News: Chargers running back Jackie Battle had a hard time finding many running lanes in Week 17 against the Raiders. Battle rushed for 37 yards on 19 carries in the 24-21 win and had a long of 8 yards. He also caught four passes for 31 yards but was unable to find the end zone. Battle averaged 2.9 yards each time he touched the ball.
Analysis: With all the injuries San Diego dealt with his season, Battle got some run in San Diego and finished with the year with 274 yards rushing and three TDs. He also had a receiving TD but could find himself playing for a new team next year as he will be a free agent. Still, Battle seems more suited to be a change of pace back rather than a featured one, so his value will likely depend on where he winds up. Keep an eye on the situation over the next few months. However, we can't see too many scenarios in which Battle would be worth more than a low-end option.
News: Chargers running back Jackie Battle will be looking to get back into the end zone in Week 17 against the Raiders. Battle, who has four total touchdowns on the year (three rushing, one receiving), has been shutout in the scoring department in each of his last 11 games. He will now be facing an Oakland defense that is allowing an average of 121.8 rushing yards per game. The Raiders have surrendered 18 scores on the ground this season while yielding an average of 19.9 Fantasy points to opposing RBs, which ranks 28th overall.
Analysis: Battle earned his fourth start of the season in San Diego's contest against the Jets last week and 49 yards rushing on a career-high 19 carries. The 29-year-old now appears set to makes his second straight start in Sunday's series finale against a Raiders defense that has struggled to defend the run at times. 14 of the 18 scores Oakland has surrendered on the ground this season have come by an opposing RB and Battle should see a healthy does of touches -- especially in the red zone. Fantasy owners should consider Battle a viable low-end start or flex option in deeper formats this week.
News: San Diego running back Jackie Battle registered a season-high 19 carries for 49 yards during the Chargers' 27-17 win over the Jets in Week 16. With Ryan Mathews sidelined, Battle took over the lead position out of the backfield and posted eight more carries than the rest of the team combined (11). His main competition, Ronnie Brown, was limited to just five carries for 31 yards. Battle also added a reception for five yards.
Analysis: While Brown seemed to be the logical choice to replace Mathews, it was Battle who earned the start Sunday and finished with his highest yardage total since Week 3 against Atlanta (55). Despite the meager average of 2.6 yards per carry, his outing was productive as he failed to generate more than five yards in any of his previous five games, which also included a minus-three effort at Denver. Fantasy owners should consider Battle the team's leading ball-carrier for the rest of the season and a viable option in deeper formats for Week 17 against Oakland.
News: San Diego running back Jackie Battle has been a limited contributor over the past five games as he's failed to exceed five rushing yards in that span. That is expected to change beginning in Week 16 at the Jets. With starting running back Ryan Mathews out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, Battle is slated to earn additional carries along with fellow running back Ronnie Brown. His first task will be against a New York defense that has struggled containing the run and ranks 29th in the league (138.7 yards allowed per game).
Analysis: Prior to the injury to Mathews, Battle's workload had been minimal as he racked up just 12 total carries over his past six games combined. In one of those outings he produced negative yards, while not being an active part of the passing game as much as Brown. Battle will likely be utilized on third-down plays for the Chargers and could see some work near the goal line in an attempt to reach the end zone for the first time since Week 4. The Jets are giving up an average of 18.8 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. With more chances Sunday, Battle could hold some value as a flex option in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Chargers running back Jackie Battle did not have much of an impact in Week 15 against the Panthers but stands to see his role increase down the stretch. Starter Ryan Mathews left in the second quarter due to a broken clavicle and will miss the remainder of the season. Battle gained just 2 yards on three carries and caught two passes for 12 yards in the 31-7 loss.
Analysis: Battle had trouble moving the ball after Mathews went down Sunday and Curtis Brinkley stepped up with six carries for 42 yards. Battle, Brinkley and Ronnie Brown will likely split carries down the stretch so keep an eye on the depth chart heading into Week 16 against the Jets. Battle might be worth a look in some deeper formats against New York but remains more of a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Chargers running back Jackie Battle has carried the ball just two times in the last two games and will likely have a minimal role again in Week 15 against the Panthers. Carolina ranks 21st in the league in run defense, giving up over 121 yards per contest, and has allowed an average of 19.3 Fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Analysis: San Diego continues to ride Ryan Mathews and Ronnie Brown in the running game, which has left little work for Battle. While he might see a touch or two in Week 15, continue to ignore him in all but the deepest of Fantasy formats.
News: For the first time since the season opener, Chargers running back Jackie Battle did not see a carry in Week 13 against the Bengals. He did not record a reception either in the 20-13 loss.
Analysis: Battle has not seen more than four carries in a game since Week 4 and is currently buried on the depth chart behind Ryan Mathews and Ronnie Brown. While he is still a decent handcuff option in deeper formats, owners would be wise to cut ties with the 29-year-old at this stage of the season. The Chargers play the Steelers in Week 14.
News: Chargers running back Jackie Battle has not seen more than four carries in a game since Week 4 and will likely have a minimal role again Sunday against the Bengals. Cincinnati enters Week 13 ranked 17th in the league in run defense, giving up over 116 yards per contest, and has allowed an average of 17.7 Fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Analysis: Battle is currently behind Ryan Mathews and Ronnie Brown on the depth chart and has gained 40 yards on 11 carries in the previous four games. He remains more of a handcuff option in deeper formats at this point so continue to ignore the 29-year-old in Fantasy for Week 13.
News: Chargers running back Jackie Battle finished with two carries for two yards in San Diego's 16-13 overtime loss to Baltimore in Week 12. Battle, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Ryan Mathews, also tallied one reception for 10 yards on his lone target from Philip Rivers.
Analysis: It was only a matter of time before Battle was booted from the starting lineup as Mathews has regained the trust of coaches following some ball security issues earlier this season. He finished with less than five yards for the second game in a row as he and Ronnie Brown totaled 15 fewer carries combined than Mathews (19 for 72 yards). Fantasy owners should leave Battle on waivers in the majority of formats at this point.
News: Chargers running back Jackie Battle was not much of a factor in Week 11 against the Broncos. Battle, who made his third start of the year, rushed for minus-3 yards on four carries in the 30-23 defeat. He also caught a pass for 1 yards but did not record a carry after the first quarter.
