Player Outlook
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. The concern is that the Browns coaching staff will definitely keep Hunt's touches modest in games Chubb is active in, but even if Chubb were to miss time, they could supplement Hunt with D'Ernest Johnson and use that tandem. 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 can go right and what can go wrong. Expect Hunt to get snagged by the end of Round 7.

Fantasy Stats

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2022
2021 386 4.95 5 22 174 8710.9
2020 841 4.25 6 38 304 5 18011.3
3y Avg. 469 4.42 4 32 254 2 1079.7
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Not suiting up Friday

    Hunt isn't slated to play in Friday's preseason game in Jacksonville. Hunt recently held himself out of team drills in training camp due to his desire for a new contract, but he eventually returned to full capacity at practice after two days. Still, he won't be available to the Browns offense, along with top running back Nick Chubb. With those two unavailable, D'Ernest Johnson, Demetric Felton, Jerome Ford and John Kelly will be the team's active members of the backfield Friday.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Participating in team drills Sunday

    Hunt returned to team drills Sunday after voluntarily sitting out the last two days while disgruntled with his current contract, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports. Hunt held himself out of team drills during Friday and Saturday's sessions in protest while asking for a long-term extension, and James Palmer of NFL Network reported earlier Sunday that Hunt had requested a trade, which the team denied. However, despite the weekend drama, it appears the talented running back is back in the mix and will continue to participate fully in practices throughout training camp. Hunt appeared in only eight games during the 2021 campaign due to a litany of injuries, but he accounted for 1,145 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns in 2020.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Wants new contract

    Hunt has not participated in team drills over the last two days as he looks for a contract extension, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports. The pseudo-holdout is a bit strange considering Hunt is still participating in individual workouts. The veteran tailback is on the final year of a two-year, $13.25 million extension signed back in 2020. Hunt played in just eight games during the 2021 season due to a litany of injuries, but he was a multi-talented force back in 2020,, accounting for over 1,100 yards from scrimmage along with 11 touchdowns. Given the Browns just dished out an expensive extension to star running back Nick Chubb last year, it remains to be seen what type of budget remains for Hunt, which could mean this situation persists into the dog days of training camp.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Feels healthy heading into 2022

    Hunt said Wednesday that he feels "100 percent" healthy heading into Cleveland's training camp, which begins July 27, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Hunt battled multiple injuries that limited him to just eight games in 2021, including a torn calf and an ankle issue. The No. 2 running back still managed to accumulate 560 yards on 100 total touches in a crowded position group consisting of Nick Chubb, D'Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton. Hunt is heading into the final season of his current contract with the Browns, and he hopes to sign an extension with the team before the start of this coming season, according to Petrak. The 26-year-old has been a very effective complementary back during his three-year tenure with the Browns, but the team's difficult cap situation moving forward may complicate any extension talks this offseason.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Still has role

    Hunt remains in Cleveland's plans despite a surplus of running backs, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The Browns' selection of Jerome Ford in the fifth round of the 2022 draft set off speculation about the crowded running back room and how the team would accommodate the depth. The first thoughts were that Hunt or D'Ernest Johnson could be moved -- Hunt's in the final year of a deal and Johnson's tendered. However, there was a lot of Hunt and Nick Chubb on the field together during OTAs, suggesting the offense could feature them together more this season.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Inactive Sunday

    Hunt (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals. With the Browns out of playoff contention, the team will err on the side of caution with Hunt, who hasn't suited up since Week 14. As a result, Nick Chubb is slated to head the team's Week 18 backfield, with D'Ernest Johnson a candidate to mix in and Demetric Felton on hand in reserve.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Questionable for Week 18

    Hunt (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports. Hunt, who last suited up in Week 14, continues to be limited by an ankle issue, which clouds his status for the Browns' season finale. With the team eliminated from playoff contention, it's plausible that Hunt could be held out or limited Sunday if his ankle remains problematic ahead of Cleveland's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Limited again in practice

    Hunt (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Cleveland scheduled a traditional practice Thursday after holding more of a walk-through workout Wednesday, so Hunt likely was more active for the former session, even though he was listed as limited for the second day in a row. Unless he puts in a full practice Friday, Hunt's status for Sunday's game against the Bengals will be difficult to pin down. The Browns are already eliminated from playoff contention and have little else at stake in the regular-season finale, so the team could choose to hold Hunt out or limit his workload even if he's cleared to play for the first time since Week 14.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Limited Wednesday

    Hunt (ankle) was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's walk-through practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Head coach Kevin Stefanski said that Hunt's availability for Sunday's game against Cincinnati will depend on how he looks later in the week. The running back last played Week 14.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Inactive Monday night

    Hunt (ankle) is inactive for Monday night's game against the Steelers. With Hunt, who last suited up Week 14, still unavailable for Week 17 action, Nick Chubb is slated to head the Browns backfield Monday, with D'Ernest Johnson a candidate to mix in and Demetric Felton on hand in reserve.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Listed as questionable for MNF

