RB Kareem Hunt - Cleveland Browns

5-10, 216Born: 8-6-1995College: ToledoDrafted: Round 3, pick 2017

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General News (Wed Dec 4): played 65 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday, Dec. 1, against the Pittsburgh Steelers while Nick Chubb played 59 percent of the snaps.

Week 14: vs Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Browns rushing offense was all but shut down last week against the Steelers as they suffered a critical loss which essentially derails their playoff aspirations. Chubb struggled with just one carry longer than 10 yards last week which was a 12-year gain. The problem for the Browns has been consistency over the second half of the season as Chubb has 3.6 yards-per-carry or less in three of his last five contests after being below 4.0 yards-per-carry just once in his first seven games to start the year. The problem has been that teams are selling out to stop the run and the passing game is just not gaining enough traction to keep the defenses honest. Kareem Hunt has been a nice addition to this offense as he is showing what fresh legs can do this time of year as he is averaging 5.0 yards-per-carry over his first four games. The Bengals run defense for the better part of two years has been one of the worst defenses in the league. On the year, the Bengals are allowing the most rushing yards per game at 157.6 and are allowing the fourth-most yards per attempt at 4.8. The issue for the Bengals is that while Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap are stars on the defensive line, their linebackers and safeties are some of the weakest in the NFL. Rookie Germaine Pratt and Nick Vigil have both struggled mightily at the linebacker position and Shawn Williams and Jessie Bates at safeties have provided no run support for most of the season. This is a team that has allowed nine players to rush for 75 yards or more on the year and what would have been much more if teams had not pulled their players due to game scripts. This should be a big day for Nick Chubb and the Browns offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs BUF 38 4 30 0 9 7.0 44 0 0 7.4
11 vs PIT 39 6 12 0 8 6.0 46 0 0 5.8
12 vs MIA 43 8 37 1 3 2.0 9 0 0 9.6
13 at PIT 45 7 46 0 5 5.0 19 1 0 12.5
14 vs CIN PROJ-Dodds * 7 * * 4.3 * * * *
14 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * 4.4 * * * *
14 vs CIN PROJ-Bloom * 7 * * 4.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Kareem Hunt's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs PIT (7 / 46 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 19 / 1 rec)

Hunt has established himself as the team's de facto No. 3 receiver thanks to his slick pass catching. The Steelers, however, were ready for him this time, often waiting to meet him as soon as he pulled in the reception. Hunt did almost all of his damage in the first half of the game as he had just two touches in the second half. His first touch of the game was a seven-yard carry up the middle. He followed that up with a one-yard catch where he was hit immediately. On the second drive, he had carries go for two and four yards before losing two yards on a shovel pass. Hunt found the end zone on the third drive of the game. Hunt took a short pass, broke two tackles, and crossed the goal line for a 15-yard score. His tackle-breaking was impressive on the score as one Steeler defender simply bounced off of him. On the final drive of the half, Hunt had a nice run up the middle for a 16-yard gain and followed that up with another 16-yard gain, this time to the right. Hunt's lone touches in the second half came in the fourth quarter. He had a reception for no gain on the fourth drive of the half and then a five-yard reception on the final drive of the game.

2019 Week 12 vs MIA (8 / 37 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Hunt continued to operate in a complimentary role alongside Nick Chubb. He wasn't used much in the passing game because Cleveland got out to a big lead but he did score his first touchdown as a Brown. His first carry was a five-yard run. On that same drive he saw a red zone target from the Miami 18-yard line but he dropped the pass. In the second quarter he caught a six-yard pass and on the next drive he found the end zone on a six-yard run. He bounced the run outside and got a nice lead block to find his way across the goal line. He was mostly quiet in the second half with the Browns nursing a big lead.

2019 Week 11 vs PIT (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)

Hunt's first touch was an impressive leaping reception where he jumped up and reached over a defender for a 20-yard catch. He followed that with another impressive reception on third-and-11. He caught a short pass, broke a tackle, and dragged a defender for a first down. The Browns then lined him up as a wide receiver and he caught a three-yard pass. He was quiet in the second quarter. In the third, however, Hunt was busy. He saw a carry, which went for a two-yard gain. He and Nick Chubb then were both lined up in the backfield and Hunt had a five-yard carry from that formation. He followed that with an excellent route out of the backfield, catching an 11-yard pass in the process on a third-and-five. He converted another first down on second-and-four with a five-yard run. In the fourth quarter, Hunt lost two yards on his first carry as he was met in the backfield. He then caught his final pass, which went for a loss of one. He saw two final rushes on the team's final offensive possession as they attempted to kill the clock.

2019 Week 10 vs BUF (4 / 30 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 44 / 0 rec)

It was apparent that Hunt had fresh legs after sitting out of the first eight games of the season. He looked explosive and difficult to bring down in the open field. The Browns were creative in their use of Hunt and made it a point to scheme the ball to him, especially in the passing game. Hunt often lined up in a two-running back set alongside Nick Chubb and even served as Chubb's lead blocker on a few plays. He also lined up split out wide and in the slot on several plays where the Browns were able to take advantage of his pass-catching skills. His first catch came on a play where he lined up wide right and took a short screen for seven yards. He added a two-yard reception on the second drive and a three-yard catch out of the slot on the third drive. In the second quarter, Hunt got a red zone touch from the Buffalo 12-yard line, taking it nine yards down to the three-yard line. On his final touch of the first half, Hunt dragged a defender for nine yards on a carry and followed that up with an eight-yard carry to end the half. In the third quarter, Hunt came out of motion in the backfield and took a short swing pass for a 19-yard gain. On the final drive, Hunt was leaned upon heavily as he tacked on a one-yard, three-yard, and nine-yard reception. It doesn't look like Hunt is going to take many of Nick Chubb's carries but he can be a PPR asset in fantasy if the Browns keep featuring him as a pass catcher.


Latest News

Browns | Kareem Hunt outworks Nick Chubb (Tue Dec 3, 09:21 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt played 65 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday, Dec. 1, against the Pittsburgh Steelers while RB Nick Chubb played 59 percent of the snaps.

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Browns | Kareem Hunt finds the end zone (Sun Dec 1, 04:24 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt had seven runs for 46 yards in Week 13 against the Pittsburgh Steelers while adding five receptions for 19 yards and a score.

Our View: Hunt was the only hit for the Browns offense for fantasy this week. He still looks as good as he did in Kansas City and should be in lineups as an RB2/Flex next week against Cincinnati, especially in PPR leagues.
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Browns | Kareem Hunt gets into the end zone (Sun Nov 24, 06:36 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt rushed eight times for 37 yards and a score against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12 and he added two catches for nine yards.

Our View: Hunt was able to join the touchdown parade against the Dolphins and made up for an easy winning game script that did not include a lot of targets for him. He'll still be a fine PPR RB2 against the Steelers next week.
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