NFL Week 16 Fantasy Football Recap: Cleveland Browns vs. New Orleans Saints

Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Reggie Ragland (19) knocks New Orleans Saints wide receiver Rashid Shaheed (89) out of bounds during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Alvin Kamara: 20 carries, 76 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 receptions, 34 receiving yards 

Taysom Hill: 9 carries, 56 yards, 1 touchdown

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The Saints without Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry: New Orleans had to dig deep down the wide receiver depth chart in this game.

  • Landry joined Michael Thomas and Deonte Harty on injured reserve earlier in the week with an ankle injury.
  • Olave didn’t practice all week with a hamstring injury but could be back as early as next week.
  • Undrafted rookie Rashid Shaheed has been an up-and-coming wide receiver over the past month. He led the team in routes, targets, receptions and receiving yards.
  • Tre’Quan Smith joined Shaheed for most passing plays but was held without a target.
  • Marquez Callaway and Keith Kirkwood also saw significant playing time. Callaway was almost exclusively a blocker, whereas Kirkwood played in both run and pass situations. Neither caught a pass.
  • The Saints play the Philadelphia Eagles next week, a game in which they will need to throw much more than 15 times.

Consider sitting David Njoku: Njoku put up a disappointing two catches for 14 yards, and next week might not be much better.

  • Njoku has been held under 30 receiving yards in four of his past five games since returning from injury.
  • His poor performance was partially due to the weather, as the two quarterbacks combined for a 50% completion percentage in the high winds and cold.
  • It was also predictable because he was facing a Saints defense that has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season.
  • The only team that has allowed fewer fantasy points to tight ends is the Washington Commanders, who happen to be the Browns' opponent next week.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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