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David Njoku
ADP: N/A
Bye: 9
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 26.3
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 246
40 Time: 4.64
Speed Score: 105.60
SPARQx (Rank): 118.30 (83%)
Burst Score (Rank): 132.10 (97%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.31 (80%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.33 (94%)

David Njoku's Weekly Outlook

Week 13 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
3.9 44.7 0.3 6.3
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4 48.3 0.4 7.2

David Njoku's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#12 Tight End

99.7 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
Not Available 55.6 647.2 5.9 0.9 0.2

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Basic StatsDavid Njoku's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • In the same offseason they spent big (cap wise and in trade) for Deshaun Watson and Amari Cooper, the Browns could have let Njoku walk in free agency. Instead, they applied the franchise tag to keep him off the open market and then agreed to a 4-year deal worth nearly $55 million.
  • Njoku was 1 of the youngest rookie TEs in league history, at 21 (and 2 months).
  • Here were his historical ranks among TEs through their age-24 seasons:
    • 12th in games
    • 18th in targets
    • 30th in receptions
    • 38th in receiving yards
  • Now through the age-26 season:
    • 56th in games
    • 46th in targets
    • 75th in receptions
    • 77th in yards
  • The key differences between those 2 spans: HC Kevin Stefanski and TE Austin Hooper arrived 2 years ago.
  • After retaining Njoku and trading for Cooper, Cleveland released Hooper.
  • Stefanski said in early June about Njoku that he’s “proud of his evolution” as a blocker and “complete” TE. The coach added that they “certainly want to feature him” and that Njoku is “a big part of what we plan to do.” He also specifically touted Njoku’s size and ability to “pluck” contested catches.
  • The Browns’ 2 seasons under Stefanski have seen the team rank 2nd and 4th in TE target share.
  • Cooper, Njoku, Kareem Hunt and free-agent addition Jakeem Grant are the only 2022 Browns with at least 100 career receptions. That makes for a largely inexperienced corps of pass-catchers.
  • Deshaun Watson has ranked among the league’s top passers across efficiency metrics through 4 seasons of action. His outlook, of course, remains in flux because of the 24 cases of sexual-misconduct charges against him. If Watson gets suspended for the year, Cleveland would need to either talk Baker Mayfield into playing out his final year or be stuck with Jacoby Brissett as starting QB.
  • Njoku will also have Harrison Bryant competing for targets at TE. Hooper ranked just 22nd among TEs in target share last year, with Njoku and Bryant around. Njoku checked in 27th.
  • Among 44 TEs with 30+ targets in 2021, Njoku ranked 11th in yards per route run (1.56). That’s the best mark of his career to date. The 2nd-best number (1.40) came in 2020 and ranked 19th among 45 qualifiers.
  • He tied for just 27th in contested catch rate (42.9%), according to Pro Football Focus. Even his career rate of 47% in that category would have ranked just 23rd. (So we’ll see whether Stefanski is right about the TE’s upside in that area.)


Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Njoku hit the league as a freakish athlete for the position and a young 1st-round pick. He posted a 56-639-4 receiving line in his 2nd year (2018) that made him look like an ascending talent. Five years into his career, though, he still has yet to truly break out.

The biggest thing missing over the past 2 years has been opportunity. Whether that’s Njoku’s fault or the coaching staff’s is debatable. HC Kevin Stefanski arrived in 2020 and promptly added Austin Hooper as a free agent and Harrison Bryant as a 4th-round pick.

Stefanski has said all the right things about Njoku this offseason, however. And the team said as much by throwing big money at the TE ahead of his age-26 season. We know the physical ability is there, and it sounds like his coaches believe Njoku is ready to realize his potential. Throw in the available opportunity in an offense that has heavily targeted TEs the past 2 years and returns little at WR, and the upside path for Njoku is very easy to see. His TE2-level ADP leaves limited risk to betting on that path.

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David Njoku, TE CLE

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Njoku has new knee injury

Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday that TE David Njoku is dealing with a different knee injury from the one that landed him on last week's injury report. Stefanski added that he's not ruling Njoku out for this weekend's game vs. the Texans -- which means that his availabiltiy for that one is in question. We'll keep an eye on Njoku over the next few days, but fantasy owners should have an alternative lined up.

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Browns TE David Njoku returned to the top of the depth chart in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers and found the end zone. He ranked 2nd on the team in targets (7), receptions (5) and receiving yards (29) -- including a 12-yard TD late in the 4th quarter to send the game to OT. Pro Football Focus credited Njoku with the 3rd most routes run among Browns, 3 times as many as #2 TE Harrison Bryant. That marked a big rebound for Njoku vs. his Week 11 return from injury. He ran a route on 76.7% of Jacoby Brissett's 43 dropbacks. With Deshaun Watson back next week, Njoku looks like a weekly top-10 option the rest of the way.

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Browns TE David Njoku (ankle, knee) is not listed on the final Week 12 injury report. He got in just limited practices on Thursday and Friday, though, and HC Kevin Stefanski said Friday that he wasn’t sure if Njoku would be ready for an increased workload vs. the Bucs on Sunday after playing just 37% of the snaps last week. Try not to use Njoku in Week 12 fantasy lineups.

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Browns TE David Njoku (ankle, knee) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives him a chance to play vs. the Bucs this weekend, but it's clear that Njoku won't be at 100% if he does suit up.

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Browns TE David Njoku (ankle, knee) did not practice on Wednesday. He returned from his high-ankle sprain last week but is now also listed with a knee injury. We'll track Njoku's status over the next few days, but you should look elsewhere for Week 12 fantasy lineups.

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David Njoku, TE CLE
Dynasty MVP 95.5
Position Rank #6 TE
3yr Projection
5yr Projection
10yr Projection
296
482
917
Dynasty Write-up
This offseason, the Browns released Austin Hooper and signed Njoku to a 4-year, $55 million deal. Only 26, it's quite possible we haven't seen his best yet. Deshaun Watson's arrival really raises the ceiling for a dynamic athlete like Njoku.

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