Robert Kelley

Robert Kelley

Height: 6' Weight: 233 lbsAge: 25College: Tulane

2017 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
22nd easiest for RBs
Draft Rank (ECR) #103
Best / Worst #30 / #167
ADP #94


Robert Kelley expected to open 2017 as starter

Washington Redskins beat reporter Rich Tandler believes Robert Kelley will open the 2017 season as the team's starting running back. "I don’t see any way that Kelley is not the running back on the field for the first offensive play of the year against the Eagles, making him the 'starter,'” Tandler said via CSN Mid-Atlantic. "After that, all bets are off. How it unfolds as the season wears on will be interesting to watch."

Fantasy Impact

The Redskins, who employ Kelley, Chris Thompson, Matt Jones and Samaje Perine at running back, appear to have a reliable stable of rushers entering the upcoming season. Although Kelley is expected to start, he is not a lock as Perrine, a rookie, could contest for the job. However, barring an unforeseen turn of events, Kelley will be the Week 1 bell cow. Thompson has the change of pace/ primary receiver out of the backfield role down pat, leaving Jones the odd man out of the equation. I wouldn't be surprised if Jones is released or waived at some point before training camp. After all, he was the subject of trade talks during the draft. Although Washington's backfield appears to be volatile, it's not. It's Kelley's job to lose. From a fantasy football perspective, Kelley is the team's RB1, but if you draft him, be sure to draft Perine as well. If Kelley struggles during the season, I'd expect the Redskins to turn to the rookie sooner rather than later.

Rob Kelley undergoes knee surgery

Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley (knee) underwent minor surgery on his right knee shortly after the conclusion of the regular season. Redskins beat writer Brian McNally reports Kelley is "already back working out" and that the surgery "won't impact his offseason."

Fantasy Impact

Kelley underwent minor surgery to repair a lingering injury to his right knee sustained during the regular season. The big-bodied running back, who emerged as Washington's starter in Week 8, will likely maintain that role in 2017. Playing in 14 games, he rushed for 704 yards on 168 carries and seven total touchdowns (one receiving) in 2016 and could become a 1,000-yard rusher in his second year in the offense.

Robert Kelley slowed by Giants on Sunday

Robert Kelley rushed 12 times for 33 yards on Sunday, averaging a paltry 2.8 YPC.

Fantasy Impact

Kelley ended the season with a whimper after taking over the lead back role for the Redskins midway through the year. Though he had some impressive outings, the Redskins likely will look to bolster the RB position, leaving Kelley's role in limbo for next season.

Micah Cedergren30 weeks ago
Rob Kelley active Week 17

Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley (knee) is officially active for Week 17.

Fantasy Impact

Kelley will play Sunday against the Giants despite being limited in practice all week with a knee injury. Facing a stout Giants defense, Kelley is a high-end RB2, who is touchdown-dependent, for Week 17.

Robert Kelley considered day-to-day with knee injury

During his Monday press conference, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that RB Robert Kelley is day-to-day with a sore knee and an MRI found no damage.

Fantasy Impact

Kelley is not expected to do much, if anything, in practice over the next couple days but there is a chance he will suit up and play on Sunday.

Micah Cedergren30 weeks ago