Fantasy Football 2010: Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Attack a Fantasy Hotbed
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The Kansas City Chiefs have certainly been one of the surprises of the year in the NFL. Their unexpected 5-2 record leads the struggling AFC West by 1.5 games over, of all teams, Oakland.
Their defense has been exceptionally strong, holding opponents to just 122 points on the year, the fifth-fewest amount allowed out of all 32 defenses.
Quarterback Matt Cassel has also been fairly good, throwing for 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions to date, and he's found a deep threat in Dwayne Bowe, a solid tight end in Tony Moeaki, and two talented, pass-catching running backs in Jamaal Charles and rookie Dexter McCluster.
But it's the running game that's been the strong point. While the Chiefs' intimidating duo of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones have combined for only five touchdowns, they've rushed for 1,204 yards, an average of 172 yards per game and 5.4 yards per carry.
In terms of fantasy football, both of them have been even more impressive. Charles has racked up 95.7 points so far, ranked 13th among RBs and within 2.3 points of eighth.
He's topped 15 points three times, reached double-digits five times (out of only seven games), including three games in a row, and exploded for 23 this past week, his season high.
Meanwhile, Jones has 73.9 points, ranked 21st among other fantasy players at his position. He's been held under four total points twice already and only reached double-digits three times, but every time he has, he's also broken past 15 points.
Combined, that's 169.6 points between the two of them, more than 25 points higher than the top individual running back (Arian Foster) and one of the best totals in the NFL for two-headed rushing attacks.
However, it seems as if the statistics for Charles and Jones might be about to get even better.
Kansas City's upcoming schedule, from Week 9 through Week 13, is packed with bad opponents that, in most cases, have terrible rush defenses.
That stretch of their schedule also happens to be the most important stretch in fantasy football: right before the playoffs.
The Chiefs' schedule for those weeks is as follows:
Week 9 - Oakland Raiders (away)
Week 10 - Denver Broncos (away)
Week 11 - Arizona Cardinals (home)
Week 12 - Seattle Seahawks (home)
Week 13 - Denver Broncos (home)
As you can see, Kansas City will be staying in the western United States for the entire stretch.
Thankfully, that region is a fairly easy place to play this season; other than them, the best record of any of the eight teams in both West divisions is 4-3. They also haven't been quite the best against the run.
In fact, those five opponents have defenses ranked 26th, 31st, 29th, 10th, and 31st, respectively, against the run.
With the exception of Seattle's 10th-ranked defense, all four other games are against teams in the bottom seven out of 32 teams against the rushing game, including two games against second-to-last Denver.
Charles and Jones will also get favorable matchups against the Raiders this upcoming Sunday, who are 26th, as well as in Week 11 against fourth-to-last Arizona.
Additionally, they will finish out the five-game stretch with three consecutive games at home in Arrowhead Stadium, where they are 4-0 this autumn. What's more, Arrowhead is where Charles has put up 16.0, 15.4, 13.1, and 23.8 points in his four games there.
All in all, while they've both been reliable options already, the Kansas City rushing duo of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones appear on the verge of a complete takeover of the running back rankings.
If you have them on your team, put them each in starting spots and prepare for dominance.
If you don't have them, perhaps you should put consider putting everything you have into a trade to get at least one of them, because every fact in the book seems slated for a huge late season for Charles and Jones.
If you have no chance of getting a hold of one of these two rushers, perhaps you should go after a fearsome, but unexpected, pair of wide receivers that might just be able to lead your fantasy team to the playoffs over the next six weeks.
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