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Spencer Ware | Running Back | #32

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/23/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 229
College: LSU
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (194) / SEA
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Spencer Ware started Saturday's preseason game, but played only one snap.
Ware took the game's opening handoff for three yards and then gave way to Kareem Hunt. It was not injury related, as the Chiefs' announcers explained coach Andy Reid wanted to see what Hunt could do with the first-team offense. Hunt lit it up, turning 11 touches into 63 yards and a few big plays. It's confirmation Hunt is a legitimate contender for the Chiefs' starting job. Nothing is settled, but Ware is an extremely shaky RB2 pick. Aug 19 - 9:23 PM

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Spencer Ware rushed four times for six yards and a touchdown while adding three catches for 20 yards in the Chiefs' preseason opener.

Ware got the start and looked to be clearly ahead of rookie Kareem Hunt in the pecking order, and he put in a solid performance to boot. He made a nice move to make a defender miss in the open field and grab a first down on the opening drive, and he punched it in from two yards out on the very next play. Ware is still a risky bet in the fourth round with Hunt waiting in the wings, but he looks like the clear lead back right now.
Aug 11 - 10:32 PM

The Kansas City Star expects Spencer Ware to return as the Chiefs' starting running back.

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher previously projected rookie Kareem Hunt as the team's likely leader in 2017 rushing attempts and running back catches. Ware has averaged 4.63 yards per carry and 11.6 yards per reception over the past two seasons, however, and the Chiefs shouldn't be in any hurry to pull Ware off the field. This will be a camp battle to monitor closely.
May 24 - 8:27 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher believes Spencer Ware is still the "likely starter."

Writing about third-rounder Kareem Hunt, Teicher said Ware could end up getting "the majority of work as the featured back." It is a surprising opinion considering Hunt's draft cost and Ware's struggles down the stretch last season, but it is possible Hunt is a bigger threat to Charcandrick West's role than Ware's. Coach Andy Reid did say he is "a big Spencer Ware fan" before the draft.
Source: ESPN
May 9 - 9:17 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he is "a big Spencer Ware fan."

"The kid’s dirty tough. He’s going to give you an honest down every snap," Reid said. "He can block, he can catch, and he can run. So, there’s a place for Spencer." Ware struggled down the stretch last season, but, as Reid said, it "was really his first year" as a lead back, and he still finished with 921 yards on 214 carries (4.3 YPC). The Chiefs might look to the draft for backfield help after releasing Jamaal Charles, but Ware has a good chance to open the season as the lead back.
Apr 15 - 12:46 PM

Spencer Ware rushed eight times for 35 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

He "added" two catches for one yard and lost a fumble on one of those just before halftime. It didn't end up mattering much. His touchdown run came from one yard out deep in the fourth quarter to pull the score to 18-16, but the Chiefs ultimately failed on the two-point conversion after a penalty. Ware really struggled much of the second half of the season after a Week 8 concussion. Fatigue was probably the biggest reason, as this was his first full season as the No. 1 back. The Chiefs will probably look for someone to compete with Ware next season, if they end up releasing Jamaal Charles, though Charles could later be brought back on a more team-friendly deal.
Jan 16 - 12:01 AM

Spencer Ware (ribs) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Ware sat out Week 17 as a maintenance maneuver with one eye on the Divisional Round. Ware faded in the second half this season, and the Steelers have stiffened against the run. Nevertheless, Ware will be as defensible as anyone else in a four-game DFS slate.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Ware should remain the feature back against a PIT run defense that was very strong in the second half of the year. Out of the six running backs who had at least 12 carries against them over the past eight games, only one averaged more than 2.7 yards per carry (Isaiah Crowell). The rest of the list, which includes LeSean McCoy (12 carries for 27 yards) and Jay Ajayi (16 carries for 33 yards), were all held to 57 total rushing yards or less. Of course, there isn't a ton of depth at the position in fantasy, but it's a really tough spot to target. Even though Ware is a safe bet for 15-20 touches, it may be worth paying up this week.
Jan 12 - 5:14 PM

Spencer Ware (ribs) is practicing on Wednesday.

