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For the first six weeks of the season, Nick Chubb was perhaps the most frustrating player in all of football. Despite averaging over 10 yards a carry and scoring two touchdowns, Chubb was only getting three carries a game. The former coaching staff refused to play their rookie so vehemently that the front office had to trade Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars just to get Chubb touches.

Their plan worked. 

Since the Hyde trade, Chubb has gotten 58 carries for 230 yards and two touchdowns as well as three receptions for 15 yards. While Duke Johnson is still getting most of the touches in the passing game, Chubb has officially become the go-to back in Cleveland. 

While Chubb hasn't continued his incredible efficiency since taking over the starting job (he's only averaging 3.97 yards per carry), the 20 carries a game makes up for it statistically. While it's too early to declare him an RB1, he is trending in the right direction as we hit the second half of the season. The past three games he's hit 14, 8.6 and 15.5 points in fantasy, so the workload is making him relevant, if he can tap back into his efficiency he'll be even better. 

​​The future is looking bright for Cleveland. 

With Mayfield showing some improvement, a new coaching staff and a strong young running back, the Browns are looking like a team that'll compete in the future. 

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