After Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb missed last week due to a positive COVID test, will he be playing today against the Detroit Lions? What is the latest regarding Chubb’s availability, and can fantasy football managers rely on him this week?
Is Nick Chubb playing today against the Lions?
Cleveland removed Chubb from the reserve/COVID-19 list after receiving two negative tests in a 24-hour period prior to Friday’s practice. He was then present at practice Friday and carries no designation into the game on Sunday. For all intents and purposes, Chubb is expected to be active on Sunday, and there’s been no indication that his workload might be managed.
However, we have seen players struggle to return after testing positive for COVID. We have received no indication whether Chubb had symptoms, let alone the severity, following his positive test. There is every chance that he had little to no symptoms and will be fine on Sunday. However, the Browns may be looking to monitor his workload, especially if they open up a big lead.
D’Ernest Johnson will be the backup Sunday
In these past four weeks, we have seen D’Ernest Johnson step up and take a leading role when Chubb has been inactive. Against Denver in Week 7, Johnson carried the ball 22 times for 146 yards, a touchdown, and added 2 receptions for 22 yards. He then had 19 rushing attempts for 99 yards in Week 10, adding 7 receptions for 58 yards.
Yet, in the two weeks that Chubb was active, Johnson had a combined 12 carries and 3 targets. Johnson should have a role on Sunday regardless of Chubb’s status, but whether it will be enough to be fantasy-relevant is a different matter.
Can fantasy managers trust Chubb in Week 11?
Everything we know about Chubb’s role in this offense says you start him if he is active. The problem is that we do not know how Chubb is feeling heading into the weekend. He could be active but still feeling the effects of having COVID. If that is the case, we could see him used sparingly or simply in an emergency situation.
Chubb has had a strange year for fantasy managers. He’s produced three games over 20 points in half-PPR formats. But he’s also had two games in which he scored less than 10 fantasy points.
His overall output has been good, but there have been a couple of concerning games where Chubb has failed to produce as expected. If he is active, you really have to start him unless we hear more. Nevertheless, brace yourself for a scenario where he sees fewer snaps than you might expect.