The Kansas City Chiefs are bracing for life without superstar running back Jamaal Charles, who suffered a non-contact knee injury in the 18-17 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Charles was the second highest scoring fantasy running back heading into Week 5 and was a top three draft pick in many leagues this year.
Needless to say, replacing Jamaal Charles, who went down with a knee injury vs. the Bears, would be no easy feat: pic.twitter.com/I5dWamEYE8
— ESPN (@espn) October 11, 2015
It’s too early to know for sure how much time he will miss, but you are going to have to start looking for other options on your fantasy team. And while no player can fully replace what Charles offers on the field, here are three that are owned in half the leagues out there that can help ease the pain.
Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle’s everyday starting running back Marshawn Lynch has been hobbled by a hamstring injury, giving Rawls a chance to showcase what he has to offer.
Rawls rattled off a 69-yard run in the third quarter to give the Seahawks a 17-7 lead and ended the game with 13 carries for 135 yards and one touchdown.
Thomas Rawls: 169 Rush yds, most by a Seahawk since Shaun Alexander in 2006 Marshawn Lynch's career high is 153 yards
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2015
Run, don’t walk, to your waiver wire to see if he is available.
Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
It is easy to look at the Redskins’ backfield and think that Alfred Morris and Matt Jones are the only viable options, but Thompson once again led the team in snaps during Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Washington final HB snap count: Chris Thompson 26, Matt Jones 21, Alfred Morris 14
— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) October 11, 2015
What makes Thompson attractive is that he is good for almost any game script: if Washington is ahead they will use him to rush the football, if behind, he is a part of the passing game.
He had 184 yards from scrimmage prior to Sunday and added 49 more yards in Week 5. It isn’t much, but every little bit helps when you are scrounging for players.
Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
Lance Dunbar was targeted 22 times by Cowboys’ quarterbacks and ran 65 routes in the passing game before his injury, which opens the door for McFadden to get some significant snaps going forward.
This season he is doing a lot with a little — 13.3 yards per reception but only one catch per game — and an expanded role could look a lot like what we saw from him in Oakland, when he was a scoring threat both out of the backfield and when asked to run in a pattern.