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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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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.

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.

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