RB Nick Chubb - Cleveland Browns
|5-10, 228||Born: 12-27-1995||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2018|
Week 6: vs Seattle Seahawks
FBG says: Tough matchup. The one consistent piece of the Browns offense this season is their rushing attack which continues to have success each week as Nick Chubb is averaging 5.2 yards per carry on the year. This is the Browns identity one that uses the run to set up everything that they do. Last week even while the offensive line was dominated by the front four of the 49ers, Chubb was still able to rush for 87 yards on 16 carries. The biggest thing for Chubb is that he is exceptional at recognizing when a play is there and when it is not as you rarely see him hit in the backfield for a loss. The offensive line for the Browns is one that is led by the left guard Joel Bitonio and center J.C. Tretter who have both been playing at an extremely high level this season. Outside of these two stalwarts, things become less reliable the right side of the line has major problems in Eric Kush and Chris Hubbard. The Seahawks rushing defense has been thoroughly tested, yet have come out seemingly every week and shut down an elite running back. Through the first five games, the Seahawks have faced a running back that finished in the top-10 in fantasy production last season in every game this year (Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Alvin Kamara, James Conner, Joe Mixon) and have shut all of them down allowing an average of 43 yards per game to those running backs and allowing just 3.6 yards-per-carry to those running backs. The Seahawks boast one of the best front-sevens in football led by defensive tackle Poona Ford, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, and perennial middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. This will be a tremendous test for a Cleveland Browns offensive line that was dominated last week by the 49ers as they once again face an incredibly difficult unit to rush against.
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
2019 Week 5 vs SF (16 / 87 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Chubb was one of the few bright spots for the Browns on an ugly evening for the offense. The second-year back ran hard and continues to operate as a true, three-down workhorse for Cleveland. While he was unable to find the end zone, Chubb saw a handful of red zone carries. His first came at the San Francisco seven-yard line in the second quarter but he lost five yards. Chubb ripped off the run of the game on the ensuing possession, going for 37 yards down the left side. It was a well-designed play as Baker Mayfield faked a pitch to Odell Beckham before giving the ball to Chubb on an inside handoff. Toward the end of the second quarter, Chubb got another red zone carry from the 49er seven-yard line, this time gaining just one yard after trying to bounce the run outside to the left. In the fourth quarter, Chubb picked up a 15-yard gain on a draw on 3rd-and-22.
2019 Week 4 vs BAL (20 / 165 / 3 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Chubb had a huge game, displaying his combination of breakaway speed and bruising tackle-breaking throughout the contest. He went for a five-yard gain on the first drive. On the second drive, Chubb caught a short screen and ran for 10 yards. He saw two red zone carries on that drive, going for six yards to the Baltimore 10 and then another yard to the Baltimore nine-yard line. He saw a red zone target on the final drive of the first half but he dropped the ball near the Baltimore 17-yard line. Chubb really got going in the second half, scoring all three of his touchdowns. His first touchdown was a great 14-yard run where he changed direction going right to left and then forced three missed tackles on his way to the end zone. On the following drive, Chubb punched in a two-yard score. He saved his best run for last as he ripped off an 88-yard touchdown run where he went untouched up the right side of the field. He got some excellent blocking on that run from a pulling guard.
2019 Week 3 vs LAR (23 / 96 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
The Cleveland coaches talked earlier in the week about how they wanted to use Chubb more and they did just that in the Week 3 loss to the Rams. Chubb was the only Cleveland running back to see a touch and he was used frequently in the passing game. Chubb made a nice leaping catch on the first drive of the game, although it went for no gain. He did drop a pass later on the drive as he was hit as the ball arrived. He showed nice vision on a 12-yard gain to the left on that same drive. On the team's third drive of the first half, Chubb had a red zone reception nullified by an offensive pass interference call. It would have gone for around eight yards. He followed that up with two red zone carries, both going for two yards apiece and getting the Browns down to the Los Angeles seven-yard line. On the first drive of the second half, Chubb caught a short pass and ripped off a 30-yard gain. He got excellent blocking on the play. At the end of that drive it appeared Chubb had a one-yard touchdown run but the play was nullified by an illegal shift penalty. In the fourth quarter, Chubb ripped off a 12-yard gain and was the ball-carrier on the ill-fated draw play call on fourth-and-nine. He finished his day off with a drop on a catchable pass in the fourth quarter.
2019 Week 2 vs NYJ (18 / 62 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Chubb continues to see a lead-back workload with D'Ernest Johnson seeing just three carries in the game. He left the field a few times in passing situations but is doing enough through the air to offset concerns. His first carry was an eight-yard gain where he used good vision to find an opening. He got a red zone carry at the Jets' four-yard line at the end of the first drive but lost a yard. On the third drive of the first quarter, he had a seven-yard run to the right and tacked on a six-yard reception. At the beginning of the second quarter, Chubb lined up out wide on the left and hauled in a 13-yard reception. A week after Dontrell Hilliard vultured a touchdown from him, Chubb made sure that wouldn't happen again by ripping off a 19-yard run for the score in the second quarter. He trucked a defender attempting to tackle him around the New York four-yard line. He received excellent blocking from the left side of the line on the touchdown run. In the third quarter, he ran for eight yards while breaking two tackles along the way. In the fourth quarter, Chubb went for a 15-yard gain to the left. He ran right through a tackle just past the line of scrimmage on the run. Chubb is better than advertised in the passing game and has been breaking tackles at a consistent rate.
2019 Week 1 vs TEN (17 / 75 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Chubb had a solid game although the game script got out of hand as the Titans started to pull away in the fourth quarter. Chubb displayed a nice cutback on his first run, which went for 10 yards. He wound up getting vultured by backup running back Dontrell Hilliard at the end of the team's touchdown drive on the opening possession. Chubb's longest run was a burst up the middle in the third quarter which went for 15 yards. He had a pretty play on a seven-yard catch in the third quarter where he evaded a tackle and then spun his way forward for extra yardage. Chubb saw decent usage in the passing game, hauling in 3-of-4 targets. He could have caught the fourth target but wound up tipping it in the air on what was almost an interception.
Latest NewsBrowns | Another big game for Nick Chubb (Sun Oct 13, 05:51 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed 20 times for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks while adding five receptions for 17 yards on six targets. Our View: Chubb was a force in this game and set the tone early with a long run. He has steady involvement in the passing game to give him a high weekly PPR floor. The only real success story in the Browns offense heading into the bye has been Chubb.
link to story Browns | Nick Chubb runs for 87 yards on MNF (Mon Oct 7, 11:05 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed 16 times for 87 yards in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, Oct. 7, and he also had a 12-yard reception on his only target. link to story Browns | Nick Chubb to remain starter (Sat Oct 5, 01:20 AM) - Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb will remain the team's primary back even after the return of RB Kareem Hunt from suspension, according to The Athletic's Jay Glazer, who says Hunt will be used as a change of pace. Our View: Hunt is still serving his 8-game suspension. It's great depth to have when Hunt returns, but we still imagine Chubb will get the majority of the workload. Hunt is a fantastic handcuff for Fantasy GMs because the team wouldn't miss a beat on the ground if Chubb went down.
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