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Posted: 3/16/2017 5:25pm ET
Huddle Up: The Seahawks just signed Eddie Lacy, and considering they also have Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise on the roster, there just doesn't seem to be a fit here now. Charles was one of the league's top running backs when healthy, but over the past two seasons, he's managed to suit up in only eight games combined. His next destination will determine how much fantasy value he has entering his age-30 season.
Posted: 3/13/2017 2:37pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles is what many would consider washed up at this point in his career. His extensive injury history has caught up to him as he has only played in eight games over the last two seasons. Even if he signed with the Seahawks, he would be splitting snaps with Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise. At 30 years old, Charles is too big of a risk to be drafted as more than an RB4.
Posted: 3/12/2017 4:12pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles has not received a lot of interest this offseason, but the Seahawks have been checking in on several running backs. He probably would not be the starting running back if he joined Seattle but probably should have a solid role. Charles could be a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in fantasy leagues depending in his role.
Posted: 3/9/2017 5:27am ET
Huddle Up: Charles has missed a large part of the last two years, and there are questions what is left in the tank now that he's north of 30. It's worth noting that he has only played 16 games three times in nine seasons, and he's probably an RB3 at this point.
Posted: 3/5/2017 10:03am ET
Huddle Up: Charles is available to sign immediately after the Kansas City Chiefs cut him last week, but he may be waiting a while before finding his new employer. The 30-year-old makes sense as a short-term answer for the Philadelphia Eagles, but he will have to prove his knees are healthy first. While Charles could conceivably start in Philly, his days as a regular fantasy starter are almost certainly over.
Posted: 3/1/2017 6:19pm ET
Huddle Up: Assuming Charles is cleared medically in the near future, this marriage makes a ton of sense because of Philadelphia's need for a lead runner, Charles' familiarity with Peterson and the fact he should come fairly cheap (given his recent injury history), which is a necessity for the cap-strapped Eagles. Charles is going to be hard to trust in fantasy as anything more than a risky flex regardless of where he winds up, but he could salvage some value if he can stay healthy in Philly.
Posted: 2/28/2017 6:03pm ET
Huddle Up: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported earlier in the day Charles is 'healthy', but it appears the 30-year-old's may need a bit more time to fully recover from the knee injuries that have ruined the better part of his last two seasons. He should find a new job quickly once he is medically cleared, but his days as a trusted feature back are probably over.
Posted: 2/28/2017 12:13pm ET
Huddle Up: The Chiefs could afford to make this move considering Charles' age, injury history and the players behind him. Spencer Ware will be the main man in the Chiefs' backfield going forward, with Charcandrick West playing a complementary role. Ware proved himself worthy of starting status last year in Charles' absence and should be drafted as a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2.
Posted: 2/28/2017 11:16am ET
Huddle Up: The move will clear $6.2 million in salary cap space and makes it much more palatable for the Chiefs to fit Eric Berry's new large contract onto the team payroll. Charles is one of the top running backs of his generation, but he has only 83 carries since the end of the 2014 season. His 2016 season was a complete wash as he battled injuries to both knees. The 30-year-old should find a job on the open market, but he'll probably be paid like a backup and his days as a fantasy superstar are likely over.
Posted: 2/25/2017 11:42am ET
Huddle Up: Charles is expected to be available in free agency and may not be able to find a starting job because of his recent injury history. He would be part of a committee if he signed with the Eagles but likely would have a solid role in the offense. He will be a risky option for owners but could be a No. 3 fantasy running back depending on his role.
Posted: 2/12/2017 2:55pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles has dealt with knee injuries over the last two seasons and likely will be a free agent this offseason. Charles may not be able to handle a full workload anymore but could have a solid role for a team. Charles can be a No. 3 running back for fantasy owners depending on his team.
Posted: 2/9/2017 10:57am ET
Huddle Up: Charles has been limited to eight games over the last two seasons and is still dealing with a knee injury. It is not known if Charles will remain with the Chiefs since they have Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West on the roster. Owners in fantasy leagues should monitor his situation because his fantasy value will depend on his role with a team.
