Cleveland Browns running backs Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt will face off against the Denver Broncos in Week 12. Both of these guys have played a big role on this Cleveland offense since Nick Chubb went down with a season-ending injury. Below we take a look at which one that you should play in fantasy football for Week 12.
Fantasy football start sit advice: Browns running backs
Ford has been RB1 for Cleveland this season. He leads the team in carries and rushing yards. Hunt has been more of the red zone back, while Ford gets the majority of the carries outside the red zone. Ford has 17+ carries in two of his last three games with Cleveland. Last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he only got 12, but did score a touchdown. He faces a Broncos defense today that is the worst in the NFL against running backs as they’re allowing 138 rushing yards per game which is the most in the NFL. Ford is set for a good day and should see 15+ carries.
Hunt is a wildcard because he doesn't do as much as Ford. He usually comes onto the field after Ford has already gotten the team far into opponents’ territory. Hunt has 82 carries for 264 yards and six touchdowns. His six touchdowns lead the team which is a bit surprising as he wasn't on the team until Week 3. The Broncos are allowing almost one touchdown per game to running backs, so Hunt should get some opportunities at that today. When you look at the Browns issues at quarterback, you have to expect that they will rely on the run game.
Can you play both Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt in the same lineup?
Yes, you could start both guys in your fantasy lineup. Between the two, I expect Ford to score more fantasy points. This is a game where I expect both running backs to finish with 10+ standard fantasy points. In smaller leagues, with 8-10 teams, I wouldn’t recommend it. But in a bigger league where you have 12-14 teams, it makes sense. I think you could put both in your DFS lineups as well. Cleveland must rely on their ground game for the majority of the game if they want any chance at beating the red-hot Broncos.