RB Nick Chubb - Cleveland Browns
|5-10, 228||Born: 12-27-1995||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 2, pick|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Nick Chubb's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs BAL (9 / 24 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -4 / 0 rec)
Chubb struggled on an afternoon where the Browns went pass-heavy as the game wore on. He got off to a fast on the team's first drive, running for six and 13 yards on his first two carries. On the third drive of the first, he was stuffed twice, sandwiched around a 10-yard gain on a draw. He caught two passes in the game, both of which went for a two-yard loss. In the third quarter, Chubb did draw a red zone target around the Baltimore 14. He was lined up in the slot on the play but was led too far on the throw. Chubb proved to be a better pass catcher than many expected in his rookie season and his blend of speed and power makes him tough to defend on the field. He should have a big year in 2019 as the unquestioned workhorse in Cleveland.
2018 Week 16 vs CIN (19 / 112 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
While he didn't finish with a huge game, Chubb did solid work for the Browns, running hard and keeping the chains moving. While he didn't score in the game, Chubb saw several red zone chances and got close to scoring a few times. His first run went for a five-yard gain where he employed an excellent cutback from left-to-right to find a hole. At the end of the first drive, it appeared Chubb had rushed for a first down on 4th-and-1 but the play was nullified by an illegal shift penalty. Chubb ripped off a 22-yard gain on the third drive of the first quarter, his longest gain of the day. He looked explosive, breaking a Nick Vigil arm tackle on the run. A few of Chubb's red zone carries came at the end of that drive. He gained four yards on a 1st-and-goal from the Cincinnati nine-yard line. He stumbled at the end of that run or he might have found the end zone. Cleveland went right back to Chubb on the next play, which saw him gain two yards down to the Cincinnati three-yard line. The Browns wound up throwing for a touchdown at the end of that drive. At the beginning of the second quarter, Chubb came close to scoring again. He was pushed out of bounds at the Cincinnati one-yard line after a seven-yard gain. Both of Chubb's receptions came on the first drive of the fourth quarter, a one-yard gain and a two-yarder. The team has rediscovered Duke Johnson over the past two weeks, which has cut into Chubb's passing game production.
2018 Week 15 vs DEN (20 / 100 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chubb struggled early in the game against a tough Denver run defense but he eventually managed to wear them down as the game went on. Most of Chubb's first half carries were stopped for minimal gains, outside of a 12-yard run in the second quarter where he used his power to break a tackle. Things picked up for Chubb in the second half. On the second drive in the third quarter it appeared Chubb had a 35-yard run but the play was nullified by an offensive holding penalty. He followed that lost play with a bad drop on a very catchable ball. That play would have gone for seven yards, minimum, had he made the catch. Chubb bounced back in the fourth quarter, ripping off a 40-yard run to the left. He showed his speed on the run to get past the first wave of defenders. The Browns leaned heavily on Chubb to ice the game, handing him the ball seven times on eight plays on their final drive. Chubb showed well in what was one of his tougher matchups since becoming Cleveland's full-time starter.
2018 Week 14 vs CAR (13 / 66 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Chubb managed to find the end zone again in Week 14. That makes six touchdowns in seven games since he was installed as the starter. Not only is he finding the end zone with regularity but his skill in the passing game has marginalized Duke Johnson. Following Breshad Perriman's big 66-yard reception, Chubb saw a red zone carry from the Carolina six-yard line. He went up the middle for three yards on the play. He showed his power on the first drive of the second quarter, dragging defenders for a first down on a 3rd-and-1 carry and then later dragging Luke Kuechly on a seven-yard gain. He did drop a pass in the second quarter on a play where he took a big hit right after the ball made contact with his hands. Chubb's touchdown came on a four-yard run in the third quarter. Initially it looked as though he would get stopped at the one-yard line but he was able to power his way over the goal line for the score. Chubb's longest play of the afternoon came on a 29-yard run in the fourth quarter. Chubb's ability in the passing game and high touchdown upside makes him an every week fantasy starter.
