Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
|RB - #1||8.00||KC||Active||8 years||28||5'11||199||@jcharles25|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-29-2014 by Jeb Gorham
FANTASY ROYALTY: Charles is the ultimate fantasy stud. His 1,287 rushing yards and 12 rushing TDs produced his best fantasy season to date. On the receiving side, Charles doubled his 2012 receiving targets and gained nearly 700 yards through the air, along with seven touchdowns. Charles should see continued chemistry with Alex Smith and continue to be the focal point of this offense's game-plan. He has been the Chiefs' MVP four of the last five seasons. Charles is a no-brainer in fantasy circles and should be off the board with either the first or second pick in redraft.
Editor's note: Expecting Charles to replicate his 2013 numbers isn't wise. During his three best seasons as the Chiefs' primary back (2009-10, 2012), he scored 22 total TDs. Last season, he scored 19 total TDs. A big year could still be on the way; however, a regression toward the mean is a more logical outlook. The wild card is head coach Andy Reid. His presence obviously did wonders for Charles' production. It just wouldn't make much sense to expect him to do it all over again after smashing most of his personal bests by a wide margin. Also, losses to the offensive line are never easy to work through and the Chiefs have had their share of offensive line issues this off-season losing three key starters to free agency.
Jamaal Charles really wants the Chiefs to improve their offensive line in this year's draft. 'I definitely want then to address it,' Charles said. 'I'm not a GM so I can't do that job. But it was challenging last year playing with guys - some got hurt, some got suspended. So it was hard playing. I never knew how crucial it was to my career that I needed linemen." Charles went on to talk about how his goal is to reach the 2,000 yard mark and he believes it's very possible. He admits that it will take a total effort for him to reach that accomplishment and the O-line is key piece.Fantasy Analysis:
Who can blame Charles for wanting a better O-line? The Chiefs desperately need to improve their line and will address it in the first two rounds of the draft. Whether Charles can stay healthy enough to rush for 2,000 yards is very debatable. What's not debatable is that a bolstered line would help immensely. Charles is expected to be at least a top five fantasy back drafted this season and no one would be shocked if he ended the season as the top guy.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/24 - Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles wants the team to draft offensive linemen
4/14 - Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles admits to playing injured through 2014
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|1.02||2006 World Champion - Charles year was just too big last year. If he does 80% of what he did this pick works.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|1.03||FFToolbox - He may not repeat as top fantasy scorer, but he will be very close to it. PPR monster.|
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