Knile Davis' Full Fantasy Scouting Report Following Jamaal Charles' Injury

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 8, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 16:  Running back Knile Davis #34 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes against linebacker Dan Skuta #51 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first half on August 16, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Unfortunately, Andy Reid didn't have to wait long to get his first taste of adversity as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs

That's because less than one game into Reid's tenure in KC, his new squad (at least temporarily) lost starting running back Jamaal Charles to an apparent quad injury during the Chiefs' Week 1 clash in Jacksonville. 

No, it's not clear whether Charles will miss a significant amount of time, but for fantasy owners who are counting on the 26-year-old to anchor their squads this season, his departure from the Jaguars game is more than a little bit troubling. 

For now, Charles' status remains unclear, but if he is indeed ruled out for Week 2, one has to assume that Knile Davis is next in line to get the keys to the Chiefs' backfield. 

As a 2013 third-rounder, Davis was brought in to provide Charles with competition as his top understudy, but the rookie wasn't overly impressive during the preseason, and as such, he didn't see the field much against Jacksonville. 

But given how heavily KC generally relies on Charles to carry the mail offensively, an absence of any length for the two-time Pro Bowl selection will thrust Davis into the limelight, which will inevitably make him a hot commodity on waiver wires. 

During his first regular-season action, Davis' performance wasn't anything to write home about, as the Arkansas product failed to make an impact on the ground or through the air, but there's reason to believe that he'll be better as time goes on. 

A superb athlete, Davis' raw talent is what drew scouts to him despite his rather paltry numbers (albeit in large part due to injuries) with the Razorbacks. If the Chiefs are without Charles, the 21-year-old's development as a running back will be accelerated out of necessity. 

At this stage, it's too early to tell the extent of Charles' injury, especially because the Chiefs may have opted to keep their star back off the field late in their blowout victory over the Jags, but if Reid's worst hopes are realized, and the former Texas Longhorn is unable to return for Week 2, Davis will be counted on to pick up the slack. 

Fortunately for the Chiefs, the acquisition of Alex Smith means that the offense doesn't rely solely on the ground game to put points on the board. But simply put, this team isn't talented enough to win without at least a sufficient rushing attack, so potential buyers should expect Davis to get a chance to prove himself if Charles is unable to play. 

Sure, it's easy to write Davis off after his 12-yard rushing performance in Week 1, especially against a mediocre-at-best opponent, but the former First-Team All-SEC selection has all the physical gifts to be an impact player for the Chiefs. 

Outside of his abilities as a rusher, Davis has the potential to make a difference as a returner, but obviously he'll be much, much more desirable for fantasy owners if he's got the ball in his hands in the backfield. 

Until Charles' status for next week is made public, there's little reason to jump the gun and pick Davis up, but this is a situation to keep an eye on going forward.