Chuba Hubbard

Chuba Hubbard

25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Carolina Panthers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Hubbard did the improbable and sent Miles Sanders to the bench last year even after Carolina gave the former Eagle a four-year, $25.4 million contract. Hubbard didn't exactly set the league on fire, averaging 3.8 yards per carry, but he was mostly impressive when you factor in how bad the Panthers offense was. Even with his 2023 accomplishments noted, Hubbard's fantasy value took a major hit when the Panthers made Jonathon Brooks (knee) the first running back selected in the 2024 Draft. The Panthers took Brooks at No. 46 overall with the intention of making him their starting running back at some point, though not necessarily right away as he completes his rehab from an ACL tear suffered in November. While solid as a runner, Hubbard is particularly vulnerable to Brooks on passing downs. Hubbard has improved his pass catching considerably since dropping seven of 37 targets as a rookie, but it's still a relative weakness for him and a strength for the incoming rookie. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $4.19 million contract with the Panthers in May of 2021.
Facing tough snap competition
RBCarolina Panthers
April 30, 2024
The Panthers took Jonathon Brooks (knee) in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft, potentially giving Hubbard competition for the starting job, Alex Zietlow of The Charlotte Observer reports.
ANALYSIS
Hubbard was positioned to enter Week 1 as a starter for the first time in his pro career, and while he's still the favorite for that task, competition for snaps in the Carolina backfield just got much stiffer. The Panthers took Brooks with the 46th overall pick, making him the first running back drafted in 2024, 20 selections before Trey Benson. They also still have Miles Sanders, who was a massive bust in the first season of his four-year contract but has a guaranteed $4.02 million salary for 2024. It's a situation where Hubbard's projection as the Week 1 starter might not mean much in terms of fantasy expectations for the full season, especially if reports continue to be positive on Brooks' rehab from the ACL tear he suffered Nov. 11.
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How do Chuba Hubbard's 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
12.6%
 
Positive Run %
82.4%
 
% Yds After Contact
64.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.5
 
Rushing TD %
2.1%
 
Touches Per Game
16.3
 
% Snaps w/Touch
42.5%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-2.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.0%
 
% Team Targets
8.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
88.6%
 
Drop Rate
2.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.0
 
% Targeted On Route
15.0%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.79
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Chuba Hubbard's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
210 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.50 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.30 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.28 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
20 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
32.00 in
 
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Underrated heading into '24
RBCarolina Panthers
May 31, 2024
Hubbard is a member of the Panthers that Tom Blair of NFL.com labels as overlooked going into the 2024 season.
ANALYSIS
Hubbard ultimately helmed the Panthers' ground game in 2023 despite the addition of Miles Sanders, posting a career-high 902 rushing yards and complementing them with a career-best 39-233-0 line through the air. Blair notes that while Carolina has added competition at running back for a second straight offseason in the form of second-round pick Jonathon Brooks, new head coach Dave Canales could lean on the versatile and ultra-reliable Hubbard as he tries to design an offense that's comfortable for embattled second-year quarterback Bryce Young.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
2021
Hubbard teamed with D'Onta Foreman to handle the rushing attack for the Panthers after Christian McCaffrey was traded last year. Following a midseason ankle injury, Hubbard totaled 490 yards in the last six games and averaged 5.0 yards per rush. Foreman is gone, but the signing of Miles Sanders to a four-year, $25.4 million contract makes certain that Hubbard won't be Carolina's starting running back in his third NFL season. However, the 2021 fourth-round pick might have an advantage over Sanders when it comes to pass catching -- a task Sanders struggled with in Philadelphia after his 2019 rookie season. Neither player is as good a receiver as likely RB3 Raheem Blackshear, but Hubbard at least improved last year, generating 1.66 yards per route run (89th percentile).
A 2021 fourth-round pick, Hubbard ran for 3,459 yards and 33 touchdowns in three seasons at Oklahoma State — including a 2,000-yard rushing season as a sophomore — but there were questions about whether he was powerful or elusive enough to put his above-average speed (4.48) to good use in the pros. For the most part, those concerns seem to have been warranted. Another injury-plagued season for Christian McCaffrey gave Hubbard plenty of opportunities to prove himself, but aside from a 101-yard performance against the Eagles in Week 5, he mostly failed to do so. His 3.6 yards per carry can at least partially be blamed on a poor offensive line, as his 1.7 yards before contact per carry was among the worst marks in the league, but he also broke only nine tackles in 172 carries, a rate better than only five other backs with at least 150 carries. On top of that, Hubbard averaged a meager 4.7 yards per target, in large part because he dropped seven of the 37 passes he saw. The Panthers brought in D'Onta Foreman this offseason to compete for the No. 2 role behind McCaffrey, so even if their star RB breaks down again, Hubbard may not be the one to benefit.
Hubbard's huge sophomore year in 2019 put him on a lot of dynasty radars, but his inability to repeat the performance in his final year of college cost him, and he fell to the Panthers in the fourth round. The Oklahoma State product does offer some traits that could make him very productive in a lead role, as his vision, elusiveness and balance through traffic should allow him to get through holes and to the second level of the defense on a fairly consistent basis in the NFL. Hubbard may not have the power or burst to rack up significant yards after contact, and a 4.50 40 at his pro day wasn't great for a guy who is on the thin side (6-0, 210) for his position. Filling the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind a player like Christian McCaffrey creates a lot of clarity for Hubbard's role and touch volume. When McCaffrey is healthy, the rookie will barely touch the ball. But if CMac battles injuries as he did in 2020, the rookie could take on Mike Davis' role from last year.
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Workhorse role to finish season
RBCarolina Panthers
January 7, 2024
Hubbard rushed 23 times for 83 yards and brought in both targets for nine yards in the Panthers' 9-0 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
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Eclipses 70 total yards in loss
RBCarolina Panthers
December 31, 2023
Hubbard rushed 11 times for 45 yards and secured four of five targets for 26 yards in the Panthers' 26-0 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday.
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Cleared for Sunday
RBCarolina Panthers
December 29, 2023
Hubbard (hamstring) was as full practice participant Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Jacksonville.
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Limited again Thursday
RBCarolina Panthers
Hamstring
December 28, 2023
Hubbard (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Thursday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
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Dealing with hamstring issue
RBCarolina Panthers
Hamstring
December 27, 2023
Hubbard was a limited participant in practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.
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