Running Back — Jamaal Charles (26); Knile Davis (21); Shaun Draughn (25); Cyrus Gray (23)
Jamaal Charles is looking like he will be a fantasy stud in 2013. Andy Reid’s offense was very favorable for a similar style of runner/receiver in LeSean McCoy, and I think Charles can have a huge year in the same type of offense. A year after his season-ending knee injury, Charles rushed for 1,509 yards and five touchdowns, also catching 35 passes. I think he will be the focal point of the Chiefs’ offense, and he should see a lot of touches. If you took Charles with a top five pick in your fantasy league, you probably won’t be disappointed.
Backup Knile Davis has the most upside of anyone beyond Charles in this offense because of the diverse skill set he possesses. I once wrote that, at his best, Davis looked like a young version of Adrian Peterson. He is big, strong, fast, elusive, but the biggest problem with him over the last couple of years has been his propensity for injuries. If he can return to the form he showed early on in his college career, Davis could be a great pickup for the Chiefs and potentially for fantasy owners as well. If you are in a return yardage league, you might keep tabs on Davis as he is a candidate for KR duties.