Analysis: Battle earned the start Sunday but hardly saw the field after the opening quarter. While he may see a carry or two near the goal line or in short yardage situations most weeks, Ryan Mathews and Ronnie Brown will continue to see most of the touches. Battle should be not be starting in most formats heading into Week 12 against the Ravens.
News:Jackie Battle had the longest run for the Chargers in Week 10, gaining 21 yards on his lone carry on a third-and-1 play in the fourth quarter. It was Battle's first offensive snap in the game.
Analysis: With Ryan Mathews not running effectively, we could see Battle pick up a few more touches in the coming weeks. But until that materializes, he's not worth starting and really not even worth owning. The Broncos host the Chargers in Week 11.
News: San Diego running back Jackie Battle will be one of three options in the ground game for Week 9 at home on Thursday night against the Chiefs. Battle did not earn a Fantasy point last week at Cleveland and has gone two games since his last production of any kind for the Chargers. For Week 9 on Thursday night, Battle faces a Chiefs team allowing the seventh-most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs on the season. Kansas City has given up 370 receiving yards to RBs and two receiving touchdowns on the year. In fact, not many teams have allowed more pass-catching production from opposing RBs than have the Chiefs.
Analysis: The last time Battle squared off against the Chiefs came earlier this season Week 4 in Kansas City. In that game, Battle rushed 15 times for 39 yards and a touchdown and also caught a touchdown pass in his best Fantasy performance of the season. That said, a lot less is expected of him as Ronnie Brown has taken over the pass-catching duties for the Chargers and Ryan Mathews continues to be the team's leading runner. Battle has low-end Fantasy value for Week 9 on Thursday night.
News: Chargers running back Jackie Battle was not much of a factor in Week 6 against the Broncos. Battle hardly saw the field in the 35-24 defeat and finished with just 3 yards rushing on two carries. He was not targeted in the passing game. Ryan Mathews led San Diego in rushing as he finished with 74 yards on the ground on 22 carries.
Analysis: With Mathews now healthy, Battle seems to have moved back down on the depth chart and will likely stay there for the immediate future. However, based on Mathews' track record and injury history, it might not be a bad idea to hold onto the 29-year-old for a few more weeks. The Chargers are on a bye in Week 7 and then will head to Cleveland to face the Browns in Week 8. Fantasy owners should consider Battle merely a handcuff option for Mathews at this point in the year.
News: For a few weeks, veteran running back Jackie Battle earned his way into the Chargers starting lineup. Battle was the teams starter in Week 4 against the Chiefs and then Week 5 against New Orleans. After Week 5 against the Saints, however, Battle clearly ceded the primary role in the offense to Ryan Mathews. Battle rushed for just 10 yards and finished the game with only six touches total. In practice Wednesday for Week 6 against the Broncos, coach Norv Turner spoke of Mathews as his number one running back, with little said of Battles role moving forward.
Analysis: This was what we expected to happen with the Chargers time share before long. Battle has never been a strong starting running back at the NFL level, and at 29, that was unlikely to change this season. It looks like we can expect Mathews to return to being the top option, with Battle looming in case of an emergency. The Broncos were gashed in the running game in Week 5 against New England, but Battle likely will not have many chances to produce against them. Short of an injury to Mathews, Battle looks like a backup option, and should not be relied upon in any Fantasy formats for Week 6 against Denver.
News: For the second week in a row, the Chargers turned to Jackie Battle as the starting running back in Week 5 against the Saints. Unlike last week, Battle was unable to turn his start into a productive performance Sunday. Battle clearly ceded the fight for carries to Ryan Mathews, as he finished with just 10 rushing yards on four carries. Battle added just two catches for seven yards, in a 31-24 loss.
Analysis: Battle scored twice in Week 4, but Mathews still clearly seemed to be the team's top option in the running game. That difference became even more pronounced in Week 5, and there is little reason to expect that to change. Battle was productive for a few weeks, especially on the goal line, but Mathews is clearly the future for the Chargers. We will see how the coaching staff plans on putting Battle to use moving forward, but he might not have many more opportunities to produce. Consider him a risky Fantasy option for Week 6 against the Broncos, unless the team gives him a strong vote of confidence during the week.
News: Chargers running back Jackie Battle still finds himself listed as the teams starter heading into Week 5 against the Saints. Battle was the surprise starter for Week 4 against the Chiefs, and he is listed as the starter on the official depth chart yet again this week over Ryan Mathews. Of course, that does not mean Battle is guaranteed to earn the first drive duties or the majority of the workload, as the depth chart is considered a reflection of the teams most recent game. Battle scored twice in the team's Week 4 win, and reports surfaced earlier in the week that indicated that Battle will likely remain the team's nominal starter. Battle downplayed the question after practice Friday. I wouldnt say he lost his starting job, Battle told U-T San Diego. Its just a title. Hes still going to get his reps. Im still going to get mine.
Analysis: The Chargers obviously prefer Mathews as their go-to back, but he has had issues with fumbles in the past, so they need him to improve in that facet of the game. Until he does, Battle will stick around, especially in the red zone. We expect Battle to fade as Mathews gets more comfortable in the offense, but it looks like Battle should still be a factor in Week 5 against the Saints. He should have a chance to put up very solid numbers, as the Saints have allowed a league-worst 186.8 yards per game on the ground. There should be plenty of room for both backs in Week 5, so consider Battle a worthy low-end starting option in most Fantasy formats.
News: With coach Norv Turner saying the team will continue to ease Ryan Mathews back into action, running back Jackie Battle could earn his second straight start in Week 5 against the Saints, reports the U-T San Diego. Battle started in place of Mathews in San Diego's 37-20 win over Kansas City and finished with 81 yards on 19 total touches and two touchdowns in the contest. New Orleans is allowing a league-worst 186.8 rushing yards per game thus far.
Analysis: The Chargers want Mathews to be their featured back but decided to ease him back into action after he lost a fumble near the goal line against the Falcons two weeks ago. Battle proved more than up for the challenge and earned a game ball for his performance Sunday afternoon. Now, it sounds like he could earn his second straight start in Week 5 when San Diego heads to New Orleans. Even if doesn't start, Battle should see a healthy number of carries against the Saints' porous run defense. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Turner decides to divvy up the touches this week. As long as Battle is guaranteed to see a few carries, he could be worth using as a flex option in most formats.
