Cleveland Browns fans and fantasy managers were given quite the scare when Nick Chubb went down with a knee injury in Week 4. Adding insult to injury, Kareem Hunt and the rest of Cleveland's rushing attack would go on to run for 307 yards – the most single-game rushing yards the Dallas Cowboys have ever allowed.
On Monday morning reports originally surfaced that the team didn't expect Chubb's injury to be serious. That changed significantly when an official diagnosis came in. Chubb is now headed for the injured reserve, giving Kareem Hunt's fantasy outlook a massive boost.
Nick Chubb Injury Update
This is a huge blow. The fact that it even needs to be clarified that the team expects Chubb back this year is a red flag, suggesting this is not going to be a short three-week stint on the IR.
Kareem Hunt Fantasy Outlook
Kareem Hunt didn't actually see a big uptick in volume with Hunt hurt in Week 4, but that should change moving forward as the Browns now know he will be the RB1 as they gameplan.
Hunt is already averaging 68.8 rushing and 10.5 receiving yards per game and has scored 5 touchdowns on the season. Increased volume as the team's clear RB1 and possible workhorse should consistently put him in the top-12 RB conversation in fantasy football.
D'Ernest Johnson Fantasy Outlook
D'Ernest Johnson could also be an interesting fantasy football sleeper now. The Browns got him 13 carries on just 17 snaps in Week 4, and he turned that workload into 95 yards. Don't expect him to keep averaging 7.3 yards per carry, but with Hunt thriving as a receiver we could still see Johnson consistently hitting double-digit carries.
He's not a top waiver wire add this week, but he should certainly be on your radar.
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