RB Kareem Hunt - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-10, 216||Born: 8-6-1995||College: Toledo||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Spencer Ware got the rushing score as a fullback and the Cardinals defense was game against the Chiefs offense, limiting opportunities. He's still an elite RB1 going into a matchup against the Rams.
Week 11: at Los Angeles Rams
FBG says: Good matchup. Kareem Hunt continues to have a tremendous second season at the running back position as he is averaging 4.5 yards and is on pace for 1,200 yards this year. Most of Hunt's big game production has come through the passing game this season while he has yet to have a big game that we saw in 2017. The primary reason for that is that he has just two carries longer than 25 yards compared to last season where he had seven carries longer than 25 and three carries longer than 50 yards which is something that he has yet to do so far this year. The Rams are a unit that if you can get past their defensive line, you can have success as their weak spot is their linebacking play. The issue for the Rams is they continue to play Mark Barron at the linebacking position. The converted safety has struggled ever since moving over to the position and is having one of the worst seasons he has ever had often finding himself out of position. Last week, the Seahawks seemingly ran at will against this Rams team including Rashaad Penny who had a career-high 108 yards rushing. Over the last three weeks, the Rams are allowing 126 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game which is the fifth-most yards and the most touchdowns allowed per game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Kareem Hunt's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs ARI (16 / 71 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 16 times for 71 yards, while also catching two passes for 25 yards. This was the first time that Hunt had failed to score a touchdown since week one. It was an interesting day for Hunt, as he alternated between gashing the Cardinals defense for big plays, and having no running room at all and being stopped either behind the line of scrimmage or shortly after crossing it. He had runs of 18, 17, 13, 14 and 16 yards, respectively, but he also had four rushes that went for negative yards. Hunt was on a real hot streak, but it is also to be expected that at some point he was going to slow down, if for no other reason than the Chiefs have so many weapons, and there was bound to be a week where a defense chose to try and slow him down. He will have much better days moving forward this season.
2018 Week 9 vs CLE (17 / 91 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 50 / 1 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 17 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching one pass for 50 yards and a touchdown on two targets. The three touchdown day was the second such game in three weeks for Hunt, his third multi-touchdown game of the year, and his eighth straight game with at least one touchdown. It was also the fourth straight game that Hunt has had a receiving touchdown after catching only five passes for one touchdown in the Chiefs first five games. This was a homecoming game for Hunt, who went to high school and college in Ohio, and celebrated by buying 100 tickets for family, friends and his entire high school football team. Hunt got his big day started early by catching a 50 yard touchdown pass from Mahomes. The touchdown catch came on a designed screen pass with Mahomes operating out of the shotgun. Hunt faded to his left after the snap, caught the lob pass from Mahomes and quickly juked a defender to spring himself into he Browns secondary. He then stiff-armed an oncoming defender before taking advantage of some great downfield blocking from Kelce and Harris. Hunt's second touchdown came with the Chiefs on the Browns one yard line. Mahomes lined up under center and Hunt was lined up offset to his right in the traditional fullback position. Mahomes then motioned Hill into the backfield before taking the snap and quickly handing off to Hunt, who was able to break through the line for the easy one yard touchdown. While the play resulted in an easy touchdown run for Hunt, it was just another wrinkle that Andy Reid has added to his red zone offense this season. Hunt finished his day off by recording a hat trick third touchdown with the Chiefs at the Browns 10 yard line. With Mahomes in the shotgun and Hunt lined up to his left, he took the snap and handed off to Hunt on a sweep to the right side. Hunt evaded a diving Browns defender at the five yard line, bouncing off the defender as he cut outside a beautiful block from Chris Conley before crossing the goal line for the 10 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 8 vs DEN (16 / 50 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 36 / 1 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 15 times for 50 yards, while also catching five passes for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs win over the Broncos. This was not the same type of prolific output that we had seen out of Hunt over the last three weeks, but nonetheless, Hunt provided the Chiefs with production in terms of allowing them to keep a pace favorable to the Chiefs offense at a time when the Broncos had all the second half momentum and were beginning to lessen the gap. Of course, Hunt still managed to pull of the play of the game, and