News: San Diego running back Jackie Battle ended up starting the Week 4 game at Kansas City over Ryan Mathews. Sending a message to the fumble-prone Mathews, Battle basically got all the touches in the first half. He ended up with 15 carries to Mathews' 14 but finished behind him with 39 yards compared to Mathews' 61. That said, Battle scored twice in the game as he managed a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter and added a 4-yard receiving TD in the fourth. Battle also caught four passes for 42 yards on four targets from quarterback Philip Rivers.
Analysis: The Chargers punished Mathews for fumbling and could keep taking away touches and giving them to Battle as long as he continues to show he has a problem. That said, Mathews did come on at the end of the Week 4 game and we're not sure what the carry distribution will be heading into Week 5 at New Orleans. Battle already has four total touchdowns on the year, however, so he could continue to get looks as he's proved viable with the football. Fantasy owners will want to monitor the situation heading into the Week 5 game. Battle could be a worthy flex option.
News: San Diego running back Jackie Battle is heading into Week 4 at Kansas City looking for a rebound performance from his Week 3 against Atlanta. Battle only managed three rushing attempts for 55 yards in that game and was held in check after scoring twice the week prior. Battle could improve Week 4 against a Chiefs team giving up the 10th-most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Still, Battle does have Ryan Mathews back taking away touches, though Battle could still see some on the goal line.
Analysis: New Orleans' Jed Collins scored a touchdown receiving against the Chiefs last week so it certainly is possible that Battle gets back into the end zone. Plus, it sounds like he still may get goal-line touches. That said, big things are expected for Mathews now that he's back and we don't really know what to expect out of Battle going forward. He certainly has to show more than he did last week for us to keep believing in him. He's not a recommended Fantasy start against the Chiefs Week 4.
News: Chargers running back Jackie Battle was not much of a factor in Week 3 against the Falcons. Battle hardly saw the field the in the 27-3 defeat as he finished with 55 yards rushing on three carries. Ryan Mathews saw most of the carries as he finished with 44 yards on the ground on 10 carries.
Analysis: Battle appears to have worked his way up the depth chart and looks like hen will serve as Mathews' primary backup. However, as long as Mathews is healthy, that really isn't going to help his Fantasy value. It appears Battle will only see a handful of carries each week and his touches Sunday came in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach. Fantasy owners should plan of leaving the 28-year-old reserved in most formats heading into Week 4. The Chargers will be at Kansas City next Sunday.
News: With running back Ryan Mathews officially listed as questionable with a clavicle injury, Chargers running back Jackie Battle could see another a decent number of touches in Week 3 against the Falcons. Battle found the end zone twice during San Diego's 38-10 win over the Titans and finished with 69 yards rushing on 14 carries. Atlanta is ranked 24th in run defense, allowing an average of 135 yards on the ground per game. The Falcons have surrendered four rushing touchdowns while yielding an average of 23 Fantasy points to opposing RBs on the year.
Analysis: Battle came out of nowhere last week to lead the Chargers in rushing and his strong performance may also have boosted him up the depth chart. However, Mathews is expected to finally make his season debut this week, which means Battle's touches could be very limited. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Mathews' status leading up to kickpoff. Battle would only be worth activating if Mathews is once again ruled inactive.
News: Chargers running back Jackie Battle was able to find the end zone twice in Week 2 against the Titans. Both of Battle's scores came in the fourth quarter, including a 1-yard scamper that capped off an 11-play, 88-yard scoring drive. He also punched it in from a yard out later in the final period, which put the finishing touches on his 14 carry, 69-yard rushing performance. Battle had a long of 16 yards and averaged an impressive 4.9 yards per carry.
Analysis: The Chargers were counting on Curtis Brinkley and Ronnie Brown to shoulder the load with Ryan Mathews once again sidelined, but both were ineffective. That prompted coach Norv Turner to give Battle a shot, who racked up all 69 of his yards and two touchdowns in the second half. He may also have shot his way up the depth chart in the process and may be in the mix to see some touches, even when Mathews does get healthy. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Mathews' status the Chargers prepare to take on the Falcons in Week 3. If Mathews is ruled out, Battle could end up being worth using in some formats.
News: The Chargers agreed to a deal with running back Jackie Battle according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. He played with Kansas City last season, tallying 597 rush yards on 149 carries and two touchdowns.
Analysis: Battle should provide some decent depth for the Chargers this season, assuming he makes the final roster, but it remains to be seen if he'll be anything more than a handcuff for Ryan Mathews. For now we suspect he'll be a reserve for the Chargers, which makes him useless in Fantasy.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle becomes a free agent in March and hes looking forward to testing the waters. "They (Chiefs) said they wanted me back, but I was going to just see what my options were before I made that decision," Battle said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I don't know what their strategy is, but I'm going to go out there and look around a little bit."
Analysis: Battle had taken over as Kansas City's primary running back after All-Pro Jamaal Charles went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 2. Battle ran for 597 yards and two touchdowns this season but didn't make a good impression while doing it. He is likely to land a backup role to Charles next season if he remains with the Chiefs. Fantasy owners should bother with him.
News: Kansas City placed RB Jackie Battle on injured reserve Saturday with a troublesome foot injury. Battle was in a walking boot and did not practice this week after sustaining a foot injury in last week's loss to Oakland, which eliminated the Chiefs from playoff contention. He was already ruled out for Week 17.
Analysis: Battle had taken over as Kansas City's primary running back after All-Pro Jamaal Charles went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 2. Battle ran for 597 yards and two touchdowns this season. He is likely to land a backup role to Charles next season if he remains with the Chiefs. Fantasy owners should release him in all formats.
News: Kansas City RB Jackie Battle has been ruled out for Week 17 after missing practice for the third straight day Friday. Battle was considered a longshot to play in Sunday's game against Denver after wearing a protective boot on his injured foot. The Chiefs are expected to lean on RBs Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster in Week 17.
Analysis: Battle emerged as the Chiefs' leading rusher this season, but an injury will force him to miss the last game of the season. He recorded 597 yards and two touchdowns on 149 carries this year and is likely to land a backup role in 2012 when RB Jamaal Charles returns from an injury. For now, Fantasy owners should leave him reserved for Week 17 while considering healthier alternatives.
News: Kansas City RB Jackie Battle missed practice for a second straight day on Thursday. On Wednesday, coach Romeo Crennel said Battle is wearing a boot on his foot and is a longshot to play in Week 17 against Denver.
