TE O.J. Howard - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-6, 251Born: 11-19-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 19 (2017)

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There's a thought that Howard might be traded now that the Buccaneers signed Rob Gronkowski, but Howard is one of the four best pass-catchers on the team and Tampa would benefit from using two-tight end sets. Tom Brady supported Randy Moss, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, and Gronkowski as fantasy starters--all at the same time. Brady has this caliber of talent again in Tampa Bay and Howard could thrive with teams distracted by a stellar supporting cast. - Matt Waldman


O.J. Howard has flashed impact through three seasons since Tampa Bay spent a first-round selection on the tight end back in a strong 2017 positional class. However, Howard's trajectory in Year 2 averaging more than 50 yards-per-game and half-a-touchdown per contest was halted by a season-ending injury and 2019 saw Howard's touchdowns flat line to a single end zone trip. Howard offers immense talent upside with Tom Brady under center as the quarterback fueled strong production from Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez at various points of their careers together in New England. Howard's usage and consistency have been limitations to-date with two strong wide receivers in the passing game (Mike Evans and Christ Godwin) plus the Buccaneers retaining Cameron Brate with a long-term contract in 2018, which has since been restructured. Rob Gronkowski's addition softens any Howard breakout potential without an injury. (April 28)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 26, 20, 24, 26, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27, 28, 31
TE Redraft PPR - 26, 18, 22, 25, 25, 26, 26, 26, 27, 27, 28, 28, 28, 28, 28, 30, 31
TE Dynasty - 17, 15, 18, 19, 19, 19

Stats and Projections

2017 TB 14 26 432 6
2018 TB 10 34 565 5
2019 TB 12 34 459 1
2020 PROJ-Dodds 14.8 31.0 * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 14.0 32.0 * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 14.0 36.0 * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 33.7 * *

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Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

O.J. Howard's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 201
TE: 24
Overall-PPR: 268
TE-PPR: 33

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Footballguys Articles

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