Spencer Ware Fantasy Football News 2018

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware has been diagnosed with a torn PCL and LCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He'll undergo surgery and is done for the season. Multi-ligament injuries are extremely tough and lengthy rehabs. We'll track Ware's progress, but don't consider him a lock to be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign. Kareem Hunt is entrenched as Kansas City's lead back.

Chiefs Head Athletic Trainer Rick Burkholder announced that RB Spencer Ware has a torn PCL, “in addition to other damage.” He’s going for a 2nd opinion, but the injury is likely a season-ender. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport does add that Ware is hoping to land on the IR-designated-to-return list, which would allow him to come back anytime after Week 8. That sounds optimistic, though. We’ve removed Ware from the RB rankings. Kareem Hunt is obviously the big winner here. The rookie will step into the feature role in HC Andy Reid’s offense. We detailed earlier this offseason how productive that spot has been for fantasy football. RB Charcandrick West moves up to #2 on the depth chart. And RB C.J. Spiller now stands a good chance to make the squad. Check out our updated projections for the Chiefs backfield.

A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Chiefs RB Spencer Ware has a PCL injury and is expected to be sidelined anywhere from 2-8 weeks. That's obviously a wide range. The short end would have Ware pushing to play in the season opener. The long end would have him out through Week 6. We'll keep an eye out for a more concrete timeline. For now, we've projected Ware to miss 3 games.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Ware also suffered LCL damage in that right knee.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Saturday that he expects RB Spencer Ware (knee) to play again this season. "It's not one of those things that's just clear cut, end of the season," Reid said. "That's not what it is right now. We've got to go through the whole process here in this case." This coincides with the previous report that Ware's ACL is intact. We're still waiting for an official diagnosis and timeline, though. Ware can't be drafted as more than a late-round bench stash at this point. Meanwhile, Reid called rookie Kareem Hunt the "regular featured back" for however long Ware is out. He's worth drafting in RB2 range now.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said after Friday night's preseason game that RB Spencer Ware is dealing with a "sprained knee." His ACL is believe to be intact, but he'll undergo further testing to check for damage to the meniscus, PCL or MCL. It sounds like Ware escaped without a season-ending injury, but he's probably still looking at a multi-week absence. We'll continue to update his status as we learn more. If you're drafting in the meantime, Ware is no more than a later-round bench stash. RB Kareem Hunt, meanwhile, got a big boost up the RB rankings.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware suffered a right knee injury in the 1st quarter of Friday night's game against the Chiefs. He left the field on a cart and the team quickly ruled him out for the game. That obviously doesn't bode well. Any missed time would deliver a huge boost to RB Kareem Hunt's fantasy outlook. Hunt was already sharing 1st-team work with Ware in the 3rd preseason contest. We'll keep an eye out for further updates.

Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt got a bunch of run with the 1st-team offense in Saturday's 2nd preseason game. RB Spencer Ware got the opening snap but then gave way to Hunt. The rookie proceeded to rip off 40 yards on 8 carries, plus another 23 on 3 catches. HC Andy Reid said afterward than Hunt "tweaked" his ankle but is "fine." We'll be curious to see how the 1st-team snaps are split between Hunt and Ware in the 3rd exhibition. It certainly looks like the rookie is pushing for a significant early-season role.

Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt played just 1 of 19 first-team snaps in Friday night's preseason opener against the 49ers, according to Pro Football Focus. RB Spencer Ware got the other 18, rushing 4 times for 6 yards and a TD, and catching 3 passes for 20 more yards. Hunt touched the ball just twice, rushing once for no gain and catching a 9-yard pass from QB Patrick Mahomes on a 3rd-and-long play. It's early, but continued usage patterns like this could make Ware a stronger value at his Round 6 ADP.

The Chiefs added Toledo RB Kareem Hunt in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Hunt disappointed at the Combine, posting a 28th percentile SPARQ score. But the tape is much more impressive. He flashes a nice combination of power and make-you-miss ability, which helped him force the 2nd most missed tackles in the nation last year, per Pro Football Focus. Hunt also looks comfy in the passing game. He tallied a 41-403-1 receiving line this past year after totaling just 32 grabs across his first 3 seasons. Hunt dealt with an ankle injury in 2014 and a hamstring issue in 2015, so durability is a concern. But he handled 262 carries last year and is a solid 5’10, 216 pounds. Hunt is capable of immediately pushing Spencer Ware for touches and, longer term, has a shot to emerge as a 3-down back.

The NFL has moved kickoff of the Steelers-Chiefs game to 8:20 pm ET on Sunday. The game was originally scheduled to start at 1:05 ET, but Kansas City is expected to get slammed by an ice storm this weekend. The current forecast calls for a 100% chance of rain and 32-degree temperatures for Sunday night, so we're not sure what the new kickoff time is accomplishing. Wind isn't expected to be an issue, but the conditions will obviously be less than ideal for the passing games.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Monday that RB Spencer Ware (ribs) is "good to go" for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Ware was a game-time decision for the regular-season finale but ended up sitting out. He should step back in as Kansas City's lead back this weekend. Ware has seen 15+ touches in 7 straight outings and averaged a solid 77.7 yards per game.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) is inactive for today’s game against the Chargers. That leaves Charcandrick West in what should be a feature back role.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) is "hopeful" to play against the Chargers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. HC Andy Reid labeled Ware a game-time decision, but we're betting that he plays after getting in 3 limited practices this week. Kansas City still has a shot at the AFC's #2 seed, and Ware can earn $600,000 if he gains another 79 yards today.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid labeled RB Spencer Ware (ribs) a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Chargers. He was limited in practice all week. Kansas City is still battling for the AFC's #2 seed, so Ware will play if he's able. The issue for fantasy owners is that Chiefs-Chargers doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET on Sunday. Charcandrick West will serve in something close to a feature-back role if Ware can't go.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) practiced on Wednesday. HC Andy Reid said he was pulled from last week's game as a precaution. So he should be ready to roll for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Kansas City can still claim the AFC's #2 seed with a win and a loss by the Raiders in Denver.

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Chiefs RB Spencer Ware injured his ribs in Sunday night's win over the Broncos, HC Andy Reid said. He's scheduled for an MRI on Monday. Kansas City still has a shot at the AFC's #2 seed with a Week 17 win coupled with a Raiders loss, so Ware will likely play if he's medically cleared. If not, Charcandrick West will step in as the lead back against the Chargers.

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Chiefs RB Spencer Ware didn't find much running room against the Raiders on Thursday night. He finished with 56 yards on 20 carries (2.8 yards per carry), with none of those going for more than 8 yards. Ware added just 7 yards on 1 catch and 2 targets. Worst of all: He was vultured by Charcandrick West for a 3-yard TD. Ware out-snapped West 40 to 13 and out-touched him 21 to 2, so he remains the clear lead back here. But Ware simply hasn't been good in 5 games since returning from his concussion, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. Consider him just a RB2 next week against a Titans defense that's better against the run than the pass.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (concussion) put in a full week of practice and will play against the Panthers on Sunday. He’s right back to RB1 status, despite a matchup vs. the league’s 6th-ranked RB defense.


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