Kareem Hunt proved early last season that even when he was sharing with Nick Chubb he was capable of being a good Fantasy runner. He averaged 17.8 PPR points per game in the first five weeks. But then he suffered four different injuries and barely played the rest of 2021. His name was in the trade rumor mill in early August but since then he's been a regular part of the Browns' practices. Count on Hunt seeing modest touches in games Chubb is active in, and expect him to handle a large share of the work if Chubb were to miss time. Drafting Hunt as a last-ditch No. 2 running back in full-PPR won't necessarily backfire, but last year is a microcosm of what could go wrong. Expect Hunt to get snagged by the middle of Round 7.
There’s been much more change to the perception of Hunt than the reality of his production, if you compare this year’s ADPs with last season. At his Round 5-6 price in 2021 drafts, Hunt needed a Nick Chubb injury to keep him from disappointing. He got that, but lost more time to his own injuries. Fantasy drafters might be overreacting to that and/or Hunt’s potentially uncertain contract status. Even if the Browns unload Hunt this summer, we’d bet on him landing in a situation with work available. And he’s a high-upside talent in any backfield.
Hunt is back for his fourth season in Cleveland after a lost 2021 campaign in which he was a full go for only six games. Despite sharing backfield duties with Nick Chubb, Hunt has been a productive fantasy back over the last two seasons. He was 11th among all RBs in fantasy points during six full games with Chubb in 2021 and was 13th in 11 games in 2020. Hunt has generally been limited to around one-third of the carries with Chubb in the mix, but his elite efficiency (NFL-best 2.4 YAC since he was drafted) and passing-game involvement have been enough to allow strong fantasy output. Hunt is safest as a flex target, but he has added value as one of the top insurance backs in the game.
Kareem Hunt missed nine games in 2021 and finished with only 9.8 carries per game, his second lowest behind only 2019 when he missed half the season with a suspension. Over the past two seasons, Kareem Hunt has had the second-lowest receiving yards of his career with 19.0 in 2020 and 21.8 in 2021. Hunt could be a cap casualty with a 6.25-million-dollar cap charge and no dead money in 2022.