It would appear we’ve reached a point in the season where it’s time to just consider both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt viable each and every week. Simply put, there’s a safety and a floor with each that’s not usually so apparent in multi-back systems. Sure, since Hunt has been activated from his suspension, Chubb has seen his monopoly on snaps and goal line touches go out the window; but it’s not as if the Georgia product is struggling for work now playing alongside another reputable option at RB. In fact, dating back to the beginning of Week 10, Chubb ranks second among all running backs in carries (99), overall rushing yards (478) and 100-yard rushing performances (3). Honestly, if that stretch had featured any sort of touchdown luck, Chubb would have remained a top-five asset at the position even with Hunt’s company.
As for the former Chief, Hunt may not be the volume magnet he once was, but he’s still receiving more than enough opportunities to be viable as a low-end RB2 in PPR formats or a FLEX option in pretty much anything else. In the five games he’s played for Cleveland, the 24-year-old has logged at least 50.0% of the team’s offensive snaps in every contest, while he’s also registered double-digit touches in all five weeks. His run of scoring a touchdown in three-straight games does seem tenuous; however, at the same time, a matchup with the Cardinals isn’t all that daunting, as the Browns’ implied team total is one of the ten highest on the slate. He’ll get his chance to get into the end zone yet again.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Cleveland Browns RBs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt
Arizona’s allowed 120.5 rushing yards per contest so far in 2019 and though it’s only surrendered a league-low 15.9% of opponent touchdowns on the ground, the fact that teams average an NFL-high 4.2 red zone scoring drives against it is the more important trend. If Cleveland can move with ball with the level of consistency that most squads have been able to manage versus the Cardinals this season, there’s no reason to think both Chubb and Hunt can’t thrive.
Start Chubb. Start Hunt.