Rob Kelley Fantasy Football News 2018

7:09pm EDT 9/18/18

The Redskins have placed RB Rob Kelley on IR with a toe injury suffered in Week 2. It's unclear if he's a candidate to be designated to return after 8 weeks. Either way, Kelley can be dropped in all fantasy leagues. He played just 9 offensive snaps through 2 games, so there's not much fantasy impact here. Samaje Perine will step in as Washington's #3 RB but isn't worth rostering.

Redskins RB Adrian Peterson will start Sunday's opener against the Cardinals, ESPN's John Keim reports. It's unclear how many carries RB Rob Kelley will get, and RB Chris Thompson will dominate passing-down work. Peterson sits 30th in our Week 1 non-PPR RB Rankings and 37th in PPR.

Redskins RB Samaje Perine returned for Thursday night's preseason finale after spraining his ankle in the 2nd exhibition. He rotated in with RB Rob Kelley and finished with 7 carries for 30 yards. (Kelley carried 11 times for 49 yards.) Perine figures to open the season 4th on Washington's depth chart behind Kelley, Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. There's a chance he steps into a significant role at some point this year, but he's not worth a roster spot right now.

Washington HC Jay Gruden seemed happy with his 1st look at recently signed RB Adrian Peterson in game action Friday night. “I saw a big guy running pretty hard really,” Gruden told reporters afterward. “He ... had a couple good bounces, and, you know, the thing I like about some of his runs is they look like they’re like gains of ones [yard] and he’d fall forward for a gain of three. The first run of the day I thought it was a three-yard gain and he ends up second and three. I was impressed with Adrian and the way he ran.” Peterson carried 11 times for 56 yards, while Rob Kelley played just 3 snaps with the starters (and totaled 8 carries for 19 yards). That doesn't necessarily indicate a new depth chart. It certainly made sense to give Peterson more run to test out the new guy over an incumbent in his 3rd year with Gruden. Samaje Perine is also expected to return to action in the coming week. We'll see how this situation gets sorted out. In the meantime, we're not drafting any of Washington's 3 big backs until well into the double-digit rounds.

The Redskins have signed RB Adrian Peterson. AP is a future Hall-of-Famer, but his name is much bigger than his game at this point. He averaged just 3.4 yards per carry on 156 attempts between the Saints and Cardinals last year. His 2.3 yards after contact per attempt ranked 49th among 78 qualifying RBs, per Pro Football Focus. He finished 46th among 47 RBs in Football Outsiders' DVOA. The good news for Peterson is that his competition for early-down work in Washington is Rob Kelley and his career 3.9 yards per carry and Samaje Perine, who's sidelined with a sprained ankle. We'd still consider Kelley the favorite for the job right now, but Peterson will be worth monitoring closely over the next few weeks.

Redskins RB Samaje Perine is "expected to miss some time" with his sprained ankle, NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reports. "Likely a week at least." That's a pretty vague timeline, but it sounds like Perine probably won't be available for Washington's 3rd preseason game. That'll give RB Rob Kelley a shot to lock up the Week 1 starting job. Kelley is worth a look in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts. Perine is hardly draftable right now.

Redskins RB Samaje Perine injured his left ankle on his 1st carry of Thursday night's preseason game against the Jets. That came after RB Rob Kelley ran with QB Alex Smith and the 1st-team offense. So Perine remains behind Kelley on the depth chart and is now hurt. We'll see how long he's sidelined, but he can't afford to miss much time if he wants to pass Kelley by Week 1.

An MRI on Redskins RB Derrius Guice's injured left knee revealed a torn ACL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ugh. That'll end the rookie's season after a buzz-worthy spring and summer. It's worth noting that this is the same knee that Guice hyperextended at LSU last year, although it's unclear if that had anything to do with the ACL. The silver lining here is that Guice will have over 12 months to get ready for the start of the 2019 campaign. Washington is now back to Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine as early-down backs. Neither is an inspiring option. Kelley is averaging 3.9 yards per carry through 2 NFL seasons, while Perine mustered just 3.4 as a rookie last year. Kelley ran ahead of Perine in Washington's preseason opener on Thursday night, so consider him the favorite to lead the Redskins in carries for now. But the situation will be worth watching over the next month. Neither guy figures to reach beyond RB3 status, though. RB Chris Thompson will continue to dominate passing-down work in this backfield.

