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Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Date of Birth:  10/03/1992
Age:  29
Height  6'0"
Weight:   228
College:  Tulane
Drafted:  2016 | Undrafted
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Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB


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Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

The Saints are releasing Rob Kelley.

Kelley was just recently brought in by New Orleans, but they are letting him go to make room for Jacquizz Rodgers. The former Redskins starter has rushed for just 3.1 yards per carry over the past two years after an impressive rookie reason.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

The Saints signed Rob Kelley.

The former Redskins’ starter finally has a new team, and it’s a good spot in New Orleans. Kelley will look to win a role this preseason, and he’s have a path to potential fantasy relevance on a top offense if an injury strikes ahead of him.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (toe) has been placed on injured reserve.

Kelley suffered a toe injury in Sunday's loss to the Colts, and though he returned to the game, he's being placed on injured reserve. Assuming Kelley doesn't return as a designated-to-return player, his season ends with four carries for eight yards in two games, as Adrian Peterson took over as Washington's lead runner. This injury should open the door for Samaje Perine to becoming an active on game days.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley gets one carry in Week 2.

Kelley gained one yard on his lone attempt against the Colts. He did briefly leave the game with a toe injury, but he seems to be OK. Kelley is not on the fantasy radar at the moment.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (toe) is questionable to return against the Colts.

The Redskins and Colts are in the second quarter, so there's time for him to get back in the game if the injury isn't too serious. We'll update you as more information becomes available.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley gets three carries in Week 1.

Kelley gained seven yards on his three rushing attempts. Kelley is clearly behind starter Adrian Peterson, so he does not need to be owned in fantasy leagues.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley lost weight from last year.

Kelley was listed at 229 last season, but he says he's down to 222. He didn't get much into it at his press conference, but he did say that "of course" he feels faster. Kelley also cut his dreads, but he doesn't think that helped him with his speed despite them weighing a pound. The "Fat Rob" nickname probably doesn't fit Kelley anymore, as he's worked his way into much better shape than when he entered the league. Kelley is competing for backfield touches with Derrius Guice, Samaje Perine, and Chris Thompson.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

The Redskins placed Rob Kelley on Injured Reserve.

Kelley is dealing with both a high-ankle sprain and and an MCL sprain, so this is not a surprise. There might be a chance the team brings Kelley back for a playoff run if they make it that far, but in all likelihood his season is over. Kelley battled injuries all season long and ended up with 62 carries for 194 yards and three touchdowns, along with four receptions for 18 yards. Rookie Samaje Perine might have a chance to seize the lead role in the backfield over these last several weeks of the season, so Kelley's role in Washington's backfield for 2018 might come down to the performance of Perine.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley has both a high-ankle sprain and MCL sprain, according to Ian Rapoport.

Kelley took a bad hit, as his leg was twisted up in yesterday's loss to the Vikings. Both these injuries could mean Kelley is done for the season, as they are both multi-week injuries, and he has them at the same time. He might be back late in the year, but expect Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine to carry the load over the next few weeks. Kelley doesn't need to be held on fantasy rosters, as he might not even be 100% if he does return this season.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley leaves game with apparent lower leg injury.

Kelley received a carry late in the first quarter against the Vikings and appeared to have his knee twisted badly as he was hit while his knee was being held. He was down for a few minutes, but he did limp to the sideline under his own power. Consider him doubtful to return to this game, and it could be a potentially serious injury. Kelley had four carries for ten yards and caught two passes for four yards before leaving. It'll be a lot of Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine in Washington's backfield moving forward.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley scores twice versus Seattle.

The Seahawks basically shut down the running game of the Redskins—except for at the goal line, as Kelly converted twice for touchdowns. Overall, Kelly had 14 carries for 18 yards and two touchdowns in the game, so fantasy owners will certainly take the scores. Look for the Redskins to commit to the run again versus Minnesota next week, but Kelley will likely need more chances at the goal line for a big fantasy day.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (ankle) is questionable for Week 9.

Though he's listed as questionable, Kelley is expected to be ready to go against the Seahawks. However, the Redskins' game is at 4:05 PM ET, but you ideally have someone else to play in the difficult matchup with Seattle, anyway. Kelley is just a weak FLEX option this week.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kellet scores in Week 8 loss.

