For fantasy owners relying heavily on a great performance by Jamaal Charles to advance to the next round of the playoffs, their prayers were answered in a huge way: 195 yards and four touchdowns receiving with 20 yards and a touchdown on the ground for a total of 51 fantasy points in standard scoring.
Of all the ridiculous numbers, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com pointed out one of the most ridiculous ones:
While fantasy football owners are accustomed to Charles being the lead back for his owners this season, the Chiefs running back put together one of the more memorable fantasy performances of the year along with Peyton Manning and Nick Foles' seven touchdown performances. Foles' seven passing touchdowns came against the Raiders—the team Charles burned on Sunday.
Now onto why Charles' fantasy performance can lead to yet another outstanding one in Week 16 for fantasy owners who are more than likely advancing in the playoffs. The first key to point out is that the Chiefs will be facing the Indianapolis Colts.
More Than Favorable Matchup
The Colts rank 29th against the rush, allowing 130.6 yards per game, and rank 18th against the pass with 241 passing yards allowed per game. Simply put, Indianapolis is a matchup dream for Charles' fantasy owners.
Maybe if Charles can put together another unforgettable performance against an atrocious Colts defense, NFL fans will remember how to spell his first name, as Will Brinson of CBS Sports pointed out:
Whether it's through the passing game or the running game, Charles is one of the most lethal offensive weapons in the game because he can do both. This season, the sixth-year running back has produced six games with over 90 rushing yards and has four games with 50 or more yards receiving.
Then there's the scoring matchup with Indy giving up 20 touchdowns on the ground and 13 through the air on the season. Meanwhile, Charles has a combined 18 touchdowns—seven receiving and 11 rushing.
Consistency is Key
There has been no more consistently great running back this year than Charles. Through 14 games, the Chiefs star has put together 12 double-digit point fantasy performances, 11 15-plus point games and a ridiculous five games with over 20 points. Needless to say, huge point totals are expected at this point.
While it isn't fair to think he will replicate his Week 15 performance against the Colts, forecasting another 20-point week for Charles doesn't seem astronomical.
Consider this: The Colts are allowing an average of 17.41 fantasy points against to running backs, and that's against running backs who have totaled just under five receptions per game and a total of 308 yards.
The consistency of Charles hasn't been questioned all season, and it will not be once again during what will be the Super Bowl for many fantasy leagues.
Week 16 Fantasy Prediction
After surging in Week 15, Charles will likely be the highest-scoring back in Week 16 for fantasy owners due in large part to his aforementioned matchup and consistency all season. The Sporting News made light of the situation for fantasy owners facing Charles in Week 15 and could likely be tweeting the same next week:
Charles' owners should expect yet another 20-point game and could see their RB1 crush the Colts for a 30-point performance. But taking everything into account, Charles will finish with a total of 26 fantasy points in Kansas City's Week 16 matchup with Indianapolis.