Gone are the days Jamaal Charles when turned in elite fantasy numbers in Kansas City like clockwork. Without his presence, there is a bit of uncertainty surrounding the Chiefs backfield. Spencer Ware seems to have a good hold on the starting job, but there is a lot of love for the rookie Kareem Hunt. Do Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller have roles? How will this situation shake out?
Chad Parsons: Like with many running back depth charts with a mid-round rookie added to the mix, I am buying the incumbent veteran in redraft formats. While not the biggest Spencer Ware fan innately, he is the leader in the clubhouse and has prototypical size, while Kareem Hunt is a 'tweener' in terms of build. Charcandrick West is the baseline NFL roster talent who can step into a bigger role occasionally, but not for long. C.J. Spiller is still living off his single big year with more rebound chances as he closes his career.
Ware and Hunt are only a couple rounds apart in ADP (about 10 positional rank spots) and I would rather have Ware of the two considering his three-down skills and Hunt being a Round 3 pick. Historically, only 21% of Round 3 running backs have produced five or more games of 50+ rushing yards as a rookie. 58% produced two games or less of said 50+ yards.