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David Njoku

#1 TE,

Browns

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ACTUAL 2022

142 FPTS

RANK: 9

2023 SEASON

163 FPTS

RANK: 8

AGE

26 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'4'' / 246 lbs

COLLEGE

Miami (Fla.)

SEASONGPFPTSRANKTARGETRECPTREYDRETDREAVE
2023161638th9164690510.8
2022141429th8058628410.8
3yr Ave115645th3120243212.15

Bright spot in defeat

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-13

Njoku recorded seven receptions on 11 targets for 93 yards in Saturday's 45-14 loss to the Texans.

Njoku was one of the few bright spots in Saturday's loss, as he led the team in targets and yards. His biggest contribution of the day came on a 45-yard catch late in the first quarter, which helped set up Cleveland's first touchdown. Including the last four games of the regular season, Njoku has topped 90 yards in four of his last five contests and had comfortably the most productive campaign of his career. He remains under contract with the Browns for two additional years and should play a key role in the offense in 2024.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

1.7
6.2
23.9
9.7
14.8
8.8
14.1
3.7
13.9
18.7
5.8
3.4
3.1
14.2

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKTARGETSPREADO/UTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
1 @CAR Outdoor 79° 1.7 43rd 1.702.041.511707.02.05.00%0003%23%62%11%
2 NYJ Outdoor 79° 6.2 23rd 2.07-6.538.55332010.72.08.725%20019%25%65%8%
3 PIT Outdoor 61° 23.9 2nd 2.66-4.038.51098919.93.66.30%40032%25%68%6%
4 @ATL Dome 68° 9.7 14th 1.62-1.048.57573014.68.85.80%32020%15%67%15%
5 LAC Outdoor 58° 14.8 5th 2.471.547.56688014.77.77.00%31019%19%74%7%
6 NE Outdoor 57° 8.8 17th 2.93-3.042.56358019.315.04.325%22014%33%56%9%
7 @BAL Outdoor 63° 14.1 5th 2.016.546.57771010.13.07.10%31028%35%54%8%
11 @BUF Dome 24° 3.7 27th 1.857.548.5321708.50.08.50%1108%29%50%14%
12 TB Outdoor 56° 13.9 8th 2.783.543.5752915.82.63.217%10019%25%67%6%
14 @CIN Outdoor 47° 18.7 2nd 2.344.048.5975918.43.45.00%30023%39%57%3%
15 BAL Outdoor 34° 5.8 25th 1.93-3.038.5632809.30.09.30%10023%11%87%0%
16 NO Outdoor 6° 3.4 33rd 1.70-3.032.5521407.04.03.00%00019%29%56%12%
17 @WAS Outdoor 59° 3.1 41st 3.102.040.53121021.020.01.00%11019%15%73%12%
18 @PIT Outdoor 36° 14.2 6th 3.553.039.55442110.57.33.30%20019%41%51%7%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMTOUCHRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVEAIRYACDROP10+20+50+
Home Outdoor 21 160.31.5260th3.82.5270.110.64.66.29%1.10.30.0
Away Outdoor 19 110.52.3457th3.72.7340.412.77.25.62%1.20.60.1
Away Dome 2 21.91.4844th2.52.0170.08.50.08.50%0.50.50.0
Away Retractable Dome 1 19.71.476th7.05.0730.014.68.85.80%3.02.00.0

Career Stats by Season: 2017 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
2017 21 CLE 16 5 95 24th6032386412.1859%148011%17%74%7%
2018 22 CLE 16 14 144 9th8856639411.46510%239116%15%78%6%
2019 23 CLE 4 1 15 85th1054118.25329%1002%18%76%6%
2020 24 CLE 13 5 52 47th2919213211.2755%10406%15%79%6%
2021 25 CLE 16 11 108 22nd5336475413.2675%158111%23%69%8%
2022 26 CLE 14 14 142 9th8058628410.8565%268016%26%64%8%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Cleared for Week 18

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-05

Njoku (knee/illness) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Njoku has been cleared to play in the season finale, despite having not managed anything more than limited participation in practice this week while dealing with the illness and a knee injury. Though he's on track to be active Week 18, Njoku could end up taking on well below a full workload, as the Browns are already locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs and aren't likely to overextend key players. If Njoku plays only limited snaps or sits out the game entirely, Harrison Bryant and Jordan Akins would see expanded roles at tight end.

