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Nick Chubb COVID Fantasy Fallout: Should You Prioritize D'Ernest Johnson On Waivers?

Nick Chubb has tested positive for COVID. What does that mean for D'Ernest Johnson in fantasy?
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Nick Chubb COVID Fantasy Fallout: Should You Prioritize D'Ernest Johnson On Waivers?

Poor Cleveland. Nearly the entirety of the running back room just got wiped out. Star running back Nick Chubb, Demetric Felton, and John Kelly all just tested positive for COVID leaving D’Ernest Johnson as the only available running back at the moment.

In the lone game that Johnson was featured as the starting running back he went off rushing for 146 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries (6.6 yards per carry). On the season, he’s got 195 yards and two scored for a 5.3 Y/A.

As of now, Cleveland is a 1.5 point underdog on the road in New England. The line hasn’t moved yet but if you’re looking to place a bet on the game this week, you may see it shift further in the direction of the Patriots with this news.

Losing Nick Chubb to COVID, especially when Kareem Hunt is already out with an injury, would be a huge loss for this offense. Chubb is averaging 103 rushing yards per game with six touchdowns in seven starts so far. Cleveland is second in the league in rush yards and first in rushing touchdowns in large part to Chubb’s impact on the game on the ground.

So far this year, New England is 14th in the league in rush yards against and has allowed the fifth-fewest touchdowns. Over the last three weeks, the Pats have allowed on average 101 rushing yards against, and in terms of fantasy, here’s what you need to know for New England’s defense against rushers.

On average, New England allows 16 fantasy points to running backs which is 14th in the NFL. In D’Ernest Johnson’s lone start of the year, he received 24.8 fantasy points against Denver in the Browns 17-14 win.


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