TE David Njoku - Cleveland Browns
|6-4, 246||Born: 7-10-1996||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Njoku was not activated for Week 13, but he'll get Cincinnati this week if he can go, and Arizona (!) in Week 15.
General News (Sat Dec 7): was activated from the Reserve/Injured list on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Week 14: vs Cincinnati Bengals
FBG says: Good matchup. The Browns passing offense remains one of the most disappointing units of 2019, as Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham just have not figured out how to work together this year. Beckham was held to just 29 yards last week with just three receptions. Beckham is now questionable with a groin injury, and if he is unable to go, the Browns receiving group is incredibly thin. The Browns have an underlying issue which is that Baker Mayfield has been atrocious cycling through his reads this year, but at the same time the receiving options outside of Landry and Beckham have been horrendous at getting open putting a lot of pressure on Landry and Beckham. This makes the job of the quarterback incredibly tough when he defense knows they only need to take away your first and second read. The offensive line has not helped the situation as Mayfield was sacked five times last week and has now been sacked 32 times this year. The good news is that the Browns will get left tackle Greg Robinson back after he missed last week with a concussion, but he is just average at best and the main issue is the right side of the line with Chris Hubbard and Wyatt Teller at right guard. The Bengals are a passing defense continue to be one of the worst in the NFL this season. While they have only allowed one 300-yard passer on the year, this is mostly due to the Bengals having faced the fewest passing attempts in the NFL this year as teams have not needed to throw in blowout situations. When teams do throw, they carve through this defense as they have allowed the most yards-per-attempt on the season at 8.5. The problem is that outside of Darqueze Dennard in the slot, the Bengals have some of the worst combinations of corners and safeties as William Jackson and B.W. Webb both are liabilities at corner. Another issue is the overall lack of pass rush generated by the Bengals as they have just 20 sacks on the year which is the third-fewest in the NFL this season which gives opposing quarterbacks more time to pick on the weak corners and safeties of the Bengals.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
David Njoku's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 2 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Njoku had a scary fall on his lone target in the game. In the first quarter, Njoku leapt up to catch a high pass. It looked like he was going to make the athletic grab but he was undercut by a defender while in the air. He flipped upside-down and landed on his head. Njoku wound up being concussed on the play and was placed in the concussion protocol. With the Browns on a short week, he will have a hard time getting cleared in time to play in Week 3.
2019 Week 1 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)
Njoku wound up catching Baker Mayfield's only touchdown in the loss. His first target of the game was a catchable one down the middle of the field but Njoku let the ball go through his hands. On the third drive of the game, Njoku ripped off an 18-yard gain. In the second quarter Njoku failed to bring in another catchable ball, this time on a 3rd-and-13. The Browns needed that pass to earn a new set of downs but Njoku couldn't bring in the contested catch. His touchdown was a three-yard pass right near the middle of the goal line. He got inside position on the defender and used his large frame to box out the defender on the catch. His final catch was a nine-yarder in the fourth quarter. As the only starting pass-catcher taller than 6'1î, Njoku remains the preferred red zone threat for the Browns
Latest NewsBrowns | David Njoku activated off IR (Sat Dec 7, 12:57 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) on Saturday, Dec. 7, was activated from the Reserve/Injured list. In a corresponding move, CB Robert Jackson (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list. Our View: Fantasy GMs have been waiting for Njoku to get back for a couple of weeks. You probably have a better option this week, but Njoku could be a big part of the Browns offense over the last month of the season. Let's see if and how much he plays against the Bengals on Sunday.
link to story Browns | David Njoku hoping to play in Week 14 (Sat Dec 7, 09:14 AM) - Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) expects to be activated from the Reserve/Injured list in order to play in Week 14's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was designated for return from injured reserve Nov. 20, and has participated in several practice sessions since then. Our View: Fantasy GMs can consider Njoku a TE2 this week. We have to see how much of a role he has against the Bengals. If he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Njoku could be a big part of the Browns offense over the last month of the season.
link to story Browns | David Njoku won't play Week 13 (Sat Nov 30, 03:56 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) won't be activated from the Reserve/Injured list for the team's Week 13 game Sunday, Dec. 1, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Our View: Well, Njoku has been designated to return already but he is not quite back yet. Fantasy GMs are losing some patience here with the fantasy playoffs beginning in most leagues next week. Njoku said he's ready to return but head coach Freddie Kitchens says their still working through some things.
link to story Browns | David Njoku could come off IR soon (Sat Nov 30, 09:21 AM) - Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said it hasn't been determined if TE David Njoku (wrist) will be activated from the Reserve/Injured list to play in Week 13's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 1. link to story Browns | David Njoku's Week 13 status unknown (Mon Nov 25, 03:00 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) is not guaranteed to return to action in Week 13 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Our View: Njoku has been designated to return already but he has yet to return to the field. When he does, Njoku could be another shot in the arm for an offense that seems to have found some swagger (again) late in the season. Stash Njoku on your bench if you have the roster space. He could perform like a TE1 in the fantasy playoffs.
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