Spencer Ware
Spencer Ware
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Indianapolis Colts
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ware saw a cold reception in free agency despite his high-level production in Kansas City, which could either be due to durability concerns (knee/hamstring) or just the generally dispensable nature of the position these days. He was productive as a pass catcher in Kansas City, especially for such a big back, as his last 65 targets went for 53 catches and 671 yards. Ware might need Indianapolis to keep four running backs if he's to make the final roster, because it's difficult to see Nyheim Hines or Jordan Wilkins getting cut behind Marlon Mack, but Ware's compelling recent production makes him interesting if he should stumble into snaps. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.31 million contract with the Colts in April of 2019.
Facing tough competition
RBIndianapolis Colts
June 12, 2019
Coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that Ware is competing with Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams for a single role mixing in behind Marlon Mack on early downs, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
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Reich's description of the roles doesn't sound too promising, but he did mention that he has been impressed by Ware's toughness and general understanding of football. The 27-year-old also has considerable experience catching passes out of the backfield, potentially making him a capable replacement for Nyheim Hines' role on passing downs. The versatility should give Ware at least a slight edge over Williams and Wilkins for the third spot on the depth chart, though the latter has the advantage of being a recent draft pick (2018 fifth-rounder) brought in by the current regime. Ware's one-year, $1.31 million contract contains only $150,000 guaranteed.
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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 rush attempts.
  • 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 %
15.7%
 
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
-0.5%
 
% Team Targets
3.9%
 
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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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
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.
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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Gets only $150k guaranteed
RBIndianapolis Colts
May 2, 2019
Ware's one-year, $1.31 million contract with the Colts contains $150,000 guaranteed, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
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Joining Indianapolis
RBIndianapolis Colts
April 30, 2019
Ware signed with the Colts on Tuesday, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
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Meets with Jets
RBFree Agent
April 10, 2019
Ware visited with the Jets on Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
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Meets with Colts
RBFree Agent
April 9, 2019
Ware worked out for the Colts on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Looking at Detroit
RBFree Agent
March 18, 2019
Ware is visiting with the Lions on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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