Game day update: In the battle of the power running backs, Nick Chubb will be trying to outperform Derrick Henry. Since his return from injury, Chubb has 384 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also averaging 17.8 fantasy points in Cleveland’s last three games, which is what you want to see as a fantasy football manager.
On Sunday, the Browns’ offense will be taking on a Titans’ defense that is allowing 19.3 fantasy points a game to opposing running backs. Tennessee has also gave up a two touchdown twice in the last three games. Cleveland will definitely mix both Chubb and Kareem Hunt in to create manageable situations for QB Baker Mayfield. ESPN projects Chubb, Hunt to score 12.6 and 9.8 fantasy points.
It’s no secret that the Browns are heavily committed to the run game. Fortunately, even when other teams know what’s coming they are having a tough time trying to stop the dynamic duo of Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb. The Browns take on a Titans team that has allowed the seventh most points to opposing backfields so far this season. Are both of these backs worth inserting in your starting lineup this week? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Browns RBs Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt
Nick Chubb has been steadily improving each game since his return from injury in Week 10, culminating in a season high 26.6 point performance in Week 12. Chubb had 19 carries for 144 yards in a touchdown while adding three receptions against the Jaguars. He has received no fewer than 19 carries in each of his three games since return from injury and he has capitalized on this opportunity. Fantasy owners should now feel that Chubb was worth the wait as he recovered from injury and they should not hesitate to start him as an RB1 with a solid workload in Week 13.
Kareem Hunt flourished in Chubb’s absence, helping him to a 14.2 point per game average through 12 weeks. Unfortunately, Hunt has floundered here and there since Chubb’s return and has now failed to reach double digit fantasy points in back to back weeks. Hunt’s workload decreased upon Chubb’s return and he has only managed to score one touchdown in the past three weeks. Even given his recent struggles, Hunt still has the talent and the workload to produce valuable fantasy numbers on any given week. He can remain in lineups as a low end RB1/high end RB2 with a favorable matchup in Week 13. He’s been limited with a thigh injury through the week, so keep an eye on any final practice reports heading into Sunday.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Nick Chubb as an RB1
Start Kareem Hunt as an RB2