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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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He is listed as doubtful on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Ware left Week 14 with a shoulder injury, which is worrisome on a short week of rest for Week 15, but he also looked a lot more like the back he was in 2016 against the Ravens. He's a strong but moderately risky Week 15 play as long as he is active.

General News (Wed Dec 12): did not practice on Wednesday and is not expected to play this week.

General News (Tue Dec 11): did not practice on Tuesday.

Week 15: vs Los Angeles Chargers

All RB vs LAC

FBG says: matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at LAR 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 at OAK 49 14 47 1 1 1 5 0 0 11.2
14 vs BAL 41 15 75 0 5 5 54 0 0 12.9
15 vs LAC PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
15 vs LAC PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 2 * * * *
15 vs LAC 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)

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)

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)

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 doubtful (Wed Dec 12, 03:40 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (shoulder, hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12, and is doubtful for Week 15.

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Chiefs | Spencer Ware to sit out practice (Tue Dec 11, 01:11 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (shoulder) will not practice Tuesday, Dec. 11, as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

Our View: Ware's status is considered to be precautionary at this moment. The Wednesday practice report should give us a clear indication of Ware's availability for Thursday night's game against the Chargers. The Chiefs would turn to Damien Williams as their lead back if Ware can't go.
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Chiefs | Spencer Ware estimated as non-participant (Mon Dec 10, 09:49 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant in practice Monday, Dec. 10. The team did not physically practice and his status was just an estimation.

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Chiefs | Monday's practice report for Kansas City (Mon Dec 10, 09:43 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs OT Cameron Erving (knee), WR Tyreek Hill (foot), RB Spencer Ware (shoulder) and WR Sammy Watkins (foot) were listed as non-participants in practice Monday, Dec. 10, while S Eric Berry (heel) was listed as limited. The team did not hold an official practice, and the designations are just estimations.

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Chiefs | Spencer Ware does it all (Sun Dec 9, 09:07 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware rushed 15 times for 75 yards and caught five passes for 54 yards in a 27-24 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.

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