I never want to overreact to Week 1, but I’m already willing to take the L for this one. Before the start of the season, I didn’t have any worries about Kareem Hunt. Nick Chubb performed so well last year that I found it hard to believe he would relent on any opportunities. I’m wrong.
Hunt is very much here to stay. It is a full-blown timeshare. In Week 1 against the Ravens, Hunt and Chubb both got 49% of the snaps. It was split right down the middle. Hunt out carried Chubb 13 to 10. That’s not good, considering we already know that Hunt will get more pass-catching work.
I genuinely believe Chubb is one of the best running backs in the NFL. He’s on par with Derrick Henry as the best pure runner in the NFL. I guess that doesn’t have anything to do with it. Hunt is also talented, and the Browns truly want to have them split carries. When you have someone so good as your backup, it does make sense, so you’re not running one guy into the ground.
Hunt never got more than nine carries with the Browns last year. Hunt already stormed past that number in Week 1. Not just that, Hunt did so in a game where his team lost 38-6. Meaning, the game script wasn’t in his favor for a single second.
How can you not worry about the fantasy outlook of Nick Chubb for the rest of the season? If you have Chubb on your fantasy team, it’s probably time to start looking for potential trades. The reality is, Chubb is in a bad offense and a full-time share. That’s a fantasy nightmare.