2018 Week 13 vs HOU (9 / 31 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Thanks to the Browns getting themselves in a 23-0 hole at halftime, Chubb only wound up seeing nine carries in the game. He still managed to turn in a solid day, thanks to a two-yard touchdown and three catches in the passing game. He continues to show excelling running ability, juking defenders to avoid tackles and showing good vision on cut backs to find holes in the line. In the second quarter, it appeared Chubb had an 11-yard reception but the official scorers changed the ruling, deciding that it was a running play. He did most of his damage on the Browns' first touchdown-scoring drive of the third quarter. Chubb ripped off receptions of eight and 24 yards to help get his team in scoring position. He even lined up wide right on one play. His touchdown capped off that drive, a two-yard run up the middle where he cut back to find the hole. Chubb remains one of the more exciting young running backs in the league and continues to prove he's an asset in the passing game.
2018 Week 12 vs CIN (28 / 84 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 44 / 1 rec)
Chubb's final yards per carry numbers don't look pretty but the Browns went into a run-heavy, clock-killing approach in the second half. Cincinnati's defense knew what was coming at that point and was able to stack the box against Chubb. The rookie running back continues to impress, showing explosiveness and tackle-breaking ability. He also continues to be better than many expected as a pass-catcher. The first play of the game was a 23-yard reception to Chubb. His touchdown reception was the catch of the game as he went over the back of a Bengals defender who was covering him closely. Chubb leapt up and snatched the ball off of the defender's helmet before falling backward into the end zone. Chubb also had a one-yard touchdown run earlier in the game in which he followed Joel Bitonio's pulling block up the middle for the score. Chubb was mostly bottled up in the second half but he did rip off a 27-yard gain in the fourth quarter where he employed a nice stutter behind the line before taking off up the left sideline. Having proven his value in the passing game, Chubb has entrenched himself as one of the top young running backs in the league. He will continue to be a fantasy difference-maker down the stretch.
2018 Week 10 vs ATL (20 / 176 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
Chubb turned in an impressive outing, ripping off a 92-yard touchdown run which goes into the record books as the longest run in franchise history. He got a great block initially and then simply outran the Atlanta defense on his way to the score. Chubb also had the largest contribution in the passing game of his career, finishing with three grabs, including a 13-yard touchdown reception. There's nothing to suggest that Chubb can't develop into a serviceable pass catcher in the NFL, although he might not get many chances to prove it with elite pass-catcher Duke Johnson around. Chubb continues to show excellent burst and the ability to break tackles. He has been a big play waiting to happen thus far in his NFL career.
2018 Week 9 vs KC (22 / 85 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Chubb looked good against the Chiefs in Week 9. He continues to mix both explosiveness and power on his runs, showing why Cleveland was willing to move Carlos Hyde a few weeks back. Chubb routinely broke tackles and dragged Chiefs behind him during the game while also seeing plenty of work in the red zone. One of his best series came on the first drive of the second quarter. Chubb notched a rare reception on that drive, a five-yarder which got the Browns down to the Kansas City 15-yard line. He then followed that up with an excellent 12-yard run where the bounced it out to the right, getting his team to the Chiefs' three-yard line. He capped that drive off with a three-yard touchdown where he stutter stepped behind the line of scrimmage before pivoting back to his right for the score. He saw three more red zone chances in the third quarter but was unable to log a second score, getting stuffed for no gain twice and gaining just a yard on the third carry. Chubb has excelled as an early-down runner for the Browns. He has shown enough explosiveness to break big plays while also being tough to bring down on the first hit. The Browns haven't asked him to catch many passes, which limits his upside and likely keeps his 2018 ceiling in the RB2 range.
