David Njoku Injury Update Boosts Fantasy Outlook for Week 12 and Rest of Season
David Njoku played only one full game this season, notching 37 yards and one TD on four catches, before breaking his wrist in Week 2 and landing on IR.
He has been designated for return and is now back at practice for the Cleveland Browns, returning him to the fantasy football picture just in time for the playoffs.
This Week 12 matchup with the Miami Dolphins is the first game Njoku is eligible to return for, and working back from a wrist injury doesn't cloud his outlook as much as a lower-body injury might. There's still a chance he gets eased back into things from a conditioning standpoint, but a matchup with the Dolphins still gives him the potential to make a serious impact on limited snaps.
Miami has allowed the NFL's second-most points per game (30.5) and they come in to the matchup 32nd against the pass in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings.
The Browns have largely disappointed this season, but Baker Mayfield is coming off back-to-back two-TD games, and the passing game should have little trouble rolling against Miami. Cleveland also gets a couple more great matchups in the upcoming weeks, taking on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14 and the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 (who give up the most fantasy points to tight ends this season).
Njoku's status for this week is still uncertain enough that he hasn't landed on our Week 12 PPR fantasy football rankings, but if he plays in even a limited capacity he can be safely considered a top-12 option for the week.
The favorable matchups he has ahead of him also make Njoku a terrific option for the rest of the season, and he should be considered a virtual must-add for any TE-needy fantasy squads.
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