Analysis: Battle leads the Chiefs in rushing this season, but it looks as though he will be sidelined on Sunday versus the Broncos. Keep an eye on his status going forward just in case anything changes. Fantasy owners should look to healthier options for Week 17.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle is the only player likely out of Sundays trip to Denver because of injury. Coach Romeo Crennel said Wednesday that Battle is wearing a boot on a foot. He was not on the practice field Wednesday and will likely be listed as doubtful later in the week.
Analysis: Battle leads the Chiefs in rushing this season but it looks as though he will be sidelined on Sunday. Keep an eye on his status going forward just in case anything changes. Owners should look to healthier options for Week 17.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle had 14 carries for 56 yards Saturday against the Raiders in Week 16. He did not have a catch on one target. Battle again shared carries with Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster.
Analysis: Battle has minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues heading into Week 17 at Denver. He faced the Broncos in Week 10 and had nine carries for 61 yards with no catches. Consider him a No. 3 Fantasy RB at best against the Broncos.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle heads into Week 16 against Oakland with a full head of steam after recording his first touchdown since Week 8 and second of his season last week against Green Bay in a win over the defending Super Bowl champs. Battle posted the fourth rushing TD of his career against the Packers. Battle could have a nice performance Week 16 as the Raiders are allowing the sixth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing RBs on the season.
Analysis: Battle still only rushed 10 times for 37 yards last week against Green Bay and hasn't' topped that rushing total since going for 61 yards Week 10. Battle rushed 16 times for 76 yards Week 7 at Oakland, and will be playing the Raiders for the third time in a calendar year Week 16. That said, Battle has rushed 20 times for 81 yards in the first two meetings of 2011 and has yet to score against the Raiders in his career. Battle is just a No. 4 Fantasy RB for Week 16.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle scored his first touchdown in a while on Sunday of Week 15 in a win over the Packers. Battle helped the Chiefs secure the victory over the previously unbeaten Packers as he scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Battle's day wasn't amazing, however, as he rushed 10 times for just 37 yards. Battle added one reception for 7 yards for the Chiefs in the win.
Analysis: Battle was limited once again versus the Packers in the Week 15 game. That said, Battle scored his first touchdown since Week 8 against the Chargers. Still, his best game since that one against the Chargers was nine carries for 61 yards Week 10 against Denver. That said, he's playing the Raiders Week 16 and Oakland has been terrible at stopping the run. The Raiders are among the top five in the NFL in terms of allowing the most Fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. Battle could take advantage of that considering he rushed for 76 yards, his second-highest total of the season, Week 7 at Oakland. Still, Battle is no better than a low-end No. 3 Fantasy RB for Week 16.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle heads into Week 15 against Green Bay with a tough hill to climb ahead of him. Battle is facing a team that cannot stop anyone through the air, but which has been pretty solid against the run this season in the Packers. Fantasy owners should expect the Chiefs to throw the ball behind Tyler Palko, if they can. Battle's carries might be limited. Only one player has topped 100 yards against the Packers on the ground since Week 8 of the season.
Analysis: Battle hasn't recorded a double-digit Fantasy point scoring performance since Week 8 of the season and he's only accomplished the feat twice all year. Battle has just one rushing touchdown on the season as the Chiefs' running game has not been a very good component of the offense. Battle should be considered a last-resort Fantasy option for Week 15.
News: Kansas City RB Jackie Battle amassed 59 total yards during the Chiefs' 37-10 loss to the Jets in Week 14. It was his highest yardage output since Week 10 when he ran for 61 yards. Battle finished with a season-high 26 yards on two catches as he hauled in both targets from QB Tyler Palko.
Analysis: Battle paced the Chiefs in rushing despite the lowly total as Kansas City managed just 65 total yards on the ground against New York's staunch defense. The 28-year-old has cooled off considerably since his impressive 119-yard rushing performance in Week 5 and has averaged more than four yards per only three times since then. Battle should be viewed as a low-end No. 4 Fantasy RB or flex option for Week 15 against Green Bay.
News: After showing great promise during the middle of the season, Kansas City RB Jackie Battle has hardly done much recently. Battle rushed for a lowly 15 yards last Sunday in a win over Chicago -- the third consecutive outing he finished with less than 40 yards. He is hoping to improve on his woeful totals against the Jets in Week 14. New York is ranked 15th in the NFL in run defense, allowing an average of 112.9 yards per game.
Analysis: Battle was a hot Fantasy commodity following his 119-yard rushing performance against Indianapolis in Week 5, but he has failed to top the century mark since that game. His chances have also become limited as his 11 carries last Sunday marked the first time in his past four games he notched more than nine carries. The Jets defense has shown improvement recently and is yielding an average of 15.6 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Consider Battle a low-end No. 4 Fantasy RB or flex option in deeper formats for Week 14.
News: RB Jackie Battle's production dipped for the third straight week, but the Chiefs managed to top the Bears, 10-3, in Week 13. Battle carried the ball 11 times for only 15 yards, which marked his lowest yardage total since Week 3 at the Chargers. It was also the fifth straight week in which Battle did not score a touchdown.
Analysis: As recently as three weeks ago, Battle was still looking like a viable option in many leagues, but after gaining just 68 yards over the last three games combined, it's time to sit Battle in all but the deepest of leagues. The Jets, who will be Battle's opponent in Week 14, do not pose an especially tough matchup. At this point, though, owners in the vast majority of leagues should forget the matchups and just sit Battle until he produces again.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle has gained only 53 rushing yards over his last two games, and things don't look to get any easier in Week 13. Battle will face the Bears, who along with his last two opponents, the Steelers and Patriots, rank among the top 12 rushing defenses in the league. Not only have the Bears limited opposing running backs to just 87 rushing yards per game, but they have allowed only five rushing touchdowns by running backs all season, which is the fifth-lowest total in the league.
Analysis: Battle has produced precious little for Fantasy owners lately, and now is not the time to look for him to rebound. Given his unimpressive recent track record and his difficult upcoming matchup, owners should use Battle as a No. 4 Fantasy RB in Week 13.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle gained just 20 yards on the ground in Week 12 against the Steelers. He could have broke a nice run late in the game but ran into teammate TE Anthony Becht for a short gain. Battle did not catch the lone pass thrown his way either. Kansas City ended up losing the game, 13-9.
