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RB Jamaal Charles - Denver Broncos

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

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Week 15: at Indianapolis Colts

All RB vs IND

FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Broncos employ a loose committee of runners, with C.J. Anderson leading the way virtually every week and Devontae Booker running ahead of Jamaal Charles to spell him. But even in success - like last week's 23-0 win over the Jets - there's generally nothing to see here. Anderson's line was truly pitiful (22 rushes, 48 yards, long of 7), while Booker averaged just 2.44 yards in his own right and Charles didn't receive a carry. Anderson seems to have volume in his corner, but not much else; he's not nearly the same player he once flashed as in Peyton Manning's backfield. Running behind a deteriorating front line - and frequently smashing into stacked boxes at the line - there's little upside to speak of here for any of these participants. The Colts run defense has been surprisingly stout for much of 2017; most of their opponents' fantasy points have come from touchdowns, not efficiency. Even with a revolving door of starting linebackers and frequently negative game script, they've only been gashed by four running games all year. In each of their other 9 games, they've allowed 111 yards or fewer - including dates with Todd Gurley, Carlos Hyde, LeVeon Bell, and the Titans' powerful duo. Of course, one of those gashings came just last week at the hands of the Bills, who had no choice but to turn to LeSean McCoy for 32 carries. In all, though, this is not a unit we want to expressly target in fantasy. They boast two strong interior linemen, Jonathan Hankins and Al Woods, who have tied up blockers and clogged run lanes all year; the Broncos front line will have its hands full clearing room for its mediocre runners.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs CIN 4 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.7
12 at OAK 15 1 3 0 3 2 7 0 0 1
13 at MIA 23 3 12 0 5 5 39 0 0 5.1
14 vs NYJ 5 0 0 0 3 3 12 0 0 1.2
15 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * 2 * * * *
15 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 2 * * * *
15 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Week 14 was the first game all season that Charles did not record a carry, though he was involved in the passing game. Charles saw his first action early in the 1st quarter, catching a swing pass out of the backfield for a short gain on the Broncos' first offensive drive. He lined up with Booker in the backfield on the next play, then motioned out wide left for another short catch and run. Charles lined up in the slot and ran a nice slant route for a short gain at the end of the 2nd quarter, then disappeared after halftime.

2017 Week 13 vs MIA (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)

Charles entered the game in a two-back split formation with Booker late in the first, catching a swing route out for a short gain. Charles caught a RB screen at the end of the 1st half, picking up 20 yards against soft prevent coverage in the 2-minute drill. Charles racked up a few garbage time touches as the featured back on Denver's last couple of drives of the game, down 35-9 at this point. He carried the ball a few times and caught a swing route for a gain of 10, then a halfback screen for a gain of 20 later in the drive.

2017 Week 12 vs OAK (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Charles entered the game in relief of Anderson early in the 1st quarter. He continued to enter the game in occasional relief of Booker as the Broncos fell behind and Booker supplanted Anderson as the primary back. Charles carried the ball just once for a short gain. Lynch threw a screen pass to Charles in the 1st quarter with a linebacker draped over Charles' back. He managed to secure the catch but lost 4 yards. Charles reeled in another catch from Siemian late in the 4th to convert 3rd and 10 as the Broncos attempted to mount a comeback.

2017 Week 11 vs CIN (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Charles didn't see much action, featuring briefly on a 3rd quarter drive and converting 3rd and 1 on a toss/misdirection play. He carried the ball three times total on the series and then did not see the field again. Charles was not targeted in the passing game and appears to be the odd-man out of the Broncos' backfield rotation.

2017 Week 10 vs NE (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Charles entered the game late in the 1st quarter near the Patriots red zone. He was targeted on an out route from the backfield on 3rd and long, but couldn't haul in a difficult over-the-shoulder pass from Osweiler against tight coverage. Charles broke an 11 yard run up the middle in the 3rd quarter, his longest of the contest. Charles carried the ball down to the Patriots 7 yard line on a dive right up the middle later in the 3rd, setting up a Demaryius Thomas touchdown catch on the next play.

2017 Week 9 vs PHI (4 / 1 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Charles entered the game late in the 1st quarter, carrying once for a loss and catching a checkdown pass for a short gain on 3rd and long. Charles secured another checkdown pass early in the 4th quarter, setting Denver up in the Eagles' red zone. Osweiler checked it down to him again two plays later for a gain of 8, then handed the ball to Charles from the Eagles' 10 for no gain. Charles got one more carry from the Eagles' 2, but was stuffed for no gain.