Posted: 1/22/2017 9:42am ET
Huddle Up: Charles was limited to 40 yards on 12 carries during the season and has dealt with injuries in the past, so he could hit the free-agent market this offseason. It is not known if Charles will be a starting running back in 2017 but he should have a solid role for a team. Charles probably can be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy running back depending on his role.
Posted: 1/10/2017 10:40am ET
Huddle Up: Charles has played in only eight games over the last seasons and finished with 40 yards on 12 carries in 2016, so the Chiefs may be inclined to part ways with the 30-year-old this offseason. On the other hand, Spencer Ware's second-half fade may convince the team to bring him back. Assuming he returns to Kansas City, Charles figures to be a high-risk, high-reward mid-round pick in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Posted: 12/22/2016 7:53am ET
Huddle Up: Charles turns 30 next week, and he has had two season plagued by knee injuries. His draft stock will take a severe hit next season, and it may be a question mark if he returns to the Chiefs. Charles will probably fall into the RB3 range in drafts unless he lands on a team where he's the clear-cut back.
Posted: 12/8/2016 1:14pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles won't be fantasy relevant for the remainder of the regular season, but those who participate in fantasy games for the playoffs should pay attention to Charles' progress. Spencer Ware has filled in splendidly and both would likely be startable depending on the matchup.
Posted: 11/17/2016 1:51pm ET
Huddle Up: This won't have much of an impact on Spencer Ware's fantasy value. Ware remains a weekly RB1 as long as he is healthy. That's including this week against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that allowed 100 rushing yards per game and nine total touchdowns in nine games to running backs.
Posted: 11/17/2016 10:14am ET
Huddle Up: There was hope that Charles would be able to return for the postseason, but this surgery probably will end his season. Owners should consider Charles a No. 2 running back in drafts next season.
Posted: 11/6/2016 7:29am ET
Huddle Up: Charles will need several weeks to recover from surgery to trim the meniscus in his right knee but his possible return will come too late to help most fantasy owners. Charcandrick West will serve as Kansas City's starting running back for Week 9's game against the Jaguars, although Spencer Ware should reassume the starting role once he fully recovers from a concussion.
Posted: 11/3/2016 5:22am ET
Huddle Up: That seems pretty unlikely, but if you have the roster space, he could be a nice boost for the playoff run. Spencer Ware (concussion) hasn't cleared the concussion protocol, and Charcandrick West looks like a solid RB2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Posted: 11/2/2016 6:34am ET
Huddle Up: Charles is on IR, and his fantasy season is essentially over. Spencer Ware (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol, and Charcandrick West is as talented of a third running back as you'll find. He'll be a solid RB2 or flex option against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Posted: 11/1/2016 2:56pm ET
Huddle Up: Unfortunately, this will basically end his season, as Charles just was never able to get over the torn ACL injury he sustained a year ago. A second surgery could also put his NFL future in jeopardy, which would be a real shame. Spencer Ware will remain the starter moving forward, though he's coming off a concussion in Week 8. Charcandrick West is the only tailback behind Ware and should be scooped up off every waiver wire, if possible.
Posted: 10/28/2016 4:16pm ET
Huddle Up: Spencer Ware will continue to receive most of the carries during the game with Charcandrick West also receiving some playing time. Ware should be a starting running back in all fantasy leagues, while West could have some value as a flex option in some leagues.
Posted: 10/28/2016 1:11pm ET
Huddle Up: So it appears Charles or the coaching staff pushed a bit too hard last week. As aggravating as it might be, owners need to remain patient, because the reality of the situation is if the Chiefs didn't think he was going to be of use and play a critical role down the stretch, they would have already placed him on IR. In the meantime, Spencer Ware should remain a rock-solid RB1 in fantasy.
Posted: 10/28/2016 12:39pm ET
Huddle Up: He was limited in practice all week after receiving one carry on two snaps in Week 7, so one has to wonder how Charles has regressed from last week. Spencer Ware is an elite RB1 play again this week against another soft run defense, while Charcandrick West should see some snaps in relief.