The Chiefs held Ware out of the Week 17 finale as a precaution, but he's good to go now after the first-round bye. Ware should reclaim early-down work, with Charcandrick West and Tyreek Hill mixing into the backfield.
Jan 11 - 1:08 PM

Chiefs declared Spencer Ware (ribs) inactive for Week 17 against the Chargers.

Ware looked likely to play late in the week, but the Chiefs are playing it safe. Charcandrick West will get the start and the lion's share of the work. He is a solid replacement option. Ware should be ready for the playoffs even if the Chiefs have to play next week. Kansas City also declared OLB Justin Houston (knee), QB Tyler Bray, OL Mike Person, TE Ross Travis, LB Justin March-Lillard, and CB D.J. White inactive for Week 17.
Jan 1 - 2:54 PM

Spencer Ware (ribs) is "hopeful" to play in Sunday's game against the Chargers.

It's not much of an update. Ware remains a game-time decision but is trending toward being active. Ware has incentive to play with a $600K bonus if he goes over 1,000 yards. He'll be a risky fantasy option with Kansas City on a late game this week.
Jan 1 - 8:23 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday that Spencer Ware (ribs) will be a game-time decision for Week 17 at San Diego.

Ware was "limited" in practice all week. Most signs point to him playing against the Chargers, but it's hardly a guarantee. If Ware can't go, the Chiefs will turn back to Charcandrick West as their featured back. West flopped in that role against the Jags earlier this season, but he would become an enticing DFS option based on volume alone if Ware is indeed ruled out on Sunday.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 02:16:00 PM

Spencer Ware (ribs) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

The Chiefs are just managing Ware's reps. He's expected to suit up as Kansas City guns for the No. 2 seed on Sunday.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 05:08:00 PM

Spencer Ware (ribs) is practicing on Wednesday.

Ware exited the Christmas night win over the Broncos early, but coach Andy Reid said Ware could have returned if not for the blowout. The Chiefs have a chance to win the division Sunday. Look for Ware to be out there.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 12:58:00 PM

Speaking Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Spencer Ware (ribs) could have returned to Sunday night's win over the Broncos.

Ware departed early and underwent an MRI on Monday, but evidently got good news. The Chiefs are coasting into the playoffs, but have plenty to play for on Sunday. They could earn the No. 2 seed with a win and Oakland loss. Ware will almost certainly be out there against the Chargers.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 01:24:00 PM

Spencer Ware rushed 13 times for 62 yards in the Chiefs' Week 16 win over the Broncos.

He added two catches for 20yards on three targets. Ware missed out on clock-killing work due to a ribs injury. He'll have an MRI on Monday. Ware hasn't been much of a fantasy factor for weeks now as he's seemed to wear down in his first full season as a starter. He hasn't rushed for 70 yards since Week 7. Assuming he's healthy, Ware will be an RB2/3 next week against the Chargers.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 10:26:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Patrick Mahomes
3Tyler Bray
4Joel Stave
RB1Spencer Ware
2Kareem Hunt
3Charcandrick West
4C.J. Spiller
5Devine Redding
GLB1Spencer Ware
2Kareem Hunt
3RB1Kareem Hunt
2Spencer Ware
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Tyreek Hill
2Demarcus Robinson
3De'Anthony Thomas
4Tevin Jones
5Robert Wheelwright
WR21Chris Conley
2Albert Wilson
3Jehu Chesson
4Seantavius Jones
5Marcus Kemp
WR31Albert Wilson
TE1Travis Kelce
2Demetrius Harris
3Gavin Escobar
4Ross Travis
5Orson Charles
LT1Eric Fisher
2Joseph Cheek
3Jordan Devey
4Donald Hawkins
LG1Bryan Witzmann
2Parker Ehinger
3Mike Person
C1Mitch Morse
2Zach Fulton
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
2Andrew Tiller
3Damien Mama
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
2Jah Reid
3Isaiah Battle
4Josh James
K1Cairo Santos