Analysis: Battle was out gained by both Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster in Week 12, but in his defense Pittsburgh is extremely tough against the run. Unfortunately it doesn't get any easier for Battle and the Chiefs as they play the Bears next weekend. Chicago is allowing 98.6 rushing yards per game this season and have given up seven rushing scores in 11 outings. Battle hasn't scored in his last four games. Fantasy owners should consider Battle a low-end RB option for Week 13.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle didn't get much going in Week 11, so he'll try to get on track in Week 12 against the Steelers. Unfortunately it won't be an easy task as Pittsburgh has been allowing just 96.9 rushing yards per contest this season. The Steelers have given up six rushing scores in 10 games. That comes out to 16.80 Fantasy points per game Pittsburgh is allowing opposing team's running backs to score.
Analysis: Battle is one of three running backs the Chiefs use on a weekly basis, which hurts his Fantasy stock. He hasn't scored in his last three games, and with Tyler Palko under center opposing team's are focusing on stopping the run. With an unfavorable matchup this weekend, Fantasy owners should view Battle as more of a low-end No. 3 or high-end No. 4 RB option for Week 12.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle had a hard time finding much running room in Week 11 against the Patriots. Battle finished with just 33 yards on the ground on eight carries in the 34-3 loss. He did have a long of 19 yards, but was out gained by both Thomas Jones (48 yards) and Dexter McCluster (39 yards) in the defeat. Battle also caught one pass for 3 yards.
Analysis: Battle wasn't much of a factor on Monday night, but unfortunately Fantasy owners may be getting used to that by now. The 28-year-old has rushed for a combined 134 yards over his last three games and has failed to find the end zone over that stretch. With Tyler Palko now under center for the Chiefs teams will likely continue to stack the box against Kansas City most weeks. Battle now looks to have another tough matchup in Week 12 against the Steelers. Pittsburgh boasts one of the top run defenses in the league and are allowing an average of 16.8 Fantasy points to opposing RBs on the season. Consider Battle a No. 3 Fantsy RB heading against the Steelers.
News: With QB Tyler Palko set to make his first career start on Sunday, Chiefs RB Jackie Battle could end up seeing increased carries in Week 11 against the Patriots. Battle, who has rushed for 403 yards and a touchdown through nine games, only had nine carries in last week's loss to the Broncos. New England enters Sunday's contest ranked ninth in total defense, allowing 103.1 yards per game. The Patriots have surrendered seven touchdowns on the ground and are allowing an average of 20 Fantasy points to opposing RBs on the season.
Analysis: Ever since bursting on the scene with 119-yard rushing performance against the Colts back in Week 5, Battle has emerged as the Chiefs' primary rushing option. However, he does split carries with Dexter McCluster and even Thomas Jones on occasion, which continues to limit his chances. Still, with Palko making his first career start this week, Kansas City will likely try and get their ground game going early and often. That could be easier said than done against New England's run defense, so consider Battle a low-end No.2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy RB heading into Week 11.
News: Kansas City RB Jackie Battle ran well Sunday against Denver in Week 10, but he didn't get enough chances. Battle had nine carries for 61 yards with no catches. Once again Battle shared playing time with Dexter McCluster (eight carries for 45 yards) and Thomas Jones (four carries for 4 yards).
Analysis: Battle remains a low-end No. 2 Fantasy RB, and hopefully he will get more carries in Week 11 at New England. We could see Battle playing well against the Patriots, but he's one of those Fantasy options who should only be started if needed in the majority of leagues.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle is hoping to play well in Week 10 against the Broncos. Denver has shown some flaws in its run defense recently with James Starks, Ryan Mathews, Maurice Morris, Michael Bush and Marcel Reece all reaching at least nine Fantasy points in four of the past five games. Reece, Bush and Morris are the only running backs to score touchdowns, and Denver has allowed just four touchdowns to opposing running backs this year. Battle has just one touchdown on the season, but he does have two games with double digits in Fantasy points in his past four outings.
Analysis: Battle is a questionable starting option in the majority of Fantasy leagues this week. He has the chance to play well given Denver's recent cracks in its run defense, but Battle also gives way to Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster and has few chances to play in passing situations. We consider Battle a low-end No. 2 Fantasy RB in Week 10. He's one of those running backs you should start only if you have to.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle finished with a team-high 40 rushing yards on 14 carries in Week 9 vs. Miami. His longest rush went 8 yards. Battle added one catch for 9 yards, and had his lowest output since Week 4 against the Vikings, when he remained a backup RB.
Analysis: The Chiefs were absolutely stunned in Week 9 against the Dolphins. It wasn't Battle's fault he didn't have a great performance. The Chiefs played from behind most of the game and couldn't get the offense going. Fantasy owners were right to start Battle as a No. 2 Fantasy RB. It just wasn't the Chiefs day. View Battle as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy RB for Week 10 vs. Denver.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle has emerged as the team's leading running back over the last three games and will look to keep his strong momentum heading into Week 9 vs. Miami. Battle is averaging 88.3 rushing yards per game in his last three contests, which included a 119-yard breakout performance Week 5 against the Colts. Battle also added his first touchdown Week 8 vs. San Diego. The Dolphins, however, are allowing RBs to average just 14.4 Fantasy points per week, which is sixth-lowest in the NFL. RBs are averaging 98.1 rushing yards per game and have only recorded two rushing touchdowns against K.C.
Analysis: The Chiefs still aren't making Battle an every-down back, using Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster as well. But Battle has proven to be the team's most effective back with Jamaal Charles out for the year and is right now the best Fantasy play among Chiefs RBs. Consider him a No. 2 Fantasy RB for Week 9.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle was able to find the end zone for the first time this season in Week 8 against the Chargers. Battle scored on a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, which capped off a 10-play, 74-yard scoring drive to put the Chiefs up 20-12. Battle finished with 70 yards rushing on 19 carries in the 23-20 victory and averaged 3.7 yards per carry. He had a long of 18 yards.
