The Cleveland Browns got a huge victory last weekend as they knocked off the Baltimore Ravens, 33-31. The Browns were down 14 points in the fourth quarter but scored 16 points and kicked a field goal with seconds left to win the game.
One focal point on the Browns’ offense is RB Jerome Ford, who finished with a 100-yard game. What makes it even more impressive is that it was against arguably the league’s top defense.
Meanwhile, veteran RB Kareem Hunt keeps scoring touchdowns, so who is the right pick to start on your fantasy football team? Let’s break down the outlook for each player.
Should You Start Jerome Ford or Kareem Hunt This Week?
In the Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer, our Consensus Rankings say that Hunt is the player to start. His projected 8.9 points include 28 rushing yards, three catches, and 17 receiving yards. That projected stat line barely outperforms the consensus projections of Ford’s 8.4 points.
This is a close one, but I’m going against the optimizer on this one, as you need to have big-play ability against a talented Pittsburgh Steelers defense.
Fantasy Outlook for Ford This Week
It has been a roller coaster of a year for the Browns’ offense, in large part because they lost Nick Chubb early in the season. It has been a running back by committee, but Ford has recently started to get things going. He was able to rush for a season-high 107 yards on 17 carries and was on the field for a season-high 50 offensive plays in last week’s win over the Ravens.
In the previous week against the Arizona Cardinals, Ford rushed the ball 20 times, showing he can be a running back for an offense to rely on.
Ford has only two games in his career with 100+ yards, with the other one being in Week 2 against the Steelers. In that game, he rushed the ball 16 times for 106 yards.
Another area where Ford has been solid is catching the ball, as he has 21 catches on the season.
Fantasy Outlook for Hunt This Week
What makes Hunt so valuable in fantasy right now is his ability to score touchdowns. While he has a current streak of five straight games with at least 10 carries, Hunt is only averaging 3.3 yards a carry for the season.
Nevertheless, he had another touchdown last week against the Ravens, giving him five straight games with a rushing TD. To put that in perspective, that is the longest active streak in the NFL and tied for the longest overall this season.
San Francisco 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey also had a streak of five straight games. If you’re in a fantasy football statistic with McCaffrey, you’re doing something right.
For Hunt, those touchdowns make him very intriguing despite the fact that he’s struggling to get yards. He wasn’t on the Browns’ roster when they lost to the Steelers early in the year, as that is the game Chubb left with the injury.
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