It would be slightly misleading to suggest that nothing has changed for Nick Chubb since the arrival of Kareem Hunt, but the adjustments have been relatively insignificant. With head coach Freddie Kitchens pivoting to an offensive system that incorporates a healthy amount of 20 and 21 personnel, both Chubb and Hunt have been able to log over 50% of the Browns’ snaps since the beginning of Week 10. Sure, Chubb’s snap share in each of Cleveland’s past two contests have technically been his lowest two figures of 2019, but its hard to complain about volume for a player who leads all RBs in carries across that same four-game span (84).
Chubb’s not quite in the same tier of fantasy asset as Christian McCaffrey or Dalvin Cook, yet he’s definitely someone who you’re inserting into your lineup without hesitation each and every week. He’s earned that distinction. Hunt’s no longer at that level and his case for viability in Week 14 is a little more complex. In his current role as second-banana to Chubb, Hunt is clearly more of a high-floor option than a slate-breaker. To wit, he’s received double-digit touches in all four of his appearances in a Browns’ uniform, however he’s yet to garner more than 12. Its also worth noting that Hunt’s season-high in offensive snaps (44) and snap share (66.7%) came in the lone game Cleveland’s lost with him on the active roster. Its unlikely that script plays out again this Sunday, with the Browns favored by more than a touchdown at home versus the lowly Bengals.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Cleveland Browns RBs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt
With Cincinnati surrendering NFL-highs in rushing yards (157.6) and opponent rushing attempts (32.6) per game, its safe to say that Chubb is easily a top-five positional option in Week 14. However, don’t let that dissuade you from thinking of Hunt as a safe FLEX piece in certain formats. On three different occasions this season, the Bengals have allowed multiple RBs on the same team to amass 15-plus PPR points in the same matchup. Hunt would need to find the end zone for a third-straight week to really bring back serious value, but that’s not all that crazy a scenario to envision.
Start Chubb. Start Hunt.