Is Jamaal Charles a Fantasy Football RB1?

August 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This shouldn’t even be a question after the way he ripped through opposing defenses for 1,126 total yards (968 rushing) and eight touchdowns over the final eight games last year. You’re talking about 20 fantasy points per game—that puts him in the conversation with Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, and Maurice Jones-Drew territory.
However, his ADP according to Mock Draft Central, is 25 (15th running back). I actually have him a few notches lower on my RB totem pole (click to see my rankings). I know he’s just 23 (24 in December) without a lot of wear on the tires, but that’s just it. He has 257 career carries. He doesn’t have a track record to show he can handle 250-plus carries. With Thomas Jones in town, who knows if he’ll get that opportunity.
Thomas Jones just keeps producing. The Bears drafted Cedric Benson and Thomas Jones responded with 1,335 yards. In Benson’s second year with Chicago TJ ran for 1,210 yards. He then ...

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