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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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News you need to know

General News (Fri Jan 18): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.

General News (Thu Jan 17): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Jan 16): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

General News (Tue Jan 15): is considered day-to-day because of his hamstring injury, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Week 20: vs New England Patriots - $5800

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chiefs rushing offense has yet to miss a beat without Kareem Hunt with Damien Williams leading the backfield in spectacular fashion. With versatility as a rusher and receiver along with injuries plaguing Spencer Ware, Williams has been the primary producer in this backfield since Week 14, scoring seven touchdowns (5 rushing, 2 receiving) over that five-game span. In last week's victory, Williams was fed 25 carries--nearly double what he had seen in any game leading into last week. His only active threat to volume, Darrel Williams, saw just three carries while also scoring a touchdown last week. Ware remained sidelined for his fourth straight game last week, but he had been practicing on a limited basis and should have a shot at playing this week. Even if Ware suits up, however, it will be tough to expect him to dethrone Williams from this role of lead back considering the versatility Williams offers as a receiver above and beyond what Ware has displayed. Any running back in this offense is set up for success though, given the lanes opened up by Patrick Mahomes and his dynamic pass-catching weapons. The offensive line has played exceptionally well also, grading out as an above average unit with talented tackles and a rock solid center in Mitch Morse. The Patriots run defense is coming off a dominant performance in which they shut down the Chargers ground game to the tune of only 19 rushing yards allowed from 10 carries. The game script of a blowout at halftime certainly favored New England, but it is tough to imagine the Chargers running backs averaging many more than two or three yards per attempt even with twice as many rushes based on how well this Patriots defense was playing. This unit was up and down during the regular season, allowing just seven rushing touchdowns (2nd fewest) but ranking 29th with 4.9 rushing yards per attempt given up through 16 games. They have a strong secondary that helps chip in against the run and can tackle with the best of them, but this interior line and linebacker group lack elite playmaking to get the job done consistently on the inside. Thankfully for the Patriots, the weakness for the Chiefs offensive line has been at the guard position. This will make it tough on the Chiefs line to make those interior running lanes wide enough. The Patriots have strong edge defenders and run-defending cornerbacks, but their linebackers still pose a relative weakness despite their strong showing last week. Overall, the Chiefs offensive line as a unit is strong and outside runs could hurt the Patriots, but this Patriots defense has played well as of late and shown very strong tackling ability--so it should be an interesting matchup to watch.

Recent Stats and Projections

20 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 0 * * * * * *
20 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * 0 * * * * * *
20 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * * * *

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 14 vs BAL (15 / 75 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec - 15.4 points, $6400)

Spencer Ware rushed 15 times for 75 yards and caught five passes on five targets for 54 yards. Ware was much more efficient in this game than he was last week, and the Chiefs really needed it with the offense struggling to move the ball through the air in the second half. With the Ravens blitzing Mahomes, Ware played a key role in the passing game, not only catching passes but also in pass protection. Unfortunately for Ware, Williams was the preferred option in the red zone, punching in one touchdown, and making the game tying touchdown reception. Ware has shown in the past that he is a solid goal line back so his opportunities should come, but bigger issue is that the Chiefs rolled with Williams nearly exclusively in the fourth quarter. Ware gained five or more yards on seven of his 15 rushes, and was gashing the Ravens in the third quarter, rushing for 12 and 13 yards on back to back runs. It remains to be seen how much volume Williams will see, but for now, it is safe to roll out Ware as a #2 RB, as the Chiefs offense is too good not to give him scoring opportunities.

2018 Week 13 vs OAK (14 / 47 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec - 11.7 points, $5200)

Spencer Ware rushed 14 times for 47 yards and a touchdown, while also catching one pass on one target for five yards. Ware stepped into the starting role after Hunt was released by the Chiefs this week. Ware has had some experience in the lead role prior to Hunt being drafted, so this isn't exactly new territory for him. While he is a versatile back, who can excel in all three phases (rushing, passing, red zone) of the Chiefs offense, he does lack the explosive ability of Hunt, which is going to be a harsh reality for an offense that has depended on big plays this season. Ware was serviceable in this game, but did not do much to separate himself from back up Damien Williams. In fact, Williams averaged 7.6 yards carry (five rushes for 38 yards) and caught two passes for seven yards, to Ware's one catch, so it would be not a stretch to see Williams more involved going forward. Ware's touchdown run came with the Chiefs facing a fourth and goal from the Oakland one yard line. Mahomes was off the field, and Ware lined up as the quarterback in the Chiefs version of the Wildcat, with Hill and Kelce flanked on both sides of him. Ware took the direct snap, faked the handoff to Hill and then rushed up the middle for the touchdown, breaking through a wall of Raiders defenders on his way into the end zone.

2018 Week 10 vs ARI (2 / 6 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec - 7.8 points, $4900)

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 - 10.1 points, $4600)

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 ready to play (Fri Jan 18, 04:17 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is not on the injury report for the AFC Championship game.

Our View: Good news for Ware here. He's going to serve as the primary backup to Damien Williams and could get a few touches here and there.
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Chiefs | Spencer Ware takes part in practice (Thu Jan 17, 05:13 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.

Our View: Ware should be good for the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. He's the backup to Damien Williams and might get some touches here and there.
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Chiefs | Spencer Ware day-to-day (Mon Jan 14, 10:15 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is considered day-to-day because of his hamstring injury, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Our View: Hamstring injuries can linger and Ware has certainly been bit by the injury bug in recent weeks. Even if he's healthy, Ware would only be a backup to Damien Williams in the Chiefs backfield.
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Chiefs | Spencer Ware to miss game (Sat Jan 12, 03:12 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) has been declared inactive for the Divisional Round playoff game.

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Chiefs | Divisional Playoffs Kansas City Chiefs inactives (Sat Jan 12, 03:09 PM) - The Kansas City Chiefs have declared SS Eric Berry, DT Kahlil McKenzie, WR Kelvin Benjamin, RB Spencer Ware, C Jimmy Murray, TE Deon Yelder and LB Dorian O'Daniel inactive for Divisional Playoffs.

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