Posted: 10/27/2016 5:39pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles should be active again in Week 8, but until he starts playing a significant role in the offense, he is too risky to trust as a fantasy starter.
Posted: 10/26/2016 3:24pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles was active for the team's Week 7 game but received only one carry during the game, so owners should monitor the situation. He will be a risky option for owners but could be at least a flex option in some leagues if he is able to play.
Posted: 10/24/2016 10:48am ET
Huddle Up: There has been a ton of overreaction to Charles' lack of involvement in Week 7, but it was obvious he was going to be limited once he experienced swelling in his knee late last week. Kansas City hasn't deviated from taking baby steps with his recovery - in part because Spencer Ware has played so well - and there haven't been enough details released yet to justify the level of panic that seems to be surrounding him. He's a risky buy-low to be sure, but the uncertainty should allow him to be acquired cheaply in a trade.
Posted: 10/23/2016 7:26pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles has been a bust so far, as he is slow to recover from his offseason knee surgery. Spencer Ware is performing well and will not come off the field as long as he is getting the job done. Avoid Charles until he is 100 percent healthy and/or Ware suffers a long-term injury to force Charles into a bigger role.
Posted: 10/23/2016 8:04am ET
Huddle Up: Despite a favorable matchup against a porous New Orleans defense that has allowed the most rushing touchdowns in the league (11), Charles should be avoided this week due to the uncertainty surrounding his health. He was a limited participant in practice Friday, Oct. 21, and has dealt with recent swelling in his surgically-repaired knee. Spencer Ware will receive the bulk of the carries for the Chiefs in Week 7 regardless of whether Charles suits up.
Posted: 10/23/2016 6:22am ET
Huddle Up: Charles was a limited participant in practice Friday, Oct. 21, but has been dealing with recent swelling in his knee and was not expected to receive many snaps anyway. Spencer Ware will continue to receive the bulk of the carries and has a favorable matchup versus the Saints, while Charcandrick West merits consideration as a desperation flex option as Ware's handcuff.
Posted: 10/21/2016 11:57am ET
Huddle Up: It's not uncommon for players coming off an ACL surgery to experience swelling, so owners need to stay tuned for more updates. Spencer Ware was already going to start and handle the bulk of the backfield touches this week anyway, so perhaps the team will rest Charles this weekend in order to get him right for the second half of the season. If Charles sits, Charcandrick West would be Ware's handcuff and could be worth a desperation flex play against the Saints' hapless run defense.
Posted: 10/17/2016 12:58pm ET
Huddle Up: Spencer Ware is still paying dividends for fantasy owners longer than most expected on draft day. He outtouched 26-11 Charles in Week 6 and held a 40-15 edge in snaps. Still, Charles is probably going to take over the lead role sometime in the next couple of weeks, making now a great buy-low opportunity for the 29-year-old back and a good time to see what Ware's trade value is.
Posted: 10/12/2016 11:39am ET
Huddle Up: Charles received only two carries in Week 4 but should be more involved in the offense in Week 6. He likely will share playing time with Spencer Ware during the game but could see some targets in the passing game out of the backfield. Charles can be a decent No. 2 running back for owners if he is ready to play.
Posted: 10/2/2016 10:40pm ET
Huddle Up: Andy Reid treated Charles with kid gloves in his one, but might be forced to use him more in future weeks with Charcandrick West sidelined and Knile Davis leaving this game early. Charles has two more weeks to get better before the team resumes play in Week 6.
Posted: 9/30/2016 11:57am ET
Huddle Up: It's good to see Charles finally ready to return after undergoing ACL surgery last year, but owners should still use caution with the talented 29-year-old in his first game back. Spencer Ware has done an admirable job stepping in, and even with Charcandrick West sidelined, Charles will most likely be on a snap count as he's eased back into game action.
