The Cleveland Browns are looking to clinch a playoff spot as they travel to face the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football in Week 17. Last week Cleveland defeated the Houston Texans, extending their win streak to three games. Amari Cooper set a franchise record in receiving yards along with Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt each producing a touchdown. With a tough Jets pass defense on the horizon, let’s assess Hunt’s fantasy outlook for championship week.
Fantasy Football analysis: Browns RB Kareem Hunt
Hunt finished Week 16 with 7 carries for 11 yards and a touchdown, good enough for 7.6 PPR points. After three weeks of double-digit outings in Weeks 6-8, Hunt has not reached double digits since.
Start or sit in Week 17 PPR leagues?
Sit. Hunt and the Browns have a soft Jets rush defense awaiting them come Thursday night. Despite New York being ranked 24th in the league and allowing 126.2 rushing yards per game, I don’t think Hunt will carry fantasy relevance in Week 17. His carries have decreased of late, seeing only seven in each of the last two games. Ford has become the workhorse back for Cleveland while Hunt is nothing more than a red-zone touchdown option at FLEX.
Start or sit in Week 17 standard leagues?
Sit. If he’s not scoring a touchdown, Hunt is not worth the risk at the RB or FLEX spot of your lineup. He’s also been nursing a groin injury and was a limited participant in Tuesday’s practice. Hunt’s highest fantasy output was 15.1 against the Colts in Week 7 but since then, his production has dipped. This matchup is projected to be on the low-scoring end, as on DraftKings Sportsbook the O/U is set at 35 points total.