There’s a gonna be some prospecting come waiver wire day this week. The allure of gold drove many in the 1800’s to pack up their wagons and head west for the chance to strike it rich. The 2015 fantasy season has uncovered a fresh mine due to the Jamaal Charles injury. Once highly thought of handcuff, Kniles Davis, has been usurped on the depth chart and relegated to the fantasy scrap heap in most leagues. The astute among us (not me), that noticed that Charcandrick West became the backup to Charles in Week 4 need to be commended. Bravo. Hurrah. Kudos. You are probably all Charles owners, but if you are not, then you are my hero. Hopefully you picked him up because there’s a gonna be some serious bidding for his services.

Who is Charcandrick West?

West is 5′ 9″ 204 pounds. At his pro day in March of 2014, he ran a 4.46 second 40-yard dash, 7.08 second 3-cone drill, posted a 41 inch vertical jump, 15 reps on the bench press, and broad jumped 10′ 10″.

Charles is 5′ 11″ 200 pounds. At the combine in 2008, he ran a 4.38 second 40-yard dash, 6.80 second 3-cone drill, posted a 30 1/2″ vertical jump, and 10′ 02″ broad jump.

West played his college ball at Abilene Christian University. During his four-year career, he carried 347 times for 2,073 yards with 22 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 71 passes for 1,007 yards with 8 receiving touchdowns.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014, released him during the final cuts of 2014, re-signed him to the practice squad after clearing waivers, then elevated him to the active roster. He did not receive any playing time in 2014.

In the brief action he has received so far, West has carried 12 times for 48 yards with 2 receptions for 9 yards.

Blow up the Mountain for West?

Sigmund Bloom of FootballGuys, who I have tremendous respect for, said on his podcast that he views West as a 20-30% player. The opportunity is there, but he has concerns over the talent and situation. And rightfully so.

West did not play his college ball at a big time program. He’s been average in his brief pro appearances. The Chiefs still have Alex Smith at quarterback. Kniles Davis is still there, so it could turn into a running back by committee.

I went back and watched the end of the Week 4 game against the Bears. As Evan Silva posted on Twitter, the last six drives after the Charles injury went: blocked field goal, punt, punt, punt, punt, missed field goal.

West received his first carry of the game with 12:28 to go in the third quarter. He was lined up to the right of Smith in a shotgun formation. It was a draw play to the right with two pulling blockers. Huge hole that he navigated for nine yards. It was a nice run but the difference between he and Charles is definitely evident.

Reid kept West in and ran from a more traditional formation, with Smith under center and a fullback leading the way. The play goes to the left side of the formation. West stumbles a bit in the backfield but gathers himself and cuts upfield for a solid six-yard gain.

Two plays after the Charles injury, West is lined up to the right of Smith again in a shotgun formation. He leaks out into the left flat for a pass, but Smith leads him too far for an incompletion.

On the next series, West lines up to the left of Smith in a shotgun formation. He receives the carry and hits the hole off the right guard for a solid six-yard gain. On the next play, Smith is under center with West in a single back formation. He receives the ball with two pulling linemen in front, going from left to right. He’s met in the backfield two yards behind the line of scrimmage, but is able to bounce off and run for the first down.

On his next carry, he’s lined up to the right of Smith in a shotgun formation. He receives the carry and goes to the left side of the line. He dances a bit waiting for a hole, but finds nothing and is dropped for no gain.

The next series opens with West offset to the left of Smith in a shotgun formation. He goes out for a pass route into the middle of the field, a little curl route three yards past the line of scrimmage. Captain Checkdown’s eyes light up and deliver West the ball for his lone reception of the game.

Kniles Davis entered the next series but didn’t do much. His first carry went for four yards, but his second went for minus two. Davis’ final line was two carries for two yards.

With the Chiefs nursing a five point lead with 3:05 left in the game, it is West that is in the game. The Chiefs come out in a heavy formation with only one wide receiver and one running back. Reid runs the same play from earlier in the game with two linemen pulling from left to right. West runs hard and picks up two yards. The next play is a counter to the left from the same formation. West picks up another two.

Conclusion

I do not think the Kansas City backfield turns into a RBBC. Davis had plenty of opportunities to showcase his ability, but all he’s managed in his 2 1/2 career is run for a 3.4 average. In my opinion, Davis will serve to give West a breather.

While West is not on the level of Charles (who is?), he showed some positive things on Sunday. He runs hard and has some agility to sidestep defenders. He looks like a no-nonsense runner that will get what the play is designed for. I’m thinking Reid will appreciate that.

West showed decent hands and route running ability in the passing game. While Davis has 28 receptions in 37 games, I believe Reid views Davis more as a hammer and West as a better pass catching back. Davis did not receive a third-down snap on Sunday.

That brings me to the final point of why I believe West will take over this backfield. In 16 years as a head coach, an Andy Reid-led team has targeted the running back position fewer than 100 times only twice: 2011 (70 attempts) and 2014 (98 attempts).

Since I believe West will be the primary passing back and Alex “Captain Checkdown” Smith is the quarterback with a scheme that is favorable to pass-catching running backs, I think West has good chance to run with the job and be fantasy relevant. Blow up that mine in Kansas City with a significant portion of your FAAB dollars. Make it rain!

