• O.J. Howard
  • TE
  • , Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 25
  • 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 - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
O.J. Howard is set up for a potentially big year. He showcased his talents last season, finishing as the No. 10 tight end in standard formats despite missing six games. With DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries gone, there are more targets likely headed in Howard’s direction. He’s a big-bodied athletic tight end, and has the talent to finish top five in his position.

Fantasy Downside
Bruce Arians takes over the head coaching duties in 2019, and his offenses haven’t produced star tight ends. While in Arizona, Arians once said of the position, “We pay Larry (Fitzgerald) and those guys too much money to throw it to the tight ends. They’re here to block.” There’s also a slight durability issue with Howard considering he’s missed games in each of the last two seasons due to injuries.

2019 Bottom Line
Howard has a very high ceiling in 2019, but he does carry some risk. As for Arians’ scheme, the coach admitted in the offseason that he’s never had a tight end like Howard before. His comments should scare off potential Cameron Brate buyers more than Howard. Considering there aren’t many good tight end options, Howard is a player you should look into drafting because he’s very talented in what could be a high-powered offense. He was the No. 6 tight end in fantasy before having to be sidelined with an injury in 2018.

2019 Strength of Schedule - TB
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
8
SF
25
@CAR
15
NYG
22
@LAR
5
@NO
25
CAR
BYE1
@TEN
12
@SEA
2
ARI
5
NO
9
@ATL
11
@JAX
31
IND
24
@DET
30
HOU
9
ATL

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

2018 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1@NO2540227.000000-5.47.443/6665.2%
2PHI3961432.000000-15.618.646/5879.3%
3PIT6720812.000000-7.213.249/7466.2%
4@CHI0003-0000-0.00.015/6323.8%
5BYE--------------
6@ATL4621415.500000-12.216.234/6651.5%
7CLE5670913.400000-6.711.763/9566.3%
8@CIN4681417.000000-12.816.853/8860.2%
9@CAR4532613.250000-17.321.337/6755.2%
10WAS1150215.000000-1.52.545/6965.2%
11@NYG5780615.600000-7.812.851/7171.8%
12SF--------------
13CAR--------------
14NO--------------
15@BAL--------------
16@DAL--------------
17ATL--------------
Per game3.4056.500.504.8016.6200000.008.6512.0543.60/71.7060.48%
Totals3456554816.6200000.0086.5120.5436/71760.48%