Wow, what a finish to the 2009 NFL Season for Jamaal Charles. In his last four games, Charles averaged over 160 yards rushing and a touchdown per game. Charles flew relatively under the fantasy radar until he became the Chiefs starter in Week 10. Waiver position junkies finally got to cash-in on their patience in Week 11 to scoop up one of the best fantasy free agents of 2009. Will Charles 2009 momentum carry into 2010? Let’s assess his fantasy value:
- Charles will remain the primary back ahead of recently acquired Thomas Jones
- Chiefs offense will continue to move in the right direct behind Matt Cassel 2010 Fantasy Projection" target="_blank">Matt Cassel and Josh McDaniels
While it is a very debatable topic, Jamaal Charles should be poised for an excellent 2010. He has all of the tools to fall amongst the elite runningbacks and finish the year as a top ten fantasy back. Kansas City made significant improvements in the second half of 2009. Cassel was more comfortable distributing the ball, establishing chemistry with Dwayne Bowe and Chris Chambers. The passing game started opening up huge holes for Charles, which should continue in 2010. Charles will also benefit from a statistically weak 2010 schedule strength. Look for the Chiefs to be in more games next season and needing less fourth quarter catch-up passing and more four-minute drills featuring Jamaal Charles.
The Verdict: Not sure if Charles qualifies as a 2010 sleeper, but he should certainly be considered in the early rounds of your fantasy draft. If you happen to grab a top three back in the first round, and a solid receiver in the second, the third round may be the right spot for Charles. He should be considered amongst the second tier of runningbacks, like Ryan Grant and DeAngelo Williams.