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RB Kareem Hunt - Kansas City Chiefs

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Hunt at least scored on his only reception, and he is running hard and getting the majority of the carries in a high-scoring offense. Bigger days are coming.

Week 3: vs San Francisco 49ers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chiefs just don't seem to have the same magic that they did in 2017 where Kareem Hunt was a candidate for offensive rookie of the year. We saw this in the middle of 217 where it ultimately cost Hunt the trophy of Rookie of the Year is that he goes through patches where if he is not hitting a long run he does not score touchdowns. There is no reason to expect his rushing outlook to be this low when they have the 7th best offensive line in football, as long as he keeps touching the ball 16-17 times per game there's no need to panic with Hunt as a runner, if you want to panic with him as a receiver that's totally fine as he's not being targeted, but more on that in the passing matchup section. The 49ers are a unit that largely has not been tested against the run as they faced the Lions last week and a Vikings team that was Dalvin Cooks first game back since his season-ending injury in 2017. This is a 49ers unit that was much improved in 2017 allowing just 3.8 yards per carry and a big part of that was Reuben Foster last season. The 49ers have been without Foster as he has been suspended the first two games this season, but welcome him back with open arms this week and should provide a significant increase to this rushing defense and pairing him with DeForest Buckner on the defensive line has two potential superstars at the first two levels of the rushing defense.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at LAC 40 16 49 0 1 0 0 0 0 4.9
2 at PIT 40 18 75 0 1 1 5 1 0 14
3 vs SF PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 2 * * * *
3 vs SF PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 1 * * * *
3 vs SF PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 2 * * * *

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

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 News

Chiefs | Kareem Hunt totals 80 yards, TD (Sun Sep 16, 06:20 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt rushed 18 times for 75 yards in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers while adding a catch for five yards and a touchdown.

Our View: Hunt showed good strength on his touchdown reception and ran hard, but Patrick Mahomes is just too good to allow him to have touchdown catches at the goal line. Perhaps teams will start committing pass interference in a desperate attempt to slow down Mahomes, but the early results are still troubling.
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Chiefs | Kareem Hunt is so-so in opener (Sun Sep 9, 10:18 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt rushed 16 times for just 49 yards in the Week 1 win against the Los Angeles Chargers and he had no catches on only one target.

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Chiefs | Kareem Hunt owned Bolts as rookie (Sat Sep 8, 09:35 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt faces the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1, and last year, Hunt rushed for a combined 327 yards in two meetings with the Chargers, topping 150 rushing yards in both games.

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