Analysis: Battle really had a tough time finding much running room early in the contest, but was able to find his groove in the fourth quarter and overtime. In fact, he had only racked up 20 yards on the ground heading into the final period, but still wound up putting up a respectable number. While Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster once again saw a fair amount of touches, Battle has clearly established himself as the main rushing threat for the Chiefs at the moment. He has now received 54 carries over his last three games and should be can be considered a No. 2 Fantasy RB heading into Week 9 against the Dolphins.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle will be looking to find the end zone for the first time this season in Week 8 against the Chargers. Battle has racked up 195 rushing yards over the last two weeks, but has yet to score a touchdown this season. San Diego enters Monday night's contest ranked 21st in run defense, allowing 121.7 yards per game. The Chargers have surrendered three touchdowns on the ground and are allowing an average 14.7 Fantasy points to opposing RBs on the season.
Analysis: Battle was pretty much a non-factor over the first few weeks of the season, but has really come on over the last two games. He has racked up a team-high 35 carries over that stretch and he appears to be the team's workhorse at the moment. However, coach Todd Haley seems determined to also give Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster a fair amount of touches as well, especially in the red zone. Consider Battle a No. 2 Fantasy RB heading into Week 8.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle was fairly productive in Week 7 against the Raiders. Battle finished with 76 yards on 16 carries in the 28-0 win, but was unable to find the end zone in the victory. His longest run of the day went for 24 yards, although that came late in the fourth quarter when the game was more than already out of reach. Battle averaged 4.8 yards per carry and his 16 rushing attempts were a team-high.
Analysis: Battle started off pretty slow on Sunday, but was still able to turn in a fairly productive afternoon on Sunday. However, many Fantasy owners were disappointed that he wasn't used much in the red zone, with coach Todd Haley instead opting to give Le'Ron McClain and Javier Arenas carries when Kansas City was knocking on the door. While Battle did receive the majority of the carries, Haley seems determined to also give Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster a fair amount of touches as well, which obviously takes the ball out of Battle's hands. Still, he appears to be the team's workhorse at the moment, so consider him a No. 2 Fantasy RB heading into Week 8 against the Chargers.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle has officially been ruled active for Week 7 against the Raiders. Battle was listed on the injury report as questionable with a neck injury, which he suffered in Week 5 against the Colts. The Kansas City Star reported on Saturday that Battle is expected to be the team's featured back against Oakland. "We basically have a plan in terms of not equally distributing the carries," offensive coordinator Bill Muir admitted. "As a staff, weve always known (Jackie) has talent. Now that he the opportunity to carry the ball, I think thats a significant thing."
Analysis: Battle's had his breakout performance in Week 5 and has been one of the most added players in CBSSports.com leagues the last few weeks. With this latest news, it sounds like those who added him will be happy they did. He'll still contend with Thomas Jones, who stands to lose in this deal, and Dexter McCluster, but this will definitely be favorable for Battle. Oakland is allowing an average of 113.2 rushing yards per game this season, and opposing running backs are averaging 22.7 Fantasy points against the Raiders. Consider Battle a No. 2 Fantasy RB for Week 7.
News: The Kansas City Star reports Saturday that Chiefs RB Jackie Battle will be the team's feature back in Week 7 at Oakland, according to offensive coordinator Bill Muir. "We basically have a plan in terms of not equally distributing the carries," Muir admitted. "As a staff, weve always known (Jackie) has talent. Now that he the opportunity to carry the ball, I think thats a significant thing." Battle is probable for the game with a neck issue.
Analysis: Battle had his breakout performance in Week 5 and has been one of the most added players in CBSSports.com leagues the last few weeks. With this latest news, it sounds like those who added him will be happy they did. He'll still contend with Thomas Jones, who stands to lose in this deal, and Dexter McCluster, but this will definitely be favorable for Battle. Oakland is allowing an average of 113.2 rushing yards per game this season, and opposing running backs are averaging 22.7 Fantasy points against the Raiders. Consider Battle a No. 2 Fantasy RB for Week 7.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle (neck) is listed as probable for Week 7 at Oakland. Battle left Kansas City's previous game in Week 5 with a neck injury, but is expected to play Sunday. If they need me to get a ton of carries, then Ill take them," Battle said earlier in the week. "If not, then Ill give what I can on special teams. My attitude hasnt changed; whatever they need, Im ready.
Analysis: Battle had his breakout performance in Week 5 and has been one of the most added players in CBSSports.com leagues the last few weeks. We just hope the waiver addition is worth it and the Chiefs keep feeding him the football, but he will still contend with Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster for carries. This could be a favorable matchup for Battle as Oakland is allowing an average of 113.2 rushing yards per game this season, and opposing running backs are averaging 22.7 Fantasy points against the Raiders. Consider Battle a No. 2 Fantasy RB for Week 7.
News: Kansas City RB Jackie Battle (neck) practiced in full Wednesday as the Chiefs prepare for their Week 7 matchup against Oakland. Battle left Kansas City's previous game in Week 5 with a neck injury, but is expected to play in Sunday's game. If they need me to get a ton of carries, then Ill take them," Battle said. "If not, then Ill give what I can on special teams. My attitude hasnt changed; whatever they need, Im ready.
Analysis: Battle was a hot commodity in Fantasy circles after he saw his most action of the season against Indianapolis in Week 5, rushing for 119 yards on 19 carries. You cant say thats the best game youre going to see from me because it was my first time carrying the load, Battle said. I think I have a little more in me. Who knows what Im capable of doing? This could be a favorable matchup for Battle as Oakland is allowing an average of 113.2 rushing yards per game this season, and opposing running backs are averaging 22.7 Fantasy points against the Raiders. Consider Battle a No. 2 Fantasy RB if healthy.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle is expected to be available (head) for his Week 7 matchup against the Raiders. Battle, who sustained a head injury in the team's last game back in Week 5, recorded career highs in carries (19) and yards (119) in the 28-24 win over the Colts. Oakland enters Sunday's ranked 16th in run defense, allowing 113.2 yards per game. The Raiders have surrendered five touchdowns on the ground and are allowing an average of 22.7 Fantasy points to opposing RBs on the season.
Analysis: While the official injury report won't come out until Wednesday, there are multiple reports floating around out there suggesting he will be available to play in the contest. However, he may be limited in practice during the early portion of the week, so continue and monitor his status over the next few days. The 28-year-old turned in a breakout performance in his last contest and could be the spark the Chiefs have been looking for on offense. Now Battle looks to have a favorable matchup against a Raider's defense, which has struggled to defend the run this season. As long as he is healthy enough to play, consider Battle a No. 2 Fantasy RB heading into Week 7.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle (head) and FB LeRon McClain (neck) did not participate in Tuesday's practice. Both left the Indianapolis game with their injuries. Coach Todd Haley remained optimistic after further evaluation of both players on Monday that they should not be out of action for any long period of time.