Kelley rushed eight times for just 19 yards, but he was able to find the end zone in the first quarter for a goal-line touchdown. Despite the limited touches, Kelley is the clear leader for early-down carries, as Samaje Perine didn't even record a touch. That said, Chris Thompson is the only Washington running back worth starting against Seattle next week.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley gets seven carries in Redskins' loss.

Kelley started the game and received a couple early carries that he took for nice yardage immediately, but the Redskins went away from the running game and he didn't get much work after that. Kelly gained 16 yards on his seven carries and also had two receptions for 14 yards. He gets the Cowboys in Week 8.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (ankle) is officially active for Monday night.

Kelley was listed as questionable, but this was the expectation from the start of the week. If you were waiting for tonight to set your lineup with guys in the game, you can insert Kelley into your lineup as a FLEX option. Expect him to get a good amount of carries in his first game back, though it's possible rookie Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson eat into his touches a good amount.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (ankle) is officially questionable for Monday night.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden expects Kelley to be back this week, but he was only a limited participant in practice all week. Still, he might be back for a big NFC East matchup against the Eagles. Philadelphia has the league's number one run defense so far, so Kelley is best left out of fantasy lineups if he is active—especially while also considering the game is Monday night and you might not have any other options if he ends up being inactive.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Redskins running back Rob Kelly (ankle) will practice this week.

The Redskins don’t have an official practice on Thursday because the team plays on Monday night, but it sounds like Kelley will be back out there against the Eagles. We’ll update you on his practice status throughout the week.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (ankle) is inactive.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Kelley was a long shot to play today, and now he's officially out. Rookie Samaje Perine could be in line for a heavy workload against the 49ers and is a FLEX option. It sounds like Kelley might not be ready for Week 7 against the Eagles, though the game is next Monday night, which gives him an extra day.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (ankle) is a long shot to play this week.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said this, and it certainly sounds like Kelley will miss this Sunday's game against the 49ers. Kelley was said to be day-to-day after his injury on Sunday night in Week 4, but apparently the ankle injury is worse than anticipated as he's not practicing after the team's Week 5 bye. Gruden is not going to play Kelley unless he's on the practice field, and it doesn't look like he'll be practicing this week. Rookie Samaje Perine would probably get most of the carries if Kelley is out, but Mack Brown is someone to watch.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden says Rob Kelley is day-to-day.

Kelley suffered an ankle injury in last night's game and could not return, but it's not too serious. Kelley should be ready to go when the Redskins come back after their Week 5 bye.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (ankle) is questionable to return against the Chiefs.

Kelley must've been injured during the second drive, but it's unclear what exactly happened. Hopefully it's not too serious and he can get back out there. Rookie Samaje Perine is in the team for Washington now.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (rib) is active against the Chiefs.

Like TE Jordan Reed, Kelley missed one game but is back tonight for Monday Night Football. Kelley is likely wearing some type of protection over his rib area, but he shouldn’t be too limited in the game. He’s a FLEX option for matchup with the Chiefs.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (rib) is questionable for Week 5.

Kelley was a limited participant all week in practice, but it's going to come down to whether Kelley will be able to take a hit or not. It's probably best to just have Kelley out of your lineup, as the second-year back could be limited even if he is active for the Monday night game.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Redskins RB Rob Kelley (rib) is inactive for Week 3.

Kelley was not expected to be ready according to reports from this morning, and he's not. Rookie Samaje Perine should get a lot of work in tonight's game against Oakland, while Kelley will hope to get ready for next Monday night against the Chiefs.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Redskins RB Rob Kelley (rib) is not expected to play tonight, according to Adam Schefter.

We probably won't know for sure until 7:00 PM ET when the active/inactives come out for the Sunday Night Football game, but Kelley probably shouldn't be in your lineup either way. They might try to protect the rib and have him suit up, but expect rookie Samaje Perine to handle most of the carries for Washington with Chris Thompson obviously working in as a great change-of-pace receiving back.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (rib) is listed as questionable for Week 3.

