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|Considered a top five-fantasy running back prior to last season, Charles suffered a torn ACL in Week 2, ending his season and leaving his fantasy owners with a massive hole in their starting lineups. Heading into 2012, the issue with Charles is clearly going to be how well his recovery has gone and when he will be back, close to 100%. On that front, having suffered the injury early in the 2011 season is a benefit. Charles’ game is all about speed and agility so any lingering effects of the knee injury will be amplified. The Chiefs signed Peyton Hillis in the offseason as a change of pace back and to handle the short yardage work with the expectation that he will likely see plenty of touches early in the season. Provided Charles returns to full health, Hillis’ presence doesn’t really impact his fantasy value given the 1,935 yards and eight touchdowns that he put up in 2010, splitting time with Thomas Jones. Consider Charles a lower tier RB1 with some risk in 2012.
| Charles officially out for the season -- Mon Oct 12 6:00 pm --|
|MRI confirmed Jamaal Charles tore his ACL, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Absolutely devastating news for the Chiefs and all of Charles' fantasy owners. Kansas City will likely move on with some form of committee of Charcandrick West and Knile Davis, although both seem to have plenty of support within the Chiefs' front office. West's slashing style resembles Charles' while Davis is more of a pounder that has already shown he has the ability to carry the load. The team also plans on working out Pierre Thomas and Ben Tate.
| ACL injury likely for Charles, MRI Monday -- Sun Oct 11 4:45 pm --|
Chiefs lose star running back
|Coach Andy Reid said the preliminary report he received was that Jamaal Charles had a torn ACL. He was scheduled for an MRI on Monday. He was injured without contact, while making a cut with Kansas City facing a first-and-goal from the Chicago 9. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Charles is likely done for the season. Charcandrick West has jumped ahead of Knile Davis on the depth chart and will be a hot waiver wire pickup this week.