The Cleveland Browns travel to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in a matchup with critical playoff implications, and the Browns will look to rely on their suddenly deep backfield to lead the way. The Steelers have improved considerably on defense, with the addition of Minkah Fitzpatrick seemingly taking this unit to another level.
The Browns run game has been impressive all season with Nick Chubb putting together one of the best performances in the league. The addition of Kareem Hunt after an eight-game suspension has boosted the unit. Chubb remains the primary ball carrier, but Hunt has double digit touches each of his first three games with the Browns. The Dolphins game last week is probably worth throwing out to some extent, but the previous two weeks, Hunt’s biggest contribution was as a passing down back. In those two games, he combined for 13 receptions for 90 yards.
Fantasy football analysis: Browns RBs Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt
The Steelers have given up the sixth fewest fantasy points to the running back position. You start Nick Chubb regardless of opponent, but if you are considering Hunt, this matchup should give you pause. Hunt had been developing flex value in PPR leagues, but he had only three targets last week, resulting in two receptions for nine yards. He’s a gamble right now, but in deeper PPR leagues, he could be worth an end of the lineup spot.
Nick Chubb: Start in all formats
Kareem Hunt: Start in deep PPR leagues