• O.J. Howard
  • TE
  • , Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 26
  • 251 lbs
  • 6' 6"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Bruce Arians has a reputation for underutilizing the tight end position in the passing game, so the usage of Howard in 2019 is a bit of an unknown. Arians actually won’t be calling plays—new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will have that duty—but Arians will surely have a heavy hand in designing the offense. Keep in mind that Arians hasn’t had a tight end of Howard’s caliber in his 14 years as an offensive coordinator or head coach. His most productive tight end was Heath Miller, who averaged 3.6 catches for 41 yards and 0.27 touchdowns in 74 games under Arians, though Miller’s best season (76-789-6) would certainly be a good season for Howard, who was in the midst of a breakout season when he injured his foot and ankle in Week 11. He was the No. 6 fantasy tight end at that point. Given Arians’ history, Howard is a bit of a risk/reward pick in the middle rounds, but it’s usually smart to bet on talent, and Howard has it.

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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

TB TE O.J. Howard - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Atlanta Falcons

O.J. Howard has suddenly emerged as a receiving threat, and all it took was Chris Godwin and Mike Evans getting injured. Howard finished 3-46 last week, which made him the team's second-leading receiver. About 50% of his receiving yards this season have come in his last four games. He's only scored once this year, though. He should do enough to get him low-end TE1 numbers against Atlanta in Week 17.

2019 Strength of Schedule - TB
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
12
SF
5
@CAR
31
NYG
16
@LAR
20
@NO
5
CAR
BYE23
@TEN
13
@SEA
32
ARI
20
NO
9
@ATL
24
@JAX
7
IND
19
@DET
29
HOU
9
ATL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1SF432058.000001-1.25.255/7078.6%
2@CAR0000-0000-0.00.060/6592.3%
3NYG3660422.000000-6.69.658/7775.3%
4@LAR3330311.000000-3.36.365/7487.8%
5@NO1100210.000000-1.02.047/5979.7%
6CAR2350417.500000-3.55.560/8075.0%
7BYE--------------
8@TEN--------------
9@SEA--------------
10ARI4471711.750000-10.714.784/8598.8%
11NO0001-0000-0.00.017/6825.0%
12@ATL1100210.000000-1.02.051/6677.3%
13@JAX5610612.200000-6.111.163/7682.9%
14IND4730518.250000-7.311.368/7887.2%
15@DET4460811.500000-4.68.666/7588.0%
16HOU3460715.330000-4.67.661/7383.6%
17ATL0000-0000-0.00.038/5174.5%
Per game2.4332.790.073.8613.500000.070.003.565.9956.64/71.2179.00%
Totals3445915413.5000010.0049.983.9793/99779.00%