Analysis: Battle recorded career highs in carries (19) and yards (119) in the Chiefs' 28-24 victory at Indianapolis in Week 5. The 28-year-old had 81 yards on 13 carries in the second half as the Chiefs relied on him, and not starting RB Thomas Jones. Kansas City has been searching for a spark on the ground since RB Jamaal Charles suffered an injury and Battle could be the answer. Consider him a strong addition in deeper Fantasy formats as he'll likely earn more playing time. The injury does not appear to be a major issue at this time. The Chiefs will be on a bye in Week 6 before returning to action at Oakland in Week 7.
News: Kansas City RB Jackie Battle recorded career highs in carries (19) and yards (119) in the Chiefs' 28-24 victory at Indianapolis in Week 5 on Sunday. Battle registered a season-high 6.3 yards per attempt as he easily racked up more rushing yards than the rest of the team combined (75). "He's been through a lot since he's been here," Kansas City coach Todd Haley said. "I've been really impressed with Jackie. He keeps getting better." Battle also hauled in two catches -- matching his total from the previous four games -- for 21 yards.
Analysis: Battle did the majority of his damage in the second half as Kansas City erased a 17-point halftime deficit -- its biggest comeback in franchise history. The 28-year-old had 81 yards on 13 carries as the Chiefs relied on him, and not starting RB Thomas Jones, during their rally. Jones finished with 55 yards on 10 carries. Kansas City has been searching for a spark on the ground since RB Jamaal Charles suffered an injury and Battle could be the answer. Consider him a strong addition in deeper Fantasy formats as he'll likely earn more playing time.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle had not received more than two carries in any game prior to Week 4, but he got more involved in the offense in a 22-17 victory over Minnesota. Battled gained 22 yards on five rushes, and he was also targeted once, though he did not have a reception in the game.
Analysis: Battle may see a few more touches with Jamaal Charles out for the season, but ultimately, he is likely to play a small role in the Chiefs' offense going forward. He can be ignored in virtually all Fantasy leagues.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle got some game action Sunday against Oakland in the season finale in Week 17. Battle had four carries for 5 yards and one catch for 9 yards.
Analysis: Battle is the third-string RB for the Chiefs behind Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. He has minimal Fantasy value and is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues in 2011.
News: Kansas City RB Jackie Battle scored a late touchdown Sunday against Jacksonville. He had three carries for 12 yards and the touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: Battle is the No. 3 RB for the Chiefs behind Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles, and he might even be behind Dexter McCluster in terms of carries. Don't plan on using Battle in the majority of leagues, and he's not worth starting in Week 8 against Buffalo.
News: Chiefs RB Julian Battle had four carries for 9 yards in a Week 3 rout of the 49ers.
Analysis: Battle is the third-string running back in K.C. behind Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles and remains not worth worrying about in Fantasy play heading into the Chiefs' bye week.
News: One player Chiefs coach Todd Haley singled out for his preseason production was RB Jackie Battle, who rushed for a team-high 180 yards in the preseason. He changed the landscape and jumped into the mix at that position," Haley said. "He was a guy who was easy to ignore, but Jackie through consistently getting better every day, hes now in the (offensive) mix."
Analysis: The Chiefs are absolutely loaded at the running back position with Thomas Jones, Jamaal Charles and now Battle. Let's not forget WR Dexter McCluster is also going to get carries. While Battle had a nice preseason and clearly in the mix for some touches, we still feel Charles and Jones will carry the workload in the backfield. Don't take a flier on Battle in Fantasy just yet.
News: The Chiefs placed RB Jackie Battle on IR because of a shoulder injury Wednesday. Coach Todd Haley said Battle will likely need surgery. Battle saw little offensive time, but he was one of the club's best special teams players, credited with six tackles.
Analysis: Battle had minimal Fantasy value when healthy so it's safe to ignore him in all leagues.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle caught a pass for 3 yards vs. the Cowboys in Week 5.
Analysis: Battle barely posts enough stats to warrant Fantasy use. Keep him off of Fantasy rosters. The Chiefs play at the Redskins in Week 6.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle got one carry for yards in Week 4 against the Giants. He has just seven carries for 21 yards this season.
Analysis: Battle remains too far down the team's depth chart to be considered useful in Fantasy. Until that changes, he should remain on the waiver wire in all leagues.
News: The Kansas City Star reports Tuesday that Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, who was inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders, was surprised by the move. He was not injured for the game. "I still don't even know," he said. Charles, who was expected to be the No. 2 RB in Kansas City behind Larry Johnson, was replaced by Dantrell Savage and Jackie Battle. Savage had three carries for 26 yards and six catches for 43 yards against the Raiders, and Battle had five carries for 19 yards and one catch for minus-6 yards.
Analysis: It's unknown what the Chiefs and coach Todd Haley will do with Charles, Battle and Savage going forward, but as long as Johnson is healthy, neither will matter much for standard leagues. Savage could have some value in deep PPR formats, but the safe option is to ignore the backup Kansas City running backs.
News: With Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles a surprise inactive for Week 2 against Oakland, Dantrell Savage and Jackie Battle filled in as the backup RB options behind Larry Johnson. Savage had three carries for 26 yards and six catches for 43 yards, and Battle had five carries for 19 yards and one catch for minus-6 yards.
Analysis: Charles wasn't on the injury report, so we'll find out why he was scratched from the game. Savage and Battle will likely split carries behind Johnson and have minimal Fantasy value heading into Week 3 at Philadelphia. As long as Johnson is healthy ignore Charles, Savage and Battle.
News: In the Chiefs' Week 1 loss at the Ravens, QB Tyler Thigpen (2 rush yards), RB Jackie Battle (minus-1 yard) and WR Bobby Engram (19 receiving yards) were minimal contributors.
Analysis: None of these players are expected to produce enough stats to warrant Fantasy use. Keep them off of rosters for now. The Chiefs play vs. the Raiders in Week 2.
News: The theme for the Kansas City Chiefs in their first year under coach Todd Haley has been competition. Never give up in drills. Always try to be first in conditioning. Every job is open to whoever works the hardest. It's been the perfect atmosphere for running back Jackie Battle. The third-year running back has thrived in Haley's never-let-down approach, giving himself a shot at making the 53-man roster, though he's got little chance of knocking Larry Johnson out of the starter's role. "Jackie has put himself in a position to succeed and I think it has shown here in these first few days," Haley said. "If I had to point to anybody on the team as getting it, he's somebody that I would definitely talk about."