    Hunt (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Steelers, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The Browns listed Hunt, who recently spent time on the reserve/COVID-19 list, as a limited practice participant Friday and Saturday due to his ankle issue. The running back, who last suited up in Week 14, thus has a chance to return to action Monday night, though the team's 8:15 ET kickoff adds an element of risk to those considering Hunt for Week 17 fantasy lineups. If active, he'd be in line to reclaim a share of Cleveland's backfield work alongside Nick Chubb.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Takes step forward at practice

    Hunt (ankle) was a limited practice participant Friday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Hunt's limited showing marked his first practice activity of any kind since he injured his ankle Dec. 12 in the Browns' Week 14 win over the Ravens. The running back's rehab program for the injury was interrupted by a recent stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he's fully recovered from the virus and is now focusing on proving to the Browns' coaching and training staffs that his ankle is healthy. However, because he's been sidelined for the last two games and has appeared in only two contests over the last 10 weeks, Hunt may need to turn in a full practice Saturday to lock in his availability for Monday's showdown with Pittsburgh.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Should practice Friday

    Hunt (ankle) is expected to participate at Friday's practice, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports. Hunt has been unable to practice this week due to the ankle injury, so any participation in Friday's session would be a step in the right direction for Week 17. The 26-year-old missed the past two games while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, though he may have been absent regardless due to the ankle issue. Hunt could avoid an injury designation for Monday's matchup with the Steelers if he's able to practice with no limitations by Saturday.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Not practicing to begin week

    Hunt (ankle) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Hunt was one of several Browns players who recently spent time on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus, but the ankle injury was probably the bigger reason why he wasn't available to play Weeks 15 and 16. Even with a longer turnaround for Week 17, Hunt still isn't ready to resume practicing, which isn't the greatest sign for his availability Monday in Pittsburgh. For his part, head coach Kevin Stefanski said he isn't ruling Hunt out from playing against the Steelers, according to Dan Labbe of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. That said, the running back would surely need to practice in some fashion Friday and/or Saturday to make that a reality.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Not practicing Tuesday

    Hunt (ankle) wasn't present at Tuesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Hunt completed a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, but it appears a preexisting ankle issue that he sustained Dec. 12 against the Ravens continues to bother him. He's missed two games since then, and his activity (or lack thereof) in practice will be key to determining whether he'll be able to return to action Monday in Pittsburgh. Tuesday's session isn't official, so the Browns may not get a sense of Hunt's potential to play until Thursday, when they'll turn in their first Week 17 injury report. If Hunt requires further time away from the field, D'Ernest Johnson will remain the change-of-pace option behind Cleveland's top running back Nick Chubb.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Comes off COVID-19 list

    Cleveland activated Hunt (ankle) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. Though he's cleared the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol, Hunt still will need to prove he's not hindered by the ankle injury he sustained Dec. 12 against the Ravens. The time on the COVID-19 list may have been a blessing in disguise for Hunt, who received the opportunity to rest the ankle while in quarantine rather than gearing up for a quick return and potentially suffering an aggravation. Cleveland won't play its Week 17 game until next Monday, Jan. 3 in Pittsburgh, so Hunt will have some additional time to prove his health. Once deemed ready to go, he'll likely displace D'Ernest Johnson as the top change-of-pace option behind lead back Nick Chubb.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Not likely to play in Week 16

    Head coach Kevin Stefanski said he doesn't expect Hunt (ankle, reserve/COVID-19 list) to be available for Saturday's game against the Packers, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The running back currently remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but even if he clears the necessary protocols and is activated this week, his ankle issue is still enough of a concern that he's trending toward missing a second straight game. If Hunt remains sidelined, Nick Chubb would once again lead the Cleveland backfield Week 16, with D'Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton on hand to work in complementary roles.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Still on COVID list

    Hunt (ankle) wasn't activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of Monday's game against the Raiders, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports. Prior to landing on the list, Hunt had been ruled out for the game (originally scheduled for Saturday) due to an ankle issue. However, despite the added time afforded by the game being moved to Monday, the running back remains unavailable and will look to gain clearance to play in the Browns' Dec. 25 matchup versus the Packers. In his absence Monday, Nick Chubb is slated to head the team's backfield, with D'Ernest Johnson a candidate to mix in, with Demetric Felton and John Kelly available in reserve.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Placed on COVID list

    The Browns placed Hunt (ankle) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. Prior to landing on the list, Hunt had been ruled out for Saturday's scheduled game against the Raiders due to the ankle injury. Even with the NFL having since pushed back the Week 15 game to Monday at 5 p.m. ET due to the Browns' mounting COVID-19 concerns, Hunt's injury means he won't be in line to play against the Raiders even if he clears the necessary protocols ahead of kickoff. The running back will thus presumably target a potential return to action as soon as Cleveland's Dec. 25 contest against the Packers.
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  • Browns' Kareem Hunt: Fails to practice Wednesday

    Hunt (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Per Zac Jackson of The Athletic, head coach Kevin Stefanski noted earlier this week that Hunt was "unlikely" to play Saturday against the Raiders. Hunt's outlook hasn't changed since then, and in the meantime, the Browns have added multiple players to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Nick Chubb and D'Ernest Johnson appear poised to serve as the Browns' top backfield options this weekend.
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