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What to do with Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt in the Divisional round of the 2021 NFL playoffs

We go over the fantasy football and DFS outlook of Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt ahead of the Browns Divisional round matchup against the Chiefs in the 2021 NFL Playoffs.

NFL: AFC Wild Card Round-Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Last weekend the Cleveland Browns got their first playoff win since 1994. But to keep their Super Bowl dreams alive, their offense will need an explosive day in the Divisional round to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cleveland is typically a run-first team, so should you trust their backs to have a good game this week in daily fantasy?

Fantasy Football analysis: Browns RBs Nick Chubb ($DKSalary), Kareem Hunt ($DKSalary)

The Browns have had a lethal one-two punch at running back this season, but Nick Chubb has been the clear RB1 for the majority of the season. He has over 1,000 yards rushing on the season, which is impressive considering how much they split carries. Chubb averages more than five yards per carry and has 12 rushing scores on the season. He also sees a decent amount of targets out of the backfield and even scored a receiving TD in the Wild Card round.

Hunt is a bit less productive, especially in the scoring category, but still gets a solid number of yards and carries. He has over 800 yards and gets an average of more than 4.5 yards per carry. Hunt is a much bigger threat in the passing game though, with five receiving touchdowns and more than double Chubb’s receiving yards at 304.

The Chiefs defense gives up more fantasy points to running backs than any other AFC team still active in the NFL Playoffs, at almost 26 points per game.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Both of these backs have different skill sets but are productive nonetheless.

If you can only start one, make it Chubb, but starting both wouldn’t be a bad decision either.