It sounds like Kelley is going to play in the game, they'll just need to find the best way to protect his rib from further injury and pain. Rookie Samaje Perine might take more of his carries because he's less than 100%, but Kelley should get a good amount of work on Sunday night against the Raiders, assuming he's active. Just make sure you have backup plans in the Sunday night or Monday night in case Kelley doesn't play.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley (rib cartilage) is day-to-day, head coach Jay Gruden said.

It's good to hear it's not a serious injury for Kelley, who should be good to go for Sunday night against the Raiders. Check in on the practice report when it's released on Wednesday to see if Kelly is able to participate.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelly rushed 12 times for 78 yards before leaving Sunday's win over the Rams with a rib injury.

After the game, Jay Gruden said it might be fractured, which would almost certainly make Kelley miss some time. Samaje Perine became the team's workhorse after "Fat Rob" left, handling 21 carries, so the rookie is in line for a big role if Kelley does indeed have a fractured rib. We'll provide an update when there's one available. The Redskins play the Raiders next Sunday night.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley leaves Week 2 with a rib injury.

Kelley took a big hit in the second quarter against the Rams and he's now headed to the locker room. He's questionable to return and was having an excellent game (78 yards rushing) so far, so hopefully he's able to get back in the game.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley carries ten times in Week 1 against the Eagles.

Washington threw the ball 40 times, not leaving much work for Kelley and he running backs. Kelley had 30 yards on his ten carries, but the good news for Kelley is rookie Samaje Perine didn't get any touches in the game. The second-year running back should get more carries next week against the Rams.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley scores in Redskins' third preseason game.

The second-year back looked good in the exhibition against Cincinnati, rushing ten times for 57 yards and a touchdown. He also had a three-yard reception in the game. Rookie Samaje Perine did get some work with the first team (as did Chris Thompson on passing downs), but Kelley is currently the clear lead guy in Washington's backfield. Kelley will have to hold off Perine, but it looks like he could be one of the better value picks in fantasy drafts.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley struggles in loss to the Packers.

Kelley rushed nine times for nine yards and caught a five-yard pass, as the entire first-team struggled to move the ball until late in the first half. "Fat Rob" didn't have much help in the way of blocking, but it was still not a good performance as he tries to hold off Samaje Perine for the lead backfield role. He will try to bounce back next week against Cincy.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Kelley works as clear starter in preseason opener.

"Fat Rob" rushed three times for two yards, but overall, it was a good night for his fantasy prospects, as fourth-round pick Samaje Perine struggled. Barring a significant change, Kelley's ADP in the 90s should quickly climb as we get closer to the regular season.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden says Rob Kelley is "more confident" this year.

Gruden says that last year Kelley was probably "overwhelmed" and trying hard to take advantage of his reps, but says he did take advantage of them to work his way to being the starter last season. The Redskins head coach says Kelley is "bigger" and "faster" and more confident this year. Confidence goes a long way in a player's performance, so this is good for hear as the second-year back is trying to fend off rookie Samaje Perine for his starting job. Kelley will give way to Perine, Chris Thompson, and others for some carries, but he probably has an opportunity to seize 20 per game if he keeps performing well.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley hopes to incorporate parts of Le'Veon Bell's and Devonta Freeman's game into his.

The second-year Redskins running back says he's been watching film on Bell, Freeman, and David Johnson, according to ESPN's John Keim. Kelley says he needs to get more patient after he cost himself by being impatient at times as a rookie last season. Not many people can do what Le'Veon Bell does behind the line of scrimmage, but Kelley realizes he won't be able to do that and instead wants to find his own "niche." Adding a little more patience like Bell, while keeping in mind decisive, aggressive running like Devonta Freeman, it should help Kelley become a better runner overall. He's opening training camp as the starter, but rookie Samaje Perine could be a big factor in the running game. Head coach Jay Gruden has indicated he they could both get a lot of carries.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden hints at RBBC.

