Charles says offense ‘to be explosive’: When the Kansas City Chiefs brought in former University of Nevada head coach Chris Ault as a consultant, it was a pretty sure thing that a move to the Pistol offense wouldn’t be far behind. So far, that switch is earning rave reviews from running back Jamaal Charles, who says this year’s offense is “about to be explosive.” The team will try to use Charles in multiple spots in the attack this year, finding new ways to get the ball in the hands of a player who was KC’s undisputed centerpiece in 2012. Charles’ return to the top five of fantasy backs seems more and more likely.
Mathews’ role in SD murky: As any experienced fantasy football enthusiast can tell you, Ryan Mathews has been a disappointment since entering the league in 2012. At this point, the running back’s future in the San Diego Chargers offense is up for debate. While the coaching staff has expressed optimism in Mathews’ potential, the front office added a few new pieces at the position — including Danny Woodhead. Apart from Mathews’ inability to stay healthy (he’s never played more than 14 games in a season), his usage on third downs has continued to wane, culminating in 2012 when he was on the field for just 19 third down plays. Just in case fantasy owners were harboring any ideas that Mathews could be a late-round steal in 2013 drafts, they might want to think again.
Robinson listed as ‘OW’: When he was at Michigan, Denard Robinson was ostensibly a quarterback. When he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars, it was as a wide receiver. There was even talk of using him at running back. In short, there was no good idea of how the team was going to use Robinson. Now that they’ve admitted that, it makes sense that the rookie is being listed as an OW: Offensive Weapon. It’s not unlike college recruits who are listed as “Athlete” until they find a defined position. Since teams trying to find multiple uses for dynamic offensive players seems to be the wave of the future, there is slight excitement over what Robinson could do. But the reports that he’ll only see 10-15 snaps per game will limit any actual production he could contribute. He’ll be waiver wire fodder in just about all leagues this season.
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