College: Toledo | 4 years
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 216 lbs
Birth Date: 8/6/1995
2020 Bye Week: 9
Total Pts: 50
Avg Pts: 3.13
Rank: 55 RB
Hunt was suspended the first eight games of last season. He got in the lineup Week 10 and played a big role the rest of the season, getting plenty of playing time as a top pass-catching back. Hunt had 37 re-ceptions in eight games, having four or more receptions five games. He had double-digit fantasy points six of eight games. Hunt is a question mark for the coming season. You just aren't sure what role he'll play. He should at least be a change of pace back. The big issue is Hunt is one more strike from a long suspension. Hunt is a big back that hits the hole in a hurry and does a good job of reading his blocks. He is a legit three-down back. He catches the ball well and has good moves in space. He has more than 1,200 total yard each of his first two seasons in the league.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Hunt is a wild card for the coming year. You can't deny his talent on the field but his off the field issues are a real concern. Take him as a No. 3 back and hope he doesn't get in trouble again. If he is on the field all year, he could be a steal for fantasy teams. Look for around 1,100 total yards, six or seven scores and 50 receptions.
You are rarely presented with an opportunity to use a seventh-round draft pick on a former rushing champion who is still 24-years old. However, Hunts current ADP (73) allows you to accomplish that just three years after he generated a league-best 1,327 yards (82.9 per game). His high-quality production continued from Weeks 1-11 in 2018, as he was third in rushing yards (824) while averaging 18.8 touches and 109.3 total yards per game.But the positive momentum of his career abruptly halted when the emergence of an infamous video compelled the Chiefs to release him. Hunt returned to the field following an eight-game suspension last November and performed effectively once again. He averaged 10 touches/58 total yards during Clevelands final eight games while playing on 39.1% of the Browns offensive snaps.Hunt should match that workload this season and could secure an expanded touch total as Cleveland transitions to the strategic approach of Kevin Stefanski. Nick Chubb will operate as the Browns primary back, and the potential for off the field issues remains a factor when evaluating Hunt. But he would become an instant RB1 if Chubb becomes unavailable for any reason. That solidifies his status as a viable seventh-round pick.
|Week 10||5||Kareem Hunt 44 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Kareem Hunt 44 receiving yds (2 pts)
Kareem Hunt 30 rushing yds (1 pts)
Kareem Hunt 30 rushing yds (1 pts)
|Week 11||4||Kareem Hunt 46 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Kareem Hunt 46 receiving yds (2 pts)
Kareem Hunt 12 rushing yds (1 pts)
|Week 12||9||Kareem Hunt 9 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Kareem Hunt 1 rushing TD (6 pts)
. . . Kareem Hunt 6 yd rushing TD
Kareem Hunt 37 rushing yds (1 pts)
Kareem Hunt 37 rushing yds (1 pts)
|Week 13||10||Kareem Hunt 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Kareem Hunt 15 yd TD pass from Baker Mayfield
Kareem Hunt 19 receiving yds (1 pts)
Kareem Hunt 46 rushing yds (1 pts)
Kareem Hunt 46 rushing yds (2 pts)
|Playoff Week 1||11||Kareem Hunt 40 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Kareem Hunt 40 receiving yds (2 pts)
Kareem Hunt 1 rushing TD (6 pts)
. . . Kareem Hunt 3 yd rushing TD
Kareem Hunt 28 rushing yds (1 pts)
Kareem Hunt 28 rushing yds (1 pts)
|Playoff Week 2||5||Kareem Hunt 62 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Kareem Hunt 62 receiving yds (3 pts)
Kareem Hunt 14 rushing yds (1 pts)
|Playoff Week 3||3||Kareem Hunt 33 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Kareem Hunt 33 receiving yds (1 pts)
Kareem Hunt 8 rushing yds (1 pts)
|Playoff Week 4||3||Kareem Hunt 32 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Kareem Hunt 32 receiving yds (1 pts)
Kareem Hunt 4 rushing yds (1 pts)
|No Playoff Match Up|
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt told ESPN that he "learned" from an arrest in January where police found marijuana and an open bottle of vodka in his car. Hunt admitted to the police that he would fail a drug test for marijuana if given one at the time. He stated, "I would say that was out of character. I've been working to become a better person each and every day. Definitely not looking for anything like that to happen again." Cleveland reporter Scott Petrak also tweeted that Hunt would like to sign an extension with the team and that the running back "would not mind playing for the Browns for a long time." As Cleveland's primary pass-catching back, Hunt has appeal as an RB3 in PPR leagues for the upcoming season.
