Kareem Hunt
Kareem Hunt
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Initially expected to start his career in a timeshare, Hunt instead served as the Chiefs' lead back all last season after Spencer Ware suffered a devastating knee injury in August. The rookie third-round pick was good enough to spark MVP discussion early in the year, and while a midseason slump ended the pipe dream, he rebounded in Weeks 14-16 to salvage a rushing title. Hunt's elite elusiveness, balance and vision made him one of the most difficult runners in the NFL to bring down - he led the league with 137 evaded tackles - and his pass-catching skills made him a perfect fit for Andy Reid's offensive scheme. In addition to the rushing title, Hunt finished eighth among running backs in receiving yards and tied for fifth in total touchdowns. With fellow 2017 draftee Patrick Mahomes taking over the reins at quarterback from veteran Alex Smith, the Chiefs may need to lean on Hunt even more heavily than they did last year. Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce will keep safeties honest, and the Chiefs' offensive line still appears solid, though unspectacular. While Reid's desire to keep Hunt's workload in check is admirable, it may not hold up in the heat of battle. Expect the 23-year-old to once again be among the league leaders in carries and touches. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year. $3.29 million contract with the Chiefs in June of 2017.
Snags touchdown pass
RBKansas City Chiefs
September 16, 2018
Hunt rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries and added a five-yard touchdown catch during Sunday's 42-37
ANALYSIS
Patrick Mahomes found Hunt in the left flat early in the first quarter. Hunt did the rest, barreling through the Pittsburgh defense for the team's third score of the quarter. Hunt had himself a nice game Sunday, though fans might be concerned that he has not topped 20 touches in a game in either of the Chiefs' first two games after nine such outings in 2017. That might be early-season game planning or maybe a shift in Kansas City to a more big-play passing offense under Mahomes. Either way, Hunt's receiving ability should keep him as one of the league's most valuable backs.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    80
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
2017
670
0
2018
80
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 11"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   216 lbs
AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.62 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Cone Drill:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Arm Length:   31.38 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.63 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   37 in
GREAT
Broad Jump:   119 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   18 reps
WEAK
Kansas City Chiefs Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
2017 Fantasy Outlook
The Chiefs were one of the biggest wheelers and dealers on draft day, and Hunt was one of the players they apparently couldn't live without, as they traded away three picks to move up 18 spots in the third round to grab him. At 5-10, 216, he fits the profile Kansas City looks for in a running back, and while he lost time throughout his college career to lower-body injuries, he finally stayed healthy as a senior and put together a highly impressive campaign. Hunt may not have breakaway speed, but his vision and elusiveness are NFL-caliber, and he can be an asset in the passing game as well, potentially making him useful on any down. Already in line for a sizable Week 1 role, Hunt now finds himself entering the season as the clear leader in Kansas City's backfield after Spencer Ware suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason. Charcandrick West figures to be involved, but Hunt should handle the bulk of the rushing workload, including at the goal line.
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Runs for just 49 yards on 16 carries
RBKansas City Chiefs
September 9, 2018
Hunt ran 16 times for 49 yards and did not catch a pass in Sunday's 38-28 win over the Chargers.
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Likely to sit preseason finale
RBKansas City Chiefs
August 27, 2018
Hunt and the majority of the starters are expected to sit out Thursday's preseason finale against the Packers, Nate Taylor of The Athletic Kansas City reports.
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Catches touchdown pass versus Bears
RBKansas City Chiefs
August 25, 2018
Hunt carried three times for seven yards and turned his only target into a 19-yard receiving touchdown during Saturday's preseason game against the Bears.
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Trusted throughout first half
RBKansas City Chiefs
August 18, 2018
Hunt gained 15 yards on seven carries and caught both of his targets for 24 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Chiefs.
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Preparing to play first half Friday
RBKansas City Chiefs
August 16, 2018
Coach Andy Reid said Tuesday that the Chiefs' first-team offense (which includes Hunt) will play the entire first half of Friday's preseason game against the Falcons, BJ Kissel of the team's official site reports.
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