You better have won your fantasy playoff matchup Sunday if you own Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles . Just how great was his 215-yard, five-score afternoon in Oakland?
According to ESPN, Charles became the fifth player in the last 50 seasons to score five touchdowns and gain least 200 yards from scrimmage. The list is quite prestigious: Gale Sayers, Jerry Rice, Shaun Alexander, and Clinton Portis. Charles' 195 receiving yards were the most by a running back since Marshall Faulk put up 204 yards in 1999. And 172 of Charles' yards through the air came after the catch, the most from any player since 2006.
Charles also became the first player in NFL history to post four touchdown receptions and a rushing touchdown in a game. The four receiving touchdowns are a first by an NFL running back.
From a fantasy perspective, Charles' 51 points matched Buccaneers running back Doug Martin , who had his monster game also at Oakland back in Week 9 of 2012. Although, in fractional-point formats, Charles finished slightly ahead of Martin. Only five non-quarterbacks -- Sayers, Rice, Alexander, Portis, and Jim Brown -- have tallied more fantasy points in a game since 1960, according to ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft.
Charles and Nick Foles this year, Doug Martin last year; opponents love putting up historic fantasy numbers in front of the "Black Hole." Charles was hardly touched on a few of his scoring plays.
And just to add a few more dashes of amazing to this, Charles touched the ball a season-low 16 times on Sunday, rushed for just 20 yards on eight carries, and didn't handle the ball in the final 18 minutes of the game.
Charles' speed and agility are obviously special even for the NFL, but he's become more of a hard-nosed runner who is confident that he can get the job done between the tackles. He is at the center of an offense that knows he is its best player, and he is utilized as such. His coaches give him a big workload every week and scheme to get him involved in many different ways. Plus, despite his small frame, the Chiefs love to use Charles at the goal line. What else could you want from a fantasy running back? Charles will turn 27 later this month and might be the first RB off the board in 2014 drafts.
As far as 2013 is concerned, Charles has totaled 1,836 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns in 14 games. He plays the Colts next week. Uh, I think he's a solid start.