2017 Week 8 vs KC (8 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Anderson joined the offense for the first series of the game, but Charles took the field for the second drive, ripping off a nice 18 yard run on his first carry against his former team. Charles was fighting for extra yards two plays later when he was stood up by several defenders and stripped of the ball by Marcus Peters. Peters recovered the fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Charles was visibly upset after the play, but it really was just a fantastic effort by several Kansas City defenders to stand him straight up and expose him for the strip fumble. Charles continued mixed in the rotation throughout the contest. He picked up 10 yards on a 3rd and 5 draw play late in the 4th. Charles caught a crossing route for a short gain late in the 4th, his only target of the day.

2017 Week 7 vs LAC (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

Charles entered the game on the 2nd offensive drive, after Anderson. He caught a short checkdown pass out of the backfield early in the 1st quarter, and a swing pass for a minimal gain on the next drive. He hauled in another short stick route in the 2nd quarter for 9 yards, his longest of the day. Charles carried the ball just a few times in the 1st half, and finished the day having played only 15 snaps total.

2017 Week 6 vs NYG (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Charles was the second back in the game after Anderson took all the snaps on the first 2 drives, but he was just as much of a non-factor as Anderson. Charles saw around 20 snaps, logging just 5 carries. Siemian short-hopped his first attempt to toss the ball to Charles. Charles gathered his second target for a minimal gain. Charles' third target was a short dumpoff out of the backfield that was swatted away by a linebacker.

2017 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Charles entered the game in the 1st quarter after Anderson and Booker. He ripped a nice run up the middle on his first carry. Charles was featured in the two minute offense at the end of the 1st half, logging a few carries and catching a swing pass for a gain of 14. The Broncos didn't call Charles' number much in the 2nd half, as CJ Anderson took over in the run game. Charles finished the day with 5 carries for 33 yards and 14 yards on his lone target.

2017 Week 3 vs BUF (9 / 56 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Charles claimed a bigger share of the Broncos backfield split in week 3. He entered the game as the feature back on Denver's 2nd offensive drive of the game, taking a toss around the right side for a 1st down on 3rd and 1. He scored a 12 yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter, taking a handoff straight up the middle and following some great blocking into the end zone. Charles' longest run of the day was a 19 yard carry straight up the middle in the 3rd quarter. Charles may have a reputation as a speed back, but he has some serious shake when running in between the tackles as well. Charles' only target in the passing game was a halfback screen that was blown up in the backfield. Charles led the team in carries(9) and yards(56).

2017 Week 2 vs DAL (9 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Charles provided occasional rest for CJ Anderson, who stole the show on offense in week 2. Charles caught a quick flare route out of the backfield for a short gain of 6 in the 2nd quarter, and immediately followed it up with his best run of the day, a 14 yard gain off right tackle. He had a nifty 10 yard run up the middle in the 3rd quarter where he showed some serious wiggle in between the tackles. J.C. finished the day with an impressive 5.1 ypc on his 9 carries, along with the one target and reception.

2017 Week 1 vs LAC (10 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Broncos used Charles as the only change of pace to lead back CJ Anderson, with Anderson garnering twice the carries(20 to 10). Charles did post a nearly identical YPC. J.C. had a couple of impressive carries midway through the 3rd quarter, and a goal line carry(his only of the night)that was blown up by an unblocked defender. Charles could not secure his only pass target of the night. He looked good as a receiver in preseason and should contribute more in the passing game in the future.


Latest News

Broncos | Week 14 injury report for Denver (Fri Dec 8, 03:43 PM) - Denver Broncos OG Ronald Leary (back) and QB Paxton Lynch (ankle) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 14 versus the New York Jets. NT Domata Peko (knee) and WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) are listed as questionable after logging a limited practice Friday, Dec. 8. DE Adam Gotsis (illness) did not participate in practice Friday and is also listed as questionable. RB Jamaal Charles (non-injury related), LB Todd Davis (ankle), RB De'Angelo Henderson (non-injury related), LB Joseph Jones (Achilles'), DE Zachariah Kerr (toe) and LB Shane Ray (wrist) each practiced in full Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Broncos | Broncos practice report for Thursday (Thu Dec 7, 06:44 PM) - Denver Broncos DT Domata Peko (knee), DE Zachariah Kerr (toe), OG Ronald Leary (back) and QB Paxton Lynch (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 7. LB Joseph Jones (Achilles) was a limited participant, while RBs Jamaal Charles (non-injury), De'Angelo Henderson (non-injury), LBs Shane Ray (wrist) and Todd Davis (ankle) practiced in full.

Broncos | Wednesday's practice report for Denver (Wed Dec 6, 06:43 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (rest), LB Joseph Jones (Achilles'), OG Ronald Leary (back), QB Paxton Lynch (ankle), NT Domata Peko (knee) and WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 6. LB Todd Davis (ankle) and RB De'Angelo Henderson (rest) were limited in practice, while DE Zachariah Kerr (toe) and LB Shane Ray (wrist) practiced in full.

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