What are Jamaal Charles owners to do? 

September, 18, 2011
I'd sure like to be optimistic about the 0-2 Kansas City Chiefs from this point forward, but I just can't do it. Sure, with fantasy stud Jamaal Charles likely out for the season after tearing his left ACL, that brings opportunity for veteran Thomas Jones and versatile youngster Dexter McCluster. And with the running game looking a whole lot different/worse, I suppose I could make the case this is a good time to trade for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, because the Chiefs will be throwing a lot. Bottom line is it sure looks like a 3-13 season for the defending AFC West champs. Andrew Luck, anyone?

It stinks that Charles, a consensus top-three fantasy pick this season, has rushed for his last yard until 2012, but that's what it looks like after he ruined his left knee on the first drive of Sunday's demolition in Detroit. While I ranked Charles well for this week, it certainly was in the back of my mind that the team's embarrassing 41-7 home loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 was not a fluke, and it could prevent Charles from repeating his terrific 2010 campaign, when only Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson scored more standard fantasy points among running backs. Now it really doesn't matter.

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Brett Davis/US PresswireThomas Jones entered Sunday owned in 61.9 percent of ESPN standard leagues.
Jones is an obvious top free-agent pickup for Week 2, following in the footsteps of other old, past-their-prime running backs who have become relevant recently, including Willis McGahee and Cadillac Williams. What is this, 2005?