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Nick Chubb got a lot of fantasy owners to the promised land last season once he took over as the Cleveland Browns starting running back in Week 7, and the Georgia product should have a good change to do that again in 2019 – this time starting in Week 1.

Following the NFL's official announcement of ​Kareem Hunt's eight-game suspension, it should be clear skies for Chubb in 2019. 

​​The 2018 early second-round pick by the Browns should slot in around there in upcoming fantasy football drafts as a low-end RB1. Once Chubb took over as the lead back last season, he racked up eight touchdowns (six rushing, two receiving) and topped 80 rushing yards six times in 10 games.

With Hunt out of the way, fantasy owners should feel confident grabbing Chubb in the late-first or early-second round in drafts. Hunt is nothing more than a late-round flier and/or handcuff for Chubb. When Hunt does return, he'll get some touches, but Chubb (as long as he's not injured) appears to be the top guy. 

With the Browns making moves to compete for an AFC North title, including the ​addition of Odell Beckham Jr., expect some extra touches for Chubb down the stretch of games as Cleveland milks the clock on its way to a few more wins, giving the back even more fantasy value. Chubb could end up a top-5 fantasy back if all goes as planned for the Browns. 

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