SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 28: Running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes against Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 28 2010 in Seattle Washington. The Chiefs defeated the Seahawks 42-24. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Jamaal Charles appears to be fully healthy following a lengthy recovery from a torn ACL. We break down the fantasy implications.
Jamaal Charles told the Kansas City Star that he won't shy away from contact this season following his lengthy recovery from a torn ACL. The Kansas City Chiefs running back has taken full reps in practice and during preseason games, and appears to have regained the explosiveness that made him one of the most hotly-pursued running backs in fantasy football last season.
"Whatever it is," Charles said. "I'm not backing down from any situation. I'm here and I'm not going (anywhere). I've been in every preseason game this year. That tells you a lot right there.
"I'm worried about the Falcons. I'm not worried about my knee. The only thing I'm worried about is staying healthy the whole season."
Analysis: Charles appears to be ready the go, which is tremendous news for owners who likely acquired the running back on the cheap this year. There is still plenty of legitimate concern over how he will split carries with Peyton Hillis, however. Head coach Romeo Crennel said that he will go largely by feel, letting the game situation and what plays have been effective determine who touches the ball. The Chiefs apparently want 500 touches between the two backs this season, which would would make both viable fantasy options. That number may not be entirely realistic, however.
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