Draft Zone: 4th Ranked Running Back – Chiefs Jamaal Charles

Kansas City Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles is the 4th ranked running back in this year’s fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 4, he’s likely to be taken with one of the top five picks in all fantasy drafts.

The sixth year player currently holds the all-time career leader in yards per carry title with an impressive 5.8 per carry. He’s also one of the only true playmakers on the Chiefs’ offense.

During the 2011 season, he tore his ACL in the second game of the season and was placed on the injured reserve for the remainder of the year. Charles made a miraculous rebound rushing for 1,509 yards and five touchdowns last season. In 2012 he rushed for more than 100 yards seven times, two of which were for over 220 yards. Charles also hauled in 35 receptions for 236 yards and one touchdown.

New head coach Andy Reid will likely utilize Charles’ unique skill set like he did with running backs Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia, earning them both All-Pro accolades.

This offseason has been tough on Charles who sprained his foot in training camp and has only recently returned to practice. Expect Charles to be back to full health and ready to start week 1.

If the 26-year-old back can stay healthy, expect him to produce at a very high level once again. Fantasy owners should expect him to rush for more that 1,200 yards this season and is well worth a top five draft pick in all fantasy leagues.

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