Jamaal Charles has agreed to a two-year, 18.1 million dollar contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. This extension will lock him up through the 2017 season. Charles signing this extension will put the talks of a potential training camp hold out to bed. A short hold out would not have effected where Charles went in drafts, however a lengthy hold out may have caused some owners to worry.
Charles will remain one of the first three players drafted in almost every league along with Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy. Charles has a quarterback in Alex Smith who uses the check down and a coach in Andy Reid who utilizes the running back. The Kansas City Cheifs have their offense tailored around Charles and do whatever they can to get him the ball. He was third in total touches from the running back position and accounted for over 35% of the Chiefs yards from scrimmage last season. Charles remains my number one player for 2014 in both standard and PPR leagues.
Reid’s system has produced seven 1,000 rushers and eight running backs reach 1,500 total-yards. Reid has ten seasons where his running back had at least 50 catches and in six of those season, they scored ten or more total touchdowns. Fantasy owners should have little to worry about for a repeat performance from Charles. He should not be a worry as an injury risk either. His injury that saw him miss a majority of the 2011 season was more of a fluke that something that will reoccur. He landed on a marker going for a first down.
Fantasy owners can draft with confidence when it comes to Charles. He will be an elite player and should finish among not only running backs but all players in fantasy football. Some regression should be expected from the incredible season last year. However a slight regression from last season will still be worthy of the first overall pick.