Spencer Ware's Updated 2015 Fantasy Outlook After Charcandrick West's Injury

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2015

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware, center, pushes past San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te'o (50) on his way to scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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A hamstring injury to Kansas City Chiefs starting running back Charcandrick West in Week 11 gave backup Spencer Ware a chance to shine in a 33-3 victory against the San Diego Chargers.

He did just that despite coming into Sunday's game with just 24 yards on six carries in 2015. 

Week 11: Spencer Ware Stats vs. San Diego Chargers
AttemptsYardsTargetsReceptionsYardsTDs
11961152
ESPN.com

What made his numbers impressive Sunday was the fact that Ware didn't even play the entire game.

No, the 2-8 Chargers haven't shown much fight this year, and their defense ranks in the bottom third of the league—but Ware's performance should put him on the fantasy radar.

If West's injury lingers, it's worth taking a chance on Ware if your running back situation is not great.

Considering Ware didn't play in 2014 and had just three carries for 10 yards in 2013 with the Seattle Seahawks, it's nearly impossible to predict what the running back—who turns 24 on Monday—will do moving forward, should he become the starter.

However, he's already proved he can make plays, even running behind an average offensive line.

With two weeks left in most fantasy leagues' regular seasons, Ware will face the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders. The Bills rank ninth in terms of rushing yards allowed per game, and the Raiders are 23rd.

If you are dealing with injuries or inconsistency at the running back spot, take a flier on Ware and stash him on the bench—especially if you are able to handcuff West.

Knile Davis, who was the No. 2 running back at the start of the season, is no threat to Ware's playing time considering he has been inactive the past two weeks as a healthy scratch, per Herbie Teope of Chiefs Digest.

However, Ware should become an afterthought if West is healthy, but if Ware becomes the starter, he could reach high-end RB3 status for Week 12.

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