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Kareem Hunt Will Win Your League

by • May 22, 2019

Let’s say you’re looking at a just-completed draft and you’re asked to predict the winner. Think you could get it right?

Maybe.  But, let’s make it harder. If you had to predict a winning roster based on only one player, who would you pick? Saquon Barkley? Alvin Kamara? Patrick Mahomes? 

For me, it’s none of those guys. It’s not even a guy going in the first round.  Or the second round. Or the first eight rounds.

It’s Kareem Hunt, with his average draft position of the ninth round.

Yep, a ninth-rounder is a better predictor for a 2019 championship than any other single pick.  Here’s why.

Practically free

With an average draft position of the 9th round, Hunt is practically free.  At that stage of the draft, you’ve already got most (or all) of your starting lineup squared away.

If you’ve drafted reasonably well around Hunt, you can afford Hunt’s half season of zero points (and roster spot) and still be in the playoff hunt.  And that’s all you need because…

Kareem Hunt: RB2

…when Hunt returns for the second half of the season, he will power you into the playoffs and potentially into a championship.

No matter how well Nick Chubb is playing going into Week 10, Kareem Hunt is going to have a big impact when he returns.  As you already know, Hunt is an elite back (last year, he was RB4 before his suspension), and the Browns will certainly put him into the game plan. 

At that stage, November, the Browns will want to take reps away from Chubb, who’ll likely have been their workhorse throughout September and October. Hunt will get those reps, obviously.

You already know that Hunt is an elite receiving back, and he’ll get a ton of playing time to maximize his dual-threat abilities.

As the league’s best “backup” runner, Hunt will turn 8-12 touches into enough fantasy points to be an RB2.

Kareem Hunt: RB1

But, what if Hunt isn’t a timeshare back when he returns? 

What if Nick Chubb gets hurt, something that happens to workhorse backs all the time?  What if Nick Chubb doesn’t perform as well as hoped in the first half of the season and Hunt vaults to the top of the depth chart.

None of those scenarios are far fetched at all.  After all, Kareem Hunt is a better back than Nick Chubb.

In any week in which Nick Chubb doesn’t play, Kareem Hunt will enter that week with a top-five outlook. And in some weeks, he’ll likely be fantasy football’s highest scoring back.

And he’s yours for the taking in round nine.