I sat in my chair for several moments after completing my synopsis of Charcandrick West last week, pondering what sort of FAAB bid I would recommend for owners to spend to acquire his services. Surely, the amount of volume he would receive while carrying the load for Kansas City would be enough to warrant a higher bid, but with Knile Davis looming in the background and the team short on playmakers, I didn’t want owners to be overzealous. My thought was that a bid between 35-40 percent of a team’s total budget should ensure that he was added, and while that was certainly sufficient to get him, West managed to let owners down in a major way on Sunday, rushing for 33 yards on nine carries and adding a six-yard reception.
Look, no one said this was easy. Given that my article is geared towards deeper leagues with savvy managers, and recommends players who are minimally owned, several of them are bound to be flops. This one, though, angered me. Granted, the Minnesota Vikings’ run defense isn’t a cakewalk, but I certainly expected that there would be more than 18 total rushing attempts for the Chiefs in this game due to both game flow and Andy Reid’s prior history of running the ball. West didn’t play poorly enough that he will be yanked from the starting role right away, but he certainly didn’t separate himself enough to eliminate the timeshare. This is a prime example of a situation where I would stress that owners not overreact and cut him after one poor performance, and practice patience if possible.
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