Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week 1 Was A Fluke For Charles, Not The Norm

Plenty of fantasy football players were freaking out in week one of the regular season after Jamaal Charles had a terrible game by his standards. Last year’s fantasy football running back MVP was only able to have a total of 34 yards on the ground and in the year. Kansas City might not be looking like the same team that made the playoffs a year ago, but Charles individually should be fine going forward.

Charles was a top 3 pick in virtually every single fantasy football league at the beginning of the year. Not only is he known for picking up a lot of yards on the ground, but he is a very capable receiver in the system for Andy Reid. Charles struggled a bit in the opener individually, but a lot of his trouble was due to poor play from the line. If the line is unable to give him space to work with, it is going to be a long year in general. They should get better and better as the season goes along, but they needed to iron out some of the kinks at the beginning of the year.

At 1st, some people would be hesitant to say that Charles will bounce back in a big way against the Denver Broncos. However, Denver did give up 101 yard receiving to the running back they faced last week. Charles might not have a dominant performance on the ground against a good run defense, but he should be a pretty nice target for Alex Smith to throw the ball to.

Denver is expected to win the game, and that would put Kansas City in a 0-2 hole. Obviously, fans of the franchise would be more than a little bit frustrated if that plays out. However, the good news for fantasy football owners is that Smith will be forced to throw the ball quite a bit in the 2nd half if they are behind. That means a few extra targets for Charles to work with.

Guest post by: James Dillon