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Fantasy implications for David Njoku with Austin Hooper now the top dog

The Browns brought in Austin Hooper this offseason, but what’s that mean for David Njoku? We take a look at the fantasy football implications.

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku runs with the ball during organized team activities at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku had his 2019 season derailed by injuries and only recorded five catches for 41 yards after posting career numbers in 2018. Now it appears like he could be headed out the door, as the Browns have made Austin Hooper the league’s highest paid tight end this offseason.

Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported that the Browns plan on keeping both tight ends earlier this month, but plenty of teams should be interested in acquiring the 23-year-old. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller suggested that the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots should reach out about Njoku after news of Cleveland’s Hooper signing broke, but neither team appears to have reached out so far.

New England struggled without Rob Gronkowski at tight end, as four players combined for 419 yards and two scores last year. Green Bay on the other hand needs a replacement for Jimmy Graham, who left to sign a deal with the Chicago Bears.

Fantasy football analysis

Njoku had an underwhelming 2019, but put up top 10 fantasy football tight end numbers in 2018 by hauling in 56 passes for 629 yards and four scores. While he might not reach those numbers in 2020, he should post better numbers than he did last year regardless of where he winds up — especially considering he’ll likely play more than four games. If Njoku is traded, he’ll likely be the top tight end on his new team. Kevin Stefanski loves running sets with two tight ends though, so Njoku’s future in Cleveland might not be so bad.