We Need To Talk About Nick Chubb

I write this article with a heavy heart. When it comes to Nick Chubb, my fanboyism (Yes I’m aware that’s not a word but I’m in great pain) knows no bounds.

I fell in love from the moment he appeared at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine posting a 4.52 in the 40 yard dash, 29 reps on the bench press, a 38.5-inch vertical jump and a 128-inch broad jump through to his impressive rookie season which he set alight once the Browns finally dumped the abysmal Carlos Hyde on my own Jacksonville Jaguars in mid-season (Thanks very much for that one, Cleveland).

Starting with a monster Week 10 vs the Atlanta Falcons in which he posted 35.9 PPR Points, he reeled off a further three straight RB1 performances from Week 12-14 against the Cincinnati Bengals (27.8 PPR Pts), Houston Texans (16.2 PPR Pts) and the Carolina Panthers (18.3 PPR Points).

A relatively quiet final three weeks of the season couldn’t dampen my excitement of seeing what he could do heading into his sophomore year. Then came the kicker……

On February 11th 2019, the Cleveland Browns announced that they had signed Kareem Hunt on a one year deal. At the time, Hunt was on the Commissioners Exempt List awaiting an expected suspension from the NFL which would eventually be confirmed for the first eight games of the 2019 Season.

Throughout the offseason, talk swirled around how Kareem Hunt would affect Nick Chubb’s opportunity and production once he returned in the second half of the year. To which I ignorantly and figuratively stuck my fingers in my ears and continued to reach for him in dynasty and redraft wherever I possibly could. I took the short term view in redraft leagues that I would worry about it once we ‘crossed that bridge’ and told myself that Hunt would merely be a supporting piece or a third down back who would ‘take weeks to get up to speed’……..Idiot.

For the first six weeks of the 2020 Season I felt like the leader of the ‘Nick Chubb Dance Party’ as he posted four RB1 weeks including a complete dismantling of the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4 and the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 .

After six week of the season, Chubb had a total of 129.5 PPR Points and was averaging 21.58 PPG which was good for the RB4 in PPR Leagues behind only Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler and Dalvin Cook.

For perspective, and to ensure we are not interpreting the statistics how we wish in order to support the point, it would be remiss of me not to mention that he did cool down in the two weeks that followed his Week 7 bye which came prior to Kareem Hunt’s Week 10 Debut. He finished as a respectable RB2 in Week 8 vs the New England Patriots daunting Defense with 14.8 Points and a high end RB3 in Week 9 vs the Denver Broncos with 13.1 Points. This led to his production looking like this at the midway point of his season: