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How Good Can Jamaal Charles be in 2013?
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On June 6, 2013 @ 4:32 pm In Latest News | Comments Disabled
For the past few seasons, Jamaal Charles has had to put up impressive numbers despite playing for a mediocre team and fighting through injuries. Heading into 2013, the Chiefs have new optimism and Charles appears to be healthy. The question is will we be seeing an even better running back this season?
Heading into the start of the 2013 season, Charles is the all-time leader in NFL history when it comes to yards per carry. Most of his work has been done with defenses lining up to stop him as well. Thanks to the acquisition of Alex Smith to play quarterback, not to mention improvements made through free agency and the draft, the hope is that Kansas City finally turns things around. That could be great news for Charles, and those who draft him to their fantasy football teams, he will finally have a little more breathing room.
Last season was a big one for Charles, and many seem to forget that he was coming off an ACL injury the season before. Kansas City had the worst passing offense in 2012, meaning Charles had to be a workhorse. While he might see a decrease in carries the season, he could also be more efficient.
The great news for Kansas City is the fact that Charles is still just 25 years old. Since 30 seems to be the magic number for NFL running backs, it appears as though the team will have their franchise ball carrier for the entire rebuilding process. Not many people outside of Kansas City feel like this is a playoff team in 2013, but it is a step in the right direction.
If you are playing fantasy football in 2013, Charles is definitely a great value pick. He won’t last long, but don’t be surprised if he has one of the best seasons of his career. Other than Adrian Peterson, he can be put in the same class as any other running back in the NFL.
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