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The Cleveland Browns are slowly turning into one of the nicest surprises of the 2018 season. After going 1-31 over the past two years, Cleveland sits at 5-7-1 on the year and has a 3-2 record since Hue Jackson was let go. 

A big reason for the sudden improvement has been Nick Chubb, who has performed like one of the best running backs in the league since becoming the starter. 

On the season Chubb has 144 rushes for 760 yards and eight touchdowns, he also has 16 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns. But as you can see, much of that production has come after the Browns traded Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars halfway through the season. 

With Chubb as the starter, the offense has looked much better and alongside Baker Mayfield, the Browns are finally winning games. It was a little bit too late this year to make the playoffs, they're not eliminated but a lot would have to happen. Although, the Browns have to be happy about the performances from their rookies. 

In fantasy, anyone who has Chubb suddenly has an RB1 for a flex value. Chubb is getting nearly 80 percent of the carries for the Browns which is top level RB1 stuff. As the fantasy season comes to a close make sure that Chubb is in your lineup and if he's going against you? Well, good luck. 

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