Rob Kelley Fantasy Football News 2017

Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Raiders. He put in 3 limited practices this week. We’re expecting Kelley to play, but he’s a risky fantasy starter at less than 100%.

Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ribs) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That would seem to put him on track to play against the Raiders on Sunday night. The rib issue adds risk to his Week 3 fantasy outlook, but we'd expect Kelley to operate as Washington's lead back after RB Samaje Perine struggled last Sunday.

Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Monday that RB Rob Kelley is dealing with a rib cartilage injury. That's much better than a fracture. Gruden labeled Kelley "day-to-day." It sounds like he has a shot to play against the Raiders on Sunday night.

Redskins HC Jay Gruden said after Sunday's win over the Rams that RB Rob Kelley might have a fractured rib. We should get confirmation tomorrow. With Kelley sidelined, rookie RB Samaje Perine took 21 carries -- but totaled just 67 yards.

Redskins RB Rob Kelley is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Rams with a rib injury. He was rolling before the injury, taking 12 carries for 78 yards. We'll update Kelley's status when we learn more.

UPDATE: Kelley was ruled out for the rest of the game at halftime.

Redskins RB Rob Kelley took 10 carries for 57 yards and a score in Sunday's preseason game. He ripped off a 21-yarder in the 2nd quarter and plunged in a 1-yard TD later in the drive. Kelley was even targeted twice in the passing game, catching 1 ball for 3 yards. RB Samaje Perine, meanwhile, carried just once for 3 yards with the 1st-team offense. This was the nail in the rookie's coffin. Perine is just a late-round flier in fantasy drafts. Kelley is locked in as Washington's lead back heading into Week 1. He'll lose passing-down work to RB Chris Thompson but will be a low-end fantasy starter.

Redskins RB Samaje Perine fumbled in Thursday night's preseason game against the Ravens. He recovered, but that won't matter to the coaching staff. Perine has reportedly struggled with ball security in training camp, so this has become a concern. The rookie finished his night with just 15 yards on 5 carries. RB Robert Kelley carried 3 times for only 2 yards but strengthened his grasp on the starting job in this one.

The Washington Post's Master Tesfatsion says "it's clear" Robert Kelley will be the Redskins' starting RB. Kelley has run with the 1st-team in training camp, while Samaje Perine has reportedly struggled with pass protection and ball security. There's still time for the rookie to make a move. And Tesfatsion concedes that Perine could siphon more work if he gets a "hot hand." At this point, though, Kelley looks like the better fantasy bet. He's lasting until the 12th round of recent MFL10 drafts, though, while Perine is going in the 8th.

Redskins RB Samaje Perine has "a ways to go" to catch RB Rob Kelley atop the depth chart, according to the Washington Post's Mike Jones. That jibes with OC Matt Cavanaugh's declaration last month that Kelley had "earned" the starting job with his 2016 showing. Kelley finished with a decent 4.2 yards per carry, although he mustered just 3.2 over his last 6 outings. Washington's coaching staff evidently liked what it saw, though. And Kelley has reportedly worked on his pass-catching ability while shedding some body fat this offseason. Perine beats out Kelley in the college production and athleticism departments and certainly has a shot to claim a significant role this year. But he's currently going 3 full rounds ahead of Kelley in fantasy drafts.

Washington OC Matt Cavanaugh told CSN Mid Atlantic recently that RB Rob Kelley "obviously has earned" the right to remain the team's lead back heading into this season. It's not surprising to find the incumbent getting the 1st shot there. But Cavanaugh's wording seems a bit strong for a player who reached 80 yards just 3 times last year. Kelley was solid overall, including rankings of 17th and 15th in Football Outsiders' main rushing efficiency metrics. Pro Football Focus graded him 26th among RBs. But Kelley was a dud as a pass-blocker. And he averaged 4.0 yards per carry across a 4-year Tulane career that never saw him reach 100 attempts in a season. Samaje Perine looks like the highest-upside fantasy back in Washington right now. If you own Kelley in dynasty, we'd recommend trying to sell before he does lose the starting job.

ESPN's John Keim considers rookie RB Samaje Perine an "instant challenger" for RB Rob Kelley's starting job. One anonymous Redskins player even predicted that Perine would win the battle. He and Kelley are cut from the same cloth. They're power backs with remarkably similar measurables: Perine a 5'11, 233-pounder with a 4.65-second 40 time and Kelley 5'11, 226 pounds with 4.68 speed. That'll make it an intriguing battle to watch this summer, with the victor potentially returning RB2 value in a talented Redskins offense.

The Redskins added Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Perine turned in a huge freshman season, taking 263 carries for 1,713 yards and 21 scores. That included an FBS-record 427 rushing yards against Kansas. His numbers slid from there as Joe Mixon arrived in Norman, but Perine still totaled 2,409 yards and 28 TDs on 5.7 yards per carry across the past 2 years. He wasn’t nearly as productive in the passing game, failing to top 15 catches or 108 receiving yards in any of his 3 seasons. He also tested poorly at the Combine, registering a 33rd percentile SPARQ score. An early-down pounder, Perine seems like a redundant player with Rob Kelley already in Washington. Kelley isn’t a special talent, though, so Perine is a threat to steal significant work this season.

Redskins RB Robert Kelley underwent surgery to repair an issue with the meniscus in his right knee shortly after the season ended, according to insider Ben Standig. Kelley suffered the injury in Week 16 but was able to play through it the following week. A source tells Standig that the procedure was "considered relatively minor." This doesn't sound like something that'll impact Kelley's offseason. The undrafted free agent operated as Washington's lead back over the 2nd half of the season, but he averaged just 3.98 yards per carry from Week 8 on and caught just 11 balls over that span. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Redskins add competition in the backfield this offseason.

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Redskins RB Rob Kelley (knee) is active for today’s game against the Giants. He was limited in practice all week, but there was never much concern about his status. Kelley is safe to get into fantasy lineups.

Washington RB Rob Kelley (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants. Kelley put in limited practices all week, which would seem to indicate he's on track to play. We'll check on Kelley's status Sunday.

Washington RB Rob Kelley ran for 63 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's win over the Eagles, including a 22-yard TD scamper. He added an uncharacteristic 2 receptions for 25 yards. Kelley makes for a solid volume play the rest of the way, with Washington likely to hit home matchups with Carolina and the Giants plus a trip to Chicago as the favorite.

Redskins RB Matt Jones is inactive for today's game against the Vikings. He wasn't listed on the final injury report, so he looks like a healthy scratch. RB Mack Brown is active behind RBs Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson. Jones looks droppable in most fantasy leagues.

Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Monday that RB Rob Kelley will get the "bulk of the carries." RB Matt Jones, Gruden added, will "will have to earn his way back." Kelley turned in a solid 21-87-1 rushing line prior to Washington's Week 9 bye, while Jones sat out with a knee injury. It's unclear if Jones is ready to return for Week 10, but he won't be a fantasy option regardless. Kelley will be a low-end RB2 vs. a tough Vikings run defense.

Redskins RB Matt Jones (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. HC Jay Gruden said earlier in the week that rookie Rob Kelley will step in as Washington's lead back. He'll lose some carries and most of the passing-down work to RB Chris Thompson, though. Kelley is the slightly better play in non-PPR leagues; Thompson gets the edge in PPR.


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