Jonathan Ward
Running BackRB
Central Michigan Chippewas
Out
Injury Shoulder
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After topping 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns in 2017 and catching 48 passes, Ward missed a few games due to injury last year and fell to the background in the Chippewas' backfield mix (76 carries for 212 yards and one touchdown, eight catches for 41 yards). Romello Ross and Kumehnnu Gwilly remain in the mix this year, in what looks to be a three-man committee to frustrate fantasy owners looking for a deep sleeper. Read Past Outlooks
Will miss substantial time
RBCentral Michigan
Shoulder
September 11, 2019
Coach Jim McElwain said Ward (shoulder) will miss "a significant amount of time", according to Evan Petzold of CM-Life.
ANALYSIS
Ward was injured in last week's 61-0 loss to Wisconsin. Kobe Lewis is slated to become the Chippewas' No. 1 running back in Ward's place, with true freshman Lew Michols as the primary backup.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jonathan Ward
Conference Preview: MAC
34 days ago
Brad Berreman breaks down the MAC in this installment of our Conference Preview series. Can Central Michigan's Jonathan Ward bounce back from an injury-marred 2018?
Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 3
September 12, 2018
John McKechnie analyzes the top starts and sites for Week 3. Which way does Washington's Jake Browning fall in a tough road game against Utah?
CFB Waiver Wire: Players to Pick Up Week 2
September 2, 2018
Nick Grays offers his top waiver wire pickups for Week 2. Mississippi's Scottie Phillips had an explosive debut that makes him one of the top waiver wire targets in the entire college football landscape
Conference Preview: MAC
Conference Preview: MAC
August 6, 2018
August 6, 2018
Rotowire's Brad Berreman shares his MAC wisdom in the third installment of the Conference Preview Series. What can Ohio's Nathan Rourke do for an encore after an incredible 2017?
College Football Draft Kit: 2018 Running Back Preview
July 13, 2018
John McKechnie keeps the position-by-position breakdowns rolling with a look at the running backs. Will touchdown machine Devin Singletary lead the way again in 2018?
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ward's phenomenal end to the season, highlighted by 71 carries for 528 yards and five scores in four November games, gives a glimpse at what he can do as the featured back. He also has very little competition for carries; no other CMU back had more than 54 rushes last year and neither of the other 50-plus-carry rushers averaged 4.0 YPC. Ward has speed unlike most other MAC backs with an array of moves to make defenders look foolish, and he'll be running behind an experienced line. His combination of skill and team context makes him a worthwhile target.
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Status uncertain for Week 3
RBCentral Michigan
Shoulder
September 10, 2019
Ward was absent from Central Michigan's practice Tuesday after suffering an apparent shoulder injury in the 61-0 loss to Wisconsin over the weekend, Evan Petzold of CM-life.com reports.
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Injury update coming Wednesday
RBCentral Michigan
Undisclosed
September 9, 2019
Ward (undisclosed) left Saturday's game against Wisconsin with an injury, but a concrete update won't come until Wednesday according to Evan Petzold of CM Life.
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Tops 200 total yards vs. Albany
RBCentral Michigan
August 29, 2019
Ward had 22 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns, along with three receptions for 53 yards, Thursday night against Albany.
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Stood out as a pass catcher
RBCentral Michigan
August 14, 2019
As running backs were split out wide running deep routes during Wednesday's practice, Ward looked more comfortable than the rest according to Ben Zeitler of CM Life.
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Scores touchdown vs. Bowling Green
RBCentral Michigan
November 10, 2018
Ward had just four carries for 13 yards Saturday against Bowling Green, but he did manage to score a touchdown.
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