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Jamaal Charles

29-Year-Old Running Back – Kansas City Chiefs

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While Charles recorded the fifth 1,000-yard rushing season of his career, last year was something of a disappointment thanks in large part to a number of nagging injuries. Foot and ankle issues result...

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2015 ADP:  5.9

Rank (Overall): Hidden

Rank (RB): Hidden

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Bye Week:  9

STATUS:  OUT  (IR)     INJURY:  Knee
HT: 5' 11"   WT: 199   DOB: 12/27/1986
College: Texas  DRAFTED: 3rd Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


Jamaal Charles Contract Information:

Signed a two-year extension with the Chiefs in July of 2014 that runs through the 2017 season.

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Charles appears to be ahead of schedule in the rehabilitation process from a torn ACL in October, the Kansas City Star reports. "That's more of a medical assessment," general manager John Dorsey said. "If they say he's ahead of schedule, then I believe he's ahead of schedule, which is a positive for this organization."

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Jamaal Charles NFL Stats
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  Rushing Rush Distance Big Rush Games Receiving Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2008 21 16 67 357 0 5.3 - - - - - 27 272 10.1 1 40 - - - - - -
2009 22 15 190 1120 7 5.9 10 6 - - - 40 297 7.4 1 55 - - - - - -
2010 23 KC 16 230 1467 5 6.4 10 3 4 2 0 45 468 10.4 3 64 0 0 0 0 3 2
2011 24 KC 2 12 83 0 6.9 2 1 0 0 0 5 9 1.8 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 1
2012 25 KC 16 285 1509 5 5.3 11 5 7 3 2 35 236 6.7 1 48 0 0 0 0 5 3
2013 26 KC 15 259 1287 12 5.0 6 1 4 1 0 70 693 9.9 7 104 0 0 0 0 4 2
2014 27 KC 15 206 1033 9 5.0 6 2 1 1 0 40 291 7.3 5 59 0 0 0 0 5 3
2015 28 KC 5 71 364 4 5.1 2 0 1 0 0 21 177 8.4 1 30 0 0 0 0 3 2
2015 Proj 28 KC Subscribe now to see our 2013 projections for Jamaal Charles

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Jamaal Charles Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Rec/G Yds/G YPT In20 In10 In5
2008 21 16 4.3 6.0 5.2 4 22 4 - - 2 17 6.8 4 - -
2009 22 15 12.6 15.3 14.0 13 75 20 10 7 3 20 5.4 8 3 3
2010 23 KC 16 15.1 17.9 16.5 14 92 22 14 6 3 29 7.3 6 3 3
2011 24 KC 2 7.6 10.1 8.9 6 42 3 0 0 3 5 1.5 0 0 0
2012 25 KC 16 13.2 15.3 14.3 18 94 25 5 2 2 15 4.9 6 1 0
2013 26 KC 15 20.8 25.5 23.1 17 86 45 27 15 5 46 6.7 18 9 4
2014 27 KC 15 14.4 17.1 15.8 14 69 27 14 6 3 19 4.9 14 6 1
2015 28 KC 5 16.8 21.0 18.9 14 73 9 5 1 4 35 5.9 5 3 1
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Jamaal Charles – Playing Time Overview

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Offensive Snaps in 2015

Jamaal Charles was on the field for 264 of his team's snaps on offense in 2015.


Special Teams Snaps in 2015

Jamaal Charles was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2015.

Year Off ST
2013 845 0
2014 650 0
2015 264 0
Jamaal Charles 2015 Game Log
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  Snap Count Rushing Rush Distance Receiving Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Runs Red Zone Targets
Week Opp Off ST Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 @Hou 52 0 16 57 0 3.6 0 0 5 46 9.2 1 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0
2 Den 55 0 21 125 1 6.0 1 0 4 2 0.5 0 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 2 1
3 @GB 62 0 11 49 3 4.5 0 0 5 33 6.6 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 1 0 0 0
4 @Cin 59 0 11 75 0 6.8 1 0 6 70 11.7 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Chi 36 0 12 58 0 4.8 0 0 1 26 26.0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
6 @Min
7 Pit
8 Det
9 BYE Bye Week
10 @Den
11 @SD
12 Buf
13 @Oak
14 SD
15 @Bal
16 Cle
17 Oak
Playoffs @Hou
Playoffs @NE

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Jamaal Charles  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Running Backs
Height:   5' 11"
Weight:   199 lbs
40-Yard Dash:   4.38 sec
Shuttle Time:   4.22 sec
Cone Drill:   6.80 sec
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
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Vertical Jump:   31 in
Broad Jump:   122 in
Bench Press
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Jamaal Charles: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Charles (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Adam Teicher of reports.

