David Njoku
David Njoku
23-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Cleveland Browns
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The first thing to remember with Njoku is that he came into the league at a young age. He was 21 during his rookie year of 2017- which was held back by the clown car of the Hue Jackson Browns - and will be a third-year pro this season at 23 years old. Tight end is a complicated position as is, but especially when you've spotted an age advantage to your peers. The Baker Mayfield switch didn't push Njoku through the roof, but The Joker did increase his catch rate by 10 percent from his rookie year and was eighth in the league in TE yardage. The Browns didn't prioritize Njoku in scoring areas, with his eight red-zone targets tying Rob Gronkowski for 18th place among tight ends. There's obvious room for growth in that regard, especially if the Cleveland offense takes a big step forward with Mayfield in his second year and having a full offseason to work with coach Freddie Kitchens. On the flip side, the Browns need to find room for Odell Beckham Jr. on the receiving tree, and they also have a deep backfield that demands touches. But Njoku's impressive 2017 combine is still fresh in our minds, and maybe a spike is possible this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $9.53 million contract with the Browns in June of 2017.
Ready to battle for targets
TECleveland Browns
March 15, 2019
Njoku acknowledged there will be more competition for targets with Odell Beckham joining the Browns, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "It's competition," Njoku said Wednesday. "Whoever's open gets the ball. We're a team, so we've got to see it as such. But at the at end of the day, we've got to compete."
ANALYSIS
Beckham and backup tight end Demetrius Harris will join a roster with five holdovers -- Njoku, Duke Johnson, Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins -- that caught 39 or more passes for the Browns last season. Add in running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt (suspension) and it's impossible to find another team with comparable depth at the skill positions. It will be tough for Njoku to take a big step forward from last year's mark of 88 targets (5.5 per game), but the situation is at least conducive to improved efficiency and a plethora of touchdowns to go around.
Read More News
NFL Stats
Loading NFL Stats...
Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
See red zone opportunities inside the 20, 10 and 5-yard lines along with the percentage of time they converted the opportunity into a touchdown.
Loading Fantasy/Red Zone Stats...
Advanced NFL Stats
How do David Njoku's 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
46.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.86
 
% Team Air Yards
14.5%
 
% Team Targets
15.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
62.9%
 
Drop Rate
6.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.7
 
Loading Advanced NFL Stats...
NFL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
Standard
PPR
Half PPR
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading NFL Game Log...
Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Cleveland BrownsBrowns 2018 TE Snap Distribution See more data like this
% of Team Snaps

873
0
419
0
174
0
98
0
Loading Weekly Snap Counts...
How often does David Njoku run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how David Njoku and the other tight ends for the Browns are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
David Njoku
482 routes   88 targets
← More Blocking
% Routes Run
More Receiving →
87%
44 routes   7 targets
86
150 routes   25 targets
71
25 routes   5 targets
64
Receiving Alignment Breakdown
See where David Njoku lined up on the field and how he performed at each spot.
Detailed
Grouped
Side
Loading Alignment Breakdown...
Loading Alignment Breakdown...
Loading Alignment Breakdown...
Loading Team Alignment Breakdown...
2018 David Njoku Split Stats
Loading NFL Split Stats...
Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do David Njoku's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
246 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.78 sec
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
35.35 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring David Njoku
2019 Football Draft Kit: Sleepers & Busts
27 days ago
We asked our football writers for their favorite undervalued and overvalued players for this season. Should fantasy owners be targeting Allen Robinson?
Dynasty Watch: My First Rookie Auction
27 days ago
Jerry recaps his first ever rookie auction in a dynasty league, explaining why he spent $59 on wide receivers and just $2 on running backs. The one big regret? Missing out on Kyler Murray.
Free Agency Fallout: Day 2
131 days ago
Odell Beckham often fell to the late-second round of early 2019 drafts, but the upgrade from Eli Manning to Baker Mayfield is difficult to overstate.
Best Ball Journal: Tightrope at TE
157 days ago
As Kelce, Ertz, and Kittle raise the bar at TE, it drags along lesser, risky tight ends like Eric Ebron into an inflated price range.
Dynasty Watch: Buy and Sell
184 days ago
There's reason to believe the best-case scenario has already passed him, but Nyheim Hines owners can get a nice return for him before it becomes obvious.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
No one doubts the Njoku pedigree. He was a first-round pick out of the University of Miami. He crushed the 2017 Combine, finishing top-three among TEs in the vertical jump, broad jump and three-cone drill, with a solid 40 time (4.64) to boot. Ah, but Njoku landed in Cleveland, joining a team with a clueless head coach and a revolving door at quarterback. Given the challenges of the position and the chaos around Njoku, a 32-386-4 haul was rather impressive. Strangely, most of his production came early; he had just one touchdown after Week 5. His biggest problem this year could be competition for targets. Josh Gordon is around, at least to start the year. Target-gobbling Jarvis Landry joined the team. Two primary running backs were added, and Duke Johnson is still around. At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself if you think Njoku's talent can overcome the gridlock he's staring down.
The Browns traded up to land Njoku in April's draft, selecting him with the No. 29 overall pick. Perhaps other teams were struggling with the pronunciation; for the record, it's en-JOE-koo. The University of Miami has a rich legacy of tight ends, including Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey. The exciting thing about Njoku's fantasy potential is that he's seen more as a receiver than a blocker. One of the fantasy hacks we're always looking for is a tight end who's used as a hybrid WR more than anything else, and Njoku seems to have that club in his bag. The cold water to the case? The Browns haven't had quality QB play since dinosaurs roamed the planet, Njoku is still young for his class (he turned 21 in July), and rookie tight ends are notoriously a risky investment. We love his future, but we'll try to stay grounded with initial expectations.
More Fantasy News
Seven targets in finale
TECleveland Browns
January 4, 2019
Njoku caught three of seven targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 26-24 finale loss to the Ravens.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Practices fully
TECleveland Browns
December 27, 2018
Njoku (knee) turned in a full practice Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Starts another week limited
TECleveland Browns
Knee
December 26, 2018
Njoku (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Blows up against Bengals
TECleveland Browns
December 23, 2018
Njoku caught three of four targets, compiling 73 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-18 win against the Bengals.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Returns to full practice
TECleveland Browns
December 20, 2018
Njoku (knee/thigh) practiced fully Thursday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.