I doubt there would be any pushback by calling it the play of the week in the NFL, either. With the Chiefs lined up on the Broncos 23 yard line, Mahomes was set up in a hybrid pistol/shotgun formation with Kelce lined up just behind the tight end in the backfield. Hill flanked Mahomes to the right, while Hunt flanked Mahomes to the left. On the snap, Mahomes angled his body to the right side and took two steps toward the right sideline, which served as a visual setup for the option play between he and Hill. However, Mahomes then reversed that momentum by stopping and pitching the ball perfect to Hunt who was moving to his right and then took the shovel pass right into the middle of the offensive line. Hunt was able to find a small crease to wiggle through the line, all the while shaking off an arm tackle from the side. As he burst through the line and shook off the tackle, an oncoming Broncos defender was coming straight for him with his head bent slightly down. Hunt recognized this immediately and set up his defender for clean hurdle, which he did without contacting the defender at all. Hunt then used that momentum to drag another arm tackler across the goal line for a 23 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 7 vs CIN (15 / 86 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 55 / 2 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 15 times for 86 yards and a touchdown, while also catching five passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns. Hunt was a beast and too much for the Bengals defense to handle on the night, recording his seventh and eighth and ninth touchdown in his last six games, after not scoring in the Chiefs opener. Hunt's first touchdown of the night came on a pass in the right flat from the Bengals three yard line. Hunt caught the pass right on the sideline was able to use some nifty footwork to secure the catch, turn his body and then tiptoe just inside the right pylon for a touchdown. His second touchdown catch was even more impressive. With the Bengals throwing a heavy pass rush at the Chiefs, Hunt chip-blocked an oncoming defender before releasing into the right flat. Mahomes found him just beyond the line of scrimmage at the same moment that a Bengals defender grasped onto Hunt's feet from behind. Hunt was able to shake off that defender before breaking another tackle with a stiff-arm, and then bowling over two more defenders on his way to the end zone. Hunt's rushing touchdown came from the Bengals two yard line. Mahomes took the snap from the shotgun and handed off to Hunt for a draw up the middle. Hunt hit the line hard and carried his momentum forward but needed a second effort to get across the goal line. Hunt is not recognized as a power back, but tonight he showed that he can be a force in that department.
2018 Week 6 vs NE (10 / 80 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 105 / 1 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 10 times for 80 yards, while also catching five of six targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. Hunt came alive in the passing game against the Patriots, giving the Chiefs offense momentum by starting the third quarter off with a 67 yard touchdown catch. It looked as though Hunt ad-libbed the play by turning his route to the flat up the field when Mahomes was forced out of the pocket. By doing so, he was able to get behind the entire Patriots secondary and score a long touchdown. Hunt also had a 25 yard reception where Mahomes faked the handoff to him, then faked a reverse to Sammy Watkins before going back to Hunt on a designed screen play. Hunt caught the pass, while juking several Patriots defenders on his way to a 25 gain. Hunt was a big play machine against the Patriots, totaling two rushes and two receptions of 20+ yards. While Tyreek Hill was the MVP of this game for the Chiefs, Hunt played a vital role in the Chiefs second half comeback.
2018 Week 5 vs JAX (22 / 87 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt 22 times for 87 yards and a touchdown, while also catching one pass for seven yards on two targets against Jacksonville. For most of the game Hunt was bottled up by a tough Jaguars defensive front, which was understandable given the fact that Jacksonville has a very talented secondary and can afford to put more pressure up front. Hunt's stats are not entirely accurate of his success rate against the Jaguars though, as going into the last drive of the game for the Chiefs, Hunt had 15 carries for only 56 yards and a touchdown. Hunt was able to break free for a 15 yard gain--as well as a six and seven yard gain--during that drive, his longest run of the day, which helped his rushing stats look a bit more respectable. Hunt's touchdown run came with the Chiefs on the Jaguars five yard line. Mahomes lined up under center and handed off to Hunt around the seven yard line. The Chiefs offensive line got a great push up front, clearing the way for Hunt to not get contacted by a defender until the two yard line. By that time, Hunt had gained steam and simply sidestepped quickly and made his way into the end zone. Hunt now has four straight games with a touchdown (and five touchdowns overall in that span), and continues to be a valuable fantasy commodity given the fact that he is the goal line back on perhaps the best offense in football. While is yardage totals might be inconsistent, Andy Reid has not wavered in his commitment to giving Hunt the ball over Spencer Ware.
