Should You Start Chuba Hubbard or Miles Sanders in Fantasy Football in Week 12?

Which of the two Panthers RBs -- Miles Sanders or Chuba Hubbard -- should fantasy football managers have in their lineups in Week 12?

Both of the Carolina Panthers‘ top two running backs, Chuba Hubbard and Miles Sanders, rushed for 50 yards in the team’s game last week against the Dallas Cowboys.

When it comes to which one should be in your lineup for this week’s matchup with the Tennessee Titans, what direction should fantasy football managers take?

Let’s break down the numbers for each player.

Should You Start Chuba Hubbard or Miles Sanders This Week?

In the Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer, our Consensus Rankings say that Hubbard is the player to start. His projected 8.0 points include 38 rushing yards, two catches, and 18 receiving yards. That projected stat line still outperforms the consensus projections of Sanders’ 5.7 points.

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It doesn’t seem like either of these two running backs are likely to have a big game. Over the past few weeks, though, Hubbard has been the more consistent player.

Fantasy Outlook for Hubbard This Week

Hubbard was looked at as the backup to start the season, as the team went out and signed Sanders in free agency. The younger Hubbard didn’t get the ball much early, as he rushed only 35 times for 154 yards in his first five games. Over the past five games, however, he’s been much more involved, with 69 rushing attempts for 254 yards.

While he’s become more involved on offense, Hubbard has been very inconsistent in his production. For the past six weeks, it’s been a roller coaster. He’s been good at times (57 yards, 58, and 88), but has also sandwiched in between those games some bad performances (35, 28, and 23).

That’s a difference of at least 30 rushing yards from game to game over the last month and a half, and it makes it impossible for fantasy managers to be confident when plugging him into lineups.

Another glaring issue for Hubbard is his inability to score touchdowns. He’s touched the ball 127 times this year but has scored only one TD.

Carolina’s Week 12 opponent, the Tennessee Titans, have been known as a tough-minded, very good defensive team under coach Mike Vrabel. This year, Tennessee ranks in the middle of the pack in rush defense (17th), allowing 112.3 rushing yards per game. At the beginning of the year, the team was outstanding against the run, but the Titans have allowed 125 or more rushing yards in five of their last six games.

Fantasy Outlook for Sanders This Week

Sanders hasn’t been healthy at all this year, and that has definitely played a role in his struggles. Last week, he seemed more like his old self, as he rushed the ball 11 times for 50 yards — his best performance since Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Is that performance enough for fantasy football managers to consider going back to Sanders this week? Not likely, as he was still outgunned last week by Hubbard despite having more carries.

Is there a chance that Sanders starts to get more carries and possibly even takes back the No. 1 running back role? Possibly, but right now, Hubbard is the guy.

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