Noticed the Early bird ranking had these two right next to each other. In a 10 team, keep 4, PPR league. My other keepers are locked up, just wanted thoughts on who you would keep between these two. Most rankings have Benson as a higher back going into contract year but he may miss a few games. Charles is young (i.e. good for my keeper league) and looked great when he was starting last year. I think I might go with youth and potential, over trouble and slightly older RB but am having a tough time with this one.
You said you had your other keepers lined up, who are they? If going purely as a low end #1, I'd have to go with Jamaal Charles. If you have other solid backs lined up that can overcome the drop in catches, I'd go with Benson. Benson is on a run first team, gets goal line carries and has NO competition for the gig. Thomas Jones will steal some carries from Charles(though probably not many). My biggest concern is if they use Jones as the goal line back. Charlie Weis loves to run his backs inside the 5. Look at the Patriot super Bowl teams, I believe they ran the ball almost 70% of the time inside the 10 yard line.
Charles: 225 carries; 1,075yds; 45 rec; 284yds; 10TDs total
Benson: 290 carries; 1,140yds; 17 rec; 110yds; 7TDds Total
Other keepers are Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss, and Calvin Johnson so pretty solid first 3. After reading some other threads I am trying to package Moss and Charles/Benson for Andre Johnson. If that does not pan out I will lean towards Charles. After looking at Benson's numbers (total fantasy points) they are not as good as Charles when he got the carries in KC.
I would go Charles as well. I mean look what he did last year. Hes going to get the chance to do that again. And if you are like me and dont think it was a fluke then no reason he cant do it again and for a whole year. Sure T Jones is there now but that could be a good thing too. Charles is the man on that team now not Jones. They already went out and said that Charles is the centerpiece to the team. Charles and by a fair amount.
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You are correct with Charles having better second half numbers. My rebuttal is to look at the opponents.
10 11/15/09 @OAK 18 103 1 0 25.3....I could run for 110 against Oak. 11 11/22/09 PIT 17 58 0 0 18...not the best day 12 11/29/09 @SD 14 93 1 1 24.5..SD had a horrible def last year, look what the Jets did to them in the playoffs. 13 12/06/09 DEN 18 56 1 1 14.5..see Oak but not quiet as bad. 14 12/13/09 BUF 20 143 1 0 35.1...just EWWWW!! 15 12/20/09 CLE 25 154 1 0 30...JUST EWWW!!!! 16 12/27/09 @CIN 24 102 0 0 20.2...Umm, playoffs? Yeah terrible against the run lat e in the year. 17 01/03/10 @DEN 25 259 2 0 44.2...neither anything to play for plus a terrible run D.
Not saying to choose Benson, just look at all the facts.
I wanted to see what the community thought about how TO's arrival in Cinci affects Benson's value. (I think it should be a plus for Benson) Being a keeper league I think Charles could develop into a solid RB2 and possibly break out (he is much younger than Benson). I am most likely sticking to my decision on retaining Charles but let me know if you disagree with that move.