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|Considered a top five-fantasy running back prior to last season, Charles suffered a torn ACL in Week 2, ending his season and leaving his fantasy owners with a massive hole in their starting lineups. Heading into 2012, the issue with Charles is clearly going to be how well his recovery has gone and when he will be back, close to 100%. On that front, having suffered the injury early in the 2011 season is a benefit. Charles’ game is all about speed and agility so any lingering effects of the knee injury will be amplified. The Chiefs signed Peyton Hillis in the offseason as a change of pace back and to handle the short yardage work with the expectation that he will likely see plenty of touches early in the season. Provided Charles returns to full health, Hillis’ presence doesn’t really impact his fantasy value given the 1,935 yards and eight touchdowns that he put up in 2010, splitting time with Thomas Jones. Consider Charles a lower tier RB1 with some risk in 2012.
| Jamaal Charles not done yet this season? -- Thu Dec 8 8:20 pm --|
Aging RB hoping to return for playoffs
|As his team plays tonight, #Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (2 knee surgeries) is doing well, working hard, hopeful to be back for the playoffs. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Owners should not be holding their breath on this news, if only because Charles would probably serve a change-of-pace back for Spencer Ware if he does return. The good news is that he is already feeling good and should be fine to play next season even if he cannot make it back in 2016.
| Jamaal Charles has scope on left knee -- Thu Nov 17 12:45 pm --|
All but ruled out for the 2016 season
|Jamaal Charles had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Monday. Previously had his right knee scoped. Had been experiencing problems in both knees. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The news keeps getting worse for Charles who previously had his right knee scoped. This latest procedure will kill There any hope of Charles returning for potential playoff games. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West are locked in as the Chiefs top running backs.
| Jamaal Charles headed to IR -- Tue Nov 1 5:30 pm --|
May need another surgery on knee
|The Chiefs on Tuesday placed running back Jamaal Charles on injured reserve, a league source told ESPN's Field Yates.
Charles has had soreness in his surgically repaired right knee.
The move to IR means he will miss at least eight weeks. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Charles missed last week's game after suffering a setback in Week 7. He was scheduled to see Dr. Andrews today. Charles can be dropped in redraft leagues as the Chiefs will move forward with Spencer Ware (concussion) and Charcandrick West. Ware isn't expected to play this week and the team is signed Bishop Sankey from the Packers practice squad.
| Jamaal Charles ruled out for Week 8 -- Fri Oct 28 2:30 pm --|
|Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Jamaal Charles will miss Sunday's game with knee issues. (Terez Paylor on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Charles has experienced swelling in his knee last week and with Andy Reid playing it safe with Charles up to this point, it's not surprising Charles will miss Week 8. Spencer Ware will continue his role as the lead back in the Chiefs offense with Charcandrick West filling a backup role.