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By Michael Blunda

After Jamaal Charles tore up the league during the stretch run of '09, most owners expected him to be a fantasy force for the entirety of 2010. But thus far, he has taken a backseat to Thomas Jones in the Kansas City backfield.

During Sunday's victory at Cleveland, Jones dominated the backfield, taking 22 attempts for 83 yards compared to Charles' 11 carries for 49 yards. Apparently, the Chiefs would rather pound the ball down opponents' throats than give themselves a chance for game-changing plays from the RB position.

Head coach Todd Haley must not pay too close attention to the numbers, as they clearly indicate that Charles is the one who deserves to be handling the bulk of the workload. Not only did he run at a breakneck pace in the second half of last season, but he's gaining 6.4 yards per carry this year. Jones, meanwhile, is coming in at a mediocre 3.7 yards per rush.

Haley has never seemed to fully trust Charles, and the carry distribution would appear to back up that theory. With Jones firmly entrenched as the Chiefs' lead back for the time being, fantasy managers are just going to have to hope that Charles can make the most of his limited work. While he still belongs in lineups in most formats, owners with deep rosters in smaller leagues wouldn't be faulted for benching him.

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