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NFL fantasy football: Don't worry about Jamaal Charles


How will Andy Reid's presence in Kansas City affect the value of Jamaal Charles? - @SatisJackson305 (via Twitter)

Michael Fabiano: Reid will install his version of the West Coast offense with the Chiefs. It's a system that received a lot of complaints from fans and fantasy owners alike, as both LeSean McCoy and Brian Westbrook seemed to be under utilized in the ground attack. However, both backs were heavily involved in the pass attack. That's likely to be the case with Charles, who caught a combined 85 passes from 2009-2010 and should see an up tick in PPR value. Overall, I still see him as a first- or second-round pick in 2013.

What do you think of Ryan Mathews? I know you've backed him a lot. - S. Cherone (via Facebook)

M.F.: I jumped off that bandwagon around the midseason point, and I don't see a return trip in the future, either. While talented, Mathews is what he is after three years at the pro level - injury prone and incapable of being a true featured back at the NFL level. I mean, he had more broken clavicles than visits to the end zone in 2012. There are even reports out of San Diego that suggest the Chargers organization has "some doubt" about Mathews' ability to become "the player that was envisioned three years ago." So where will Mathews be taken in 2013 drafts? I would guess somewhere in the fifth to sixth round as a No. 2 back or flex option.

I know you nailed almost all of your preseason fantasy man crush picks, top work! Do you have any picks for 2013? - E. China (via Google+)

M.F.: The list is incomplete at this point, but there are some strong candidates lined up. Colin Kaepernick will be a member of the fantasy man crush squad, as will Russell Wilson and Percy Harvin. I also have a man crush on C.J. Spiller, who I think can be a top-five fantasy back in 2013.

Is Robert Griffin III too much of a risk to be taken in the first round next season? - @Maestro25 (via Twitter)

M.F.: Now that we know he's having a major knee reconstruction, there's no chance I would take him in the first round. Overall, his style of play makes him both a fantasy star and a risk. We all love it when RG3 leaves the pocket and picks up those ever-important rushing yards and touchdowns, but it's also at these times when he is the most vulnerable to getting injured. I'm not drafting a quarterback in the first round anyway, but even if I did (I won't) I'd be going after Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady or Cam Newton ahead of the Redskins signal-caller.

I need to keep one running back from Alfred Morris and Doug Martin. Thoughts? - J. Fougere (via Facebook)

M.F.: It's a tough call, but I'd side with Martin. He reminds me so much of Ray Rice and Maurice Jones-Drew because of his skill set and body frame, and it's hard to argue with his amazing rookie totals. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will continue to run the football under coach Greg Schiano, and the "Muscle Hamster" will remain the centerpiece of the offensive attack. So while I do like Morris, Martin is the back to keep.

I'm on the fence this week in the NFL Playoff Challenge. Do I go with Demaryius Thomas or Wes Welker? I started A.J. Green in the Wild Card round. - P. Harrelson (via Google+)

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M.F.: I'm on record as saying the Denver Broncos are going to the Super Bowl, so I have Peyton Manning, Thomas, Eric Decker, Matt Prater and their defense all active in the NFL Playoff Challenge. As a result, I'll go with Thomas ahead of Welker and keep him active as long as the Broncos keep winning.

Since Jones-Drew waited so long to have foot surgery, will his 2013 draft stock be affected? - @call_me_trell (via Twitter)

M.F.: The value of MJD is largely dependant on his successful return from that surgical procedure. Barring any setbacks, I can see him coming off the board in the second-round as a high-end No. 2 fantasy runner. In fact, Elliot Harrison landed him in that area in the recent five-round NFL Fantasy LIVE mock draft. At 27 (he'll be 28 in March), and coming off a season with just 86 carries, I can see Jones-Drew putting up another solid year or two before his numbers decline.

Which two players would you retain from Green, RG3, Brandon Marshall, Morris, Adrian Peterson, Matt Ryan and Roddy White? - D. Perallo (via Facebook)

M.F.: I don't know how anyone can put Peterson back into the pool of free agents after what he did in 2012, so he's the first player to retain. The second keeper, at least right now, is Griffin III. Things could change in the offseason if his knee ailment is considered serious, but RG3 gets the call over the other options.

What sort of value will Daryl Richardson have next season, assuming Steven Jackson is no longer in St. Louis? - A. Slausen (via Google+)

M.F.: Richardson would have sleeper written all over him if he ends up as the favorite to start in St. Louis next season. Of course, all of that depends on what happens with Jackson. He's said all along that he wants to finish his career with the Rams, but he'll likely need to return at a discounted price for that to happen. Richardson, who showed some flashes of potential as a rookie, would have flex-starter value if Jackson is out of the mix in 2013.

Will teams on a bye in the Wild Card round receive double points in the Divisional round for the NFL Playoff Challenge? - @wendn4rb (via Twitter)

M.F.: If you had players from those teams in your active lineup during the Wild Card weekend, and you keep them active in the Divisional round then yes, you will receive double points. If you played, for example, RG3 in the Wild Card round and replace him with Manning, then you would not receive double points from the Broncos quarterback until the Conference round (assuming the Broncos beat the Ravens).

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!