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Jamaal Charles | Running Back

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
College: Texas
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Jamaal Charles rushed 11 times for 75 yards and caught 6-of-6 targets for 70 yards in the Chiefs' Week 4 loss to Cincinnati.
Charles was extremely efficient with his touches, but it's worth noting that he rotated with Charcandrick West in the second half of Sunday's loss. That may have been a case of the Chiefs trying to manage Charles, who through entered the game leading all NFL running backs in snaps played. Either way, fantasy owners should be pleased with Charles' 145 all-purpose yards. Charles has a gorgeous matchup with the Bears on deck. Through four games, Charles is on pace for 1,828 total yards and 20 touchdowns. He will be the overall RB1 entering Week 5. Oct 4 - 4:55 PM

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Jamaal Charles rushed 11 times for 49 yards and three touchdowns and caught 5-of-7 targets for 33 yards in the Chiefs' 38-28, Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Charles and the Chiefs managed 94 total yards of offense in the first half, and didn't really get going until the game was already out of hand in the third quarter at 31-7. Still, Charles benefitted by getting most of the scoring looks near the goal line, pounding in touchdown runs from seven, four, and nine yards out. It just further proves that Charles is pretty much matchup-proof because he's still going to get touches and remain the focal point of the offense near the end zone. Continue to fire him up as a locked-in RB1 for Week 4 against the Bengals.
Sep 29 - 12:30 AM

Jamaal Charles rushed 21 times for 125 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's 31-24, Week 2 loss to the Broncos, but also lost two fumbles.

Charles "added" four receptions for two yards. Charles was his vintage self for most of the evening, but bookended an otherwise stellar performance with two back-breaking cough ups. Charles' first fumble came on a 3rd-and-5 from the Broncos' five-yard line, while his second was housed for Denver's game-winning score with only 0:27 remaining. Tasked with running out the clock on a draw, Charles let the ball get poked out as he fell to the ground. It was a soft loss. The good news is that Charles was gliding around the field when he wasn't turning the ball over. He's still far and away the Chiefs' best player. He'll remain a top-five RB1 for next week's trip to Green Bay.
Sep 18 - 12:06 AM

Jamaal Charles managed 57 yards on 16 carries, but caught 5-of-8 targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' Week 1 win over the Texans.

The Chiefs were very aggressive in the passing game to open this one. Charles was highly active as a receiver, seeing seven first-half targets and scoring his touchdown from seven yards out on a swing pass. The usage brought back memories of Charles' deployment by Andy Reid in 2013, when he led all running backs in targets, receptions, and fantasy points. Charles will remain a top-shelf RB1 option in Week 2 against the Broncos.
Sep 13 - 4:44 PM

Jamaal Charles had three carries for 26 yards in Kansas City's third preseason game.

He added two catches for 15 yards. The Chiefs barely played Charles this preseason in an effort to keep him healthy. He remains a strong bet for 250-plus touches as the centerpiece of Kansas City's offense. Charles should be drafted a top-five fantasy pick.
Aug 28 - 9:55 PM

Jamaal Charles caught three passes for seven yards in the Chiefs' second preseason game Friday night.

He didn't receive a carry, resting while Knile Davis took the beating. Although it didn't result in many yards, it was nice to see Charles heavily involved in the Chiefs' screen game. His receiving usage dipped sharply last year, battling an early-season high ankle sprain and never fully getting going there after leading all NFL running backs in pass-game targets the season before.
Aug 21 - 10:30 PM

The Chiefs are prepared to give Jamaal Charles more rest this season.

"You want to make sure he is healthy late in the season," OC Doug Pederson said. "So if that means giving a guy like Knile Davis some reps — whatever you have to do to keep (Charles) healthy for 16 games, you do that each week." Charles remains the focal point of the Chiefs' offense, but it doesn't sound like they want him to average the 22 weekly touches he managed in 2013. Battling various injuries, Charles averaged a more modest 16.4 touches in 2014. Even if that number is again in the 16-18 range this season, Charles is a no-brainer RB1.
Aug 4 - 5:24 PM

Jamaal Charles has dropped his weight to 204 pounds and reiterated that he wants to play six more seasons in the NFL.

