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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    TEN @ KC

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    KC @ DEN

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    KC @ MIA

  • Week 4 - Sep 29

    NE @ KC

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    KC @ SF

  • Week 6 - Oct 12


  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    KC @ LAC

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    LAR @ KC

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    NYJ @ KC

  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    KC @ BUF

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    SEA @ KC

  • Week 12 - Nov 20

    KC @ OAK

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    DEN @ KC

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    KC @ ARI

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    OAK @ KC

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    KC @ PIT

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    LAC @ KC

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    ATL 40 @ KC 24

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    KC 17 @ BUF 35

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    KC 27 @ NO 24

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    LAC 37 @ KC 20

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    BAL 9 @ KC 6

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    KC @ TB

  • Week 7 - Oct 21


  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    OAK @ KC

  • Week 9 - Nov 01

    KC @ LAC

  • Week 11 - Nov 12

    KC @ PIT

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    DEN @ KC

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    CAR @ KC

    259 rushes

    1,287 rush yards

    12 TDs

    70 receptions

    693 rec yards

    7 TDs

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    BUF 41 @ KC 7

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    KC 3 @ DET 48

    Jamaal rushes

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    0 TDs

    0 receptions

    0 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    KC 17 @ LAC 20

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    MIN 17 @ KC 22

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    KC 28 @ IND 24

  • Week 6 - Oct 16


  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    KC 28 @ OAK 0

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    LAC 20 @ KC 23

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    MIA 31 @ KC 3

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    DEN 17 @ KC 10

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    KC 3 @ NE 34

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    PIT 13 @ KC 9

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    KC 10 @ CHI 3

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    KC 10 @ NYJ 37

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    GB 14 @ KC 19

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    OAK 16 @ KC 13

  • Week 1 - Sep 13

    LAC 14 @ KC 21

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    KC 16 @ CLE 14

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    SF 10 @ KC 31

  • Week 4 - Oct 03


  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    KC 9 @ IND 19

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    KC 31 @ HOU 35

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    JAC 20 @ KC 42

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    BUF 10 @ KC 13

    22 rushes

    177 rush yards

    0 TDs

    4 receptions

    61 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    KC 20 @ OAK 23

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    KC 29 @ DEN 49

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    ARI 13 @ KC 31

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    KC 42 @ SEA 24

    22 rushes

    173 rush yards

    1 TDs

    2 receptions

    3 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    DEN 6 @ KC 10

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    KC 0 @ LAC 31

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    KC 27 @ LAR 13

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    TEN 14 @ KC 34

    13 rushes

    77 rush yards

    0 TDs

    4 receptions

    40 rec yards

    2 TDs

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    OAK 31 @ KC 10

    230 rushes

    1,467 rush yards

    5 TDs

    45 receptions

    468 rec yards

    3 TDs


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Jamaal Charles

Kansas City Chiefs

2008 - 2011 Statistics

                          RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY

                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats           12        83      0         5          6          9      1          15.2       7.6

2010 Stats         230     1467      5        45        64       468      3         241.5     15.1

2009 Stats         190     1120      7        40        56       297      1         189.7     12.6

2008 Stats           67      357       0       27         40       272      1          68.9      4.3

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) His enormous talent outweighs the risk his ACL injury presents

(+) Charles is possibly the most explosive player in the league averaging 5.9 and 6.4 yards per carry his last two full seasons

(+) Good receiver out of the backfield who can break a screen pass for a touchdown in a heart beat

(+) Was poised to be one of the top backs in the league last season before tearing his ACL

(+) Might be the fastest back in the league aside from CJ2K

(+) Jamaal is the prototypical RB for the way the running game has developed in the NFL today

(+) The Chiefs are a much-improved team with an offensive-minded head coach and an offense loaded with high-scoring capabilities

(+) Charles is FAR better in the Red Zone than his size would normally dictate

(+) Peyton Hillis being used as the inside runner—like Thomas Jones was for him in 2010—could lead to Charles putting up similar numbers to his 2010 season

