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Expert consensus rank: No. 1
2013 stats: 15 games, 1,287 yards, 12 touchdowns, 70 receptions for 693 yards and seven TDs
After the legendary season Jamaal Charles posted for the Kansas City Chiefs, you probably shouldn't debate his status as the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy football. We will try to do so anyway here, before gushing about the lead back's abilities.
He is not exactly a safe pick because of his build—listed at just 199 pounds by the NFL—and injury history. Also, those long touchdown receptions he broke a year ago are not exactly something you can expect on a regular basis. Remember how Chris Johnson's long touchdowns disappeared and his fantasy value plummeted?
But Charles is the workhorse in a running back-friendly, Andy Reid offense, and he is the reigning scoring leader thanks to his added use in the Chiefs' short passing game. He can take the ball to the house on any given play with the best of them in NFL history, and he projects to touch the ball well over 300 times again, if he stays healthy.
Charles, very clearly his team's No. 1 weapon, also happens to be at his physical prime of age 27, which is the same year Adrian Peterson went over 2,000 yards. A.P. is too close to 30, and McCoy might lose some receptions to Darren Sproles. Charles is rightfully No. 1 heading into the summer.
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