clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware: Running back by committee?

Editor's Note: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is running a $1.25M fantasy football league on Sunday. First place wins $100,000. Join now!

The big fantasy football question this week has been what the split will be between Kansas City Chiefs RBs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware. West emerged after Jamaal Charles' injury and then Ware emerged after West's injury.

So who is the lead back? Chiefs OC Doug Pederson indicated on Thursday that the Chiefs will be a running back by committee.

"I don't think it is a challenge," Chiefs OC Doug Pederson said, via quotes from the Chiefs. "I think it goes without saying - I think it's still that running back by committee. And I think you have to use them both, and here's two young running backs that are playing a lot and we're getting to that time of the season now where bodies are really getting sore and nicked up and banged up.

"To use two different guys - you see Charcandrick is more of that slasher, quick-cutting guy and here comes 32, a big physical fullback-type, halfback-type guy that can hit you downhill so it's a little bit of a change of pace I think for a defense. And it's great to give both of those guys equal opportunity."

Herbie Teope got a quote from West that was great: "He can get them set up, he can get them scared and I can go shake them."

I am hesitant about saying the Chiefs will definitely be a running back by committee because the sense I've gotten is that Andy Reid likes to go with the hot hand. Maybe it's just because Jamaal is Jamaal but even when the Chiefs had capable backs behind him (Knile Davis, West, Ware) the Chiefs didn't really split carries all that much. They rode Jamaal. The same went for Knile Davis last year when he filled in -- the Chiefs didn't split carries with him and backup Cyrus Gray.

Maybe it's just a sense I have but if I'm guessing, I'm saying that the Chiefs will have a clear lead back on Sunday with the majority of the carries. I don't know if that will be West or Ware because they each offer their own positives. I like West more in the passing game while I like Ware as more of a power back who wears the defense down.

How do you see the split going down?

NEW: Join Arrowhead Pride Premier

If you love Arrowhead Pride, you won’t want to miss Pete Sweeney in your inbox each week as he delivers deep analysis and insights on the Chiefs' path to the Super Bowl.