Jamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
6 days ago

Charles rushed for 38 yards on eight carries in Sunday's 41-16 loss to New England.

EDGE Analysis

Charles has had a consistent role in Denver, totaling between eight and 10 touches in seven of nine games. The consistent production has been lacking, however, as he has not topped 50 total yards or scored since Week 3. He's flashed some of the wiggle that made him a star in Kansas City, but with a floundering offense and three-man rotation at running back, Charles isn't in position to turn that talent into much production.

Jamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
2 weeks ago

Charles rushed for one yard on four carries and added 23 yards on four catches in Sunday's 51-23 loss in Philadelphia.

EDGE Analysis

The Broncos seem to be increasing Charles' exposure in recent weeks with 25 touches over the past three games. It's unclear whether the team always intended to up Charles' usage mid-season or maybe Denver is just looking for answers on offensive wherever it can find them. Either way, despite the steady usage, Charles is not worth featuring in fantasy having topped 25 total yards just once over the past four games without a score.

Jamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
3 weeks ago

Charles rushed for 39 yards on eight carries and added a five yard catch in Monday's 29-19 loss in Kansas City. He lost a fumble during the contest.

EDGE Analysis

Charles' first carry in his former home couldn't have gone much better as he weaved for an 18-yard gain. Two plays later, he lost the ball while struggling for a first down and Kansas City returned it for a touchdown. It was Charles' second lost fumble of the season and he's now been held under 40 rushing yards in four consecutive games. It's hard to tell whether he's been conserved by the Broncos' coaching staff or phased out. His 13 offensive snaps on Monday were well behind C.J. Anderson's 35 and Devontae Booker's 25.

Jamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
4 weeks ago

Charles rushed for two yards on four carries and added 20 yards on four catches in Sunday's 21-0 loss to the Chargers.

EDGE Analysis

If the Broncos have been conserving Charles' energy for later in the season, this might be a good time to let him loose. The team has limped to just 42 points over its past four games and continues to face stacked boxes with opposing defense daring Trevor Siemian to throw. Maybe Charles, as opposed to the more down-hill style of C.J. Anderson, has the ability to break a few plays to the outside. At this rate, however, don't bet on it.

Jamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
1 month ago

Charles is expected to see his workload gradually increase as the season unfolds, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports. "That's always the plan with Jamaal as we go forward in the season," Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said, in reference to the likelihood of staggering Charles' workload. "He'll get more and more touches."

EDGE Analysis

Though Charles has been supremely productive throughout his career with a lifetime 5.4 yards per carry average in addition to consistently making an impact as a receiver out of the backfield, health has been a stumbling block for the 30-year-old, particularly in the last two seasons. After playing a combined eight games with the Chiefs in 2015 and 2016, Charles was forced to settle for a one-year deal with Denver in May, a transaction that's proven shrewd for the Broncos so far. Charles is averaging 5.1 yards on his 38 totes and has also hauled in four receptions, but since he's seeing just 8.2 touches per game through the Broncos' first five contests, it's been difficult for his fantasy owners in most formats to justify starting him. With lead back C.J. Anderson thriving early on in the season, there may not be much further room for Charles to gain involvement in the run game, but the opportunity is there for him to contribute more as a receiver, and Joseph seems willing to utilize the veteran in that capacity. With receivers Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) and Isaiah McKenzie (ankle) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers and Demaryius Thomas (lower leg) and Cody Latimer (knee) seemingly iffy, quarterback Trevor Siemian could look Charles' way more frequently as a short-yardage target if for no other reason than the lack of available bodies in the wideout corps.

Jamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
1 month ago

Charles rushed for 19 yards on five caries and had a two-yard catch in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

The Broncos, throughout the preseason, babied Charles so that he might shine during the season, and it worked as he had 10 touches in each of the first three games. He has since combined for 12 in two games. Sunday's low totals can be explained, in part, by Denver falling behind early, but the decline also coincides with the return of Devontae Booker. Something is going to have to give, eventually, and it doesn't look great for Charles. C.J. Anderson has earned lead-back carries and Booker is the younger, more durable option among the two backups.

Jamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
2 months ago

Charles ran for 33 yards on five carries and added a 14-yard catch in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Raiders.

EDGE Analysis

There was a question as to whether the return of Devonta Booker would eat into Charles' or C.J. Anderson's touches. The early response seems to be against Charles as Anderson piled up over 20 touches for the third time in four games while Charles failed to get 10 touches for the first time this season. The veteran back has showed flashes of his old self early this season, but it seems as though Denver is riding the hot hand in Anderson at the moment.

Jamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
2 months ago

Charles rushed for 56 yards and a score on nine carries and added a one-yard catch in Sunday's 26-16 loss to Buffalo.

EDGE Analysis

After playing second fiddle to Anderson for the first two weeks of the season, Charles stepped in and delivered a couple of big plays as Anderson was held mostly ineffective. In particular, Charles' 12-yard touchdown dash in the second quarter featured the same quick feet, balance, and surprising toughness that Charles showed back in his heyday in Kansas City. It's easy to get excited and wonder how Charles' workload might increase after Sunday's performance, but it's also worth weighing that against Anderson's overall strong start to the season and the impending return of Devonta Booker, who might come back as early as next week. Look for Denver to continue to feature Charles as a valuable change of pace, but it's doubtful that he'll start logging lead-back-type touches as Denver looks to conserve Charles' talents.

Jamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
2 months ago

Charles ran for 46 yards on nine carries and added a six-yard catch in Sunday's 42-17 win over Dallas.

EDGE Analysis

Charles saw the field for just over a quarter of Denver's 77 offensive plays, 20 in all. It's encouraging that he got the ball on half those snaps, but he's very clearly second fiddle to C.J. Anderson, who has been described recently by head coach Vance Joseph as a bell cow and who saw the field on 56 offensive snaps on Sunday. Concerning from Charles' perspective is the imminent return of second-year back Devontae Booker, who got first-team reps in the offseason before a wrist injury, perhaps as early as this week. Booker figures to eat into both Anderson and Charles' touches and it will be interesting to see how Denver approaches their rushing corps from a game-day perspective as Charles does not provide much on special teams while rookie De'Angelo Henderson has been one of the team's core special-teamers.

Jamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
2 months ago

Charles rushed 10 times for 40 yards and lost a fumble in the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Chargers.

EDGE Analysis

Prior to the costly fourth-quarter fumble, Charles looked spry and flashed signs of the explosiveness and vision that made him a go-to fantasy asset in the past. However, he also was out carried 20 to 10 by C.J. Anderson, and it's difficult to project how Charles' fumble will impact his standing in the backfield. Looking ahead to Week 2, Charles checks out as a risky starting option in most settings.