Kelley has 'earned' starting gig | Shark Bites | Draft Sharks

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.

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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 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.

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