Analysis: An undrafted free agent out of Houston, Battle has bounced around in his three years in the NFL. He started off as a free agent with Dallas in 2007 before being released. He landed on Kansas City's practice squad, was added to the roster in December, rushing 14 times for 47 yards and a touchdown in three games. Battle played one game last season before being released and added to the practice squad. He was called up to the roster again in November, lasted one game before being released, then went back to the practice squad. A week later, he was on the roster again, finishing out the season on special teams. After all those ups and downs, Battle finally feels like this is his chance. Chance or not, he is not likely to see much of the field on regular season Sundays and that limits his Fantasy value to that of pretty much nothing.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle, RB Mike Cox, WR Will Franklin, TE Brad Cottam and QB Quinn Gray all dressed for Kansas City's Week 16 loss to Miami, but failed to record an offensive statistic.
Analysis: None of these guys have any Fantasy value, so continue to ignore them in Week 17 at Cincinnati.
News: The following Chiefs were active and dressed but did not record an offensive statistic in Week 16 vs. the Chargers: backup QB Quinn Gray, WR Kevin Robinson, FB Mike Cox, RB Jackie Battle, TE Brad Cottam, WR Jeff Webb and WR Mark BradleyAnalysis: Aside from Bradley, none of the players on this list should be considered viable Fantasy options. They are not in a position to contribute regular stats as they aren't in line for regular playing time. They've got some depth chart climbing to do and should be left on the waiver wire. The Chiefs play vs. the Dolphins in Week 16.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle caught one pass for a loss of two yards in Week 14 at Denver. It was his only touch of the game.
Analysis: Battle is a backup running back for the Chiefs and has minimal Fantasy value. Don't plan on using him in any Fantasy leagues.
News: Chiefs QB Quinn Gray, WR Kevin Robinson and RB Jackie Battle all dressed, but failed to record an offensive stat Week 13 at Oakland.
Analysis: Most of these players are reserves for the Chiefs and aren't an integral part of the offense. They have little to no Fantasy value and likely can be ignored in most Fantasy formats heading into Week 14 against the Broncos.
News: Kansas City added three more players to stabilize a hobbled roster, signing linebacker Curtis Gatewood and defensive end Andy Studebaker to two-year contracts, and promoting running back Jackie Battle from the practice squad. Defensive tackle Antwon Burton also was added to the practice squad.
Analysis: Gatewood signed this year with Washington as a rookie free agent out of Vanderbilt and appeared in three preseason games before being released. He spent nine weeks on Washington's practice squad. Studebaker was the third of Philadelphia's three sixth-round draft choices and spent the last 11 weeks on Philadelphia's practice squad. Battle has appeared in six NFL games, getting 47 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. The former University of Houston player started his career with Dallas after signing as a rookie free agent in 2007. None of these players are expected to be productive enough to warrant Fantasy use.
News: The following Chiefs players did not record an offensive stat in Week 11 against New Orleans: QB Quinn Gray, WR Jeff Webb, WR Kevin Robinson and RB Jackie Battle.
Analysis: None of the players on this list should be considered viable Fantasy option. They are not in a position to contribute regular stats as they aren't in line for regular playing time.
News: The following Chiefs players did not record an offensive stat in Week 10 at San Diego: QB Quinn Gray, WR Jeff Webb, TE Brad Cottam, WR Kevin Robinson, RB Jackie Battle, WR Devard Darling and WR Will Franklin.
Analysis: None of the players on this list should be considered viable Fantasy option. They are not in a position to contribute regular stats as they aren't in line for regular playing time. They've got some depth chart climbing to do and should be left on the waiver wire.
News: The Kansas City Star reports that Chiefs running back Kolby Smith will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, according to head coach Herman Edwards. Smith was carted off the field with a sprained knee in the second quarter Week 9 against the Buccaneers. He started in place of Larry Johnson, benched for disciplinary problems, which will extend into Week 10. Look for the Chiefs to lean on rookie Jamaal Charles, Dantrell Savage and Jackie Battle to team up and give Kansas City a semblance of a running game at San Diego next week.
Analysis: Charles had 106 rush yards on 18 carries in Week 9 and appears to be the primary back for the Chiefs to lean on. He's got great speed and nice hands. Savage and Battle will only serve a complementary role. Expect Charles to be snapped off the waiver wire in just about every league as a one-week replacement for Fantasy owners in Week 10. His matchup at the Chargers doesn't hurt things, either.
News: The Chiefs promoted RB Jackie Battle to their active roster before Week 9's game vs. Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Battle won't post enough stats to warrant Fantasy use. Keep him off rosters until further notice.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle, RB Dantrell Savage, TE John Paul Foschi and TE Brad Cottam were active and dressed but did not record a stat at New England in Week 1.
Analysis: None of these players are expected to produce significant stats on a regular basis to begin with. Keep these players off of Fantasy rosters until further notice.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle played sparingly as a rookie in 2007. He had 47 yards rushing for one touchdown and caught one pass for 4 yards.
Analysis: Battle is a backup running back for the Chiefs and has minimal Fantasy value. Don't plan on drafting him in any leagues heading into 2008.
News: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle rushed just one in Week 16 at Detroit for a 3-yard touchdown.
Analysis: Battle will find it hard to repeat even that small feat in Week 17 at the Jets. He is not a player that should be considered for Fantasy use.
News: The following Chiefs did not record an offensive statistic in Week 15 vs. Kansas City: QB Damon Huard, TE Jason Dunn, RB Jackie Battle, RB Boomer Grigsby, WR Eddie Drummond.
Analysis: None of the players on this list are in a position to help your Fantasy team. Leave them on the waiver wire until further notice.
News: On Monday, the Cowboys let go of: RB Jackie Battle, DT Ola Dagunduro, LB Dedrick Harrington, LB Alex Obomese, WR Jerard Rabb, WR Jamaica Rector, WR Jamel Richardson and DT Montavious Stanley.
Analysis: Rector was once a longshot to be of use to Fantasy owners in the deepest of leagues, but now that he's cut he can be forgotten about, as can everyone else listed above.