After tearing his knee up early last season, fantasy owners of Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had to make other plans. During fantasy drafts prior to this season, many folks weren't quite sure where to take the one-time top-3 or 4 running back. For those that reached a bit and put some faith in Charles, congratulations.
On Sunday, the former Texas Longhorn carried the ball an amazing 33 times, which is unheard of in today's NFL known for the committee approach at running back. He racked up 233 yards on the ground with a score and added 55 receiving yards for a grand total of 288 in the Chiefs' road win over the New Orleans Saints.
If you took Charles in the first couple of rounds, you took a gamble, and it paid off in a big way on Sunday.
As for goats for the week, look at Aaron Rodgers, who is starting an uncomfortable trend for his fantasy owners. Rodgers and his teammates might have been the victims of the worst call in the history of the world on Monday night, losing to the Seattle Seahawks on the game's final play to fall to 1-2 on the season. But with or without that awful turn of events, Rodgers' night was not a good one.
He threw for 223 yards and no touchdowns and is now averaging 248 yards per game with three touchdowns and two interceptions through the Packers' first three games. Not sure what's causing his decline early this season, and it's definitely not time to give up on Rodgers or the Packers, but this recent trend is worth watching.