The loss of Jamaal Charles is a crippling blow to both the Kansas City Chiefs and his fantasy football owners. Full disclosure: I took him in the first round of my big-money league, so I'm pretty upset about his injury.
However, the loss of Charles doesn't have to mean the end of your season. You'll need to find someone new to replace Charles, and here are the best options. Only players owned in less than 50 percent of leagues qualify. With that in mind, here are five fantasy running backs you should consider signing to replace Jamaal Charles.
5. Matt Jones, RB, Redskins
Let's get this out of the way: all of these options reek of desperation because that's the reality of the situation. Jones is getting the plurality of the carries, but it's a committee approach on a team that has issues running the football. So, that means he's not an ideal option. However, you might be able to luck into a few TDs.
4. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks
Rawls has played well with Marshawn Lynch out, and he's probably a RB2 or Flex play as long as that is the case. He's worth adding in deeper leagues, or if you own Lynch, but he's not a must-add to replace Charles. That's because Rawls is only a short-term option.
3. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers
Sims has posted strong numbers recently, as he's managed to catch a few touchdown passes. The downside is that is usage is limited and he's behind Doug Martin on the depth chart.
2. Antonio Andrews, RB, Titans
I'm not a huge fan of Andrews, but he did get the majority of the touches among RBs this week. I prefer Bishop Sankey as an NFL RB, but the Titans staff seems to not feel the same way. At the very least, Andrews is scoring, which can't be said about many RBs on the waiver wire. It's risky, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
1. Charcandrick West, RB, Chiefs
You were expecting Knile Davis? That's who most assumed would get the bulk of the carries with Charles out, but it was actually West. If you're going to add a Chiefs RB, make sure it's West. While it's unlikely he'll produce anywhere near the numbers Charles will, he'll likely get the first chance to take over as the starter.Back to the Fantasy Football Newsfeed