2018 Week 8 vs PIT (18 / 65 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Chubb got off to a fast start in this game, ripping off several long runs in the first quarter. He was slowed in the second half, picking up just 12 rushing yards after halftime. The rookie runner continues to show good vision and the ability to break tackles when he gets the ball as he had a few plays where he avoided a defender in the backfield to pick up a large gain. He also turned in his best outing as a pass-catcher, hauling in two receptions in the game, both coming in the fourth quarter. Chubb saw two red zone carries in the third quarter but was unable to cross the goal line against Pittsburgh. His first came on 1st-and-10 at the Pittsburgh 12-yard line. He was stuffed for a one-yard loss on the carry. On the same drive he got a 1st-and-goal carry from the Pittsburgh one but was stuffed again on a run up the middle. With news that Todd Haley was relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator on Monday, Chubb's rest of season outlooks sees an uptick. Chubb, and Carlos Hyde before him, was often asked to run up the middle on first and second downs when the defense was in their base formation. This normally amounted to little to no gains for Chubb, who has the speed and power to do damage if he gets the ball in space. Consider the coaching change a plus for Chubb going forward. Former Cardinals QB and RBs coach Freddie Kitchens will take over as offensive coordinator. He was in Arizona when David Johnson put together his sublime 2016 season, so there's hope he will know how to best utilize Chubb.
2018 Week 7 vs TB (18 / 80 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chubb operated as the Browns' clear lead back following a mid-week trade which sent Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville. Duke Johnson was listed as the team's RB1 heading into the game but it was Chubb who saw the majority of the work in the backfield. He, along with the entire offense, got off to a slow start in the first half. Similar to how the Browns were using Hyde, Chubb was not utilized much in the passing game, drawing just two targets. He saw one in the second quarter on a touch pass that Mayfield tried to float over the defender into Chubb's hands. Former Brown Carl Nassib made an excellent play to deflect the pass away from Chubb. His best run of the first half was a 14-yard pickup that was nullified by a face mask penalty. He looked explosive on the play. The offense opened up in the second half, which, in turn, got Chubb going. He was an integral part of the team's touchdown-scoring drive on the third possession of the third quarter, ripping off a 21-yard run and then punching in a one-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Chubb had another 14-yard run nullified by a holding penalty but he bounced back with a 12-yard carry up the middle. He saw a red zone carry on 3rd-and-two from the Tampa Bay two-yard line but wound up getting stopped inches short of the goal line. Chubb is ready to be the team's lead back. He looked quick, powerful, and decisive in this game.
2018 Week 6 vs LAC (3 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chubb saw his typical three carries in Week 6. The rookie runner showed well in his limited chances, looking fast and powerful on his runs. He ripped off a 27-yard rush in the second quarter, but wound up just getting credit for a 19-yard gain after an offensive holding penalty was called downfield. Chubb continues to be the strict backup to starter Carlos Hyde but would be a factor if he saw starter's carries.
2018 Week 5 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The coaching staff spoke of getting Chubb more carries after he ripped off two long touchdown runs in Week 4. That didn't happen as the rookie saw just three carries and was targeted once in the passing game. He did have a fourth carry, which went for 14 yards, nullified by an offensive holding penalty. He had a chance to make a catch with some room to run in front of him, but Baker Mayfield threw the ball a bit too high for him to corral. Chubb remains stuck behind Carlos Hyde in the Cleveland backfield and may need an injury to Hyde to make noise this season.
2018 Week 4 vs OAK (3 / 105 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chubb only saw three carries in the game but he certainly made the most of them. Chubb's first carry went for an impressive 63-yard touchdown. Chubb ran toward the right side and broke a tackle about 10 yards into his run. Then he flashed some impressive speed in out-racing the defense to the end zone. He wasn't done there, however, as he found the end zone again in the fourth quarter. This time, Chubb scored from 41 yards out. He made a great move in the backfield to avoid a tackle on that carry. Chubb continues to operate strictly as Carlos Hyde's backup, but it may be hard for the Browns to keep him off the field after his showing against the Raiders. He could start forcing more of a timeshare if he continues to flash in his limited opportunities.
2018 Week 2 vs NO (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chubb continues to play behind starter Carlos Hyde and only seems to get work when Hyde needs a breather. Chubb saw two carries in Week 2, picking up six yards and eight yards. His eight-yard run showed his acceleration as he raced toward the left sideline. Chubb is just a handcuff at this point of the season.
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