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Thomas Jones To Start Over Jamaal Charles? | 2010 Fantasy Impact

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the ball during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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.

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Now it looks like more doubt is on the horizon as Thomas Jones has been running with the first team and is projected to be the starter when the team plays the Falcons this Friday.

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.

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