Verdict

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  1. Todd says:
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    Howdy man half ppr, I’m torn who to add with the top waiver add; West or Vereen. I’m just afraid if KC signs Pierre Thomas or Ben Tate it may be RBBC, I do like that he’s a hard runner. I currently have it set as West as priority 1, & Vereen is priority 2 , if I come away with both- sweet, but I doubt that will happen.

    My rbs, hill, gore, Lamar miller, Doug Martin, matt jones & McFadden

    • Son

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      @Todd: I like
      West. I think any rb kc brings in will be for depth only.

  2. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    I have a pretty strong team so far in my 12 team PPR. Im 5-0 after this week and I have $83 FAAB dollars left. My team is notorious for spending BIG on Charcandrick type players (main rb goes down, next man up).

    Heres my question — Do I blow all $83 on Charcandrick? He might make for a decent flex for me or some trade bait.

    Here’s my roster —

    QB – Roethlisberger, Dalton
    RB – L. Bell, Hyde, Woodhead, Vereen, D Johnson (az), C Michael
    WR – Beckham Jr, Hopkins, Cooper, Snead
    TE – Olsen, Rodgers
    D – Jets

    Thanks for your time!

  3. Son

    Son says:
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    Everyone has a different philosophy on this. No right or wrong. Really depends on personality.
    With that said, considering the context of the league and assuming you can acquire players with 0 dollars, I would send it all. I always look to acquire talent regardless. One of your players could get hurt or underperform. When formulating trade packages, the more assets you have the more creative you can get and hopefully acquire a higher tier player

  4. Johnny Boy says:
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    dammit drafted Knile davis and held on all season…FML now this clown comes and takes the job. I got offered Golden Tate for Rishard should I pull the trigger?

  5. Son

    Son says:
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    Seems like a lateral move to me.

  6. Drekkan says:
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    I’m in a somewhat weird position. I have a rather deep backfield already (Forte, Hyde, Foster, and Duke Johnson Jr.). I’ve also got a lot of help at WR (ODB and Allen Robinson, with Jordan Matthews and Hankerson for depth). My QB/TE/DST

    Wondering if its worth picking up West and dropping either Davante Adams (who knows when he gets back from his injury) or Hankerson and then trying to package together either him or one of my established backs to make a play for a top-tier QB or Gronk.

    • Drekkan says:
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      @Drekkan: I should say – it’s non-PPR standard ESPN scoring.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Drekkan: I wouldn’t. Although I’m high on hankerson, I would’ve dropped him for west but with odb and Adams injuries, probably need the depth.

  7. IV says:
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    Totally changed my opinion (for the better) on the KC RB situation. Nice write up!
    I will be adding West where I can.

    12 Team .5 PPR

    I give DT and Woodhead, get Forte. Thoughts?

  8. Son

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    Depends on the rest of your roster. In a vacuum, probably have to do that trade, and I’m not that high on forte

    • IV says:
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      @Son: Thanks Son.

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @IV: Anytime IV

        • IV says:
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          @Son: So the other manager had second thoughts on the trade. He is willing to give me Freeman for DT though.

          My team below for reference. 12 Team.5 PPR redraft
          (Bench players in parenthesis)

          QB: Palmer
          WR: Megatron, DT, James Jones, A rob (Marvin Jones, Hankerson)
          RB: Ivory, Woodhead, (Matt Jones, Chris thompson, Stewart)
          TE: Clay
          Flex: A Rob

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @IV: I would do that trade

  9. dom says:
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    you like West in an 8 team PPR better than Duke Johnson, R Jennings, or D McFadden?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @dom: yes to Jennings and McFadden. No to duke

  10. Dom B says:
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    Different Questions .
    1.) Jason Witten is on a bye which TE to PicK up and who on my roster do I drop Available TE are Jacob Tamme, Richard Rodgers, Coby Fleener, Jordan Cameron, Vernon Davis, Heath Miller, Jordan Reed, Owen Daniels, Crockett Gilmore or Eric Ebron.

    2.) I have Thomas Rawls with Lynch coming back is he now droppable. Should I try to add Chchanderick West. If so who do I drop for him.

    3.) In order please who is most droppable, not including QBs would like to keep both.

    My Roster: 10 man standard league

    QB Phillip Rivers
    RB Leveon Bell
    RB Latavius Murray
    WR Julio Jones
    WR AJ Green
    TE Jason Witten
    Flex Keenan Allen
    Bench
    QB ElI Manning
    RB Jonathan Stewart
    WR Steve Smith
    WR JOHN BROWN
    RB GIO BERNARD
    RB Thomas Rawls

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dom B: 1) I like Richard Rodgers the best. 2) I would not drop Rawls. I would add West and drop Stewart

      • Dom B says:
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        @Son: I have to drop someone for Richard Rodgers

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Dom B: personally, I’d drop Witten but if you are not comfortable with that then I’d drop Steve smith

  11. E_Money says:
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    Drop DeVante Parker or David Johnson for West? .5 PPR league.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @E_Money: in a vacuum, yes on Parker. I like d Johnson a lot so I would look to drop someone else. If no one else, I’d probably hold onto Johnson but it’s really close. Johnson looks good and is goal line back on one of the best offense in football. That’s his floor with huge upside. West can be potential bell cow but on a Alex smith led offense.

