Packers’ Aaron Jones, Browns’ Kareem Hunt participation puts fantasy managers in a bind
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt and Green Bay running back Aaron Jones look to return to action in Week 12. Typically, that’s great news for fantasy managers who have been forced to look elsewhere for running back production. That might not be the case this time.
Cleveland designated Kareem Hunt to return from injured reserve Wednesday, as noted by ESPN Fantasy analyst Field Yates.
Browns RB Kareem Hunt and RT Jack Conklin have officially been designated to return from IR.
Each is eligible to play Sunday night against the Ravens.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 24, 2021
Hunt has missed the last five games with a strained calf. That certainly put fantasy football managers in a tough spot. Hunt, who was drafted as a low end RB2 in most leagues was putting up RB1 numbers prior to his injury.
Unlike Hunt, Jones was drafted as an RB1 in the late 1st round, early 2nd round turn. That productivity is very difficult to replace. Thankfully, the MRI revealed only a minor MCL sprain. Aaron Jones returned to practice Wednesday.
If Jones and Hunt suit up, it might not be as simple as a “set it and forget it” scenario. Hunt is still the 1B running back on his team with a healthy Nick Chubb ahead of him. Also, they face the Ravens defense Sunday night. Baltimore ranks 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game.
For Jones, it’s slightly different but still just as worrisome. His backup AJ Dillon, has played like a starter all year. Not to mention, the Packers have their bye week coming up after this week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. So, it might make sense that even if Jones is active, his snap count is limited.
There is a lot of risk involved starting either player. Their floors are considerably lower than ever before. Take that into account if you decide to put them into your lineup.