Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #9 20.78 KC Questionable 8 years 29 5'11 199 @jcharles25

2016 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)

Last updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs


The window for Jamaal Charles to be an impact back is beginning to close. For the second time in his career, Jamaal suffered a major knee injury costing him most of a season. In 2015, Charles was much more active in the passing game over the first four games of the season (20/151/1 on 26 targets), which put him on pace to break his career-high of 70 catches in 2013. Even with a bump in value in the passing game, he finished with only 71 rushes for 364 yards and four TDs. This projected over 16 games would be 227 carries for 1165 yards and 13 TDs. Overall, he was on pace for about 300 touches and 1700+ yards. He tore ACL in his right knee in Mid-October (left knee in 2011), which gives him enough time to be ready for the start of the regular season. Typically, it takes about ten months to return to the field with close to full strength. With age not on his side and the success of Charcandrick West in 2015, Jamaal may not regain the full ride in 2016. He's averaged 5.5 yards per rush in his career, so it's tough to write him off. I expect him to have full value in the passing game with some limitation on early downs until he gets back into game shape. In the end, about 250 touches seem reasonable with mid-range TDs and about 1400 yards. This works out to about 250 Fantasy points in PPR leagues or a back-end RB1. There's some definite risk here because Charles requires you to spend a 2nd or 3rd round pick.

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2016 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #1
June 12th, 2016
2.11 Project Roto - No commentary.
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #2
June 27th, 2016
2.07 Mastersball - Perry Van Hook - Charles, despite the occasional injuries is exactly the right back for a team that can get to the playoffs and put up big points. I will try and land Charcandrick West in later rounds to cover the injury weeks (but hope they don’t happen).
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #3
August 10th, 2016
2.11 Draft Sharks - Jared Smola - 2.11 is a fair price to pay for a guy with risk coming off a torn ACL, but also massive upside. Charles had finished as a top 9 PPR RB in 3 straight seasons before last year, including #1 in 2013.
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