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Jamaal Charles: Why the Chiefs' RB Should Remain on Your Bench This Week

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 14:  Running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs loses his helmet and is injured on the first play of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 14, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Chalres later returnd to play.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIINovember 9, 2012

Jamaal Charles tore his ACL in the first week of the 2011 season. After returning from the injury, he started off 2012 with a bang. In the Kansas City Chiefs third game of the year against the New Orleans Saints, he rushed 33 times for 233 yards that featured an explosive 91-yard touchdown run down the sidelines.

Two weeks later in Week 5, he carried the ball 31 times for 140 yards against the Baltimore Ravens

Since then, Charles has only seen a total of 29 carries in the last three games, which he converted into 83 yards.

It is important to know that both of his 100-plus yard performances came against two teams that rank in the bottom five in the league in rushing yards allowed.

When going up against teams with solid rush defenses, such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers (twice), he has only managed to put up a total of 171 yards in four contests.

The formula seems simple for Kansas City: hand the ball off to Charles more than 30 times each game, and he will convert the carries into big numbers on the ground. Unfortunately, getting him the ball is much harder when your team is consistently playing catchup due to the fact that their quarterback, Matt Cassel, turns the ball over more than any single player in the league.

The Chiefs head to Pittsburgh on Monday night to take on the Steelers. Pittsburgh has won their last 14 Monday night home games. The Steelers also rank first in the league in total yards allowed (262.6), first in the league in passing yards allowed (174) and seventh in the league in rushing yards allowed (88.6).

Those ranks won't bode too well with a Chiefs offense that ranks third worst in the league in points scored per game with 16.6. Obviously, if you struggle to score points and yards are hard to come by your opponent, both categories won't turn out well for your offense.

It is very likely the Chiefs will struggle to get any pass game going up against Pittsburgh, and as we all know, if you can't get the passing game going, you are certainly not going to have success on the ground.

It would be so easy to tell to Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel to give Charles the ball more, but a one-dimensional offense won't get the job done in the NFL. It especially won't get done for a team that's 1-7 on the season. 

I don't see Charles getting much more action than he saw last week so it would be wise to keep him on your fantasy team's bench if you have other options at running back.

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