28-Year-Old Running Back – Kansas City Chiefs
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Always a fantasy stud when healthy, Charles' value managed to take a dramatic leap forward last season thanks to new Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who handed Charles the consistent goal-line duty he's alway...
Jamaal Charles Contract Information:
Signed a two-year extension with the Chiefs in July of 2014 that runs through the 2017 season.
Charles (hamstring, ankle) had 13 carries for 54 rushing yards and two catches on three targets for eight receiving yards during Sunday's win over the Chargers.
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Jamaal Charles: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Though we'd expect Charles -- who practiced in a limited fashion all week -- to be available Sunday, the questionable designation suggests that the running back's status should be verified in advance of the Chiefs' 1:00 ET kickoff on Sunday.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After missing nearly all 2011 with a torn ACL, Charles returned to display every bit of his trademark acceleration and razor-sharp cutting ability en route to an impressive 5.3 YPC (3rd) last year. He now boasts an incredible 5.8 YPC career average and has rushed for nearly 3,000 yards in his last two full seasons. Charles' efficiency last year is even more impressive considering Kansas City featured the league's worst passing offense in both yards and touchdowns. Under new coach Andy Reid and with Alex Smith at quarterback the threat of the pass should take a big step forward. While Charles might not see the 285 carries he did last year (LeSean McCoy’s high under Reid was 273), he should see more receptions than last year's 35 in Reid's West Coast system. Charles figures to remain one of the biggest yardage machines in the league, and in what looks to be a significantly improved offense, he could finally break through the double-digit touchdown barrier that's capped his upside in previous years. Last season, he had just 25 red-zone carries, only five inside the 10-yard line.
Charles tore his ACL in Week 2 last year, ending his season almost before it started. He’ll have nearly a full year to recover, but for a back who relies so heavily on cutting laterally and explosive speed, there’s some concern as to whether he’ll be the same player. Because the Chiefs don’t treat him like a workhorse and brought in Peyton Hillis during the offseason, he’ll need to maintain high levels of per-touch production in order to remain an elite fantasy back, something he had no problem doing two years ago as he finished with the second-best YPC mark in NFL history. Former head coach Todd Haley is gone, so it’s possible his successor Romeo Crennel gives Charles more work, especially considering he’s a likely better fit than Hillis for the team’s new zone-blocking scheme. At press time, reports of Charles’ recovery were positive. If he looks like he has his lateral quickness back in August, he should be drafted aggressively.
Despite receiving a modest 230 carries, which ranked 14th in the NFL, Charles finished second in the league with 1,467 rushing yards last season, thanks to a 6.378 YPC mark that was just .02 away from breaking Jim Brown’s all-time record. Charles was active as a receiver (48 catches, 468 yards), but it was maddening to see the team’s best player given more than 16 carries just three times over the season (with a high of 22 rushing attempts). Charles, who recorded an NFL-high 80-yard rush, is probably the league’s fastest running back, but he’s also much stronger than most speed backs, rarely going down at first contact. There are two main concerns regarding Charles, one being his lack of goal-line opportunities. His five goal-line carries last season tied for 40th in the league, though it’s worth noting he converted four of them for scores. The other worry is coach Todd Haley, who seemingly will never trust Charles as a lead back. Still, Thomas Jones is now 33 and has a whopping 2,525 career carries, and he averaged a paltry 2.8 YPC over the final nine games last season, so Haley may be left with no choice but to give Charles more rushing attempts. There’s an argument Charles is the best back in football, so only Haley can prevent him from threatening to be the No. 1 fantasy RB.
After becoming the starter last year, Charles totaled 1,126 yards with eight touchdowns over the final eight games, but Charles may not have sold himself as a feature back to his organization, as the Chiefs brought in Thomas Jones during the offseason. While the odds are clearly against Charles keeping up his second half pace (which would result in 2,252 total yards and 16 scores over a full season), realize that production came with a modest 161 carries, so it’s not like he needs big volume to be highly effective. Despite running behind the same offensive line that saw Larry Johnson get 2.9 YPC, Charles’ 5.9 YPC mark tied for the NFL lead. Charles turned a greater percentage of his carries into first downs (54/190) than any other back in football while also averaging an amazing 3.6 YPC after first contact — a number that easily led the NFL and is especially surprising given his size. The Chiefs remain a bad team though, and it’s never easy producing big stats as a RB playing for a weak offense, but Charles sure looks like a special talent who will also be heavily involved as a receiver. The newly acquired Jones will surely take away carries and is a major threat to steal them at the goal line, but he’s 32 years old, has averaged 308 carries the last five seasons and faded badly down the stretch last year. There will be safer picks than Charles, but none will have more upside at that stage of the draft.
When given the opportunity, Charles impressed last season, averaging 5.3 YPC while flashing skills as a receiver. Unfortunately, he failed when answering questions about his durability, as an ankle injury slowed him throughout the second half of the year. Larry Johnson’s future in Kansas City is uncertain, and there are no other viable backs on the roster, so Charles could be a factor in 2009. With Matt Cassel in at quarterback and the innovative Todd Haley taking over as head coach, the Chiefs offense also has potential, so Charles is a sneaky target.
Larry Johnson owners looking for a handcuff late in drafts must decide between Charles and second-year player Kolby Smith. Charles boasts terrific speed and shiftiness, while Smith is more of a between-the-tackles type. Smith’s experience gives him the leg up heading into training camp, but Charles represents the type of upside play that is usually more attractive in the late rounds.