Dexter McCluster
Dexter McCluster
32-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Dexter McCluster in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $760,000 contract with the Chargers in September of 2016.
Suffers season-ending forearm injury
RBSan Diego Chargers
November 5, 2016
McCluster will be placed on the non-football injury list after fracturing his forearm in a household accident and will be out for the remainder of the season, Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The Chargers have been absolutely marred by injuries this season, and McCluster's accident, which involved the movement of luggage, describes their misfortune in a nutshell. McCluster was signed after the loss of Danny Woodhead for the year, and with the former now done for the year, Melvin Gordon, Kenneth Farrow and Derek Watt are the only healthy running backs on San Diego's roster. It remains to be seen who will take over kick and punt return duties for the Chargers, though Travis Benjamin seems like a leading candidate.
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How do Dexter McCluster's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics 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.
5' 8"
170 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
Shuttle Time
4.06 sec
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
Broad Jump
118 in
Bench Press
20 reps
Hand Length
8.38 in
Arm Length
29.25 in
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Dexter McCluster
On Target: Market Share, Air Yards and You
September 21, 2017
Davis Mattek explains how looking at a player's market share of total team Air Yards can allow you to profit, and why Travis Kelce's ability after the catch makes him the Chiefs' de facto No. 1 receiver.
NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 17
December 31, 2016
Erik Siegrist looks at the regular season's final games, including an NFC North title clash that features Matthew Stafford and the Lions hosting the Packers.
Weekly Rankings: Week 9 Value Meter
November 1, 2016
Greg Olsen is coming off his worst week of the season, but he's on top of the TE ranks this week anyhow. Check out that and all of Jeff Erickson's rankings for Week 9.
Weekly Rankings: Week 8 Value Meter
October 25, 2016
The ugliest bye week of the season yet is upon us, leading to some tough lineup choices. You might have to play good players in bad matchups out of necessity, such as Alshon Jeffery against the Vikings.
Weekly Rankings: Week 7 Value Meter
October 18, 2016
Chaos reigns supreme in Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger out. Check out all of Jeff Erickson's rankings for Week 7.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
McCluster's unique skill set should allow him to maintain a similar role to last season despite Tennessee's backfield overhaul. The diminutive veteran had 55 carries and 31 receptions for a combined 507 yards through 11 games in 2015 before succumbing to a fractured wrist. Unlike the other holdovers from last year's underwhelming group of running backs, McCluster is nearly guaranteed a roster spot and could actually hold some value in PPR formats.
A player noted for his ability in the open field, McCluster can line-up in the backfield or at wide receiver with equal comfort. While that flexibility offers a nice tool for offensive coaches, it also evidences McCluster’s lack of a true position. In his first season for the Titans last year, McCluster averaged 3.3 yards on 40 carries and 7.6 yards on 26 receptions. Those subpar figures went with only one touchdown, limiting McCluster’s fantasy value considerably. Although the Titans will surely look for better ways to utilize McCluster in Year 2 of their union, his 2014 campaign puts his stock relatively low heading into this season.
The Chiefs were never really able to settle on a position for the lightning-fast McCluster, and as a result his numbers were consistently underwhelming. The Titans seem committed to using him out of the backfield rather than as a WR, and if he emerges with a Darren Sproles-like role that fits his skill set, he could put up useful numbers.
The lightning quick McCluster was used more as a receiver than running back last year, and the results were underwhelming. While McCluster had career highs in catches (52) and receiving yards (452), his YPT was a meager 5.9, and he scored only once. This year, new coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith should add more punch to the offense, and McCluster is expected to line up in different spots while most commonly operating out of the slot. It certainly can't hurt, but it’s hard to see a ton of upside for a 5-8, 170-pound player who operates mostly in the short areas of the field.
McCluster appears set to make a full-time move to wide receiver in his third season after playing more of a hybrid role the previous two years. In that role it may be difficult for him to earn consistent playing time with the likes of Steve Breaston and rookie Devon Wylie competing for reps in the slot, though with his acceleration and electric open field moves the Chiefs may make a greater effort to get him the ball in space. It should become more clear during the preseason how Kansas City intends to use McCluster, but it's difficult to imagine him seeing considerable touches in either the crowded backfield or the improved receiving corps.
McCluster will be utilized primarily as a running back this season, but may still qualify at receiver in some leagues. At 5-8, 170, McCluster is lightning quick, blazingly fast and dangerous in the open field, and the Chiefs will look to capitalize on that with him running stretch plays and coming out of the backfield as a pass catcher. He caught 21 balls during his rookie year with 18 rushes and returned 26 kicks and 13 punts, one of which went for a score. The Chiefs want to get the ball in his hands more during his second year and it's possible he may take on a role similar to what Danny Woodhead did for New England last season. If that is the case, watch out for this dynamic jitterbug to become a good flex play in most weeks.
Whether he's lined up at wide receiver or running back, McCluster is a game-changer, and the Chiefs plan to use him all over the field (and in the return game) to best utilize his talents. We like him as a late-round sleeper, especially in point per reception (PPR) leagues, because of Kansas City's desire to give him plenty of work at multiple positions and his potential to be a 50-catch player as a rookie.
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Carries ball once in win
RBSan Diego Chargers
October 24, 2016
McCluster recorded one carry for a one-yard loss and did not catch either of his two targets during Sunday's win over the Falcons.
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Barely factors in win
RBSan Diego Chargers
October 14, 2016
McCluster caught two passes for 15 yards in the win over the Broncos on Thursday.
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Active Thursday
RBSan Diego Chargers
October 13, 2016
McCluster (hamstring) is active for Thursday's game against the Broncos.
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Listed as questionable for Thursday's game
RBSan Diego Chargers
October 12, 2016
McCluster (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Broncos, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego-Union Tribune reports.
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Dealing with hamstring injury
RBSan Diego Chargers
October 11, 2016
McCluster was limited at Tuesday's practice due to a hamstring injury, Eric D. Williams of reports.
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