Friday, October 18, 2013
Effect of more touches for Charles
By Tom Carpenter
Considering that Jamaal Charles had more touches (147) than any other running back in the NFL over the first six weeks of the season, it's hardly a surprise that he has been battling blisters on his feet in recent weeks. The good news is that his body is healing up.
“This is probably the best I’ve felt since week one,” said Charles. “I hope I can continue to feel like that. I’m not worrying about how many times I touch the ball. I’ve been doing this for years, and it doesn’t matter to me. As long as the ball is in my hand, I’m up for whatever.”
As for those touches, offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said he may actually give Charles more work.
“He’s a guy who steadily wants a little more each week, a little more responsibility,” said offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, “and the more he gets comfortable in our system and what we’re asking him to do, we’ll put a little more on his plate."
At first glance for fantasy owners that sounds great; more touches equal more chances for stats. On the other hand, at a certain point, we need to consider how more touches could equal more chances for injuries. Plus, with the heavy workload he has had so far, Charles sports the lowest yards-per-carry average (4.2) of his six-year NFL career -- by a significant margin, since he's never had a season under 5.3 YPC. It seems unlikely that his YPC would rise with an even heavier workload.
More work for Charles could actually end up being a bad thing, not just for Charles' fantasy value, but also for the Chiefs:
Adam TeicherChiefs need more from others, not Charles
"The best way for the Chiefs to make sure Charles in their lineup for all of [their remaining games] is to get what they’re getting from Charles and grow the offense elsewhere. The Chiefs re-signed Bowe this year for five years and $56 million but with just 20 catches, 229 yards and two touchdowns he’s on pace for his worst NFL season. New coach Andy Reid, Pederson and the rest of the offensive staff were excited about working with a player of McCluster’s potential, but he has just 12 catches. But instead of talking about getting more from those players, they’re going to ask more from Charles. That’s a risky strategy."