by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (10/1/14) Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was limited in practice Wednesday.
Charles is dealing with an ankle injury, but was able to play Week 4. As long as he continues practicing he should be good to go Week 5. Charles scored three touchdowns Week 4 despite the injury.
Jamaal Charles faces tough matchup in encore
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (10/1/14) Coming off his best performance of the season, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles faces a much tougher matchup in Week 5, with the 49ers on the way.
Charles finally looked like the player we expected last week, though he did it against a Patriots defense that had allowed 53 Fantasy points over their first three games to opposing running backs. This Sunday, however, he runs into a 49ers defense that has surrendered just 31 Fantasy points per game in four games, including just 12 over the last three games.
In matchups against elite running backs Matt Forte and LeSean McCoy, the 49ers allowed those two to score just 3 and 1 Fantasy points, respectively. Though we certainly expect better from Charles Sunday, his production might end up being a bit of a letdown after Monday's breakout. Charles should be active in all leagues, but don't expect him to run all over this defense.
Jamaal Charles' ankle 'doing OK'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/30/14) Chiefs coach Andy Reid said running back Jamaal Charles' ankle was sore following Monday's win over the Patriots, but "he's doing OK," reports the Kansas City Star. Charles ran 18 times for 92 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 16 yards and a pair of scores after missing Week 3 with the injury.
Charles is fully expected to start Sunday at San Francisco.
Jamaal Charles' return a last hurrah for Knile Davis?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/30/14) The good news is Knile Davis delivered his second straight 100-yard game even with star running back Jamaal Charles back on the field Week 4 against New England. The bad news is Charles looked so good himself that Davis may not have a shot at another.
Only two weeks removed from a high ankle sprain that seemed certain to sideline him for weeks to come, Charles scored three touchdowns -- one on the ground and two through the air -- and was consistent with his 18 carries, the longest going for 17 yards. He acknowledged some soreness afterward but gave no reason to believe he won't be back out there Week 5 at San Francisco.
In fact, if not for a big lead in the second half, he might have been out there longer in Week 4. Of Davis' 16 carries, 11 came in the second half. He played 43 percent of the Chiefs' snaps to Charles' 54 percent.
If Week 5 ends up being a closer game -- and it most likely will be -- the Chiefs may not ask Davis to spell Charles as much. While you're no doubt pleased with your decision to stick with the backup despite Charles' return, you may have simply lucked out. Davis remains as good as a of a handcuff option as you'll find in Fantasy, but you should plan to bench him for the foreseeable future.
Andy Reid wants to keep Knile Davis involved
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/30/14) Despite Jamaal Charles' return from an ankle injury, Chiefs coach Andy Reid indicated running back Knile Davis will continue to get substantial work. Davis has run for 239 yards the past two weeks.
"They're both explosive players," Reid told ESPN.com. "They're completely different players, but they're both explosive players. That makes my job easy. Just give them the ball."
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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.