Cleveland Browns WRs Rashard Higgins, Damion Ratley, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge are the candidates for the No. 3 receiver job entering training camp, according to wide receiver coach Chad O'Shea. RB Kareem Hunt could also be an option for the job.
Fantasy Spin: Higgins could have a small edge in the competition at this point since he has shown some chemistry with Baker Mayfield. Fantasy players can monitor the situation during training camp to see who wins the job. None of the receivers likely will be big fantasy options and can be avoided in some leagues.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt has impressed pass-game coordinator Chad O'Shea as a receiver in the past. O'Shea told reporters that Hunt has been doing some cross-training with the wide receivers in the team's virtual meetings this offseason. The coach also added that Hunt brings "great value" to the position. Hunt is expected to slot in as the team's No. 2 running back and primary pass-catching RB in the 2020 season. He caught 37 passes in just eight games in 2019 and should hold standalone value as an RB2/3 in PPR leagues for the upcoming season.
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt participated in some of the receiver meetings this offseason, according to wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt was a solid part of the passing game last season but is not known if he would line up at receiver this season. He should be involved as a pass catcher again in 2020 and could also see a handful of carries in the passing game. He has a chance to be a flex option in fantasy leagues.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt, who led the NFL in rushing in 2017 with the Chiefs, is eager to get a full season under his belt as the team's No. 2 back behind Nick Chubb. Hunt has been somewhat of a forgotten man this offseason, but the Browns have a role for him and he has a chip on his shoulder and feels he has a lot to prove. "They run a lot of two backs," Hunt said. "I see myself just coming in and being a one-two (punch). You know, Nick and I just coming in and taking over the game every week." He should have standalone flex value in PPR leagues as this offense's pass-catching back. The 24-year-old managed 37 receptions in just half a season last year. If Chubb were to get hurt at all, Hunt would have tantalizing RB1 upside.
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt said he wants to win and is willing to handle any role the team asks him to this upcoming season.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt likely will be used as more of a receiver out of the backfield but should also receive some carries in the running game. He can be a flex option in most fantasy leagues this upcoming season since the Browns should have an improved offense.
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt's role in the offense will grow in 2020, according to offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt Wednesday, June 3. 'We have to find a way to put the best players on the field and the matchups that will come with that each week. Kareem is an extremely talented runner as a running back, and he is exceptional out of the backfield (as a receiver). He is fearless, and the selflessness of him blocking and lead blocking, he is just a football player who loves to play. We have to find ways to get him the ball.'
Fantasy Spin: Hunt, the 2017 rushing champ, totaled 464 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in eight games after returning from suspension. He worked mostly as the backup to RB Nick Chubb. Despite playing half as many games, Hunt (44) finished with just five fewer targets than Chubb (49) and had more receiving yards. Look for Hunt to get the majority of third-down work in 2020, which could limit Chubb's upside.
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt ranked sixth among running backs with 44 targets from Week 10 until the end of the 2019 regular season. Additionally, Hunt's 49 slot snaps also ranked sixth among running backs in the league for the year despite playing only eight games.
Cleveland Browns RBs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt probably will be on the field at the same time on occasion this upcoming season, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Fantasy Spin: Chubb will continue to receive most of the work at running back this upcoming season, but Hunt was a solid receiver out of the backfield in 2019. Chubb should be a No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues, while Hunt can be a flex option in most leagues and likely will be more valuable in point-per-reception leagues.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt will likely play more than any of the team's options as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, including snaps from the slot. Head coach Kevin Stefanski prefers to run more two-tight end sets over four-wideout formations, which will be good news for both Hunt and tight end David Njoku. Rashard Higgins, Taywan Taylor and Damion Ratley are the underwhelming options for the third receiver position in Cleveland. Hunt, 24, managed 37 receptions on 44 targets for 285 yards and a touchdown despite being suspended for the first eight games of last season. The Browns clearly have a role for him, so he should continue to maintain RB3/flex status in PPR leagues.
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt has forced 123 missed tackles on running attempts since 2017 - the second-highest total in the league over that span.
Fantasy Spin: It's an extraordinary number considering Hunt has missed 13 games in the last two seasons. It's anyone's guess as to whether or not new head coach Kevin Stefanski will pick up where his predecessor (Freddie Kitchens) left off in terms of how Cleveland split the backfield usage between Nick Chubb and Hunt once the latter returned from his suspension. If Stefanski doesn't change something that seemed to work so well in 2019, Hunt would be a strong flex option and could have sneaky RB2 upside.
Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent running back Kareem Hunt is signing his second-round tender offer on Friday, making it official that he'll be back with the team in 2020. No other team bothered to sign Hunt to an offer sheet, so he'll return to Cleveland and continue to work alongside Nick Chubb in the backfield, primarily as the pass-catching running back. It's bad news for Chubb's overall fantasy upside, but both of these running backs proved they could coexist in this offense in 2019. Hunt, 24, ran the ball 43 times for 179 yards and two touchdowns while adding 37 receptions for 285 yards and a score through the air in eight games (three starts). With a full season in 2020, Hunt will be very valuable as an RB3/flex in PPR leagues.
Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Kareem Hunt signed his one-year tender offer Friday, April 17, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt likely will continue to share playing time with Nick Chubb next season. He will be involved in the running and passing game next season and can be considered a No. 3 running back or flex options in leagues.
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb averaged 100.4 yards rushing, 0.75 touchdowns and 3.1 catches in eight games while Kareem Hunt served his eight-game suspension to begin last season. After Hunt was activated, Chubb averaged 86.4 yards rushing, 0.25 TDs and 1.4 catches.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt was very successful in his backup running back/slot role over the second half of the season, so it's fair to wonder if new head coach Kevin Stefanski has any designs on changing something that worked so well under the previous regime. Working in Chubb's favor is the likelihood Cleveland will be holding leads more often this season, meaning he could in a position to break off some more long scoring runs against tired defenses late in games. With Hunt around, however, Chubb should be considered a high-end RB2.
The Cleveland Browns placed a second-round tender on restricted free-agent running back Kareem Hunt on Monday. The tender means that a team would have to give the Browns a second-round pick if they sign Hunt and Cleveland chooses not to match the offer. Hunt is able to negotiate contracts with other teams but the Browns retain first right of refusal, meaning Hunt will remain a Cleveland Brown if the team wants to keep him. Hunt played in eight games for Cleveland last season, rushing for 179 yards and two touchdowns while adding 37 receptions for 285 yards and another score.
Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Kareem Hunt received a second-round tender Monday, March 16.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt averaged 4.2 yards per carry as he was under restrictions upon returning for the final eight games. He'll be a risky, low-end RB1 grab or a solid RB2.
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt will not be charged with possession of marijuana after his traffic stop on Jan. 21, a police lieutenant said Monday, March 2. The team announced at the NFL Scouting Combine that they intend to tender the restricted free agent, and there is no reason to believe the team would change that plan barring more trouble before the start of free agency March 18, beat writer Nate Ulrich suggests.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt rushed 43 times for 179 yards and two touchdowns while adding 37 receptions for 285 yards and a score in his eight games. He is worth a look in the middle to late rounds for depth in fantasy leagues, and he is a great handcuff for owners for Nick Chubb.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt won't be charged with possession of marijuana stemming from a Jan. 21 traffic stop. Cleveland is expected to tender Hunt as a restricted free agent despite him admitting during the traffic stop that he'd likely test positive for marijuana. He was suspended the first eight games of 2019 because of a domestic-violence incident. There is still a chance that the NFL could suspend Hunt because of the possession of marijuana, but it's unlikely. If he returns as the pass-catching back behind Nick Chubb in Cleveland, Hunt will have obvious RB3/flex appeal in PPR leagues.
Impending free-agent RB Kareem Hunt will be tendered, according to Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry Tuesday, Feb. 25. Berry didn't say which level of tender Hunt would receive.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt excelled as a dual-threat complement to Nick Chubb over his eight games played in 2019. He totaled 464 yards from scrimmage with three touchdowns and will be an RB4 or 5 if he sticks in Cleveland for the 2020 campaign.
Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry said that the team will place a tender on impending restricted free-agent running back Kareem Hunt. Despite a traffic stop in the offseason in which Hunt admitted he'd fail a drug test, the Browns would like him to return as a complement to Nick Chubb in their backfield, mainly as a pass-catching option. Suspended for the first half of 2019, Hunt ran the ball 43 times for 179 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 37 catches for 285 yards and a score through the air. He'd have more fantasy upside on another team as the primary back, but he'll continue to have RB3/flex appeal in point-per-reception leagues if the Browns bring him back.