Three and out: Charles in charge for Chiefs

Jamaal Charles to see featured role?: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The running back position is a mess heading into the 2012 fantasy season. Age, injuries and committees have made that spot on the roster less reliable and, in turn, less valuable in a lot of cases. But one player who might end up helping is Jamaal Charles. The talented runner, who is coming back from reconstructive knee surgery after missing most of the season with an injury, told me on Twitter than he expects to be “stronger and faster” in 2012. That remains to be seen, but it sure looks like a featured role awaits for Charles. Thomas Jones and Jackie Battle are both slated to be free agents, and coach Romeo Crennel told the Kansas City Star that he’d like to “manage” Dexter McCluster’s playing time next season. Charles isn’t going to see 300 carries, but he could very well end up with almost that many total touches. Barring any setbacks, and considering all of the other question marks at the position, I can see Charles coming off the board late in the first round in some fantasy drafts next season.

Rob Gronkowski has a high ankle sprain: In an interview with WIVB-TV in Williamsville, N.Y., Gronkowski’s father, Gordy, revealed that his son is dealing with a high ankle sprain. Such ailments can take several weeks to heal, but all signs still point to fantasy’s top tight end being active and ready to roll against the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. Clearly, he’s the best option for owners in the continuing NFL Playoff Challenge. Do be aware, though, that this ankle isn’t going to be 100 percent healed, which could mean more opportunities for Aaron Hernandez.

Dolphins hire new OC Mike Sherman: NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that Miami has added Sherman to run the offense for new coach Joe Philbin. It’s a good fit, as Sherman has used the West Coast offense at all of his coaching stops, including a stint as head coach of the Packers. The ‘Fins just have to find a quarterback that fits the scheme — like, say, Matt Flynn. Slated to become a free agent, Flynn knows the offense well after spending time with Philbin in Green Bay. If he lands in Miami, Flynn could be a nice sleeper in fantasy-land. Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill, considered the third-best quarterback in the 2012 draft class, played under Sherman when he coached the Aggies and could also be an option for the Dolphins.

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