The initial diagnosis on Redskins RB Derrius Guice's injured knee is a sprained MCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie is undergoing an MRI today to get more details. The severity of the sprain will determine exactly how long he's sidelined. We'll pass along another update when we get one. Rob Kelley played ahead of Samaje Perine in Thursday night's preseason opener, making him the favorite to serve as Washington's early-down back if Guice misses regular-season time.

Washington RB Derrius Guice left Thursday night's preseason opener with a left knee issue. He was seen standing on the sideline after getting the joint checked, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the rookie will have an MRI Friday. We'll check out the results of that before reacting in our fantasy rankings. Guice dealt with nagging left knee trouble over his final season at LSU.

The Redskins stopped LSU RB Derrius Guice’s slide, taking him with the 59th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Guice reportedly slipped due to a bad pre-draft process which included missing meetings and workouts. Off-field stuff aside, he’s a borderline 1st-round talent. Guice was uber-productive on the ground for the Tigers, totaling 3,074 yards and 29 TDs on a 6.5 yards-per-carry average over the past 3 seasons. He ripped off 7.8 yards per carry across 2015 and 2016 in the same backfield as Leonard Fournette, who averaged 6.5 in those 2 seasons (although Fournette played through an ankle injury in 2016). Guice dealt a knee injury last year and saw his yards per carry dip to 5.3. When healthy, though, this guy is a explosive, tenacious runner who’s drawn Marshawn Lynch comps. The biggest question with Guice is his pass-catching ability. He caught just 32 balls over the past 3 seasons — although it’s worth noting that this current LSU offense doesn’t use its RBs in the passing game. Fournette, for example, totaled 40 receptions in 3 college seasons and then caught 36 balls as a rookie. This is a nice landing spot for Guice, who will only need to beat out Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley for the lead ball-carrying role. RB Chris Thompson will continue to dominate the pass-catching work.

5:11pm EST 11/14/17

The Redskins have placed RB Rob Kelley on IR with the ankle and knee injuries he suffered in last weekend's loss to the Vikings. Kelley finishes a disappointing 2nd season with 194 yards and 3 TDs on 62 carries -- just 3.1 yards per attempt. He'll need to battle for a role next summer. Rookie RB Samaje Perine has struggled so far but has a major opportunity down the stretch.

Redskins RB Rob Kelley has been diagnosed with both a high-ankle sprain and a Grade 1/2 MCL sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. There's no timetable for his return yet, but expect him to miss at least a month. Kelley is droppable in redraft leagues. Rookie RB Samaje Perine will take over as Washington's lead ball-carrier, making him worth adding to fantasy rosters. But he's averaging just 3.2 yards per carry this year and won't contribute much in the passing game.

Redskins RB Rob Kelley is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Vikings with a knee/ankle injury, the team announced. His absences leaves the backfield to Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine.

2:11pm EST 11/5/17

Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Seahawks. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that Kelley “won’t have a full workload.” He’s a weak fantasy play as a big road underdog vs. the #7 RB defense.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Washington RB Rob Kelley will play today against the Seahawks but won't see a full workload. Kelley is officially questionable with an ankle injury and will play behind an O-line likely to miss at least 3 of 5 starters -- for a team that's 7-point underdogs. A full-strength Kelley behind a healthy line wouldn't give us much to like in Week 9. This version should be used only if you absolutely need to. His status might push a few more touches to Chris Thompson, at least.

11:10pm EDT 10/23/17

Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Eagles. He figures to serve as the lead ball-carrier but is no more than a RB3 or flex vs. a Philly defense allowing just 2.9 yards per carry to RBs.

Washington RB Rob Kelley (ankle) is questionable for Monday night's game against the Eagles. He put in limited practices all week after missing last week's game against the 49ers. Kelley's too risky to wait for in most fantasy situations.

Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ankle) has put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. HC Jay Gruden said Friday that he expects Kelley to start against the Eagles on Monday night. We’ll get another update on his status tomorrow, but it’s looking like Kelley will be in play as a RB3 or flex this week.

Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. It gives him a shot to play against the Eagles on Monday night. A healthy Kelley should be Washington's lead ball-carrier, but he'd be no better than a RB3 vs. a Philly defense allowing just 2.9 yards per carry.

 
 
 

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