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An MRI has reportedly confirmed that Charles tore his ACL on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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With Charles thus on track to miss the rest of the season, Charcandrick West and Knile Davis are next up for the Chiefs' backfield duties. With that in mind, coach Andy Reid relayed via the Kansas City Star that the duo would continue to split time, though it's worth noting that on Sunday, West finished the day with 31 yards on seven carries, while Davis carried the ball just twice for two yards. "I'm not saying who is or is not the feature guy, but we need both of them," Reid stated Sunday, with reference to turning to a West/Davis backfield combo. "Both their games are different. We'll just see how that goes." While the situation plays out, both West and Davis slot in as high-priority targets in leagues where they remain available, with West perhaps the higher percentage play, based on Week 5's box score, but not necessarily a lock to dominate the team's carries moving forward, given Davis' previous experience filling in for Charles.
ESPN's Adam Teicher relays that coach Andy Reid confirmed after Sunday's loss to the Bears that the preliminary report he received indicates that Charles suffered a torn ACL in the contest.

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We'll await further confirmation of the severity of Charles' knee injury, as will the Chiefs, but at this stage, things don't look very good with regard to the running back's playing status for the rest of the season. If an ACL tear is confirmed, the team's backfield duties would be in line to be handled by some combo of Charcandrick West and Knile Davis, making both backs worthy of targeting for pickups while this situation shakes out. This Sunday at least, West was next in line for the team's carries, finishing the game with seven rushes for 31 yards. Meanwhile, Davis, who has filled in for Charles in the past, carried the ball just twice for two yards.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that based on initial tests, there are fears that Charles suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game against the Bears.

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Charles was forced out of Sunday's game against the Bears with a knee injury. He will not return to the contest.

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At first glance it looks like the Chiefs' star running back could miss some time, as Charles was unable to put pressure on his right leg as he left the field Sunday. Look for the Chiefs to update Charles' status after the game, though for now, the team's backfield is in the hands of Charcandrick West and Knile Davis. Before the injury, Charles had 58 rushing yards on 12 carries and one catch for 26 receiving yards on four targets.
Charles gained 75 yards on 11 rushes and caught all six of his targets for another 70 yards in Sunday's game against the Bengals.

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Charles rushed 11 times for 49 yards and three touchdowns in Monday night's game against the Packers, while also catching five passes (on seven targets) for 33 yards.

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Charles ran for 125 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in Thursday's 31-24 loss to the Broncos, but he also lost a pair of fumbles, including one that was returned for the game-winning touchdown with 27 seconds remaining.

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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 always been missing. While he's always been known for his pure speed and elite cutting ability, Charles had – perhaps for fear of brittleness – been largely sheltered from duty near the end zone before last year. But in 2013, the Chiefs handed Charles the ball 15 times inside the five-yard line – matching his total in that category from the prior four seasons combined. He also saw 18 pass targets inside the red zone, which was more than double his total from any previous campaign. The result: 19 total touchdowns from a guy who had previously totaled 24 in five seasons. All that short-yardage usage may have contributed to Charles' career-low 5.0 YPC, but his fantasy owners certainly didn't mind. Indeed, they had to be quite happy with his newfound toughness – including 39 broken tackles, fourth-most in the NFL. Owners in PPR leagues minded even less, as Charles spectacularly totaled 70 catches on a ridiculous 104 targets last year after never grabbing more than 45 passes in a season before. Although Charles did suffer a concussion in last year's playoffs, that's sure to be long cleared up by the time this season kicks off, and Charles doesn't have a history of head injuries. Yes, concussions can develop into recurring issues, but that's a fear with every NFL player. That aside, Charles is fully healthy and now two quality seasons removed from the torn ACL that limited him to two games in 2011. The Chiefs have a quality backup in Knile Davis, but that shouldn't have much of an effect on Charles. As long as he remains healthy, he'll remain Kansas City's featured back, meaning he'll see the vast majority of Alex Smith's handoffs and backfield passes. Another run at 2,000 total yards is in the cards – and with his newfound goal-line duties, Charles has a very good chance to be fantasy's most valuable back.


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.