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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 Nov 20): Hunt ran hard, but there wasn't much there against a suddenly revived Giants defense. He gets the Bills in a bounce back game this week, but Hunt's status continues to slip.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
8 vs DEN 46 22 46 0 5 3 22 0 0 6.8
9 at DAL 31 9 37 0 5 4 24 0 0 6.1
11 at NYG 50 18 73 0 4 3 4 0 0 7.7
12 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 18 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 9 vs DAL (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

Kareem Hunt rushed nine times for 37 yards and caught four of five targets for 24 yards. After scoring six touchdowns in the first three games of his career, Hunt has not be able to find pay dirt in his last six games. Hunt had eclipsed 100+ total yards in first seven games, but has only totaled 129 yards in his last two games. Hunt's lack of touches (13 compared to 21.75 on average in his first eight games) can be attributed to a games script that favored the Cowboys. The Chiefs were forced to play from behind, and despite only trailing by two scores for most of the game, they abandoned the run because Hunt had been ineffective, gaining less than three yards on six of his nine carries. Hunt's ability to gain big plays has been predicated on him reaching the second level of opposing defenses, something that the Cowboys did a great job of containing in this game. While it is not yet time to panic, it is clear that the Chiefs are trying to keep Hunt from hitting the "rookie wall", especially in games where the outcome is in doubt.

2017 Week 8 vs DEN (22 / 46 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Kareem Hunt was held to only 46 yards on 22 carries, while also catching three of five targets for 22 yards. The Broncos defense is always going to be a tough matchup for opposing running backs, but you have to wonder whether Hunt is starting to hit the rookie wall due to the insane volume of touches he's seen in the first eight games (146 carries, 28 receptions on 32 targets). 19 of Hunt's 22 carries went for three yards or less. Hunt was unable to get to the second level of the Broncos defense, which is where he has done his most damage this season. While it was a tough day for Hunt, it was obvious that the Broncos linebackers were paying him a lot of attention which enabled Travis Kelce to kill the Broncos in the middle of the field. This is where the balance of the Chiefs offense comes into play, as there hasn't been a game this season where either Hunt, Kelce or Tyreek Hill haven't gained over 100 yards from scrimmage.

2017 Week 7 vs OAK (18 / 87 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Hunt got the Chiefs offense on track with three runs for their first first down. The Raiders only let him get one yard on his next two carries and the drive stalled out for a field goal. Hunt got right during the second drive with a long run to get the team on the Raiders side of the field and then a run into the red zone to set up the first touchdown. Hunt ran strong in the second half, but didn't break free for any long gains.

2017 Week 6 vs PIT (9 / 21 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 89 / 0 rec)

Kareem Hunt saw his lowest rushing total of the year, gaining 21 yards on nine carries against the Steelers. He was much more effective in the passing game, catching five passes for 89 yards on seven targets. Hunt has been excellent this season, due in large part to his ability to get to the second level and use his quickness and vision to create angles where the opposing secondary cannot get to him. Hunt was unable to get to the second level in the run game, as the Pittsburgh defensive line proved to be too much for the Chiefs offensive line. In the passing game though, Hunt was able to catch the ball in space and gain yards after the catch. Hunt recorded catches of 19, 29 and 37 yards.

2017 Week 5 vs HOU (29 / 107 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)

Kareem Hunt continued the hot start to his rookie season by running for 107 yards on 29 carries, while also catching three passes for 9 yards on five targets. The Texans did a good job of not allowing Hunt to break the big plays that have largely defined his rookie season thus far. He was held to a long gain of 23 yards, but that didn't stop him from have a large effect on the game. In a shootout that totaled 76 points, Hunt's ability to handle a big workload and continue to move the chains proved extremely important for the Chiefs offense. As long as the Texans had to worry about Hunt being fed the ball repeatedly, they couldn't drop as many men into coverage as they would have liked. This was proven even more difficult after JJ Watt left the game due to a serious injury. The Chiefs balanced their running and passing perfectly, keeping the secondary off balance with early down throws, while trusting Hunt to hold onto the ball and giving him a huge workload.

2017 Week 4 vs WAS (21 / 101 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

In what was a very tight game throughout, Kareem Hunt set the tone for the Chiefs offense, rushing 21 times for 101 yards, while also catching four of five targets for 20 yards. It was the first game that Hunt failed to make a play of 50+ yards, but the fact that he had shown the ability to make such explosive plays went a long way in softening up the Washington secondary for Alex Smith and his receivers. Hunt's long gain of the night went for 17 yards, but he was very close to breaking it for a 60+ yard touchdown as he was tackled by the last two defenders in the Washington secondary. Hunt took the handoff from Smith five yards in the backfield and hit the hole with a head of steam. In the first eight yards that he gained, Hunt changed his angle of attack four different times. He did a quick jump cut to the right behind the line of scrimmage, and then cut hard to his right again as he broke through his blockers. Seeing that a Washington defender had a poor angle funneling him to the middle of the field, Hunt cut hard again left back to the middle of the field. The Redskins defender just barely managed to wrap a leg around Hunt as he barreled past him. This slowed Hunt down slightly, but he still delivered a big blow to the last defender in the Washington secondary, and managed to spin off the man and gain another two yards before going down. If you only watched one play in order to get a feel for Hunt's skillset, this would be the one to watch, as his incredible vision and ability to cut laterally quickly and with such force makes him a terror when he gets to the second level of the opposing defense. While he is not the biggest or the fastest running back in the NFL, his ability to run hard while simultaneously cutting hard in either direction makes him capable of breaking off big plays any time he touches the ball.

2017 Week 3 vs LAC (17 / 172 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

For the third consecutive game, Kareem Hunt was the standout player on the field. Hunt rushed for 172 yards on 17 carries, including a 69 yard touchdown run. That run marked the fourth 50+ yard play for Hunt through three games. Hunt may not be the fastest running back, but he is so decisive when he hits the hole, that he is able to get to the second level of defenses with ease. From there, Hunt has great vision and is able to create angles where he can outrun the opposing secondary. He did this beautifully on his 69 yard touchdown. Alex Smith gave him a handoff that was a simple inside run to the right, but Hunt saw how empty the left side of the field was. He hit the hole and immediately cut back to the left and was able to take the perfect angle and beat the entire secondary down the field for a touchdown.

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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Chiefs | Kareem Hunt rushes for 73 yards (Sun Nov 19, 05:19 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries against the New York Giants in Week 11.

Our View: Hunt was aided by a game-extending overtime, but he was unable to break the kinds of big plays that fueled his early season run as the RB1 in fantasy leagues. He is more RB2 than RB1 these days, but the Buffalo matchup and home setting next week will keep him in the RB1 ranks.
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Schedule

12vs Buffalo Bills
13@ New York Jets
14vs Oakland Raiders
15vs Los Angeles Chargers
16vs Miami Dolphins
17@ Denver Broncos