Is Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles Sliding Down Fantasy Draft Boards?
According to the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Chiefs head coach hasn’t officially named a starter in his offensive backfield, and is still referring to last year’s starter, Jamaal Charles, as “a developing player”.
Haley also says that both players are on top of their roles and understand the offense, although Charles has been somewhat inconsistent in camp.
We’re taking more and more note of the fact that ex-Jets back Thomas Jones is still atop the Chiefs offensive depth chart.
Fantasy Dish: The only way to play this is to not reach for Charles, and to not over-value Jones, who despite his possibly changing value, at the very worst holds touchdown-vulture potential.
This is a sticky situation that we all should have been able to see coming from miles away. Jones is fresh off to two-straight 1,300+ yard and 10+ touchdown seasons, so despite a bit of a meltdown toward the end of last season, there’s a good chance he’s the feature back in KC when Week One roles around.
In other words, we don’t feel safe drafting Charles or Jones as a RB1, but we wouldn’t mind grabbing both in the mid-to-late rounds (Jones being in the “late” category), and putting together a solid one-two punch.
It might be time to start re-thinking your running back draft strategy. Either way, it’s best you keep a close eye on this competition, all the way up to your fantasy league‘s draft.