this, as the Chiefs gave no indication the stud RB would be out multiple weeks heading into most August fantasy drafts. Ware remains the best bet to flourish as an RB1, and keep some RB3/flex viability once Charles eventually returns. This is shaping up as a week-to-week monitoring issue.
| Jamaal Charles "a stretch" to play in opener -- Wed Sep 7 6:58 pm --|
Limited participant in practice Wednesday
|KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The trend in the NFL over the past decade has been away from the bell-cow running backs of the 1970s and `80s, instead keeping fresh legs and healthy players on the field. As the Chiefs prepare for their season opener Sunday with a four-headed backfield of Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware and Knile Davis, they are doing so with the understanding that all of them will get ample opportunities to make plays in Reid's offense It could be easier in the opener against San Diego with Charles still working his way back from last season's ACL surgery. He participated in practice Wednesday, but Reid has said it's "a stretch" that the four-time Pro Bowl running back will make it on the field this week.
FF Today's Take: With Charcandrick West (elbow) rejoining the team in practice today, the Chiefs could use up to four running backs against division rival San Diego on Sunday. Nevertheless, Spencer Ware's consistent production last season and this preseason has him lined up to receive the majority of the carries this weekend.
| Report: Jamaal Charles will not start Week 1 -- Thu Sep 1 6:15 pm --|
"If he plays, it won't be a lot."
|Adam Teicher on RB Jamaal Charles (knee) in week 1: "If he plays it won't be alot...he certainly won't be the starter." (Sirius XM NFL Radio)|
FF Today's Take: Teicher is doubling down on Charles coming out of the gates slow after telling the world the 29-year-old back wasn't even taking reps with the starters in practice yet. It is possible the Chiefs are eyeing their Week 5 bye as a time to begin the transition from committee back to lead back, although that is far from a given. A case can be made that Charles is no better than a fourth-round value, Meanwhile, Spencer Ware can be considered as early as the sixth or seventh round.
| Chiefs bumping up Jamaal Charles' workload -- Thu Aug 18 5:30 pm --|
KC reportedly giving RB work faster than expected
|Jamaal Charles expanding the workload, out there for 9 on 7 drills. Seem to be giving him work faster than expected. (Matt Derrick on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This could mean any number of things, although it is never a bad development for an injured player to be able to be cleared to work more faster than expected. The most likely scenario remains Charles acting as the lead back with Spencer Ware mixing in every third series or so and stealing most of the goal-line work, at least early in the season. If he can stay healthy, patient owners should feel confident they'll have a high-end RB1 down the stretch.
|Chiefs won't "limit" Jamaal Charles if healthy -- Tue Jul 26 9:40 am --|
Stud RB should continue to see majority of touches
|Chiefs beat writer Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) on Twitter: "Chiefs won't limit Charles if he's healthy and he's the same player he was before the knee injury." (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: There's no reason to believe that Jamaal Charles won't continue to be a solid option in all fantasy formats, but he's going to lose some touches this season. The emergence of Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West -- who combined for 1,256 total yards and 11 scores last season -- means his workload should go down. A 65-20-15 breakdown among Charles-Ware-West makes the most sense.