2018 Week 4 vs DEN (19 / 121 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 19 times for 121 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three passes on four targets for 54 yards. After struggling through the first three weeks of the season, Hunt came alive against the Broncos and kept the Chiefs in the game throughout the first half while the passing game was struggling. He was also able to break several big plays, including a 45 yard run off the left tackle where he used his vision to get to the second level of the Broncos defense before being pushed out of bounds. Hunt had been noticeably absent from the passing game, but managed to make a couple splash plays through the air, including a 27 yard catch and run along the right sideline where he juked a Broncos defender, cut inside, and then trucked over another Broncos defender. It showed a nasty streak in Hunt that we had yet to see so far this year. Hunt's touchdown run completed the Chiefs 4th quarter comeback with less than two minutes to play in the game. On second and three from the Broncos four yard line, Hunt took the handoff out of the shotgun and ran to the left of the formation. While there looked to be no crease available, Hunt was able to slip through the line and barrel his way in for a four yard touchdown.
2018 Week 3 vs SF (18 / 44 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 18 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs win over the 49ers on Sunday. Hunt managed to save his day from a fantasy perspective with the two touchdowns, but otherwise he was wildly inconsistent. Excluding the two one yard touchdown runs, seven of his 15 rushes went for 3 yards or less, and that includes three rushes of negative yards. His long gain of the day was a ten yard rush that came out of the shotgun formation with the Chiefs running out the clock in the 4th quarter. Hunt's first touchdown came on a similar play. With the Chiefs on the one yard line and in the shotgun formation, Mahomes directed Hunt from his left to his right side before the snap. Then Mahomes gave him the ball on a draw up the middle where Hunt was not touched. Hunt's second touchdown was a mirror image of the first play, except this time he came in motion from the slot to Mahomes right side in the shotgun. Mahomes snapped the ball and gave it to Hunt, who rushed in without so much as a 49er defender breathing on him. Hunt should not be docked for the easy touchdowns, but it is hard to say he's played anything more than minor role in the Chiefs first three wins. Spencer Ware and Anthony Sherman have saw the ball come their way sparingly, but both have managed to make big plays when their number is called. Something that is not lost on Hunt owners who were hoping he was going to be more involved in the passing game. He had no catches in this game on only one target, a far cry from his production last season.
2018 Week 2 vs PIT (18 / 75 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 18 times for 75 yards, while also catching one pass on one target for a five yard touchdown. With Mahomes at quarterback, Hunt has not been asked to shoulder as much of the offensive load as he did his rookie season, but it also early in the year and that should change as the season progresses. The Steelers did a pretty good job containing Hill, stopping him seven times for two yards or less, including once for a safety on the Chiefs one yard line. If the Steelers plan was to bottle up the run game, they did a fair job (although Hunt did average 4.1 yards per carry), but they lost that war with Mahomes carving them up to the tune of six passing touchdowns. To Hunt's credit, he played a nice role in this win, gaining six or more yards on first down six times on his 18 carries. This helped put the Chiefs in advantageous passing situations, which they took full advantage of. Hill's receiving touchdown came on a swing pass on the left side of the field from the Chiefs five yard line. Mahomes delivered the pass to Hill right at the line of scrimmage and Hunt punished a Steelers defender with a stiff arm before scoring his first touchdown of the season.
2018 Week 1 vs LAC (16 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 16 times for 49 yards against the Chargers, and did not catch a pass on his only target of the game. The story of the day was Mahomes and Hill, so there was little need for Hunt to break out in the same way he did at the beginning of last season. Of his 16 carries, five of those went for either no gain, or negative yards. His longest carry of the day came on a run to the right end of the formation, while lined up in the shotgun. Hunt was able to get to the corner before a Chargers defender could catch him, and he picked up 13 yards before being pushed out of bounds. While it is concerning that Hunt only saw one target in the passing game, after Andy Reid talking of getting him more involved in this facet of their offense, the game script will not always be one that phases him out as the game progresses.
Latest NewsChiefs | Kareem Hunt runs for 71 yards (Sun Nov 11, 09:14 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt rushed 16 times for 71 yards in the Week 10 game against the Arizona Cardinals and he added two receptions for 25 yards. link to story Chiefs | Kareem Hunt finds end zone three times (Sun Nov 4, 06:40 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt registered 17 rushes for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 9 win against the Cleveland Browns and he scored a 50-yard touchdown on a catch, too. Our View: Hunt was a monster play and is rivaling any back in the league in fantasy impact right now. He'll be set up for a massive game against the Cardinals next week.
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