Manages limited practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-04

Njoku (illness/knee) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Njoku was able to handle some reps at practice Thursday, a day after he sat out the Browns' first Week 18 session entirely due to an illness, a knee injury and rest. No major health concerns are expected to prevent Njoku from playing this Sunday against the Bengals, but the Browns could still choose to rest him for all or most of the game in order to preserve his health for the postseason. The Browns are locked in as the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs, and Njoku has proven himself to be one of the team's more important players this season, especially since Joe Flacco took over as Cleveland's starting quarterback. In his five appearances with Flacco under center, Njoku has averaged six receptions, 78 receiving yards and nine targets per game while scoring four touchdowns.

Comes down with illness

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-03

Njoku won't practice Wednesday due to an illness, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Njoku has been on a tear over the last four games, racking up a cumulative 28-373-4 line on 39 targets during that stretch. He benefited from Amari Cooper sitting out last Thursday due to a heel injury, turning his eight targets into six catches for 134 yards. Now that Njoku is dealing with an illness, though, his status will be monitored to see if he may be in danger of missing Sunday's contest at Cincinnati.

Elite output in Week 17 win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-28

Njoku secured six of eight targets for 134 yards in the Browns' 37-20 win over the Jets on Thursday night. He also lost a fumble.

Njoku paced the Browns in receptions, receiving yards and targets on a night when Amari Cooper (heel) was sidelined and Elijah Moore (head) left the game just before halftime. About the only blemishes on the tight end's night, which got off on the right foot with a 36-yard reception on his first grab, was his lost fumble early in the second quarter after a 15-yard catch and the the fact he wasn't on the receiving end of any of Joe Flacco's three touchdowns. Neverthless, Njoku's production was especially valuable considering it came on championship week for many fantasy leagues, and it also left him within 118 yards of his first 1,000-yard season going into the Week 18 regular-season finale against the Bengals on Jan. 7.

Gets into end zone again

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-24

Njoku caught six of nine targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 36-22 win over the Texans.

While the tight end's performance was overshadowed by a record-setting day from Amari Cooper, Njoku still got into the end zone for the third straight game as he was on the other end of a 21-yard strike from Joe Flacco in the second quarter. Njoku's chemistry with his new QB is undeniable, and over his three-game TD streak he's posted a 22-239-4 line on 31 targets. He'll look to keep rolling in Week 17 against the Jets.

Tops century mark against Chicago

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-17

Njoku caught 10 of 14 targets for 104 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bears.

The tight end was Joe Flacco's favorite target, leading Cleveland in catches and targets, but Amari Cooper topped him in yardage with 109. Njoku also hauled in Flacco's first TD pass of the day with a two-yard grab in the first quarter. Njoku has erupted since the Browns made their switch at QB, and over the last two games he's produced an eye-popping 16-195-3 line on 22 targets. Sunday's production also put him over 700 receiving yards on the season for the first time in his career, and his 69 receptions and five touchdowns are also personal bests. Njoku will look to keep surging in Week 16 against the Texans.

Two scores in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-10

Njoku recorded six receptions on eight targets for 91 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Jaguars.

Joe Flacco took to the air 45 times, and Njoku benefitted by seeing at least eight targets for the sixth time in his last eight games. He delivered a massive performance, racking up a season-high 91 yards thanks to long receptions of 34 and 30 yards -- both of which went for touchdowns. Njoku has settled into a relatively consistent role in the Cleveland offense and should benefit from Joe Flacco remaining under center.

Season low receiving yards

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-04

Njoku caught two of six targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 36-19 loss to the Rams in Week 13.

Njoku's been a prominent target regardless of which quarterback is throwing the ball, but the chemistry with Joe Flacco didn't happen Sunday. While a couple of his looks were in the red zone, the tight end was held to season low in receiving yards and the two catches were his fewest since Week 1. Njoku also watched backup Harrison Bryant (five targets, TD) experience a production increase with Flacco. Cleveland's quarterback situation remains volatile heading into Week 14 against the Jaguars, and while Njoku is a top target -- third on the team with 84 -- the Browns' offense has produced just four touchdowns (two for Bryant) over the last 12 quarters.

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