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What to do with Kareem Hunt in Week 1 fantasy football

The Browns running back could get a lot of work this week against the Ravens, but will that translate to fantasy numbers?

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns have a tough start to the season with a game against their AFC North rivals, the Baltimore Ravens. It’s an easy enough game to predict from a win/loss perspective, but for fantasy footballers wondering whether or not to play running back Kareem Hunt this week, the picture is far more muddled.

Fantasy Football analysis: Browns RB Kareem Hunt

The Browns are expected to put an emphasis on their running game this year. That will mean plenty of work for lead back Nick Chubb, who came close to a 1,500-yard season last year. There should be plenty of work for Hunt too, and the speedster figures to be the team’s go-to guy on third downs. He had 37 receptions and 285 receiving yards in just eight games last season.

Given the lopsided matchup this week and the Browns likely to be throwing the ball more to close the scoring gap, it’s tempting to look at Hunt’s role in the passing game and think he might be a good option for a flex spot in your lineup. I’d be careful. The Ravens don’t allow a lot of big plays, and they held Hunt to eight yards on two carries last season and just 33 yards on four catches. There are better options this week.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit Hunt.