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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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Week 6: at New England Patriots

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FBG says: Great matchup. There's simply no slowing the Kansas City offense right now, and with most of the attention (deservedly) heaped on Patrick Mahomes and the passing game, Kareem Hunt has chipped in beautifully. Hunt owns the Kansas City backfield and has overachieved against a pair of stout run defenses over the past two weeks. After running for 121 yards on just 19 carries in Denver, he ground down the Jaguars' tough front for 87 more last Sunday. On the year, he's averaging a workmanlike 4.04 yards per attempt but is clearly trending upward behind a moderately-improving front line. And with the aerial attack consistently keeping the field open, Hunt's job should stay relatively easy. It's hard to forget his NFL debut in last year's Week 1 when he consistently burned the Patriots on zone runs and amassed 148 ground yards. In 2017's season opener, then-rookie Kareem Hunt gashed the Patriots for 148 yards on just 17 rushes. Most of that production came on outside zone and off-tackle runs, which are still major deficiencies for this anemic Patriots run defense. Opponents often have to abandon the run early in this matchup, but they still take advantage of a New England front that's light on the ends and undermanned on the second level. The rotational ends are routinely pushed aside, and linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Donta Hightower are miscast as run pluggers, often step out of place in the gaps. As a result, runners tend to produce some of their most efficient days against this group. Dating back to last season, a whopping 16 of the 23 lead backs they've faced have generated more than 4.50 yards per carry, and 7 have topped 90 on the day.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 at PIT 40 18 75 0 1 1 5 1 0 14
3 vs SF 47 18 44 2 1 0 0 0 0 16.4
4 at DEN 45 19 121 1 4 3 54 0 0 23.5
5 vs JAX 52 22 87 1 2 1 7 0 0 15.4
6 at NE 0 10 80 0 6 5 105 1 0 24.5
6 at NE PROJ-Dodds * 17 * * 2 * * * *
6 at NE PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 2 * * * *
6 at NE PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 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 5 vs JAX (22 / 87 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Kareem Hunt 22 times for 87 yards and a touchdown, while also catching one pass for seven yards on two targets against Jacksonville. For most of the game Hunt was bottled up by a tough Jaguars defensive front, which was understandable given the fact that Jacksonville has a very talented secondary and can afford to put more pressure up front. Hunt's stats are not entirely accurate of his success rate against the Jaguars though, as going into the last drive of the game for the Chiefs, Hunt had 15 carries for only 56 yards and a touchdown. Hunt was able to break free for a 15 yard gain--as well as a six and seven yard gain--during that drive, his longest run of the day, which helped his rushing stats look a bit more respectable. Hunt's touchdown run came with the Chiefs on the Jaguars five yard line. Mahomes lined up under center and handed off to Hunt around the seven yard line. The Chiefs offensive line got a great push up front, clearing the way for Hunt to not get contacted by a defender until the two yard line. By that time, Hunt had gained steam and simply sidestepped quickly and made his way into the end zone. Hunt now has four straight games with a touchdown (and five touchdowns overall in that span), and continues to be a valuable fantasy commodity given the fact that he is the goal line back on perhaps the best offense in football. While is yardage totals might be inconsistent, Andy Reid has not wavered in his commitment to giving Hunt the ball over Spencer Ware.

2018 Week 4 vs DEN (19 / 121 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)

Kareem Hunt rushed 19 times for 121 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three passes on four targets for 54 yards. After struggling through the first three weeks of the season, Hunt came alive against the Broncos and kept the Chiefs in the game throughout the first half while the passing game was struggling. He was also able to break several big plays, including a 45 yard run off the left tackle where he used his vision to get to the second level of the Broncos defense before being pushed out of bounds. Hunt had been noticeably absent from the passing game, but managed to make a couple splash plays through the air, including a 27 yard catch and run along the right sideline where he juked a Broncos defender, cut inside, and then trucked over another Broncos defender. It showed a nasty streak in Hunt that we had yet to see so far this year. Hunt's touchdown run completed the Chiefs 4th quarter comeback with less than two minutes to play in the game. On second and three from the Broncos four yard line, Hunt took the handoff out of the shotgun and ran to the left of the formation. While there looked to be no crease available, Hunt was able to slip through the line and barrel his way in for a four yard touchdown.

2018 Week 3 vs SF (18 / 44 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Kareem Hunt rushed 18 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs win over the 49ers on Sunday. Hunt managed to save his day from a fantasy perspective with the two touchdowns, but otherwise he was wildly inconsistent. Excluding the two one yard touchdown runs, seven of his 15 rushes went for 3 yards or less, and that includes three rushes of negative yards. His long gain of the day was a ten yard rush that came out of the shotgun formation with the Chiefs running out the clock in the 4th quarter. Hunt's first touchdown came on a similar play. With the Chiefs on the one yard line and in the shotgun formation, Mahomes directed Hunt from his left to his right side before the snap. Then Mahomes gave him the ball on a draw up the middle where Hunt was not touched. Hunt's second touchdown was a mirror image of the first play, except this time he came in motion from the slot to Mahomes right side in the shotgun. Mahomes snapped the ball and gave it to Hunt, who rushed in without so much as a 49er defender breathing on him. Hunt should not be docked for the easy touchdowns, but it is hard to say he's played anything more than minor role in the Chiefs first three wins. Spencer Ware and Anthony Sherman have saw the ball come their way sparingly, but both have managed to make big plays when their number is called. Something that is not lost on Hunt owners who were hoping he was going to be more involved in the passing game. He had no catches in this game on only one target, a far cry from his production last season.

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 185 yards in Week 6 (Mon Oct 15, 12:50 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt rushed 10 times for 80 yards and caught five of his six targets for 105 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 versus the New England Patriots.

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Chiefs | Kareem Hunt runs for 87 yards, TD (Sun Oct 7, 10:07 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt rushed 22 times for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Chiefs | Kareem Hunt fined (Sun Oct 7, 08:44 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt was fined $23,469 by the National Football League for unnecessary roughness during the first quarter of Week 4's game against the Denver Broncos. The NFL's head of officiating deemed that he illegally lowered his helmet and initiated contact with S Justin Simmons' face mask. Hunt was not penalized on the play, although the NFL determined that a penalty should have been assessed.

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Chiefs | Kareem Hunt totals 175 yards, TD (Mon Oct 1, 11:24 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt rushed 19 times for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos on Monday, Oct. 1, and he added three grabs for 54 yards on four targets.

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