• David Njoku
  • TE
  • , Cleveland Browns
  • 23
  • 246 lbs
  • 6' 4"

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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

CLE TE David Njoku - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at New York Jets

David Njoku caught the Browns' lone receiving touchdown in Week 1. He also finished with four receptions for 37 yards on six targets. Njoku is a great red zone threat, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him score on a consistent basis. His ceiling will always be a little limited in this offense with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, but he should be able to get around three receptions for ~40 yards every week. Those numbers would put him on the edge of TE1 territory.

by Jordan Heck

CLE TE David Njoku - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Tennessee Titans

David Njoku is a talented tight end in a strong offense, which means he should produce TE1 numbers this year. He finished as a top 10 scorer at his position last season in both standard and PPR, and there's no reason why there should be a major decline.

He does draw a tough first matchup against the Titans, who allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2018. Tennessee gave up just two touchdowns to the position all season. We still like him as a low-end TE1, though, as he offers a high upside, especially when you consider the other players available at the position.

by Jordan Heck

CLE TE David Njoku - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
David Njoku is a big-bodied tight end with athleticism and solid speed. He turned that into a good season in 2018, finishing as the No. 8 tight end in standard and No. 9 tight end in PPR. He had over 50 yards in eight games last season, scoring in four of those games. With a full year of Baker Mayfield as his quarterback, there are reasons to be excited about Njoku in 2019.

Fantasy Downside
Njoku’s numbers stayed mostly the same last season when Freddie Kitchens took over, except for the targets. He went from averaging 7.4 targets before Kitchens to 4.6 targets with him. And with Odell Beckham Jr. in the mix, it seems safe to assume his overall targets will dip in 2019.

2019 Bottom Line
Njoku learned to do more with less in 2018, so he’ll have to carry those lessons into 2019. He’s still a talented player in what should be a great offense. He’s also one of the few tight ends that is able to consistently produce on a weekly basis. Don’t expect a monster 1,000-yard year from him. Instead, you can likely expect more of the same, which should result in a top 10 position finish.

by Jordan Heck

CLE TE David Njoku - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Baltimore Ravens

David Njoku was useful last week, finishing with 73 yards and a touchdown. Although most of that was highlighted by a 66-yard catch. Njoku has had an up-and-down season, but he's been good enough to be a TE1 option in this wasteland of a position. He gets that tag again this week in a decent matchup against Baltimore, a team he finished 6-69 against earlier in the year.

by Jordan Heck

CLE TE David Njoku - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

David Njoku went 3 for 30 as his slump continues. Njoku is dealing with knee and thigh injuries which is perhaps limiting his play a bit. There is, however, a chance for a bounce-back game from Njoku this week in a favorable matchup against the Bengals.

Njoku caught five passes for 63 yards and a score the last time he faced Cincy, so if he can find that success again he'll be an easy TE1. We have him projected slightly below those numbers, but he can still be viewed as a lower-end TE1.

by Jordan Heck

CLE TE David Njoku - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Denver Broncos

David Njoku finished with 35 yards on three receptions last week. Njoku was once an easy start in fantasy earlier in the year, but lately he hasn't been putting up the numbers you'd like to see.

He does get a great matchup this week, however. He faces a Broncos defense that has allowed the most receiving yards (977) to tight ends this season. Denver just got abused by George Kittle a week ago, so perhaps Njoku can follow suit? We like him as a lower-end TE1 choice.

by Jordan Heck

CLE TE David Njoku - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Carolina Panthers

David Njoku finished with eight yards on three catches, which is somewhat impressive, although not great for fantasy. Njoku has at least 50 yards in six of his last nine games, but in those three games, he has a combined 26 yards. There's not much middle ground for performance when it comes to Njoku this season.

On the plus side, he has a favorable matchup against the Panthers this week. Carolina is giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, including allowing a league-high nine touchdowns to the position. There aren't too many better options this week at TE as Njoku can be viewed as a mid-tier TE1 choice.

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