Thomas Jones To Start Over Jamaal Charles? | 2010 Fantasy Impact
Some fantasy football websites have ranked Jamaal Charles as a top ten option to select at running back this year. For a player that hasn’t put together a full season as a starter, I thought this might be a little premature as we haven’t seen Charles touch the football more than 230 times in a season.
While using Jones more often in the first half of the season makes sense (would keep Charles fresh all year) for the Chiefs, it isn’t a good sign that Charles is ready to make a huge splash early in the season. Still, Charles does have great talent and the easiest schedule on paper to run against in the NFL.
2010 Fantasy Projection For Jamaal Charles & Thomas Jones
Knowing this I can’t help but recommend to fantasy owners that they still look to Charles as a top fifteen running back on draft day. Like Beanie Wells in Arizona, Charles may have to wait until the second half of the season to take over, but at some point he should be the starter.
For those of you in PPR leagues Charles could still be a late top ten as he should snag a bunch of receptions weekly.
As for Jones, his value is still steady as a nice backup running back that could produce at a flex play level to begin the season. When you look at the touchdown totals this veteran racked up in 2008 and 2009, it’s hard not to believe that he will win the goal line work this season.
Give Jones a role in standard formats and touchdown heavy leagues as he still has talent and an opportunity to produce at a consistent level.
NFL fantasy football player rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com
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