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Saturday, October 20, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL TRADE FALLOUT: CARLOS HYDE SENT PACKING, NICK CHUBB COULD BE MID-YEAR MAJOR DIFFERENCE-MAKER

Every year in fantasy football we get situations where a running back suddenly goes from little-to-no playing time and then just like that falls into a tremendous workload based on an injury or a trade.  Think C.J. Anderson a few years ago as a guy who came in for the Denver Broncos in November and then rattled off huge games the rest of the way to tilt leagues on its head.  Such a scenario could now be unfolding in Cleveland where rookie Nick Chubb all of a sudden has a huge workload in his future starting with a very plush assignment Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the team traded veteran Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday.  The move was a surprise since T.J. Yeldon had done pretty much in the injured Leonard Fournette's place but it likely had more to do with the never-ending injury woes of the latter who could return in Week 9 from a bum hammy.  Either way, this is bad news for Yeldon, Hyde, AND Fournette who will now have to share a crowded backfield.  Also remember it was just Week 1 where Fournette was working as the clear workhorse until injuring his hamstring and the rest as they say is history.  As far as Hyde is concerned, a nice September where he surprisingly got the lion's share of touches in Cleveland has turned into a very mediocre October which likely prompted the move.  Hyde now sees a drop from RB 2 status to RB 3. 

As far as Chubb, the electric former Georgia star can have as big an immediate impact as former teammate Sony Michel is having in New England in terms of running the ball at least.  Chubb can go zero to sixty in a flash as we saw when he ran for two scores on only 3 carries versus the Oakland Raiders at the end of September.  Chubb is a huge get for anyone who picked him up or who held him the whole season waiting for this moment.  Not to be overlooked is Duke Johnson who will now have more of a chance to contribute his impressive receiving skills.  So all in all, adjust accordingly here as this is one mid-season move that really has shaken up the game. 


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