(–) Hillis, however, will likely be leaned on early, thus limiting Charles’ first-half potential

(–) Has yet to score double-digit touchdowns in his career

(–) Peyton Hillis was signed as an insurance policy and will take some carries away from Charles especially on the goal-line in order to preserve Jamaal’s health

(–) It usually takes one full season of recovery to completely return to form after a torn ACL

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2009 Review

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Okay, where in the world did this galloping ostrich come from?!?!  It would be nice to say we predicted Jamaal becoming one of the top 12 fantasy RBs in the game, but we didn’t.  We did, however, make sure people understood that he was one of the top handcuffs in fantasy and that he would return good value if linked to Larry Johnson in your draft.  To that end, Charles did not disappoint in the slightest.  His slow first half was due to KC’s bizarre committal to the cancer that is LJ, but once Charles was finally given the chance to shine, he took off running and never looked back.  His welcome to the world of fantasy culminated in the final game of the season when he put up a two-touchdown, 259-yard effort against a Denver team fighting for a playoff spot in Denver.  So let us be the first to say, “Welcome aboard Jamaal, your place as a starting fantasy RB is waiting for you.”

jamaal charles 2009 stats

~ Set career bests in yards (1,120), attempts (190), rushing touchdowns (7, 9 total), yards/attempt (5.9), yards/game (74.7), receptions (40), receiving yards (297), and total yards from scrimmage (1,417)

~ Rushed for the eighth most yards ever in a single game (259 yards, 1/3/2010 @ Denver)

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

“The Ostrich” was finally given the chance to show what he’s made of in 2009, and now in 2010, he’ll be implanted as the Chiefs lead-dog for his efforts.  However, in order to keep the smallish (5’11”, 199 lbs) Charles fresh throughout the season, Kansas City decided to reel in another starter-quality RB to take on part of the load; Thomas Jones.  How much will this affect the production of Jamaal Charles in 2010?  Probably enough to say that he’s not quite worth the risk as a low-end RB1 on your team, but he’ll still be a solid fantasy RB2.  Jones will end up vulturing a bunch of the goal-line carries, which definitely knocks The Ostrich down from being a possible #1 fantasy back, but the electricity he possesses in his feet give him an upside that not a lot of RB2s have.

~ What affect will the signing of Thomas Jones have on Charles?

~ Can he withstand the rigors of being the #1 guy throughout an entire season?

~ If the Chiefs are as terrible as they were last year, they’ll be forced to pass more than run yet again

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Charles does not have a Twitter account.  The official Team Twitter account comes through here:  Chiefs Player Tweets


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Jamaal signed a three-year, $1.76 million contract in July of 2008 that included a $610,000 signing bonus.  Here's the final year of that contract:

2010 - $470,000

2011 – Restricted Free Agent

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Thomas Jones is easily one of the best handcuffs in the league, so don’t hesitate to grab him in your draft.  In fact, we believe he'll be the starter at some point during the season, if not the whole way through it

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Strength of Schedule

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Injury Report


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Charles Looking Good

Pyro's take: “So far so good on Jamaal Charles. “Every time I see him,” said offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, “he says, ‘I feel great.’” Charles has missed 24 of 32 games over the past two regular seasons, and he told me—at least as of now—he has zero knee pain. Denver’s looking to get him eight or 10 touches a game if he can survive.

Fantasy Goo: If Jamaal Charles gets 8-10 touches per game it projects out to 128 rushes for 700 yards, for 0.5TD, and 32 receptions for 275 yards and 1 TD based on career averages. Solid numbers, but not exactly jaw dropping, and at his current 9th round ADP I think we can find safer value elsewhere.

08/02/17, 09:27 AM CDT by Wheeler
Source: twitter.com

Buyer Beware: Broncos

Pyro's take: Vance Joseph plans on using his backs as an RBBC.

