The Cleveland Browns made sure their running game got better heading into the 2018 NFL season. That improvement just might not come from where some might expect.
Carlos Hyde looked like a sneaky, under the radar free agency signing, but the Browns went one step further by drafting Georgia star rusher, Nick Chubb.
Per ESPN‘s Pat McManamon, Chubb may be a real threat to steal early down work right out of the gates:
— FantasyPros (@nfl_alerts) June 26, 2018
From a talent perspective, this really isn’t shocking. Chubb was a beast while with the Bulldogs and was still effective even after injuring his knee. Now over two years removed from what was initially thought to be a devastating injury, Chubb looks the part of a featured runner and may have the toughness and overall athleticism to turn into a fantasy football stud as a rookie.
I do still value Hyde in this system – one in which has to lean on the ground quite a bit. Hyde was productive the past two years in San Francisco, finishing as a top-15 fantasy football running back both times.
That being said, Hyde has also been inconsistent in the past and the Browns aren’t here to merely honor his fresh contact or tout him because he’s a bigger name so far.
If Chubb proves himself in camp, a team that won zero games a year ago has to hand him the ball and see what he can do.
The Browns have already been quoted as saying they’ll “ride the hot hand“, too, so if that starts with Chubb and he never relinquishes the role, he could end up being a serious steal in fantasy drafts.
Early indications are he’s very much worth the risk. The talent and upside is there and if Chubb is suddenly looking at a big workload, his current ADP at Fantasy Football Calculator (8th round!) could make him one of the top fantasy football steals of 2018.