Nick Chubb Fantasy Outlook Improves With Revamped Browns Offensive Line

Nick Chubb could be in for a big season thanks to the additions made to Cleveland's offensive line.
Nick Chubb could be in for a big season thanks to the additions made to Cleveland's offensive line. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Nick Chubb has been a monster since entering the league in 2018. As the full-time starter in 2019, the Georgia product racked up 1,494 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. He did so despite running behind a lackluster offensive line, as the Cleveland Browns finished as the league's fourth-worst run blocking team, per Pro Football Focus.

It's hard to imagine that being the case again next season now that Cleveland has added former first team All-Pro Jack Conklin. Thanks to that addition, Chubb could be in for a monster fantasy campaign in 2020.

Nick Chubb Fantasy Outlook 2020

Chubb finished the season as the fantasy football RB6 in 2019, and he's got a chance to improve upon that in a big way with an improved line in front of him. Among tackles that played at least 700 snaps, Conklin received the fifth-highest grade as a run blocker (80.5) from PFF.

That's a massive upgrade over Chris Hubbard, who received a 38.5 grade as a run blocker last season. For context, that was the worst mark in the NFL among tackles who played at least 600 snaps.

Conklin is also a superior pass protector, and that could help Baker Mayfield and the passing game take a huge step forward next season, which would, in turn, create even more space for Chubb to work with.

Even sharing work with Kareem Hunt down the stretch, Chubb averaged 18.0 carries and 2.1 targets per game from Week 10 to the end of the season. Getting that kind of workhorse volume in an upgraded offense should be a recipe for big fantasy scoring.

Chubb looks like he'll be a bona fide RB1 again in 2020, and the addition of Conklin could help push him into the top five at the position.

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