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Sunday, August 26, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: DAVID NJOKU TIGHT END CLEVELAND BROWNS

Write it down in ink right now.  Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku will finish as a top-five player at the position by the end of the 2018 fantasy football season.  Already lighting things up this preseason as a highly-targeted outlet for QB's Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield, it needs to be said again who Njoku has a freakish combination of size and speed for the position that will make him a potentially big breakout story for those who buy in.  What is interesting right now is that Njoku is really only be drafting as a low-end starter in 12-team leagues and more often as a backup player.  This is somewhat understandable when you consider that Njoku's rookie numbers in 2017 were not overly impressive (32 catches for 386 yards and 4 TD's) but that had more to with the utter disgrace that was the Cleveland QB play.  With the much more capable Taylor and Mayfield now entering into the fray under center, Njoku is set to show that he is every bit the player and maybe even better than 2017 draft classmates O.J. Howard and Evan Engram.  Certainly I would take Njoku over Howard in all drafts and while Engram is rightly going ahead of him right now based on his solid rookie season, the Giants' tight end now has a bunch more competition for targets this season which may make repeating his 2017 haul tough to do.  The bottom line here is that Njoku already looks like a huge red zone weapon for the Browns and both Taylor and the rookie Mayfield have shown they tend to rely on their tight ends in the passing game.  This is all nothing but positives for Njoku's outlook and he should be drafted as a true breakout guy in every sense of the word. 


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