The Cleveland Browns are experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak as they gear up for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Browns will be watching for a huge Week 14 win over the Baltimore Ravens but will do so with a depleted squad that could be short of up to 20 players and two coaches.
To be Austin Hooper play this week with the Raiders? Will David Njoku Step up to fill the void? Is David Njoku worth picking and should imaginary managers start him in Week 15? Below, we take a quick look at the updated status for Austin Hooper and attempt to answer these questions and their imaginary implications.
UPDATE: It was announced on Friday afternoon that Raiders-Browns game has been postponed until Monday due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Stay tuned for any changes while players are active, and deliver COVID-19 protocol in time for Monday.
To be Austin Hooper Play for 15 weeks against the Las Vegas Raiders?
Among many other Browns players, Austin Hooper was included in this week’s COVID-19 roster. The expectation is that he will not play the Raiders in Week 15, unless there is a change in his COVID testing status or the game is rescheduled by the NFL:
Brown on the COVID-19/reserve list:
– QB Baker Mayfield
– TE Austin Hooper
– WR Jarvis Landry
– DE Takkarist McKinley
– G Wyatt Teller
– T Jedrick Wills
– CB Troy Hill
– S John Johnson III
– G Drew Forbes
The Browns are scheduled to host the Raiders on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/hVCAGishedo
– B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) December 15, 2021
Hooper is a mediocre fantasy ending since he signed a big deal with the Browns. However, Austin Hooper had his best match yet in a Week 14 game against Raven. He finished the game with five 30-yard tackles and one touchdown.
Hooper was part of a cramped room filled with Browns talent, but they did a great job of canceling each other out in the world of fake football. The Browns’ offensive ability relies heavily on their elite ground play and short passes beneath close-range finishes. It works well on the football field but doesn’t help fantasy managers win their week. So when any member of the trio misses out on action, imaginary managers need to take advantage.
Does David Njoku deserve to get and start giving up strings?
Tight End David Njoku announced on Instagram that he has been cleared of COVID, which will allow Njoku to return and help the Browns take on the Raiders on Saturday.
The Browns activate David Njoku, lifting Nick Mullens from the practice team. https://t.co/0qN4yBEWWC
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 16, 2021
Njoku will have a big role with Austin Hooper, Harrison Bryant and Jarvis Landry potentially miss Saturday’s content. Njoku has flashed big-play potential and will likely be the only game in town this weekend for the Browns.
The former first pick couldn’t have asked for a better match either. The Raiders gave up an average of 16.5 fantasy points per game for tight ends (the second most), which makes Njoku an ideal streaming tight-ended pick versus a defence. Poor Raiders.
Check your relinquishment rope to see if Njoku is present in your tournaments. Then pull him up, start him and reap the benefits on Saturday. Assuming this game goes on as is with all remaining players on the COVID list, Njoku would be one of the few options left in the Browns’ offense.
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