TE O.J. Howard - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Howard looked good and showed that we really must play any and every tight end against Arizona. He gets a weakened Saints defense this week.

Week 11: vs New Orleans Saints - $3600

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. By now, those playing Jameis Winston in fantasy have to be used to his volatility. They're happy and confident with his volume (39 attempts per game) and big-play tendencies (13.0 yards per completion), but they also know he's a weekly candidate to collapse into a mess of turnovers and missed opportunities. He's sporting a high 3.9% interception rate, and he's had even more dropped by opposing defenses. Luckily, he teams with one of football's most imposing and dynamic groups of receivers. Mike Evans remains a walking mismatch, dominating down the field en route to 17.1 yards per catch. He's averaged 103 per game, the best of his scintillating 6-year career, and has already topped 180 three times. Evans was held catch-less in this matchup back in Week 5, but if he doesn't have to deal with Marshon Lattimore Sunday, he'll project through the roof. When opponents do move their attention to him, Chris Godwin absolutely excels in the slot. Godwin has drawn 8+ targets in 7 of 9 games thus far, and he's averaging 93 of his own. Even forgotten man O.J. Howard got in on the party last week, turning a season-high 7 looks into 47 yards and a touchdown. This passing game is so electric that it succeeds even when Winston is off his game, and the receivers are weekly fantasy studs. For his part, Winston yo-yos from erratic to explosive as much as anyone, but always has volume and deep-ball opportunity on his side. The Saints pass defense has been one of the league's best over the past 6 weeks, allowing just 207 yards per game and 6 touchdowns. Over that span, they've held a handful of strong passers - including this week's opponent, Jameis Winston - to near-season lows. But it's fair to wonder how they'll show without shutdown cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who's week-to-week with a hamstring injury. Lattimore was the driving force in stifling Mike Evans (catchless on three targets) back in Week 5, as well as the likes of Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, and D.J. Chark. Eli Apple has been strong across the field, but now P.J. Williams will be put on the spot, and he's been one of football's weakest cover men for most of the past two seasons. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will likely move into the slot, where faces a daunting welcome from Chris Godwin. At least they can count on dynamic help coverage from free safety Marcus Williams, who's developed into an explosive playmaker on the ball. And their job is made easier by a top-tier pass rush, currently fourth league-wide in pressure rate. But overall, the one-on-one matchups take a big hit without Lattimore, which keeps both Evans and Godwin in firm WR1 consideration.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs ARI 84 4.0 47 1 0 3300 14.70 4.45
11 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 2.9 * * * * * *
11 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 2.7 * * * * * *
11 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 3.0 * * * * * *

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.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs ARI (7 / 4 / 47 / 1 rec - 14.7 points, $3300)

Howard took advantage of his best matchup of the year, and reappeared in the 1st half with a couple of short catches before pulling in an amazing reception over two defenders on a seam route. The 26 yard reception set the Bucs up in the red zone with 12 seconds left in the 1st half. Howard walked into the end zone for an easy touchdown on the next play as the Cardinals secondary appeared confused about who was covering Howard. Winston looked for him again up the seam in the 2nd half, but this time Howard got crushed between two defenders and was not able to bring the ball in. Howard to not have any receptions in the 2nd half.

2019 Week 6 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec - 5.5 points, $3700)

Another week, another Cameron Brate touchdown. Howard was held to just 2 receptions on 4 targets this week. He had an exciting reception on a TE screen that he caught behind the line of scrimmage and broke down the right sideline for 30 yards, breaking one tackle before being shoved out of bounds at the Carolina 5 yard line. Howard was the target on Winston's second interception, which was deflected at the line of scrimmage into the arms of a defender. Howard managed one more reception on a short curl route early in the 3rd quarter.

2019 Week 5 vs NO (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec - 2 points, $3900)

Howard continues to be invisible in this offense. Winston looked his way on a deep corner route during the Bucs' first drive, but he underthrew the pass and missed out on a big gain. Despite playing all four quarters, Howard notched his only reception on a shallow crossing route with 40 seconds left in the game.

2019 Week 4 vs LAR (3 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec - 6.3 points, $3900)

Howard had another slow day as Winston peppered receiver Godwin with most of his targets. Winston hit Howard on a curl route in the 1st quarter. Howard's most impressive play was a catch and run on a tight end screen in the 2nd quarter. He got close to the end zone in the second quarter, but was brought down inside the 10 yard line on his final catch of the game. Howard had a costly holding penalty that negated a huge Ronald Jones run in the 3rd quarter. Howard still has yet to score this season, while fellow tight end Brate has found paydirt three times.

2019 Week 3 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 66 / 0 rec - 9.6 points, $3800)

Winston took several more deep shots for Howard this week, and the two narrowly missed several big connections. Howard nearly hauled in a touchdown early in the 1st quarter, but the ball was just out of his reach on a fade route from Winston. He sniffed the end zone again when he was tackled on the Giants' three yard line after hauling in a deep post from Winston. Howard narrowly missed a huge gain down the right sideline against tight coverage in the 2nd quarter. He and Winston connected on what looked like the same play later in the same series for a 30 yard gain down the right s

2019 Week 2 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 0 points, $4400)

Howard had a brutally slow day. He was targeted once in the 2nd quarter, but was flagged for pushing off on the incompletion. He was flagged gain for a false start later in the 3rd quarter.

2019 Week 1 vs SF (5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec - 6.2 points, $5000)

Howard was featured more prominently in the passing game than Cameron Brate, but he caused two brutal turnovers while Brate scored two touchdowns that were both called back for penalties on Demar Dotson. Howard snagged a shallow drag route for no gain on Winston's first pass attempt of the game. He killed a long drive in the second quarter when he caught a short curl route and fumbled the ball inside the San Francisco red zone. Howard committed another costly gaff at the end of the second quarter as he deflected a pass into the air where it was intercepted by a San Francisco linebacker. Howard caught a deep crossing route for 15 yard gain(his longest of the day) at the end of the third quarter. Howard was credited for two tackles in some formats, which would have helped alleviate the points lost to the fumble for anyone with IDP scoring.


Latest News

Buccaneers | O.J. Howard scores in Week 10 (Sun Nov 10, 09:30 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard ended up with our catches for 47 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals on seven targets.

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Buccaneers | O.J. Howard a full participant (Fri Nov 8, 07:05 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is not on the injury report for Week 10.

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Buccaneers | Tampa Bay's injury report for Week 10 (Fri Nov 8, 03:37 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (hip), LB Carl Nassib (groin) and LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring) were held out of practice Friday, Nov. 8, and have been ruled out for Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals. OT Demar Dotson (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice all week, while OG Ali Marpet was upgraded to a full practice Friday; both players no longer appear on the injury report. TE Cameron Brate (ribs), TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) and OT Donovan Smith (thumb) practiced in full all week and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Buccaneers | O.J. Howard a full participant (Thu Nov 7, 06:58 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 7.

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Buccaneers | Thursday's practice report for Tampa Bay (Thu Nov 7, 04:37 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Carl Nassib (groin), LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring) and CB Carlton Davis (hip) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 7. OT Demar Dotson (hamstring) and OG Ali Marpet (ankle) were limited. TE Cameron Brate (ribs), TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) and OT Donovan Smith (thumb) fully participated in practice.

Our View: If Davis can't go, rookie Jamel Dean will be on the field and he'll have a target on his back. Christian Kirk could get finally get free deep in this one.
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