Charles was listed with both an ankle and knee injury. He's missed one game this season, but has been able to play through bumps and bruises for the most part. Charles' status will likely be determined based on how much work he can put in on Thursday and Friday.
Knile Davis benefits from Jamaal Charles' timing
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/14/14) Rest assured, Jamaal Charles owners, there's no running back controversy in Kansas City.
The box score for Week 15 against Oakland may suggest otherwise. Charles led the Chiefs with 12 carries for 52 yards, sure, but backup Knile Davis scored both the touchdowns out of the backfield, plunging in from 3 yards out midway through the third quarter and then scoring on a 70-yard catch-and-run a couple drives later.
But it was all a matter of timing. Davis' touchdown run came after Charles took a hard hit the play before and had to be tested for a concussion. Charles returned for the team's next drive, but the Chiefs went up three scores then, putting the game out of reach. It only made sense to bring in the backup running back, who then broke a long one when a defender stumbled.
Davis wasn't even effective with his nine carries, five of which came in the fourth quarter. He gained a total of 11 yards. His value to Fantasy owners remains as a handcuff to Charles. You wouldn't want to start him on his own merits Week 16 at Pittsburgh.
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles gains 53 yards on 13 touches Week 15
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/14/14) Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles racked up a team-high 52 rushing yards on 12 carries and added a one-yard reception in his team's 31-13 win over the Raiders in Week 15.
Charles took a big hit on a goal-to-go carry in the third quarter and was replaced by Knile Davis, who scored on the next play to convert on the team's only trip inside 10 yards of the goal line during the game. Charles ended up being fine, coming right back in to take the ball on the team's next offensive play.
Charles is up to 950 rushing yards on 184 carries with nine touchdowns. If he can manage 50 rushing yards in Week 16 against the Steelers, he'll lock up his third straight season with at least 1,000 rushing yards.
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Jamaal Charles will try to repeat as the No. 1 Fantasy running back this season after he was a beast in 2013. Charles had 259 carries for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns and 70 catches for 693 yards and seven touchdowns. The rushing touchdowns, catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns were all career highs, and he excelled in his first year playing for coach Andy Reid. Charles will take a hit this season with Knile Davis expected to get more work, and Kansas City's offensive line will look different in 2014. But Charles is too good with too much potential to pass up as the No. 1 overall pick in all leagues. The last three times Charles played a full season, which was 2010, 2012 and 2013 (he suffered a torn ACL in 2011), he had at least 1,700 total yards and six total touchdowns. We're expecting Charles to have another big year, and make sure when you draft him No. 1 overall you handcuff him with Davis with a late-round pick.