Spencer Ware - Fantasy Football Scouting Reports

KC RB Spencer Ware - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Baltimore Ravens

Spencer Ware was a letdown in his first game filling in for Kareem Hunt. He struggled against the league's worst rush defense, finishing with 47 yards on 14 carries (3.4 ypc). He did get a touchdown and some other goal-line work, however, so it could have been worse.

He gets a brutal matchup this week against the Ravens who are giving up the fewest fantasy points to running backs. Baltimore is allowing just 87.3 rush yards per game (third fewest) and 3.8 yards per carry (third fewest). Ware should be viewed as an RB2 this week with a possibility for a real dud performance.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 10:44am
KC RB Spencer Ware - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Oakland Raiders

UPDATE:Kareem Hunt has been released by the Chiefs, which means Spencer Ware takes over starting duties. Hunt was one of the top-scoring backs in fantasy this season, so we expect Ware to pick up where Hunt left off.

Ware was a great starting running back in 2016 when he rushed for 921 yards in 14 games. He should fit right in with the Chiefs' offense and can be viewed as an RB1 option this week against Oakland.

The Raiders who allowed at least 110 rushing yards to backs in every game but two this season. In fact, Oakland is allowing the most rush yards per game (151.4) as well as the fifth-most yards per carry (4.9).

Original Outlook

The Chiefs put up 546 total yards and scored 51 points in their last game, and Spencer Ware didn't get a single touch. He might be worth a bench-stash in case Kareem Hunt gets injured, but otherwise he holds no value.

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 11:02am
KC RB Spencer Ware - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 at Los Angeles Rams

Spencer Ware had three touches last week, and has only been valuable in blowout games this season. He'll have a very small role this week vs. the Rams, but not large enough to warrant fantasy consideration.

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 11:39am
KC RB Spencer Ware - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Spencer Ware actually had a decent role last week, catching 4-of-5 targets for 69 yards. He also added 12 yards on the ground with two carries. It was his highest production of the season aside from a game vs. the Bengals where the Chiefs rested their players late.

Ware is a great handcuff if Hunt ever gets injured, but doesn't hold much value outside of that.

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 11:36am
KC RB Spencer Ware - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 vs. Denver Broncos

Spencer Ware had a solid 89 scrimmage yards last week, but he saw increased playing time due to the score of the game. That sort of production is unreliable, and Ware is off the fantasy radar unless something happens to Kareem Hunt.

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 3:44pm
KC RB Spencer Ware - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. San Francisco 49ers

Spencer Ware saw nine snaps in Week 1 and just six snaps in Week 2. He'll be a hot commodity if Kareem Hunt ever got injured this season, but for now he's just handcuff material. He's not worth a look as an option this week.

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 5:20am
KC RB Spencer Ware - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Spencer Ware showed promise in 2015 before his breakout 2016 season as a starter. He averaged 97 offensive yards per game that season, and although he didn’t score many touchdowns (5), he showed he was capable of being a leading guy. He’s now healthy for 2018 and will be the primary backup to Kareem Hunt.

Fantasy Downside

Ware was on his way to perhaps another career season in 2017 before tearing his PCL and LCL (knee ligaments) before the season started. He’s still recovering from that injury as he missed Kansas City’s first preseason game, but he’s expected to be healthy once the season starts.

2018 Bottom Line

Ware is worth a potential handcuff for Hunt owners, but he doesn’t carry much value outside of that. Last season we hardly saw any back get touches outside of Hunt, so we expect a similar setup this year, even with Ware back. So unless something happens to Hunt, don’t expect much use out of Ware.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:54pm
KC RB Spencer Ware - 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Player Upside

Spencer Ware took over as the Chiefs' starting running back last season and did a fine job, finishing with 1,369 total yards in 14 games. The 25-year-old back has started to make a name for himself with a full season under his belt, as well as some impressive performances from the 2015 season.

Consistency is the key with Ware, as he rushed for at least 50 rushing yards 12 times last season. It’s always nice when you can expect solid production out of your back on a week-to-week basis.

Player Downside

Ware struggled to find the end zone last season, scoring three times on the ground and twice through the air. Quarterback Alex Smith ended up being a vulture, with five rushing scores of his own last season.

You’re going to be disappointed if you’re expecting a big run out of Ware. Of his 214 carries, only three were 20 yards or longer, with a season-high of 46. Only one other back with 200-plus carries last season had less (Todd Gurley).

2017 Bottom Line

While he’s not a likely candidate to break off 100-yard rushing games every week, Ware makes it up by being versatile. What he lacks in the ground game he makes up for it via the passing game. He added 33 catches and 447 receiving yards to go with his 922 yards on the ground last season. He should be on pace to finish as an RB1 this season, as long as incoming rookie Kareem Hunt doesn’t take away too many carries. We’d also his expect his touchdown totals to increase, as it will be unlikely for Smith to continue his vulture role.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 7:57pm
KC RB Spencer Ware - Week 19, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Divisional Round vs. Pittsburgh
Spencer Ware missed Week 17 due to injury, but is expected to return this week after having a bye to recover. When healthy, Ware is a solid fantasy option as he gets multiple touches. While he didn't end the season on a strong note, he still managed to stay relevant in fantasy just by sheer volume.

He'll face the Steelers this week, a team he had some success against earlier in the year. He ran for 82 yards on 13 carries (6.3 YPC) and caught a pass for 14 yards. He wasn't used as much in the game since Kansas City was getting blown out.

Ware won't be an elite option this week in the playoffs, but he should be a reliable play.

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 10:11am
KC RB Spencer Ware - Week 17, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. San Diego
Spencer Ware was a hot commodity earlier in the season, but his stats have cooled off lately. He's been held scoreless in seven of his last eight games and has finished below 100 total yards in each game in that span as well.

Having said all of that, Ware will be a good Week 17 option because of the workload he's expected to get. The Chiefs have a chance to win the AFC West, so the team will play their starters as they try to win.

Considering the workload he should receive compared to other backs, Ware should be viewed as a strong RB1 play.

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 3:47pm

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