Spencer Ware
Spencer Ware
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Kansas City Chiefs
Inactive
Injury Hamstring
Wed Practice: DNP
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ware entered training camp last year as the starting running back for the Chiefs, though it was widely expected that rookie Kareem Hunt would eventually push him for playing time. One preseason injury later, and Hunt is the NFL's reigning rushing champ and Ware is just trying to prove he can still contribute after missing all 2017 following surgery to repair two ligaments in his knee. Prior to his injury, the 2013 sixth-round pick had turned himself into a dependable three-down option, using his size to grind out yards after contact and showing surprising utility as a receiver. If he's 100 percent healthy again, he should be able to fight off a host of challengers for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, a role that could provide him with steady work as coach Andy Reid tries to find a way not to burn out Hunt. Ware will have a lot to prove in the preseason, including his health, before he can lock down that job. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.2 million contract with the Chiefs in March of 2016.
Won't play Thursday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Hamstring
December 13, 2018
Ware (hamstring) is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Chargers, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
With Ware -- who had been listed as doubtful -- officially out, Damien Williams profiles as the team's top back Week 15, which gives him a degree of short-term fantasy utility for those in need of backfield help. Also on hand to work in complementary roles Thursday night are Darrel Williams and Charcandrick West.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Spencer Ware'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.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
11.3%
 
Positive Run %
84.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
62.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.0
 
Rushing TD %
3.9%
 
Touches Per Game
5.5
 
% Snaps w/Touch
28.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-2.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.11
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.6%
 
% Team Targets
4.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
90.9%
 
Drop Rate
9.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
12.9
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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LAC
vs Chargers
Thursday, Dec 13th at 8:20PM
Overall QB Rating Against
74.6
 
Cornerbacks
80.5
 
Safeties
59.8
 
Linebackers
84.1
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Spencer Ware'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.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
229 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.27 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.07 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2013
With Jamaal Charles on the sidelines for most of the 2016 season due to ongoing knee problems, Ware stepped into the breach and established himself as a solid starting option for the Chiefs. While he's not the most physically gifted running back, lacking the electric speed or elusiveness of his predecessor, the 5-10, 229-pound Ware keeps his pads low and feet moving to pick up yards after contact. He also worked hard to become an asset in the passing game, finishing sixth among RBs in receiving yards, after catching just six passes for five yards the season before. He dominated the red-zone and goal-line work for Kansas City, but those touches didn't translate into touchdowns. Ware was expected to enter Week 1 as the Chiefs' starting running back, but a knee injury suffered in the third week of the preseason likely will require season-ending surgery. His standing in the Kansas City backfield in 2018 largely will depend on how Kareem Hunt performs in his stead this season.
Not long ago, Ware was seen more as a special-teams player and perhaps as more of a fullback than a halfback. But with Jamaal Charles' injury and Knile Davis' poor play last year, Ware and Charcandrick West were pressed into significant action — and it was Ware who was, by far, the most successful runner. Ware's bread and butter is the inside game, where he relishes contact and regularly keeps the pile moving. Even if the Chiefs have Charles healthy for most of 2016, it's possible Ware could carve out the short-yardage and goal-line work. But don't look for Ware in your hurry-up package — he caught just six passes last year, for all of five yards.
A sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Ware will have a reserve running back role with Kansas City after spending time with Seattle last season. He is also capable of playing fullback and helping out on special teams.
Ware missed almost all of last season to an ankle injury. He can play both running back and fullback, but he did not make the Seahawks' final roster.
If Ware can put to rest character concerns, the rookie out of LSU could see occasional backup carries in Seattle at some point this season.
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Doubtful for Thursday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Hamstring
December 12, 2018
Ware (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Chargers, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
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Won't practice Tuesday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Hamstring
December 11, 2018
Ware (hamstring) won't participate in Tuesday's practice, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
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No activity Monday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Hamstring
December 10, 2018
Ware was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice report with shoulder and hamstring injuries.
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Tweaks hamstring
RBKansas City Chiefs
Hamstring
December 9, 2018
Ware (hamstring) carried 15 times for 75 yards and caught all five of his targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Ravens.
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Re-enters Sunday's game
RBKansas City Chiefs
December 9, 2018
Ware was able to return to Sunday's game against the Ravens after exiting the contest due to a shoulder issue.
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