      • E_Money says:
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        @Son:

        my thinking is Johnson is behind two people right now, where as Parker could potentially come in and have a BIG 2nd half. I’m especially hopeful with the coaching change.

        • Son

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          @E_Money: I hear you and understand your perspective. I definitely do not hate on it. That’s the beauty of fantasy football. Parker has talent no doubt. My concern is that tannehill is a terrible deep ball thrower and that team is a dumpster fire. New coach will improve team. How could it not from philbin? But lazor is still the oc. He’s dink and dunk. Plus Parker has not shown anything yet. Although Johnson has 2 guys ahead of him, he’s already shown his ability and has been a fantasy contributer regardless. So that’s his floor. What happens if he moves up the depth chart?

          • E_Money says:
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            @Son:

            I definitely don’t disagree. What’s Johnson’s ceiling then? I understand his floor is his current state, but will he ever be elite. I guess the questions remains, who has the greater ceiling?

            • Son

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              @E_Money: I hear you. That’s the million dollar question. Say Ellington and CJ both get hurt. D Johnson becomes the lead back in one of the best offenses in the league. He’s the #12 running back in ESPN right now. Ceiling would be top 5 rb? I don’t think Parker could become top 5 wr. I do not believe that he is going to replicate OBJ’s 2014.

              • E_Money says:
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                @Son:

                Fair enough, I don’t think anyone is going to compare Manning to Tannehill. Well, I dropped Johnson for West, but will try and grab him back up once he clears waivers.

                • Son

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                  @E_Money: Isn’t it crazy that Tannehill is bad, but Manning has been worse? Good luck E_Money. I appreciate the back and forth discourse.

  12. Robby says:
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    Howdy man

    Half PPR trade my Jeremy Hill for Melvin Gordon?

    Here’s Gordon’s upcoming schedule
    Week 6 @ GB

    Week 7 vs OAK

    Week 8 @ Baltimore

    Week 9 vs Chicago

    Week 10 bye

    Week 11 vs Chiefs

    Week 12 @ Jacksonville

    Week 13 vs Broncos

    Week 14 @ KC

    Week 15 vs Dolphins

    ———————-

    Now here’s Hill’s schedule:

    Week 6 @ buffalo

    Week 7 bye

    Week 8 @ Pitt

    Week 9 vs Browns

    Week 10 vs Texans

    Week 11 @ Arizona

    Week 12 vs Rams

    Week 13 @ Cleveland

    Week 14 vs steelers

    Week 15 @ SF

    —–

    Based on this who has the more favorable schedule?

    If you advise to hang onto hill would you package Doug Martin + either hankerson, or Terrence Williams?

    My rbs are hill, gore, Martin, Lamar miller, Matt jones

    My WRs are demaryius, Alshon, Andre Johnson, cooks, john brown, hankerson, Terrence Williams

    He also has Chris Ivory, & lesean McCoy.

    —–

    Or what are your thoughts on dealing my hill + Terrence Williams for Demarco Murray.

    Demarco Murray has been up & down too

    Murray’s schedule:

    Week 6 vs Giants

    Week 7 @ Carolina

    Week 8 bye

    Week 9 at Dallas

    Week 10 vs Dolphins

    Week 11 vs bucs

    Week 12 @ Detroit

    Week 13 @ patriots

    Week 14 vs buffalo

    Week 15 vs cardinals

    • Son

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      @Robby: Based on schedule, I’d say the Chargers have the toughest schedule against the run, with the Bengals right behind them. The Eagles look to have the easiest schedule against the run. All that can change as the season goes on though. Based on schedule alone, I’d go with Murray. But I’m not a big Murray fan. I actually just traded him away in one of my leagues. Mathews looks better and Murray is always an injury risk. Plus, I’m not buying completely that the Eagles are back to their high throttling ways. It seems you want to get rid of Hill really bad. I guess I can understand, but personally I would hold onto him. The Bengals are for real and Hill will shine later in the year. He’s their pounder and Hue likes to pound teams into submission. I would not trade him for Gordon. I guess if you are really sick of Hill, I’d probably pursue Ivory out of all the backs you mentioned.

  13. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    i’m forgetting how many games this was,but in the playoffs when he was an actual starter davis had a much better than 3.2 yards per carry average. I’m sure that average is across almost all backup runs. Not saying West isn’t the add.

  14. FrankGrimes says:
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    great write up!

    fuck andy Reid!

  15. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Son! Vikings D or Falcons D for ros? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jerry: I prefer the Falcons. Schedule is easier and the offense should make most of the opposition one dimensional

  16. Jerry says:
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    Ok, thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jerry: you’re welcome. Anytime

  17. Jerry says:
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    SON, I have one more for you. Tavon Austin or Andre Johnson the rest of the way?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jerry: Austin

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