5 breakout fantasy football stars to pick up for Week 8

Three running backs headline the top fantasy football pickups to make ahead of Week 8.

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3. Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns

For a while, it looked like the Browns' backfield was settled after Nick Chubb's injury with Jerome Ford staking his claim as the team's top ball carrier. Cleveland did bring back Hunt, who was with them for the past few years, to serve as a co-lead for Ford but he may have a bigger opportunity going forward thanks to some injury-related issues.

Ford, who broke off a 69-yard touchdown run early in Cleveland's tight win over the Indianapolis Colts, left the game in the fourth quarter after injuring his right ankle. Media members saw Ford leave the locker room after the game in a walking boot, which could indicate that he is likely to miss at least a week or two going forward.

Hunt is playing through some injuries of his own right now and rushed 10 times for 31 yards in Week 8. The headline for Hunt's day was that he found the end zone twice, including the game-winner with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter.

A majority of fantasy managers are hanging onto Hunt, who is rostered in 64 percent of leagues, but he figures to be in line for a hefty workload for as long as Ford is sidelined. Cleveland has favorable rushing matchups the next two weeks against Seattle and Arizona so anyone in need of immediate help in the backfield should try scooping up Hunt if he's available.