Nick Chubb has seen an overwhelming majority of the Cleveland Browns' backfield snaps in 2019, but recent developments may have his fantasy owners a little on edge as we head into the fantasy playoffs.
Much to his fantasy owners' surprise, Chubb's backfield-mate Kareem Hunt, actually out-snapped the second-year back, 45 to 41, for the first time this season in Cleveland's Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This recent development may raise questions as to which Browns running back is the right one to own as we head into the fantasy football playoffs — especially since Chubb's snap count has steadily decreased week-by-week since Hunt's return from suspension. However, for as good as Hunt has been, Chubb is still the better start.
Despite Hunt's higher snap count in Week 13, the Chubb still saw more work than his backfield-mate on Sunday, which has been a consistent trend even with the latter's decrease in snaps.
Additionally, Chubb has out-rushed Hunt by an overwhelming margin, 84 attempts to 25 attempts, in the four games they've played together this year.
Based on the volume he's seen, Chubb is definitely the right back to start going forward, but that doesn't mean that Hunt won't have any value in the fantasy football playoffs, as he's played over 50 percent of the Browns' snaps in each game he's been active for.
Hunt has been — and should continue to be — a strong RB2 or Flex play in PPR leagues this year thanks to the amount of work he's seen in the passing game over Chubb, out-targeting the lead rusher 25 to 10 and averaging 14.1 PPR fantasy points per game since Week 10.
Both are worth starting against the Cincinnati Bengals this week, and our Week 14 PPR fantasy football rankings have Chubb at RB8, with Hunt at RB20.
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