Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers
Hubbard had 14 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, along with three catches for 25 yards. D’Onta Foreman was heavily involved as usual (21 carries for 74 yards), but Hubbard has 31 carries for 139 yards over the last two games as he leaves a prior ankle injury behind.
Week 15 against the Pittsburgh Steelers is not as daunting as it may look after the Baltimore Ravens ran well on them Sunday. Week 16 against the Detroit Lions has become a tough matchup for a running back, but the Panthers pure run-heaviness creates a volume-based floor. Week 17 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a fairly tough matchup, but that defense has had some ups and downs this year.
Good health, opportunity and good production is a formula for fantasy relevance. Hubbard is most comfortably a flex option in 12 and 14-team leagues, with some tilt toward PPR formats, but he should be added widely this week.
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