The team's offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh previously said the team will use a "hot hand" approach at running back; and Gruden seconded that, stating everyone that dresses will get carries, "Whether it’s 18 for Fat Rob and 15 for Perine and five for Chris [Thompson], however it pans out." Gruden says Kelley has earned the right to open as the team's starting running back, but it's clear they'll go with whatever guy gives them the best chance to win. Whoever plays best during the regular season will emerge as the best fantasy option, and it could change throughout the season. The rookie Perine is currently going ahead of Fat Rob in fantasy drafts.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley cut his body fat percentage from 18% to 13%, according to ESPN.

Kelley made changes to his diet, cutting processed foods and sugar. He replaced those unhealthy foods with healthy foods like fruit. Kelley says he feels "more explosive, faster, getting in and out of cuts a little better." As someone with the nickname "Fat Rob," losing weight is a huge plus and should certainly help his game. Kelly said he also worked on his receiving skills in the offseason. And head coach Jay Gruden said Kelley looks better this season. The Redskins drafted Samaje Perine in the fourth round of the draft, so that's a concern for Kelley's fantasy value, but Kelley should at least be a FLEX to start the season.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Redskins running back Rob Kelley says the team told him they will run the ball more this season.

The undrafted rookie from last season had a very good year, rushing 168 times for 704 yards and six touchdowns. However, the team brought in Oklahoma's all-time leading rusher, Samaje Perine, when they selected Perine in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. The Redskins rushed 379 times last season, which was sixth fewest in the NFL. We could be looking at a backfield where the Redskins give both Kelley and Perine a good amount of carries as they try to run the ball more than last season.

Rob Kelley rushed 12 times for 33 yards in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

The would have made the playoff with a win, but couldn't get it done. Kelley finishes his first season with 168 carries for 704 yards (4.2 YPC) and six touchdowns. He seems to have shown enough to be the starter in 2017, but we'll have to see what Washington does in the offseason. If they stay put at the position, Kelley will be an RB2.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley gets 21 touches against Chicago.

Kelley had 19 carries for 76 yards and two catches for six yards. He continues to be a near workhorse for the Redskins and will be an RB2/FLEX to conclude the season against the Giants.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley scores but is otherwise shut down by Carolina.

Kelley had nine carries for eight yards and a touchdown against the Panthers. He did add four catches for 47 yards, helping his fantasy day. The Redskins offense struggled in part because the run game could not get going against the Panthers. They'll likely try to establish it against the Bears in Week 16 and Kelley should be an RB2.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley scores against the Eagles.

Kelley had 16 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown, along with two catches for 25 yards. Kelley continues to show good balance and the ability to break tackles. He is slightly reminiscent of legendary running back Frank Gore. Kelley should remain involved in the Redskins' offense and will be a RB2/FLEX next week against the Panthers.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley rushed 14 times for 63 yards in Sunday's loss.

Arizona has one of the best defenses in the league, so it was a solid performance by the rookie. Kelley gets the falling-apart Eagles in Week 14, so he'll be an RB2 for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley shut down by the Cowboys.

Kelley had 14 carries for 37 yards and two catches for five yards. The Redskins fell behind and had to rely on Kirk Cousins (53 throws). Kelley has a tough matchup against Arizona next week, but the game should be closer and he should get closer to 20 carries against them. He's an RB2.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Fat Rob eats on Sunday Night Football.

Rob Kelley rushed 24 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns as the Redskins defeated the Packers 42-24. The undrafted rookie now has 424 yards and four touchdowns with 5.0 yards per carry on the season. Fat Rob will get a chance to eat some more this Thanksgiving as the Redskins take on the Cowboys, but we should temper expectations; Kelley’s biggest run on Sunday night was a 66-yarder with the Packers over-pursuing to get a stop, and he had 23 attempts for 71 yards besides that. Kelley seems like a good sell-high before the trade deadline, but can stay in lineups as an RB2.

Rob Kelley | Free Agent RB

Rob Kelley: Welcome to RB2 ranks.

Kelley had 22 carries for 97 yards and one catch for -2 yards against the Vikings in Week 10. Kelley has handled 20+ touches in back-to-back games, and Jay Gruden expressed confidence in Kelley. Look for him to handle close to 20 touches again this Sunday night against Green Bay. Keep him in your lineup as an RB2/FLEX.