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RB Jamaal Charles - Denver Broncos

5-11, 200Born: 12-27-1986College: TexasDrafted: Round 3

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Charles' range of outcomes this year is anywhere from not making the team to being the most productive back in the Denver backfield. He has always been a great receiver out of the backfield and CJ Anderson hasn't had a fully healthy season to date. In best ball drafts you can afford to swing and miss on a late pick or two, so it makes sense to swing for the fences unless you overinvested at the position earlier. Charles is a hail mary that could save a best ball team.


After the 2017 NFL draft, the Broncos decided to add more talent to their RB corps so they signed Jamaal Charles to a one-year deal. Charles has missed most of the last two years (only eight games played combined) due to a knee injury suffered in 2015. Last year Charles tried to play and didn't look anything like the player he used to be. With the Broncos, Charles has a chance to win the starting job as head coach Vance Joseph has said the RB position is an open competition. However, with his age and history of knee problems Charles might be better used as a change-of-pace back. Charles is still salty after the Chiefs let him go, and he still thinks he can be 'the man' if given the chance. If healthy, Charles can use his speed to attack a defense on screen passes or draw plays. In PPR leagues, Charles could have a Danny Woodhead-like role for the Broncos offense designed by Mike McCoy. (July 10)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 54, 43, 43, 44, 46, 48, 53, 54, 55, 55, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59
RB Redraft PPR - 56, 43, 46, 48, 52, 53, 53, 53, 54, 55, 55, 56, 58, 58, 59
RB Dynasty - 56, 48, 57, 57, 58, 62, 62

Stats and Projections

2014 KC 15 206 1033 9 59 40 291 5 3
2015 KC 5 71 364 4 30 21 177 1 2
2016 KC 3 12 40 1 3 2 14 0
2017 PROJ-Dodds 14 100 * * 28 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 11 65 * * 23 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 13 80 * * 24 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 14 65 * * 24 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 144
RB: 49
Overall-PPR: 135
RB-PPR: 48

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Latest News

Broncos | Jamaal Charles will play plenty (Mon Aug 21, 04:00 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) will see a lot of playing time in Week 3 of the preseason, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

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Broncos | Jamaal Charles won't play Saturday (Tue Aug 15, 02:08 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) will not play Saturday, Aug. 19, against the San Francisco 49ers, according to head coach Vance Joseph. He will play in Week 3 of the preseason, however.

Our View: Charles is fully cleared to participate in Broncos camp but he rarely does much of anything in practice. Joseph says the decision to hold him back is on himself and that Charles wanted to play in the first preseason game against the Bears. If Charles can be a shadow of his former self, he could make the team as a reserve runner. If his knees are shot, then Charles might not make the 53-man roster.
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Broncos | Jamaal Charles may be scratch against 49ers (Mon Aug 14, 07:26 AM) - Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) may not play in the second exhibition game Saturday, Aug. 19, against the San Francisco 49ers.

Our View: He didn't play in the team's first game against the Bears either. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph says they have a plan for Charles, but he won't reveal what that plan is. Now, it just seems the plan for Charles is to rest him as much as possible. He's fully cleared to participate in practice, but Charles rarely receives much work in team drills. That has slowly ramped up...a little bit...since the start of training camp.
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Broncos | Several Broncos won't play Thursday (Thu Aug 10, 04:48 PM) - Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (rest), FS T.J. Ward (hamstring), LB Todd Davis (undisclosed), C Matt Paradis (hips) and RB Jamaal Charles (knee) will not play in Denver's first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 10.

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Broncos | Denver RBs taking it easy this week (Tue Aug 8, 01:54 PM) - Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson will play no more than three series, while RB Jamaal Charles will not play at all in the team's preseason opener against the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Aug. 10.

Our View: Anderson will get a drive or two against the Bears on Thursday night. No matter who is the quarterback, we expect the Broncos to surprise some with how much they want to run the ball in 2017. We all know the story with Anderson...if healthy, he's got the skill set to be a top-15 fantasy back. Having never played a full 16-game season in his pro career, fantasy owners already know a backup plan must be in place if Anderson is their RB2.
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2017 Schedule

1vs Los Angeles Chargers
2vs Dallas Cowboys
3@ Buffalo Bills
4vs Oakland Raiders
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs New York Giants
7@ Los Angeles Chargers
8@ Kansas City Chiefs
9@ Philadelphia Eagles
10vs New England Patriots
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12@ Oakland Raiders
13@ Miami Dolphins
14vs New York Jets
15@ Indianapolis Colts
16@ Washington Redskins
17vs Kansas City Chiefs