Fantasy Goo: Expect Anderson to retain the feature back role, but unlike his fast start last season, expect the Broncos to begin giving Anderson, Charles and Booker similar numbers of touches until one separates themselves from the group.

06/05/17, 10:51 AM CDT by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Charles Finds Inspiration in Dave Chappelle

Pyro's take: Dave Chapelle made a recent comeback to comedy after taking a number of years off to smoke weed in Africa. This inspired Charles to comeback to football to a place where he can get weed legally. Don't worry the weed part is a joke, Jamaal has never been suspended for anything in his career.

Fantasy Goo: Charles joins C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker behind an OL that severely needs an upgrade after being PFF's 24th rated line. Jamaal should be their 3rd down and change of pace back. Devontae is the clear loser in this situation.

05/02/17, 04:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Jamacha Released by Chiefs

Pyro's take: What a day, two franchise record holding RB's hit the free agent market.

Fantasy Goo: Few people doubt Jamaal Charles abilities to help a new franchise produce. At age 30 everyone just worries that Charles has run out of gas. Spencer Ware is the distinctive winner from this move as he takes the work-horse share of snaps for the Chiefs in Charles' absence.

02/28/17, 05:43 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

JC on IR

Pyro's take: The Chiefs moved Jamaal to IR. Plus, Ware is going through concussion protocol.

Fantasy Goo: C West is a strong pickup off waivers. Even if Ware recovers for Week 9, without Charles in their future plans, West will have an increased role. This is power running game. In week 9, the have a powerfully positive game-script as they are home to the Jags and are 9 point favorites.

11/01/16, 08:52 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: twitter.com

Both KC Backs Suite Up Today - Spencer is Still My Man

Pyro's take: Both guys are playing. KC will look to run the ball and play D as they did last week.

Fantasy Goo: Coach Reid came out and said Jamaal was not ready for a larger load last week. Since then, he experienced swelling in the knee. Ware is just too good, and this team will want to rest Jamaal so they can have him in December. I have the utmost confidence in Ware today in a great RB matchup.

10/23/16, 11:54 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.nfl.com

Charles Getting Closer


Pyro's take: Coach Andy Reid had this to say regarding the possibility of Jamaal Charles returning to action for the week 4 game versus the Steelers: “We’ll see — he’s getting closer here,” Reid said. “We’ve probably been overly cautious, but there’s a chance he’s out there this week. We’ll see how it goes.”.

Fantasy goo: While this isn't exactly overly optimistic, owners have to be salivating at the thought of Charles returning (even in limited action) versus the Steelers. Pittsburgh has been atrocious against pass catching running backs this season, having allowed Giovani Bernard and Darren Sproles both monster receiving games out of the backfield. Charles has never been workload dependent so if he's active he should be started in the opinion of this writer.

09/27/16, 01:04 PM CDT by Itchy
Source: www.kansascity.com

Jamall Out Again for Week 2


Pyro's take: Jamaal is out again in Week #2

Fantasy Goo: Even though Ware and West had a divided work load in week #1, Ware was the man. In the end, he was the 2nd highest scoring PPR back last week. His play should garner him more touches this week. The bottom line is the man is damn good.

09/18/16, 11:08 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.cbssports.com

Ware expected to Start Week 2

@Edwerderespn #Chiefs could give Jamaal Charles, recovering from ACL surgery, another week, per source.

Pyro's take: @Edwerderespn #Chiefs could give Jamaal Charles, recovering from ACL surgery, another week, per source. He's least healthy of 4 RB, esp Spencer Ware.

Fantasy Goo: Spencer Ware was a magnificent contributor for week 1. Charcandrick West had as many plays on the field but, Ware was the dominator. Jamaal Charles will probably sit week 2 so the team can see what Ware and West can do without Charles in there and so Charles can further heal. Once Charles does come back the distribution of carries will be tough to call. Charles will have to be himself again to fend off Spencer Ware who is hungry.

09/13/16, 12:34 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Is there more to read into for Charles not ready to be in charge?

