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What to Kareem Hunt means to Nick Chubb in Week 11 fantasy football

Browns running back Kareem Hunt had a big role in his Week 10 debut. Will he continue to get opportunities? We consider fantasy football start/sit options with Nick Chubb’s backup.

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt runs the ball into Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt made his debut in Week 10 following an eight-game suspension, and kept plenty busy. He rushed four times for 30 yards, and caught seven of nine targets for 44 receiving yards. His nine targets were third on the team behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

On Monday, the day after the game, head coach Freddie Kitchens told the media he was impressed with Hunt’s debut and the running back would continue to get opportunities, according to beat writer Nate Ulrich.

Fantasy football analysis: Browns RBs Kareem Hunt, Nick Chubb

The Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football in Week 11. They have given up the sixth fewest fantasy points to running backs, and rank 11th in run defense efficiency. They’re a solid defense, but with Minkah Fitzpatrick leading the pass defense to new heights, Cleveland will likely look to win this game on the ground.

The question for Hunt is what his workload will look like behind Nick Chubb. Chubb continues to put up consistently big numbers, but it appears Hunt is going to cut into Chubb’s passing down opportunities. It suggests Hunt is a low end PPR option, while Chubb remains a solid start in all formats. It’s worth noting this is only a one-game sample size, so we still don’t know if Hunt will be a regular contributor like he was in Week 10, or if it was a rare opportunity.

There is no question fantasy owners should start Chubb. He’s the sixth highest scoring running back and is a must-start regardless of opponent. The Steelers run defense is shakier than their pass defense, so it makes the matchup that much better. Chubb loses some work in the passing game, but he remains a must start in all leagues.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Kareem Hunt: Start as a flex in deeper PPR leagues
Nick Chubb: Start in all leagues