David Njoku Injury Update Boosts Demetrius Harris Fantasy Outlook in Ideal Matchup vs Cardinals

Jason Schandl
Demetrius Harris runs after a catch against the Broncos in Week 9.
Demetrius Harris runs after a catch against the Broncos in Week 9. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

On IR since Week 2, David Njoku returned to action for the Cleveland Browns in Week 14. With a game under his belt to get up to speed and an elite Week 15 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals on tap, he was looking like a great fantasy play.

He's a late inactive though, destroying his fantasy outlook and putting Demetrius Harris in a position to take advantage of this matchup instead.

From Weeks 3 to 13, Njoku's time on IR, Harris led Browns tight ends with a 57 percent snap share. He also paced the group with 19 targets, beating out Ricky Seals-Jones' 15.

That workload isn't exactly something to write home about, but it should expand in a big way against the Cards, who have allowed the NFL's third-most receptions per game (6.2) to tight ends.

It's not just volume that makes this spot appealing either. The have conceded a league-high 75.5 yards and 1.0 touchdowns per game to the position. In PPR scoring, they give up 4.6 points per game more than any other team.

Fantasy owners who were counting on Njoku have limited options now, as nine of the week's 16 games have already kicked off.

Harris may not have a high floor, but any starting tight end is worth consideration against Arizona, and Harris' ceiling makes him a high-upside stopgap option to fill in for the late scratch.

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