SCOUT ANALYST TAKE
O.J. Howard has showed glimpses of why he was the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but this is the year that he puts it all together. In 10 games last season, Howard had 34 catches for 565 yards and 5TDs. SportsLine projects a big year from Howard this season and have him with 63 catches for 930 yards and 7TDs. Howard's projected totals are higher than those of George Kittle, Jared Cook, and Evan Engram. Howard was on track for over 900 yards last season before going down with a foot injury, so those projections make sense. New HC Bruce Arians' offense hasn't been known for TE usage, but the 6'6" Howard has the speed to play some receiver and lineup in different spots. WRs DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries are gone from a season ago which should lead to Howards and another possible breakout player, Chris Godwin, getting more targets, and the Bucs should have a pass-heavy offense with no proven running backs on their roster. If healthy, I think Howard could be the third best TE this season behind Ertz and Kelce
DRAFT ADVICE AND POSITION RANK
Based on our latest pre-season projection, you can expect O.J. Howard will be an elite fantasy starter. His 135 projected fantasy points puts him at #4 behind George Kittle and ahead of Eric Ebron. He has averaged 8.65 fantasy points in his past 10 games, which is slightly more than our projected per game average. His projected per game average is 8.4 fantasy points. He is slightly less valuable in PPR leagues where he is the #5 ranked tight end. O.J. Howard is expected to improve on last season's #10 fantasy position rank.
|REST OF SEASON TE RANK||PROJECTION||FANTASY STATS SINCE 2018|
|#3 George Kittle (97% OWN)||135 FP, 8.4 per game||171 FP, 16 gp, 10.7 per game (#2)|
|#4 O.J. Howard (19% OWN)||135 FP, 8.4 per game||86 FP, 10 gp, 8.6 per game (#5)|
|#5 Eric Ebron (98% OWN)||134 FP, 8.4 per game||156 FP, 16 gp, 9.8 per game (#4)|
|#6 Jared Cook (92% OWN)||124 FP, 7.8 per game||126 FP, 16 gp, 7.8 per game (#6)|
|#7 Evan Engram (78% OWN)||117 FP, 7.3 per game||81 FP, 11 gp, 7.4 per game (#7)|
FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS
The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Below the projection are actual stats from last season.
|-- Per Game (16 Proj)||8.4||12.3||5.2||3.9||56.9||0.46||0.00|
|Week 1 vs SF||8.4||12.1||5.0||3.7||53||0.52||0.00|
|Week 2 @CAR||8.7||12.5||5.2||3.8||59||0.47||0.00|
|-- Per Game (10 GP)||8.6||12||4.8||3.4||56.5||0.50||0.00|