College: Alabama | 2 years
Height: 6'6" | Weight: 251 lbs
Birth Date: 11/19/1994
2019 Bye Week: 7
Total Pts: 138.5
Avg Pts: 8.66
Rank: 6 TE
Howard was having a breakout season before an ankle injury cut things short for him. He had 34 receptions for 565 yards and five scores in 10 games. If he plays a full season, Howard has 54 receptions for 904 yards and eight touchdowns. Howard was producing like a No. 1 fantasy tight end, having double-digit fantasy points all but two games. He had six games with 60-plus yards. Howard will continue to be the top tight end in this offense going forward. Howard is a big-play threat at tight end. He has very good speed for the position but also has the size to create mismatches defensively. Howard also blocks pretty well for a young player. He is an explosive talent.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Howard is capable of being a top-five fantasy tight end. He might not get the receptions of the elite guys but will get his yards and scores. He is capable of the huge game any given week, giving him high fantasy potential. Look for around 60 receptions for 900 yards and eight or nine touchdowns. He is a tight end on the rise.
|Week 1||10.40||O.J. Howard 54 receiving yds (5.40 pts)|
O.J. Howard 54 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
|Week 2||26.60||O.J. Howard 75 yd TD reception (12.00 pts)|
O.J. Howard 96 receiving yds (9.60 pts)
O.J. Howard 96 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
|Week 3||12.20||O.J. Howard 72 receiving yds (7.20 pts)|
O.J. Howard 72 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
|Week 6||20.20||O.J. Howard 10 yd TD reception (9.00 pts)|
O.J. Howard 62 receiving yds (6.20 pts)
O.J. Howard 62 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
|Week 7||11.70||O.J. Howard 67 receiving yds (6.70 pts)|
O.J. Howard 67 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
|Week 8||20.80||O.J. Howard 18 yd TD reception (9.00 pts)|
O.J. Howard 68 receiving yds (6.80 pts)
O.J. Howard 68 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
|Week 9||22.30||O.J. Howard 4 yd TD reception (6.00 pts)|
O.J. Howard 3 yd TD reception (6.00 pts)
O.J. Howard 53 receiving yds (5.30 pts)
O.J. Howard 53 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
|Week 10||1.50||O.J. Howard 15 receiving yds (1.50 pts)|
|Week 11||12.80||O.J. Howard 78 receiving yds (7.80 pts)|
O.J. Howard 78 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has been targeted by QB Jameis Winston 'on seemingly every possession' during spring practices, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.
Fantasy Spin: Howard possesses big-play athleticism, and he had become on a weekly TE1 option before an injury cut his 2018 season short. Look for him to pick up where left off and become a top-five fantasy option at his position this year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) has a big fan in new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. 'Man, I've never seen guys like that,' Leftwich said Thursday, May 2, at one of the team's offseason workouts. 'It's hard to be around guys that can do what O.J. can do. He's very - there's not a lot of those human beings walking around on earth. Trust me, because everybody is looking for him. Everybody is looking for the next O.J. Howard. He's a young guy in this process, but what he can do being that big, being able to run it's a matchup nightmare for defenses.'
Fantasy Spin: Howard posted some impressive numbers (34 receptions-565 yards-five TDs) in 2018 before an ankle injury cut short his sophomore season after 10 games. As long as there are no lingering health issues -- and there haven't been any reported this offseason -- Howard should be drafted as a high-end TE1.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is primed to make the Pro Bowl this season, based on recent comments made by teammate Jameis Winston and Chris Godwin. 'The sky's the limit really, not even the sky - probably the moon, Why limit him there? This guy, he's incredible. ... I know he's going to have a great season and Lord willing, he's going to stay healthy and make it to the Pro Bowl like he was before he got injured,' Winston said. 'O.J., he's a freak, man, he's a freak athlete ... He's massive, he's 6-foot-5, 6-foot-6 and 250 and I think he was running a 4.5. A lot of times he was running faster than some of the receivers. ... He's such an explosive guy and a talented dude that he's going to keep growing. ... I can see him being one of the best in the league,' Godwin said.
Fantasy Spin: Howard is already entering his third season as a pro, but he hasn't come close to maximizing his potential for any number of reasons, including the high ankle sprain that cost him the final six games of last season and questionable usage as a rookie. Head coach Bruce Arians has echoed similar thoughts about Howard, so it wouldn't be terribly surprising if he becomes an elite fantasy option in 2019 if he can stay healthy.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) spent time running routes and catching passes from Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Thursday, March 21.
Fantasy Spin: Howard was having a TE1 campaign in 2018 before an injury ended his season early, but he should be back at full strength well before the start of next season. He is a big-play weapon from the tight end spot and could finish as a top-five fantasy option at his position.