BJ KisselVerified account ‏@ChiefsReporter "I think it's a stretch for him to play on Sunday." ~ Andy Reid on RB Jamaal Charles.

Pyro's take: BJ KisselVerified account ‏@ChiefsReporter "I think it's a stretch for him to play on Sunday." ~ Andy Reid on RB Jamaal Charles.

Fantasy Goo: On December 11th of last year Jamaal Charles tore the ACL in his right knee during a Week 5 loss to Chicago which was the second season-ending knee injury of his eight-year NFL career. Personally, I believe that if Charles is not ready for week 1 that there may be little chance he is ready for week 2. He had all off season to be ready for week 1 and failed to be ready to roll. When Andy Reid is ready to put Charles in I would guess it would be slowly and a part of a stinky RBBC. If Spencer Ware comes out guns a blazing then Jamaal will have to produce ASAP. There may be a good bet to be made for Spencer Ware being the guy for 3 or 4 weeks. You must pick Spencer Ware off your waiver wire if you need any help at RB. Charcandrick West would need Spencer Ware to miss time to have value any time soon.

09/05/16, 06:08 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Jamaal Charles Could Miss Season Opener

Kansas City Chiefs

Pyro's take: Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told the media that RB Jamaal Charles (knee) "could sit out Week 1, but did not rule him out" of the season opener. "I think Jamaal is going to need a little time to keep working to get himself back," Reid said via ESPN. "We'll see how he does after a couple of days off." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Chiefs were "planning" to employ a "by committee approach in case" Charles misses the contest.

Fantasy Goo: It appears that the Chiefs will wait to make a decision on Charles' status for Week 1. Reid did not rule the former Pro Bowl rusher out of the contest, but it does not look promising for him to play in the opener. In case Charles does, in fact, sit out, Spencer Ware will start in his place, but Charcandrick West could be featured in a pass-catching role out of the backfield.

09/03/16, 04:38 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nfl.com

It's Spencer Ware Who Seems To Be The Primary Backup RB In Kansas City

ESPN's Mike Clay

Pyro's take: ESPN's Mike Clay is suggesting that Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware should be considered the primary backup to Jamaal Charles in 2016. The insider later added that if Charles was to be sidelined to injury as he was in 2015, that both Ware and Charcandrick West would both see an increase in playing time.

Fantasy Goo: In what is considered as a surprise to most, Spencer Ware is rumored to be the primary backup to Jamaal Charles rather than the assumed Charcandrick West. Ware had a stellar campaign in 2015 while sharing time with West. He rushed for 403 yards and six touchdowns. If these reports hold true and Ware is, in fact, the No. 2 running back in Kansas City, he should be selected in the upcoming fantasy drafts ahead of West as Charles' handcuff.
But as always keep your eye on this scenario throughout camp and preseason.

07/20/16, 01:43 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Jamaal Charles will go through individual drills

RB Jamaal Charles will go through individual drills at practice today for the @Chiefs.

Pyro's take: RB Jamaal Charles will go through individual drills at practice today for the @Chiefs. - BJ Kissel@ChiefsReporter

Fantasy Goo: Jamaal Charles was personal breakout candidate for me when he came out of Texas. There are very few runners in the NFL today that can run with the wind like Jamaal. The worry is that he might lose some of his jaw dropping speed after having his second knee injury which both ended seasons. Charles is a very thin in stature running back that likes to jook defenders however; his loosey-goosey style may be at fault for his risk for injury. His first knee injury was a fluke as he stepped on the rubber first down marker along the sideline. If fully healthy come draft time Charles can be a player to build from. At this time Jamaal might not be ready for Training Camp.

06/18/16, 02:52 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Jamaal Charles to be limited in OTAs

Jamaal Charles will be limited

Pyro's take: Jamaal Charles will be limited during the Chiefs' OTAs, according to head coach Andy Reid. Charles is returning from a season-ending ACL injury suffered Week 5 of the 2015 campaign. (Chiefs.com)

Charles will get all the time he needs this offseason as the Chiefs won't rush him. Considering his veteran status (he just turned 30), he would likely already be limited in a normal preseason, even without recovering from the serious injury. Considering his age and the injury, there are concerns about how he'll perform this season.

