Jackie Battle made his presence felt in Week 2 for the San Diego Chargers, and has started carving out a role within the offense.
While he may not see 14 carries in another game all season, Battle proved to be valuable goal-line asset, and may "vulture" a number of carries from the oft-injured Ryan Matthews the rest of the way.
So, what does this mean for fantasy football owners?
Let's breakdown the essentials for the sudden lightning bolt to the Chargers offense.
After going undrafted out of Houston in 2007, Battle spent the first four years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
His first few seasons consisted of nothing more than the occasional carry, and he had no more than 20 attempts a season during his first three years.
However, in 2011 Battle finally found an opening after an injury to starter Jamaal Charles and took advantage.
He gained 597 yards on 149 carries and found the end zone twice.
Battle has a stocky 6'2" 240 pound frame and is a solid between the tackles type runner.
Don't expect many highlight reel jukes or spin moves, but he will get the tough yards.
Obviously the sooner Ryan Mathews comes back, the sooner Battle's fantasy stock plummets.
However, his goal line carries should hold steady throughout the season. Five or six carries a game and the potential for 6-10 touchdowns for the year is not terrible.
Plus, Mathews has been anything but reliable early in his career, so spot starts for Battle are not out of the question the rest of the way.
The Chargers do have meetings with the vaunted run defenses of the AFC North on their schedule, but that should do little to limit an already light workload for Battle.
Is Battle ever going to be a consistent week-to-week fantasy option?
No, but the occasional use of a goal-line back can occasionally pay dividends.
Battle has the size and skill to be an integral part of the Chargers offense, especially if they ever embrace the two-back system like most of the league.
For now, Battle is nothing more than a goal-line back that will get limited touches. But Mathews is one of the biggest injury threats in the league, and having his backup on your roster is not a bad idea.
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