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It's been a bit of a tumultuous week for the Kansas City Chiefs. While sitting at the No. 1 seed in the AFC, Kansas City released star running back Kareem Hunt due to a leaked video of an assault from February. Suddenly, the Chiefs were without their top option in the backfield and someone was going to have to fill that role. 


While the Chiefs have a few talented backs on the roster, it looks like Spencer Ware has emerged as the top replacement for Hunt. 

Ware finished the game with 14 rushes for 47 yards and a touchdown, he also had one target and one reception for five yards. So while the actual receiving numbers were not there, he had far more chances than any other back. Look for that to continue even while the Chiefs look for more depth at the position.

​​There's no telling what West might do, but Ware should still clearly be the No. 1 option, even though he now has some familiar competition.

Ware hasn't been that productive this year due to Hunt's presence, but he was fantastic in 2017. He had 214 rushes for 914 yards and three touchdowns. So far in 2018 he only has 36 rushes for 171 yards and two touchdowns, but those numbers will grow down the stretch.


If you were able to snag Ware off the waiver wire once the Hunt news broke, then you're incredibly lucky going into the playoffs -- Ware is the Chiefs' RB1 and will continue to be for the rest of the season.

As for West, his best season was in 2015 when he replaced an injured Ware. He ran for over 600 yards and 4 TDs that season. He's also been a valuable pass-catching back for the Chiefs in the past and his familiarity with the offense is a real boon to his ability. But unless Ware gets injured, West's value is low. 


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