Rob Kelley
Rob Kelley
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
As an undrafted rookie out of Tulane in 2016, Kelley proved to be a godsend for Washington that year, stabilizing the backfield after he got a chance to start Week 8 and putting together a surprisingly productive campaign. The organization seemed unconvinced that he was a long-term solution as the lead back, and Kelley proved it right when ankle issues limited him to seven games and a miserable 3.1 YPC in 2017. He's a load to bring down at 6-0, 233, potentially making him an effective goal-line and short-yardage option, though he did drop down to 220-225 pounds in the offseason. With second-round pick Derrius Guice out for the year with a torn ACL, a slimmed-down Kelley suddenly finds himself in the mix for a key role, competing for snaps with Adrian Peterson, Samaje Perine and passing-down specialist Chris Thompson. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $1.62 million contract with the Redskins in May of 2016.
Allowed to hit open market
RBFree Agent
March 13, 2019
The Redskins declined to tender Kelley a contract for 2019 on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
No surprise here, as Washington was able to re-sign Adrian Peterson on Wednesday and otherwise has the promising Derrius Guice (knee) on a rookie deal. Given Kelley's historical lack of efficiency while running the ball, he seems to have long odds of securing a fantasy-relevant role in advance of the 2019 season.
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How do Rob Kelley's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
Broken Tackle %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
75.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
125.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.5
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
0.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
"Fat Rob" snuck his way onto Washington's roster after a big preseason, and once his turn to start came in Week 8, he ended any debate about who should be the team's lead back, racking up 321 rushing yards and four TDs over the next three games. Possessing good size for an NFL back, Kelley runs with a strong burst and low center of gravity, making him hard to bring down on first contact. He also saw increasing work at the goal line as the season wore on, finishing just outside the top 10 in red-zone carries in little more than half a year as the starter. However, his lack of elusiveness, the presence of pass-catching maven Chris Thompson and the selection of physical back Samaje Perine in this year's draft leaves Kelley in uncertain waters heading into his second season.
Kelley is vying for a reserve spot in Washington's backfield. An undrafted rookie free agent from Tulane, Kelley possesses the skill set to the pound the ball down the field while also contributing in pass-blocking. If he does land on the 53-man roster, he will likely only be seen during emergency situations.
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Lands on IR
RBWashington Redskins
Toe
September 18, 2018
Kelley (toe) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
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Toe surgery imminent
RBWashington Redskins
Toe
September 17, 2018
Coach Jay Gruden said Kelley is expected to miss at least one month due to surgery on his toe, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Returns to game
RBWashington Redskins
September 16, 2018
Kelley (toe) returned to Sunday's game.
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Questionable to return to Sunday's game
RBWashington Redskins
September 16, 2018
Kelley left Sunday's game with a toe injury and is questionable to return, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Gets three touches
RBWashington Redskins
September 11, 2018
Kelley took three carries for seven yards in Sunday's 24-6 win over the Cardinals.
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