During his heyday in Kansas City, Jamal Charles was the best RB in the game. During the four-year span between 2010-2014 (excluding his injury-plagued 2011 season), Charles amassed nearly 5,300 rushing yards, over 1,600 receiving yards and scored a total of 47 touchdowns. In his previous 20 games during 2014-2015, Charles averaged 93.6 total yards on 17 touches, resulting in 18.1 fantasy points per game. The Broncos ground game struggled last season, but a beefed up offensive line should help.
Injuries have been the only thing to slow down Charles. He missed all but two games in 2011 and has played in a total of just eight contests the past two seasons. Charles is coming off of a torn ACL and also underwent another operation to get the meniscus trimmed in the same knee. At age 30, he’s on the downside of his career and will be battling C.J. Anderson for the starting nod.
2017 Bottom Line
At the least, Charles heads into the preseason as the No. 2 RB on the Broncos depth chart. However, if he has a strong camp, remains healthy and can show signs of his former self, he has a decent chance at supplanting Anderson as the team's top back. His current listing by position is in the 40s for RBs, but is trending up, and will continue to do so if he can still cut and outrun defenses.