Until Seth DeValve finds regular targets with the Browns and puts up good numbers, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
DeValve entered the concussion protocol Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. It remains to be seen how long DeValve will remain sidelined from practice as he progresses through the concussion protocol. The reserve tight end is competing with Demetrius Harris for work behind top option David Njoku.
DeValve ended the 2018 season with five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. With David Njoku firmly implanted as the team's go-to tight end, DeValve's involvement in the offense dwindled, going from 33 receptions in 2017 to just five in 2018. The third-year tight end has another year on his contract before becoming a free agent in 2020.
DeValve caught one of his two targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 29-13 loss to Houston. Sunday's dud against the Texans aside, Cleveland's offense had been rounding into form following the firing of Hue Jackson. DeValve, however, has not been in on the action too much, Sunday featuring his first catch since Week 8. He might not get enough targets to make it worth while, but Cleveland does draw a Carolina squad Sunday that has struggled against the pass this season and just shook up its defensive coaching staff.
DeValve failed to convert his only target into a catch during Sunday's 37-21 loss to Kansas City. DeValve was coming off of a two-catch game against Pittsburgh in which he scored his first touchdown of the season. He wasn't able to carry that momentum against the Chiefs. David Njoku is the clear option for the Browns, but without much depth at receiver and a longtime tight-ends coach now calling plays, keep an eye on DeValve as a potential red-zone target, especially Sunday against a weak Atlanta pass defense.
DeValve caught both of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 33-18 loss to the Steelers. While David Njoku finished without a catch and zero targets, DeValve managed to catch two passes -- including one for a touchdown -- despite playing just five offensive snaps. Don't expect this to continue, as Njoku remains the clear-cut No. 1 tight end, though DeValve may have earned himself some extra time on the field.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/17||@New York Jets||6||4.88|
|3||09/23||Los Angeles Rams||23||7.89|
|5||10/08||@San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
|8||10/27||@New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|3 Year Avg||26||16||199||1||9||12.44||25|