Charles, 28, is under contract with Kansas City for two more years. He says he's changed his diet with an emphasis on longevity. "I feel like I’m young all over again," said Charles. "I feel like I am 20, 21. I feel good, I feel healthy, I eat right, I take vitamins, I do yoga. I am doing everything I am supposed to do to keep my body up at age." Charles has the all-purpose game to last longer in the league than most running backs, even if he becomes more of a rotational passing-down specialist later in his career. Charles' current re-draft ADP is No. 3 overall.
Jun 14 - 3:54 PM

Jamaal Charles said he wants to play another six seasons.

It's an unrealistic goal for Charles, who already has 1,511 NFL touches on his resume at age 28. But at least we know he's feeling healthy after ankle, knee and hamstring issues plagued him in 2014. The Chiefs also traded for LG Ben Grubbs and drafted potential starting center Mitch Morse in the second round, offsetting the loss of Rodney Hudson. Charles is a top-six fantasy back once again.
May 28 - 11:16 AM

Jamaal Charles said he wants the Chiefs to upgrade the offensive line in the draft.

Charles, who lost stud center Rodney Hudson in free agency, channeled his inner Chris Johnson with these quotes. "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." Despite the struggles of the line, Charles still averaged 5.01 YPC and finished as fantasy's No. 7 overall running back. He'll be an elite producer even if the Chiefs' hogs project to struggle once again.
Apr 20 - 7:52 AM

Jamaal Charles says he's healthy after battling a host of minor ailments in 2014.

Charles missed just one game but was slowed by ankle, knee and hamstring issues. "I was frustrated more last season than I’ve ever been because of all of those injuries," he admitted. "I was frustrated because I didn’t feel my body was right the whole season." Despite the frustration and injuries, Charles averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Headed into his age-28 season, Charles has racked up 1,511 career touches, but there's little reason to believe he'll cease being a top-shelf RB1.
Apr 14 - 1:50 PM

Jamaal Charles had 13 carries for 54 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Chargers.

Charles came into the game questionable with ankle and hamstring injuries. The Chiefs gave him just 14 touches and rested him late in the fourth quarter. Charles still managed to go over 1,000 yards for the fifth consecutive season. He also had 291 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns this year. Charles will remain a top-five fantasy running back in 2015.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Jamaal Charles (ankle, hamstring) is active for Week 17 against the Chargers.

Charles was listed as questionable, but practiced throughout the week. He should be locked into a heavy workload with Chase Daniel starting. The Chiefs inactives are QB Alex Smith, WR Donnie Avery, CB Phillip Gaines, CB Marcus Cooper, C Eric Kush, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, and DL Nick Williams.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Jamaal Charles (ankle, hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

He was limited in practice each day this week. Slowing down over the course of the season, Charles has finished on a disappointing note from a fantasy perspective. The Chiefs need a win against the Chargers to have a shot at the playoffs, however, and Charles almost certainly will play. You can see where Patrick Daugherty has Charles ranked among Week 17 running backs at the link below.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 04:28:00 PM

Jamaal Charles (hamstring, ankle) was limited in Thursday's practice.

The Chiefs are just resting Charles ahead of Sunday's must-win finale against the Chargers. He'll be ready to rock for his normal role.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 06:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Alex Smith
2Chase Daniel
3Aaron Murray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3Charcandrick West
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Charcandrick West
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Jason Avant
3Frankie Hammond
WR21Albert Wilson
2De'Anthony Thomas
3Chris Conley
WR31Jason Avant
TE1Travis Kelce
2James O'Shaughnessy
3Demetrius Harris
4Brian Parker
LT1Donald Stephenson
LG1Ben Grubbs
C1Mitch Morse
2Zach Fulton
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
2Jeff Allen
RT1Jah Reid
2Eric Fisher
K1Cairo Santos