Six members of the RotoHeat team came together to answer some of the biggest questions of the offseason. We bought or sold 13 separate takes and are releasing one per day. We submitted our answers individually so we were not influenced by others’ opinions. Please comment on your takes below. We would love to hear your opinions.
*All questions are based on ppr formats.
Rob Sullivan: SELL
To be perfectly honest, I am not sure that Kareem Hunt will be a starting running back on his own team. Hunt enters 2020 as a Restricted Free Agent. His January 21, 2020 traffic incident was caught on video, and was certainly viewed by decision makers of all 32 NFL teams. I do believe that the incident costs Hunt a game or two via suspension, and I certainly believe that it will have teams that might have been interested in making the RFA an offer shy away.
Hunt has the talent to excel in this league. We all know what he did in Kansas City, and in week’s 10-16 with the Browns he averaged 13.54 PPR points and was RB16. Hunt averaged 10 touches a game in the dysfunctional Freddie Kitchen’s offense. Under new head coach Kevin Stefanski, and running behind Nick Chubb, 10 touch games will be few and far between. When the sun rises on the 2020 season, I see Hunt as a member of the Cleveland Browns on a very short leash. The individuals that brought him home to Cleveland are gone and the replacements have no ties to the soon to be 25 year old RB. He’s a nice depth piece, but he is not a starting RB as long as he is in the dog pound.
Rick Butts: BUY
Some teams may be scared off a little from his traffic stop and previous troubles, but I only expect a 2-4 game suspension for him admitting that he would fail a drug test. That is if the NFL doesn’t follow other major sports and quit testing for marijuana. Other than that, there is nothing else from the stop. If another team gives him a legitimate offer, I don’t think Cleveland matches it with Chubb the starter there. Hunt is a top 7 or 8 talent in the league, and I believe someone takes a chance on him.
Taylor Cornell: SELL
I might have bought this a few weeks ago, but after the arrest in late January, I think his image takes another hit and scares away more teams. Cleveland obviously doesn’t mind having Hunt around, as they took him on when his image was much more tainted after his release from KC. If they keep him around, he’s not a starter. With some talented rookie RBs incoming, and a decent FA crop (Melvin Gordon, Carlos Hyde, Kenyan Drake, Derrick Henry), I don’t think there will be a major demand for Hunt’s services as a starting RB.
Sean Coffey: SELL
Hunt has a good chance of being suspended to start the season and could lose ground to other running backs on whatever team he ends up on.
Craig Bullock: SELL
Kareem Hunt should be a starter in the 2020 season, but I don’t think the Browns will let him go for a reasonable price. It’s far more likely that they tender him and let him walk as an unrestricted free agent in 2021. Hunt would be an instant upgrade for plenty of contenders, but Cleveland is likely content to let him play second fiddle behind Chubb. #BrownsThings
Mike Altman: SELL
As much as I want to buy, I don’t think I can. Before his latest run in with the police I would have bought, especially with John Dorsey out as the Browns GM. However, now I think teams will shy away from making him their primary back, and worse, not even want to give up a third round pick for him (assuming the Browns place an original round tender on him). Therefore, he stays in Cleveland with a one-year contract and becomes a UFA in 2021.
Consensus: 5-1 (Sell)