Fantasy Football Tips: Jamaal Charles' ranking, plus Roddy White vs. Michael Crabtree

      July 8, 2014 @ 11:44:44 PDT

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It affirms Jamaal Charles' place in top-three, certified first-round territory. He finally enjoyed a dynamic offense, Andy Reid's, that extracted the most out of his skills..

RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles large but not in charge

But he scored 19 total touchdowns and caught 70 balls, nearly half of any previous seasonal total, and this new O-line and simple regression hint that he'll fall short of being the No. 1 back, if not drop to the low end of the top five. It feels weird taking the guy who was last year's No. 1 (at least, in fantasy football's case, No. 1 at the most craved position of running back), because rarely does a player repeat that honor. They come close, but not often came in as a true No. 1 again. (LaDainian Tomlinson perhaps was the last?)

You instead should justify a player at the first pick that, all things equal, has a relatively rock-solid chance of delivering first-round stats. Charles fits that mold, for sure, but he's not at the top of the fantasy running back class.

There sits LeSean McCoy, who oddly enough still has upside to complement his stud status.

I want the back who was the highest-octane offense this side of Denver last season and is in a situation to squeeze even more plays into its up-tempo game. That increase should account for any talk that Chris Polk, Darren Sproles (who's going to be a receiver, mostly) or any other carrier will eat into McCoy's workload.

I want the soon-to-be 26-year-old, younger than other premium RBs Charles (27) and Adrian Peterson (29 plus injuries). I prefer to buy into the Eagles' ridiculous offensive line that pushed him to 5.0 yards per carry last year and emerging quarterback, who has excelled at sustaining drives and, unlike Charles' signal caller Alex Smith, puts fear into defenses. Don't get me started on the Minnesota Vikings' offense, who has long-term potential but, despite Peterson's Superman tendencies, won't help him.

The top trio of toters will vary depending on source, but give me McCoy at the top of this position and all draft boards, followed by Peterson and Charles in non-PPR, and the reverse in PPR.

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