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Spencer Ware | Running Back | #32

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/23/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 229
College: LSU
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (194) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Spencer Ware rushed nine times for 24 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 26 yards in the Chiefs' third preseason game.
Ware did not find much success on the ground, but he did convert on a goal-line carry for his third touchdown of the preseason. More importantly, he continued to be heavily involved in the passing game. After catching just six passes all of last season, Ware is now up to eight catches in the last two games. The clear handcuff to Jamaal Charles, Ware is worth a look in the double-digit rounds. Aug 27 - 3:10 PM

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Spencer Ware rushed five times for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' preseason opener.

With Jamaal Charles (knee) still on the active/PUP, Ware started and clearly played ahead of Charcandrick West. Just like last season, Ware consistently created chunk plays on the ground, and he converted a one-yard touchdown to cap the Chiefs' opening drive. Ware is the backup to own in Kansas City, and he is a nice upside pick in the 13th round.
Aug 13 - 5:42 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Spencer Ware needs to improve in pass protection.

Despite a decent set of hands, Ware was only targeted six times last season in 159 snaps. This deficiency could help explain why. He reportedly "caught lots of passes" over the offseason, but he will not get on the field in passing situations if he cannot protect the quarterback. Even so, Ware is clearly the handcuff to own for Jamaal Charles.
Source: ESPN
Aug 2 - 7:29 AM

The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor reports Spencer Ware "caught lots of passes in OTAs."

This is potentially bad news for Charcandrick West, who seemed more likely than Ware to handle passing-down work when Jamaal Charles needs a breather. ESPN's Adam Teicher already labeled Ware the No. 2 behind Charles, and it looks like that could be the case in the passing game as well. Ware is a much better late-round flier than West.
Jul 23 - 12:20 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher considers Spencer Ware the team's No. 2 back behind Jamaal Charles.

Although Charcandrick West made flashier plays, Ware severely outperformed him last season and is a better stylistic complement to Charles as a between-the-tackles pounder. There is a conceivable scenario in which Ware could offer some standalone value this year, especially if he handles short-yardage and goal-line work. Ware is a better late-round dart throw than West in fantasy drafts.
Jul 19 - 12:42 PM

Chiefs signed RB Spencer Ware to a two-year, $3.6 million extension through 2017.

The deal includes a $1 million signing bonus and $2.35 million guaranteed. Another $6 million can be earned via incentives. Injuries to both Jamaal Charles (ACL) and Charcandrick West opened up a big opportunity for Ware last season, and he responded with 403 yards and six touchdowns on 72 carries. With Charles expected to be ready for training camp, Ware will likely be limited to a short-yardage role moving forward, but he has proven he can be a fantasy monster when given the opportunity. With Charles going on 30 and coming off a knee injury, it is not out of the question Ware gets another shot this season.
Mar 31 - 12:53 PM

Spencer Ware (ankle) didn't touch the ball in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

If he played a snap, we didn't see it. Ware was clearly active on only an emergency basis. It was a disappointing end to an otherwise solid season for the third-year sixth rounder. Ware moved past Charcandrick West on the depth chart down the stretch, and should have a role in the Chiefs' 2016 backfield. With Jamaal Charles going on 30 and coming back from another torn ACL, the Chiefs probably won't feature him in an every-down role anymore. Ware is an early-down hammer who averaged 5.6 yards per carry this season, scoring six touchdowns. Keep him around in Dynasty leagues.
Jan 16 - 8:07 PM

Spencer Ware (ankle) is active for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Patriots.

Ware was expected to play after returning to a full practice Friday. With Jeremy Maclin (ankle) at less than full health, the Chiefs should go run-heavy for as long as gameflow allows it. Ware will remain in a committee with Charcandrick West, but should get all the red-zone work.
Jan 16 - 3:15 PM

Spencer Ware (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Patriots.

Ware was limited early in the week, but returned to a full practice Friday and should be close to all systems go against New England. Ware took control of lead-back duties in the Wild Card win over the Texans and will remain the favorite over Charcandrick West to score touchdowns.
Jan 15 - 12:00 PM

Spencer Ware (ankle) returned to Chiefs practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

It puts Ware on track for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Patriots. Ware has emerged as the Chiefs' lead runner, and especially with Jeremy Maclin battling a high-ankle sprain, figures to be leaned on heavily in New England.
Jan 14 - 4:11 PM

Spencer Ware (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

It's unclear when Ware was injured, but Knile Davis did close out the game for the Chiefs in their Wild Card win over the Texans, though it was a 30-0 lead. With Ware missing the first official day of practice, it's something we need to monitor closely. Jeremy Maclin (ankle) also sat on Wednesday.
Jan 13 - 1:01 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Spencer Ware will not practice Tuesday because of a sprained ankle.

Ware dominated the snaps last week against Houston and closed out the game as the clear lead back, so it is not clear when the injury occurred. It is possible this is just a rest day. At this point, Ware should still be expected to play Saturday against the Patriots.
Jan 12 - 1:10 PM

Spencer Ware rushed 16 times for 67 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' Wild Card win over the Texans.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Ware outplayed Charcandrick West badly and out-snapped him 38-18 for the game and 18-1 over the final 26 plays. West managed just 26 yards on eight carries. Ware had a long run of 23 yards and busted through a pair of weak arm-tackle attempts on his five-yard touchdown run. Ware seems to be the No. 1 at the moment and should be first in line for carries in the Divisional Round against the Broncos or Patriots.
Jan 9 - 8:14 PM

Spencer Ware rushed 16 times for 76 yards and a touchdown Week 17 against the Raiders.

Ware scored in the first quarter from the full back position in a formation also featuring Charcandrick West, but he saw just four carries to eight for West in the first half. The workload switched in the second, with a more effective Ware dominating touches in the fourth quarter. Now healthy, Ware is a weekly threat to West's workload and the better bet of the duo for a touchdown. Despite a tough matchup against Houston, Ware will have some GPP appeal.
Jan 3 - 8:43 PM

Spencer Ware rushed five times for 15 yards in the Chiefs' Week 16 win over the Browns.

Ware was active last week but didn't play after suffering bruised ribs the previous game. He returned to action Sunday, but played well behind Charcandrick West, who ran 14 times for 62 yards. Ware won't be on the fantasy radar for those playing next week at home against the Raiders.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Alex Smith
2Nick Foles
3Tyler Bray
4Aaron Murray
5Kevin Hogan
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Spencer Ware
3Charcandrick West
4Knile Davis
5Darrin Reaves
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Spencer Ware
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Charcandrick West
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2De'Anthony Thomas
3Demarcus Robinson
4Tyreek Hill
5Frankie Hammond
WR21Albert Wilson
2Chris Conley
3Rod Streater
WR31Chris Conley
TE1Travis Kelce
2Demetrius Harris
3James O'Shaughnessy
4Brian Parker
5Ross Travis
LT1Eric Fisher
2Reid Fragel
LG1Parker Ehinger
2Zach Fulton
3Jarrod Pughsley
C1Mitch Morse
2Daniel Munyer
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
2Jordan Devey
3Zach Sterup
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
2Jah Reid
K1Cairo Santos