Jackie Battle: Updated Fantasy Football Outlook & Analysis for Chargers RB

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Jackie Battle #44 of the San Diego Chargers waits for a play in the backfield during the game against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium on September 16, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers have to be thankful for the quality depth the team has at the running back position thanks to Jackie Battle, and fantasy owners should be just as happy for Battle's emergence. 

With Ryan Mathews struggling to hold on to the football and stay healthy, a door was opened for Battle to break out against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday. 

Battle ran through that door in a big way. 

It was a great moment for Battle, but let's examine whether this was a flash in the pan, or a sign of great things to come for opportunistic fantasy owners. 



Interestingly enough, Battle's breakout game with the Charges came against a team he spent the previous five years of his career with—Kansas City. 

The 2011 campaign saw Battle rush for 597 yards and two touchdowns as part of a rotation, which we all career highs. In the offseason he elected to take his talents to another AFC West team located in San Diego. 

Battle is 28 years old and an absolutely bruising runner at 6'2" and 240 pounds. He's big enough to handle the load on his own should he be asked to if Matthews continues to struggle. 



As mentioned, Battle has never exactly put up eye-popping stats in his career to date, but when he received a great opportunity in 2011 he made the most of it. 

Battle will be placed in a familiar scenario with the Chargers. Against the Chiefs he received more carries than Mathews, and did a much better job in all facets of the game. Most importantly for fantasy owners, he did better statistically. 

As long as Battle can stay healthy in this situation, he should have career highs in all areas. He has already posted a career high in the touchdowns department, and his yards per carry average is well over seven.



Moving forward, Battle is a great option for fantasy owners, and is at least worth a waiver wire pickup to keep him stashed on the bench. 

Battle is a good flex option, or even a starter if owners find themselves in a pinch. He will at least equally share the load with Mathews, if not more. 

In PPR leagues Battle could be valuable as well if he is on the field for most of the snaps as he will act as quarterback Philip Rivers' safety valve. 

Battle finds himself in the perfect situation with his new team, and fantasy owners would be wise to take notice. 

Projected Stats: 150 attempts, 500 yards, seven touchdowns