Remembering Jamaal Charles' Absurd Finish to the 2013 Season

Jason Schandl
Jamaal Charles' 2013 season included one of the best fantasy football playoff performances of all time.
Jamaal Charles' 2013 season included one of the best fantasy football playoff performances of all time. / Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images
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The Kansas City Chiefs offense is loaded with some of the best playmakers in the NFL heading into the 2020 season. This isn't a new position for them, though.

They didn't surround him with enough talent to be consistent contenders, but for years they had one of the most dangerous weapons in the game with Jamaal Charles in the backfield.

Charles received All-Pro honors for the first time in 2010, but arguably the best production of his career came down the stretch in 2013. That included one of the best fantasy football playoff performances of all time.

Combining his rushing and receiving numbers, Charles had 1,980 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2013. A huge 26 percent of those yards and 42 percent of those touchdowns came in his final three (20 percent) of games.

He gained at least 140 yards in each of those three games, with a combined 276 rushing and 241 receiving yards, as well as 3 rushing touchdowns and 5 receiving touchdowns. This stretch was punctuated by an all-time great performance in Week 15, when he caught 8 passes for 195 yards and scored 5 touchdowns.

If you had Charles on your fantasy football team, you were all but guaranteed a championship. This explosion started in Week 14 (the first round of fantasy football playoffs in most leagues) and ran through Week 16 (fantasy championship week). In point-per-reception (PPR) scoring he put up 29.8, 59.5(!) and 25.4 points in those three games.

Charles may have been a snub from the 2010's All-Decade team, but Chiefs fans and fantasy football owners alike will never forget just how good the peak of his 2013 season was.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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