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RB Kareem Hunt - Kansas City Chiefs

5-10, 216Born: 8-6-1995College: ToledoDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Hunt was held in check for a half by a much better defense than the one he tore up in Week 1, but the second half was his as he scored twice, including one from his side of the field. He's an elite RB1 heading into a matchup with the Chargers.

Week 3: at Los Angeles Chargers

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FBG says: Good matchup. Kareem Hunt continues to lead this rushing attack after filling in for the injured Spencer Ware and Hunt continues to impress behind an offensive line that Footballguys offensive line expert Matt Bitonti rates as an average offensive line. Hunt struggled for most of the day in week one, but was able to show his breakaway ability to run for a 53-yard touchdown and later added a two-yard rushing touchdown. The Chargers run defense started off slow against the Dolphins allowing Jay Ajayi to run for 44 yards on his first six carries but did hold Ajayi to just 78 yards on his next 22 carries. The Chargers defensive line comes in highly regarded with Brandon Mebane, Cory Liuget, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, but so far they have underperformed as the Chargers have allowed the seventh-most rushing yards to opposing running backs this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at NE 40 17 148 1 5 5 98 2 1 41.6
2 vs PHI 39 13 81 2 3 3 28 0 0 22.9
3 at LAC PROJ-Dodds * 18 * * 3 * * * *
3 at LAC PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 3 * * * *
3 at LAC PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs PHI (13 / 81 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

Kareem Hunt continued his dominant play, rushing 13 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding three receptions for 28 yards. Hunt has been a big part of Kansas City's success this season due to the fact that he has been able to break the big plays that eluded this offense in Jamaal Charles absence. He had two touchdowns of 50+ yards in the first game of the season, and added another against the Eagles in week two. Operating out of the shotgun formation, Hunt took a slightly delated handoff from Alex Smith, burst through the line of scrimmage and immediately took a sharp angle up the left sideline. The fact that Hunt was only nipped once on the heels throughout the run, speaks to the holes that the Kansas City offensive line opened up for him, but it also showcased Hunt's explosiveness. This is especially true when he gets to the second level of defenses. He is not a one trick pony though, as Hunt showed off some serious power and balance on his two yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter. Hunt took the handoff out of the shotgun formation and hit a wall at the line of scrimmage. He was able to keep his legs moving, turn his back and will himself just across the goal line for a touchdown. It was the type of play that will ensure he continues to see goal line carries.

2017 Week 1 vs NE (17 / 148 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 98 / 2 rec)

Spencer Ware's injury may have been a blessing in disguise for the Chiefs, as Ware's plodding nature was replaced by Kareem Hunt's bruising running style that was able to wear down the Patriots defense. After fumbling on the first run of his career, Hunt rebounded to rush 17 times for 148 yards and a touchdown, while also catching five passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Hunt did not look the part of a rookie, wasting no motion behind the line of scrimmage and routinely getting downhill and attacking the second level of Patriots defenders. His offensive line did a great job neutralizing the Patriots defensive line, and then Hunt made the secondary pay time after time. Considering the fact that Hunt was able to break off a 58 yard run, and a 78 yard touchdown catch, the Chiefs would be wise to get him the ball as much as possible in the coming weeks.

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NFL | Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt living off big plays (Tue Sep 19, 08:31 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook and Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt lead the NFL with six big-play rushes - defined as runs that cover more than 10 yards - through two games.

Our View: Fantasy owners who took a chance on the rookie duo are getting a lot of rewards in return. Both backs have big play ability, and their respective teams are being creative in the ways they're used on a weekly basis. Cook and Hunt have RB1 upside every week no matter the opponent.
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Chiefs | Kareem Hunt scores twice in Week 2 (Sun Sep 17, 04:55 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt had 13 carries for 81 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 27-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 17. He also caught all three of his targeted passes for 28 yards.

Our View: Hunt was quiet in the first half but sparked the Chiefs offense in the second half with a long score to revive them. He's a bonafide elite RB1 heading into a matchup with the Chargers.
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Chiefs | Kareem Hunt enjoys monster debut (Fri Sep 8, 12:27 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt ran 17 times for 148 yards (8.7 YPC), caught five passes for 98 yards (19.6 YPR) and scored three times in Week 1 against the New England Patriots.

Our View: Hunt had an historic debut. In drafts over the weekend, he could go in the first round. His burst and tackle-breaking ability were too much for the weak Patriots defense. Hunt is an RB1 til further notice.
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Schedule

3@ Los Angeles Chargers
4vs Washington Redskins
5@ Houston Texans
6vs Pittsburgh Steelers
7@ Oakland Raiders
8vs Denver Broncos
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ New York Giants
12vs Buffalo Bills
13@ New York Jets
14vs Oakland Raiders
15vs Los Angeles Chargers
16vs Miami Dolphins
17@ Denver Broncos