05/20/16, 09:19 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.chiefs.com

Chiefs placed RB Jamaal Charles on injured reserve with a torn right ACL


Pyro's take: He should be back before the start of the season, but with his advancing age and his second torn ACL it might be a little more difficult for him to get back out there. He is still a number one running back as his career 5.5 yards per carry is fourth all time. He's never posted a YPC below 5.0.

10/14/15, 02:42 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Charles Looks to Have Torn his ACL

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Pyro's take: Jamaal is feared to have torn his ACL. This is in his right knee, whihc is not the one he tore several years ago. Still, it means the end of the year for the KC back. Owners should know that Charcandrick West looks to be the handcuff not Knile Davis. West is your waiver wire man in KC.

10/11/15, 05:15 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Jamaal Charles exited Week 5 against the Bears with a right knee injury.


Pyro's take: Charles received a carry on 1st-and-goal from the nine-yard line. He tried to cut it back to the left, but his right knee buckled on the play.

It was a non-contact injury and Charles laid on the field in obvious pain grabbing his knee. He then limped off the field getting help being carried off by teammates.

Charcandrick West is now in the game, and should be an instant add in all leagues.

10/11/15, 01:59 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Feeling Beat-Up

According to BJ Kissel via twitter, "RB Jamaal Charles has a swollen knee, dealing w/ ankle issue as well, per coach Reid. "He's a bit tender today."

Pyro's take: Charles most likely will be limited in practice all week, but should be ready for the Raiders come Sunday, and will need to be started regardless of league.

12/08/14, 12:51 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Concussion Symptoms

Jamaal Charles has suffered concussion-like symptoms. Most likely occuring when he went helmet to helmet with Eric Flowers in Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder commented on Charles possible concussion ""We're not classifying him as having a concussion. But as with all of our players, I'll monitor him as he goes and he'll go through practice today."

"When he got the hit, I obviously checked with him. He was fine," Burkholder said. "I know coach [Andy Reid] talked to him a good bit there. I came back and checked with him, consulted with our team physician. He was absolutely asymptomatic, wasn't complaining about anything."

"It definitely hurt," Charles said. "A couple plays later, I just [saw] this light buzz around my eyes and I was trying to catch 'em. But I was like, 'Let's get the ball and run again.'"

Charles ran through a battery of tests:Charles was tested Tuesday night and passed three separate tests: the SCAT3 (sports concussion assessment tool), which he as a baseline on, an impact test and an ICE exam (the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's initial concussion evaluation test), which he also has a baseline on.

"We also consulted with our independent neuro consult from the National Football League, and everybody, all the experts involved and our medical team, feel like he didn't have a concussion," Burkholder said.

Charles response on the concussion: "I could definitely play through stuff like that. It wasn't a concussion. If it was a concussion, I wouldn't remember the plays or remember none of my teammates' names or remember what sideline to go to. I definitely remember everything. It was just a huge hit."

Pyro's take: These type of situations are not supposed to occur. Whether he had a concussion or not, there is something amiss for a player to have much debate over it. Jamaal Charles looks good to go for Sunday.

10/23/14, 11:55 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Charles in charge

The first four weeks for Charles has shown to be a roller coaster ride. In week one loss to the Titans, Charles only had seven carries for 19 yards, and four receptions for 15 yards, he left week two early due to high ankle sprain, missed all of week three, and then exploded for his typical self in week four against the Patriots on Monday Night Football.

Charles finished the night dismantling New England with 92 rushing yards and one touchdown, and added three receptions for 16 yards and two touchdowns.

Pyro's take: Jamaal Charles should remain a starter in your line-up, but will have a true test against the San Francisco 49ers and their defense.

09/30/14, 05:52 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.kansascity.com