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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.
This cements Nick Chubb, who set the pace in YAC/att among 2018 RBs, as a Round 1/Round 2 turn pick in 12-team leagues. Would imagine Hunt would take on secondary role upon return assuming a fast first-half of the season for Chubb. https://t.co/riDxxrLDMv— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) March 15, 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.
Won’t be able to appear in a game until Week 9. For fantasy re-draft purposes, he remains a late round flyer / second half handcuff to Nick Chubb, nothing more. Still have Chubb as a fringe RB1. https://t.co/oPTafyQugd— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) March 15, 2019
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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