In a game which saw the Kansas City Chiefs lock up a playoff berth by dismantling the Oakland Raiders by a score of 56-31, many fantasy owners locked up a spot in their own league championships due to an absolutely dominant performance by Chiefs running back, Jamaal Charles. Unstoppable in all facets of the game, Charles torched the Raiders defense for 5 total touchdowns, recording the third-highest fantasy total for a single game since 2000.
The Raiders just didn’t seem to have an answer for the Chiefs most dangerous offensive weapon, seemingly forgetting that Charles is just as dangerous when catching the ball as he is running it. While somewhat contained on the ground (20 yards and a touchdown), the Raiders had no answer for Charles in the passing game. Quarterback, Alex Smith, connected with Charles to the tune of 195 receiving yards and a ridiculous 4 touchdowns, including a 71 yard touchdown in the third quarter.
“I don’t know how anybody can be more valuable to a team and the success that we’ve had than he has,” Reid said about Charles after the game. Charles is putting together a season worthy of an MVP award, and fantasy owners couldn’t be happier. Held to single digits only twice this year, Charles is the seventh highest scoring player in fantasy football (Charles only trails QBs) and, arguably, this season’s fantasy MVP.
Fantasy owners are surely hoping to ride Charles to a fantasy title next week as Week 16 marks the final week of the fantasy season for most leagues. Taking on the Indianapolis Colts, it will be entertaining to see how Charles follows up his finest performance of the 2013 season thus far.