The Cleveland Browns backfield is one of the best in the NFL, with Nick Chubb leading the way and Kareem Hunt serving as the team's No. 2. Chubb is the top fantasy football option in the backfield, and his average draft position (ADP) of RB8 reflects that. Hunt is going at RB26, but the fantasy outlook of these two may be closer than you think.
Hunt made his Browns debut in Week 10 last year, and the team showed a willingness to put both backs on the field at the same time.
From Week 10 to 17, Chubb led the duo with 377 snaps. Hunt wasn't far behind with 309, though, and he was on the field for at least 54 percent of the team's offensive snaps in each game. That included at least 60 percent in four of the final five games.
Chubb saw significantly more rushing volume, with a 144 to 43 edge in carries from Week 10, but Hunt also racked up 44 targets while Chubb saw just 17. That's still a gap of 74 opportunities, but consider a target translates to more fantasy points than a carry, on average, that gap may not be as impactful as it looks on the surface.
Over those last five games (during which Hunt out-snapped Chubb three times), Hunt also out-produced Chubb with an edge of 13.0 to 11.0 PPR fantasy points per game.
With a surprisingly close share of the volume and snaps in the backfield, fantasy managers who are high on the Browns in 2020 would be well advised to consider targeting Hunt as a discounted way to get exposure to the backfield.
Hunt checks in at RB25 in our 2020 fantasy football rankings.
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