Posted: 9/29/2016 8:27pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles could make his season debut this weekend, but he will likely be eased back into the mix. Leave him on your bench until he is back to being a focal point of the offense.
Posted: 9/28/2016 5:48pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles may have a chance to play in Week 4 but more will be known about his status later in the week. He probably would be eased back into the offense, which will make him a risky option for owners. Owners may want to see Charles play in a game before using him in their lineups.
Posted: 9/26/2016 11:00am ET
Huddle Up: Spencer Ware is making the cautious approach look like the right approach thus far, although Week 3 marked the first time he failed to top 100 total yards despite receiving a season-high 21 touches. The Chiefs go on their bye in Week 5, so a case could be made to sit Charles out one more game. Either way, Charles appears headed for a timeshare with Ware - at least initially - once he makes his return.
Posted: 9/25/2016 6:56am ET
Huddle Up: This appears to be a precautionary measure for Charles, who has yet to suit up for a regular-season game this year but is likely to see action versus the Pittsburgh Steelers next week. RB Spencer Ware will once again serve as the team's lead back and should be viewed as an RB2 or flex option in most fantasy formats.
Posted: 9/23/2016 12:55pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles appears primed for a Week 4 debut versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, although it should be noted the Chiefs have a Week 5 bye. Either way, he's almost certain to share backfield duties with Spencer Ware for at least a few weeks and possibly the remainder of the season when he returns. Kansas City's offense can support two backs in fantasy, although both will likely be relegated to RB2 status if they split work.
Posted: 9/22/2016 3:53pm ET
Huddle Up: Head coach Andy Reid has already indicated that it's more likely than not that Charles will sit out another week. Even if he does manage to suit up, he would be shaping up as a risky play at best. As a result, look for Spencer Ware to continue to settle in as a fine RB2 in Kansas City's upcoming tilt with the Jets.
Posted: 9/21/2016 10:58pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles has been inactive for the first two games, as Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. Fantasy owners should be patient, as it could be another week or two before Charles returns to game action, and a handful of games before he regains fantasy relevance.
Posted: 9/21/2016 4:53pm ET
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor Charles' practice participation during the week to see if he has any chance to play in Week 3. He likely would be limited if he is active for the game and probably should be avoided.
Posted: 9/19/2016 10:36am ET
Huddle Up: The nightmare continues for owners who drafted Charles in the second or third round of drafts this summer hoping they were getting a discounted rate on a potential RB1 who could take over the backfield sometime before the end of September. The good news is that a return seems imminent. When he does make it back, he'll likely split backfield work with Spencer Ware.
Posted: 9/18/2016 9:02am ET
Huddle Up: Spencer Ware should receive a majority of the playing time at running back with Charcandrick West also seeing snaps. Ware should be a solid No. 2 running back in most leagues despite his toe injury, while West could be an attractive flex option.
Posted: 9/18/2016 7:02am ET
Huddle Up: RB Spencer Ware will once again serve as Kansas City's primary running back for Week 2's game against the Houston Texans. He had 70 rushing yards and 129 receiving yards in the season opener versus the San Diego Chargers and should be viewed as a solid RB2 option. Charles makes a risky fantasy option for Week 3 at this point because it is uncertain how many snaps he will see.
Posted: 9/16/2016 12:06pm ET
Huddle Up: He was also announced as doubtful for the season opener, which he ultimately did not suit up for, so this isn't exactly encouraging for his fantasy owners. If Charles has to sit again, Spencer Ware will carry the load and should be a solid RB2 after his impressive season debut last week. At home against the Charges, Ware ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while also impressively adding 129 receiving yards on seven receptions.
Posted: 9/15/2016 6:57pm ET
Huddle Up: If Charles does play in Week 2, it will likely be in a limited capacity. Keep him on the bench and turn to Spencer Ware.
Posted: 9/14/2016 3:33pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles' status for Week 2 is uncertain at this point, so owners should monitor his practice participation. Owners may want to wait another week or two before considering Charles as a starting option because he probably will receive limited touches.
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