RB Kareem Hunt will not play in tonight’s preseason finale against the Detroit Lions. Hunt underwent surgery this morning to repair a sports hernia injury. A full recovery is anticipated prior to his return to action in Week 10 of the regular season.
Kareem Hunt will be out 4-6 weeks, but with his eight-game suspension, he should be on track for Week 10 when he returns. Nick Chubb should continue to lead the backfield when Hunt returns, but Hunt is too good to keep off the field. His presence will likely cut into Chubb's workload somewhat.
CLE RB Kareem Hunt - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook
Kareem Hunt has been one of the most dominant running backs in football over the past two seasons. In 27 games, he’s averaged about 80 rushing yards, 30 receiving yards, three receptions and almost a touchdown per contest (25 TDs). In short: he’s a really, REALLY good football player.
The major downside to Hunt is he’s facing an eight-game suspension by the league. The Browns also have a bye during that span, so the earliest you’ll be able to use Hunt is in Week 10. And if you’re a smart fantasy owner, you wouldn’t be willing to trot him out the first week without seeing how the team uses him. So that puts him in your lineup at the earliest in Week 11, which gives you just five fantasy games with him. Is it worth using a draft pick on a guy who will be sidelined for most of the season?
2019 Bottom Line
Even when Hunt does return, there’s no way of knowing how the Browns will use him. Nick Chubb is comfortably in the starting role, and the team still has Duke Johnson to cloud things as well (although that could change). Hunt carries so many risks and it just seems like a waste of a roster spot in your fantasy league to draft him, especially with his current ADP.