From Week 10 to Week 17, Hunt was the No. 19 running back with a 10.4 per game average (half-PPR) over the final eight weeks. He scored 1.9 fewer points per game than backfield mate Nick Chubb, and Chubb is going three rounds earlier. Hunt has top five upside if anything were to happen to Chubb, but he also comes with a fifth-round price tag. The Browns should be run-heavy under new HC Kevin Stefanski, and the team invested in the offensive line, which has the potential to become an elite unit in 2020. The one worry is that Hunt’s role will change for the worse under the new regime. Hunt has weekly value and high upside, so he’s a good target for those wanting to wait on the running back position, but aren’t willing to go full Zero RB.
Now, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that HC Andy Reid’s going to use Clyde Edwards-Helaire as a rookie the same way Reid used Kareem Hunt as a rookie in 2017. Hunt touched it 325 times (remember his 246-yards-from-scrimmage demolition of the Patriots on opening night in Foxboro?) in that rookie season, winning the rushing title and becoming an instant threat in the passing game too. But this is practice, scripted from start to finish; maybe this is two days of getting timing down with Edwards-Helaire. But I doubt it’s just that. I say he’ll be a stud, a prime candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year. He appears a confident and sure runner who can make people miss, a better runner between the tackles than a 5-foot-8, 209-pound guy should be, and a smooth and assured receiver. GM Brett Veach told me: “He’s on pace to have a big year, to be our primary ballcarrier.”
Peter King even said to draft Edwards-Helaire in the first round of your fantasy draft. He went on to rave about CEH in the story, highlighting the first three plays in 11-on-11 were handoffs to him, and he also ran a wheel route out of the background and made an impressive catch. With Damian Williams out of the way, CEH is certainly poised for a big season and the news keeps getting more positive about those chances. He's currently going in the mid-to-late second according to our ADPs, but chances are you'll have to take him before that in your draft.
Chubb ranks 14th among our RBs heading into drafts. With Hunt in the picture, it's not quite clear how the duo will be used for the Browns. Chubb's PPG dropped when Hunt returned to action last season, going from 17 to 12 PPG in half-PPR leagues. We do expect the Browns to be run-heavy this year after boosting their offensive line.
Other sources say Chubb was pulled down by a linebacker during practice. But The Browns were not supposed to be tackling ball carriers to the ground. The story added the Browns talked to their players Sunday about not being overly aggressive as they transition into pads and more contact. It's certainly worth watching to see if Chubb will miss time.