The Carolina Panthers will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC South showdown in Week 13. There isn’t much to be impressed about when it comes to Carolina’s offense, but Chuba Hubbard remains a name to watch nonetheless as he commands a healthy share of the rushing attempts. Still, the presence of Miles Sanders creates a conundrum for fantasy managers.
Is Hubbard trustworthy as a fantasy starter in Week 13? We look ahead to the matchup and assess his value in both standard and PPR leagues.
Fantasy Football analysis: Panthers RB Chuba Hubbard
Hubbard ranks as RB31 in PPR fantasy leagues heading into Week 13, having averaged 9.3 fantasy points per game this season. The veteran tailback has logged 118 carries for 453 yards and two touchdowns as he enters a notable matchup with the Bucs defense.
Start or sit in Week 13 PPR leagues?
Sit. Hubbard managed to turn five receptions into 47 receiving yards last week, eventually finishing with 20.2 PPR fantasy points. His five receptions were his most of the season and the first time he hit such a mark all year. Still, he worked in a timeshare with Miles Sanders, just barely out-carrying him 19 to 15. So long as both are active and splitting carries, they’ll each cap the other’s fantasy ceiling.
Start or sit in Week 13 standard leagues?
Sit. While Hubbard’s total number of touches (19) barely edged out Sanders’ 15, it was the latter that came away with the end-zone score. The fact that Sanders can vulture a touchdown away from Hubbard only adds to the risk of starting the latter in fantasy lineups this week. The matchup doesn’t bode well either, as Tampa Bay is allowing just 13.2 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, which is the eighth-fewest in the NFL.
Player(s) you would start ahead of Chuba Hubbard
Brian Robinson Jr. of the Washington Commanders is a name to keep an eye on in case fantasy managers look to steer clear of Hubbard. Robinson will face a Miami Dolphins defense that is allowing 14.3 fantasy points per game to running backs, though a potential blowout could open the door for garbage time yards and receptions for Robinson. Either way, he’s a much more confident and reliable play as opposed to Hubbard.