It has been a good week for Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. A week after receiving a new contract extension that will make him the second highest paid running back in the NFL this season, Charles will be on this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated.
Here’s the picture of the cover followed by the SI announcement.
It’s simple to see why Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is featured on one of three regional fantasy football-themed Sports Illustrated covers this week (there are four regional covers in total) and is ranked as the No. 1 running back in SI’s fantasy rankings.
It seems bold to pick Charles over guys like Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy, but, as we saw earlier in the week, the numbers and logic do seem to favor Charles. Charles was essentially a 2,000 yards from scrimmage, 20 touchdown guy a year ago, and there is little to suggest he won’t be receiving a lot of touches again this season. While Kansas City may have some more weapons available in Travis Kelce and De’Anthony Thomas, the core of the offense is Charles.
And if you are in a PPR league… well then Charles is a no-brainer.