Coming into this season, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will be 28 years old. It is said that running backs in the NFL “peak” at the age of 27, but I’m here to explain to you just why that’s not true at all.
During last season, Charles was 27 and he still put up very productive numbers. This isn’t really noticeable in the fantasy world because last year he was the 7th highest scoring back in fantasy, just ahead of Justin Forsett and Lamar Miller. Also, Charles has had some injury problems, which scares possible fantasy owners as well. So after everything I just said, I’m still going to say he’s the clear number one pick next season.
You may say, “But Andrew why? How?”
Well, I’m going to tell you how!
For starters, Charles is the all-time leader for running backs in yard per carry. This is extremely valuable in leagues that distribute points per yards carried. Charles averaged an astonishing 5.0 yards per carry last year, which ranked 4th for starting running backs.
Along with his yards per carry, Charles managed to rush for over 1,000 yards for the 3rd year in a row. Therefore, he managed to find the end zone 9 times as well. If you need any more proof of his production, lets check his receiving stats. Aside from Matt Forte, Charles is one of the best receiving backs in the game. Last year Charles managed to pull in just less than 2.5 receptions per game and caught 5 touchdowns. That would end up ranking 2nd in the league for running backs, just behind Ahmad Bradshaw. If Charles can put together his receiving production along with his receiving abilities, he can really create a productive year.
In 2013, Charles combined for 19 touchdowns. He was the scoring leader for running backs by a huge margin, over 30 points to be exact. But many might say that the concern isn’t with Charles himself, but with the Chiefs. I would tend to disagree with this as well. With the offseason additions of Ben Grubbs and Mitch Morse, their offensive line is vastly improved.
Also, the addition of Jeremy Maclin should improve the receiving core tremendously. Consequently, opening up the run game even more. Charles has proven over the years by stats alone that he is the best running back in league, and I don’t expect this year to be much different.
Fantasy owners take notice; Jamaal Charles is set to break out this year.