December 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) celebrates after scoring a 71-yard touchdown during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Running Back Jamaal Charles To Be On Sports Illustrated Cover

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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.

Jamaal Charles will be on the cover of SI. He is the number on rated running back for fantasy football this season.

Jamaal Charles will be on the cover of SI. He is the number on rated running back for fantasy football this season.

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.

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