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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.
Posted: 9/14/2016 10:14am ET
Huddle Up: Charles isn't a lock to return for Week 2, so you'll want to keep a close eye on his status leading into the game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 18. Additionally, Charles is unlikely to return to a bell-cow role following Spencer Ware's showing in Week 1 (199 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown). Stay tuned for updates, but Charles owners will want to remain patient.
Posted: 9/13/2016 7:29am ET
Huddle Up: Spencer Ware had an 11-70-1 line on the ground, and he caught seven balls for 129 yards as well in Week 1. He'll have a tough matchup against the Houston Texans, but he could be a low-end RB1 option for Week 2. Charles owners are going to have to be patient as he may be a few weeks from returning to dependability in fantasy.
Posted: 9/11/2016 9:07am ET
Huddle Up: Spencer Ware likely will be the starting running back for the Chiefs, but Charcandrick West will also receive playing time during the game. Ware could be considered a No. 2 in most fantasy leagues, while West should be a solid flex option for owners.
Posted: 9/11/2016 8:03am ET
Huddle Up: RB Spencer Ware will receive the bulk of the playing time Sunday and should be viewed as a viable starting option in all formats. RBs Charcandrick West and Knile Davis are also expected to see action but probably won't receive enough carries to warrant using in fantasy lineups.
Posted: 9/9/2016 12:02pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles has been limited in practice this week, and apparently, he hasn't shown enough to Reid that would indicate he's ready to make his return from a torn ACL. As long as he's out, Spencer Ware will be a hot commodity to monitor in Week 1, as he'll have potential to serve as a legitimate RB1 option across all formats.
Posted: 9/8/2016 7:51pm ET
Huddle Up: If Charles does suit up, he isn't expected to see his regular workload. He should eventually provide RB1 production, but bench him in Week 1 if you have a quality backup.
Posted: 9/7/2016 3:11pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles is considered questionable at this point, but it is good for him to be on the field during practice. Owners should keep an eye on the situation to see if he will play. Charles probably will not be the best option for owners because he likely would be limited if he is active.
Posted: 9/5/2016 5:23pm ET
Huddle Up: Spencer Ware likely would start if Charles in not able to play, but Charcandrick West would also receive some playing time. Ware and West were successful when Charles was sidelined last season and will be solid fantasy options in Week 1. Ware probably would have more value and can be a No. 2 running back, While West could be a flex option.
Posted: 9/2/2016 1:24pm ET
Huddle Up: Charles is working his way back from his knee injury, so owners should monitor his practice participation. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West would share carries in Week 1 if Charles is sidelined and could be fine starting options for owners in daily fantasy leagues.
Posted: 9/1/2016 5:35am ET
Huddle Up: Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West figure to split up the work against the San Diego Chargers, but Ware figures to see the majority based on what we've seen in camp. It might be time to move Charles down draft boards, but his talent should keep him a low-end RB1. Ware is a high-end RB3, and he has a lot of upside early on. West is an RB4 in PPR formats.
Posted: 8/30/2016 7:03pm ET
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners who took Charles in the first round of fantasy drafts are likely not OK with that, however. It sounds like there will be a timeshare, at least for the first few games, as the Chiefs ease Charles into a full-time role. Spencer Ware should be added right now in all fantasy leagues, as if he gets the hot hand he could see significant time, at least in the first few weeks.
Posted: 8/22/2016 7:08am ET
Huddle Up: The team is easing Charles in this preseason, and there's no reason to believe he'll be limited when the season begins. Charles is a midrange RB1 in fantasy.
Posted: 8/18/2016 8:05am ET
Huddle Up: Charles appears to be progressing in his first week of practice. The team plans to use him as much as he can handle if he remains productive, and he's a midrange RB1 in fantasy.
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