Fantasy Brownout? What to Make of the Cleveland Backfield in 2019 and Beyond
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Correctly valuing players in dynasty fantasy football is difficult even when we know all relevant variables (such as team, coordinator, and role). It’s an even more difficult task when a player doesn’t have a team, is suspended for an indefinite amount of time, and his backup played arguably as well after his suspension. Until yesterday, this was Kareem Hunt’s fantasy equation. Of course, now we know that he’s part of the Cleveland Browns backfield, so one variable is eliminated. Of all the possible landing spots for Hunt, Cleveland was near the bottom of my list in terms of preference for restoring his former dynasty value. Nick Chubb was outstanding as a rookie and the team also has Duke Johnson under contract through 2021. However, from a pure football sense I see why the team pursued Hunt. Cleveland General Manager John Dorsey drafted Hunt when he was running the Kansas City Chiefs, doing so when seeing the player’s NFL potential required some level of projection, given his non-Power-5 college pedigree. If you think hitting on a third round dynasty rookie pick feels great, imagine the feeling when your NFL third-round draft pick plays at an all-pro level as a rookie. A few questions I’d like to try to answer include: how might the Browns make use of these three running backs? Which player will Hunt’s presence affect most? Will all three even be on the team when camp opens?