Kareem Hunt Fantasy Outlook Continues to Improve Following Week 11 Game Against Steelers
By Max Staley
Coming into the year, Kareem Hunt was little more than an afterthought in fantasy circles. It's not hard to figure out why, either. He was suspended for the first eight games of the 2019 season, meaning he wouldn't be eligible to play until Week 10 (the Browns had a Week 7 bye), and was stuck behind Nick Chubb on the Cleveland Browns' depth chart.
However, in just two games, Hunt has clearly carved out a role for himself, and it looks like he could be a difference maker in PPR leagues down the stretch.
Against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11, Hunt saw eight targets, bringing his season total to 17 in just two games. That gives Hunt a ludicrous 24 percent target share, which is the same mark that Chris Godwin has on the season, one of fantasy's top wide receivers.
Hunt has clearly established himself in the passing game, but it doesn't look like he's going to hurt Chubb's value too much, as he's only seen 10 carries on the season. Chubb, meanwhile, has seen 47 carries since Hunt was reinstated and has racked up at least 20 rushing attempts in five consecutive games.
It looks like both backs are going to be fantasy viable down the stretch. Of course, Chubb is undoubtedly the back you'd rather own, but Hunt will clearly be heavily involved going forward, making him particularly valuable in PPR formats.
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