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RB Spencer Ware - Kansas City Chiefs

5-10, 228Born: 11-23-1991College: LSUDrafted: Round 6, pick 2013

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Ware scored as a backup and still is barely even emergency depth, but he can be a league winner if Kareem Hunt goes down, so make sure he is rostered in your league.

Week 11: at Los Angeles Rams

All RB vs LAR

FBG says: Good matchup. Kareem Hunt continues to have a tremendous second season at the running back position as he is averaging 4.5 yards and is on pace for 1,200 yards this year. Most of Hunt's big game production has come through the passing game this season while he has yet to have a big game that we saw in 2017. The primary reason for that is that he has just two carries longer than 25 yards compared to last season where he had seven carries longer than 25 and three carries longer than 50 yards which is something that he has yet to do so far this year. The Rams are a unit that if you can get past their defensive line, you can have success as their weak spot is their linebacking play. The issue for the Rams is they continue to play Mark Barron at the linebacking position. The converted safety has struggled ever since moving over to the position and is having one of the worst seasons he has ever had often finding himself out of position. Last week, the Seahawks seemingly ran at will against this Rams team including Rashaad Penny who had a career-high 108 yards rushing. Over the last three weeks, the Rams are allowing 126 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game which is the fifth-most yards and the most touchdowns allowed per game.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 vs CIN 22 8 59 0 3 3 30 0 0 8.9
8 vs DEN 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 at CLE 14 2 12 0 5 4 69 0 0 8.1
10 vs ARI 20 2 6 1 1 1 7 0 0 7.3
11 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 1 * * * *
11 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * 1 * * * *
11 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 1 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Spencer Ware's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 10 vs ARI (2 / 6 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Spencer Ware rushed two times for six yards and at touchdown, while also catching his only target of the game for seven yards. The running game did not see the scoring opportunities that they normally do, however Ware was able to frustrate Hunt's managers around the world, by punching in a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to put away the Cardinals. Ware lined up in the backfield at the fullback position with Hunt behind him in the backfield. Hill then came in motion from the left side just before Mahomes took the snap under center. What resulted from that was Hunt and Hill going one way to the right, while Ware took the handoff and cut back to the left side of his offensive line. He got through the initial line but hit a wall of players at the one yard line, but was able to keep his legs moving and power through them for a two yard touchdown. It was Ware's first touchdown since the 2016 season.

2018 Week 9 vs CLE (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)

Spencer Ware rushed two times for 12 yards, while also catching four passes for 69 yards on four targets against the Browns on Sunday. After seeing only 16 touches for 106 yards in the Chiefs first six games, Ware has now quietly compiled 17 touches for 170 yards in weeks seven and nine. His touches have not come at the expense of Hunt, which actually bodes well for his playing time going forward, as Andy Reid is starting to figure out ways to feature them in the backfield at the same time. Ware has stepped up and made some nice plays when his number has been called, including a nifty one-handed catch on a throw where Mahomes put the ball too far out in front of him. Ware was able to tip the pass to himself and corral the catch for a 21 yard gain. Based on previous production in year's past, and the way the Chiefs feature the running back, Ware is a must-own handcuff for Hunt owners, while also making a sneaky pickup for teams that could be making a deep postseason run.


Latest News

Chiefs | Spencer Ware totals 81 yards (Sun Nov 4, 07:09 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware posted two rushes for just 12 yards in Week 9 against the Cleveland Browns, but he added four grabs for 69 yards on five targets.

Our View: Ware looked as good as he did when he was flirting with RB1 numbers in 2016. If Kareem Hunt goes down, he'll be a league winner. Ware is the most valuable handcuff in the league.
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