Nick Chubb Fantasy Value Could Drop With Kareem Hunt Back From Suspension

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 3:  Nick Chubb #24 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter of a game at Empower Field at Mile High on November 3, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Nick Chubb has been a monster this season. He's one of only two running backs, along with Christian McCaffrey, to be averaging at least 100.0 rushing yards per game.

He's been seeing a pretty hefty workload as well, averaging 19.3 carries and 4.0 targets per game on the year. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, his workload may begin to regress a little bit in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills, as Kareem Hunt makes his return from an eight-game suspension.

With Chubb seeing an average of 23.3 opportunities per game (carries plus targets), it's only natural that the Cleveland Browns might want to start reducing his workload.

Hunt is the more accomplished pass-catcher of the two, as he was on pace for 550 receiving yards through 11 games last season, while Chubb is only on a 16-game pace to rack up 161.0 receiving yards in 2019.

If Cleveland wants to integrate Hunt into the offense, it's fair to expect most of that work to come in the passing game. Most of Chubb's value this season has come on the ground though, so this shouldn't hurt his fantasy outlook too much.

Chubb will remain an RB1 in all likelihood, and Hunt is best viewed as an elite handcuff option going forward, though he could have some value in PPR formats.

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