Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt.

Kareem Hunt may be able to thrive as a fantasy asset even with the presence of Nick Chubb in front of him, Sosa Kremenjas of Pro Football Focus contends. New coach Kevin Stefanski used two running back sets on 254 snaps as the OC of the Vikings last season (third-highest in the league) so Hunt and Chubb may find themselves both on the field at the same time plenty in 2020.

Hunt played particularly well in the passing game once he returned from his 8-game suspension last year. He ranked sixth in targets (43) and fourth in receptions (37). His 283 yards after the catch was third in the league among running backs over that stretch and his 132 receiving yards after contact ranked second.

Cleveland is expected to have a tough opposing schedule for rushing the ball, as PFF projects the positional group to have the sixth-worst sledding. Both Chubb and Hunt are expected to be productive, though their production may come through the passing game, which favors Hunt.


More on the NFL

  • Selecting one of the top wide receivers gives owners the best chance at landing a league-winning player at the position but Brandon Gdula of numberFire illustrates just how unlikely it is to find a top guy later in the draft. Through his simulations, Gdula finds that nearly 80% of the time the top-6 wide receivers will come from players drafted in the top-12.
  • It doesn’t look like Dalvin Cook, who is looking for a new contract, will report to Vikings’ camp. His agent denied the report that the running back told one of Minnesota’s assistant coaches that he would be there.
  • Baker Mayfield‘s 2019 season wasn’t as bad as the stats indicate, Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus explains in his starting quarterback rankings. It was his worst performance out of his two pro seasons and his three college campaigns, but it seems likely that with the Browns’ improved offensive line and top-flight weapons, Mayfield will rebound.
  • Perhaps surprisingly, Palazzolo has Bills’ QB Josh Allen in grouped in with his last tier of starters. Buffalo has done a nice job of adding weapons for Allen, though there are metrics that give cause for concern. Allen ranked dead-last out of 38 QBs last season in negatively graded throw percentage, which is a major indicator of future success.