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O.J.
Howard
College Alabama
Team Tampa Bay Buccaneers
80TE
6'6"Height
251Weight
24Age
3Exp
7Bye
O.J. Howard's Fantasy Scouting Report

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 137 projected fantasy points puts him at #3 behind Zach Ertz and ahead of George Kittle. He has averaged 8.65 fantasy points in his past 10 games. Our projected per game average is virtually the same. His projected per game average is 8.6 fantasy points. He is slightly less valuable in PPR leagues where he is the #4 ranked tight end. O.J. Howard is expected to improve on last season's #10 fantasy position rank.

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WEEK 1 AND 2 FANTASY OUTLOOK

O.J. Howard is projected for 8.6 fantasy points which is good enough to be the #4 ranked tight end and a must start for most owners. This is a typical week for him with a FP projection that is the same as his projected per game average over the rest of the season. He is ranked above Jared Cook but behind George Kittle. His projected rank in Week 2 is the same as it is in Week 1. He is projected for 8.8 fantasy points.

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.

Career Stats
YEARTEAMGGSRECYDSAVGLGTD20+40+1ST
2018TB1083456516.6275511128
2017TB14142643216.625869119
Career (3 Seasons)24226099716.62751120247
YEARTEAMGGSATTYDSAVGLGTD1ST
2018TB108000.00000
2017TB1414000.00000
Career (3 Seasons)2422000.00-12700
2018 Situational Stats
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
NOVEMBER GAMES31014614.62299040
OCTOBER GAMES31319715.2221076.930
SEPTEMBER GAMES41122220.211981.841
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
MONDAY GAMES16721200583.310
SUNDAY GAMES92849317.6552382.1101
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
WINS31021721.71177041
LOSSES72434814.5442187.570
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
HOME GAMES41525016.7111173.341
ROAD GAMES61931516.6441789.570
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
Bank of America Stadium145313.322410010
Mercedes-Benz Stadium146215.511410010
Mercedes-Benz Superdome12542700210010
MetLife Stadium157815.60048030
Paul Brown Stadium1468171137510
Raymond James Stadium41525016.7111173.341
Soldier Field100---000---00
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
vs Atlanta Falcons146215.511410010
vs Carolina Panthers145313.322410010
vs Chicago Bears100---000---00
vs Cincinnati Bengals1468171137510
vs Cleveland Browns156713.40036010
vs New Orleans Saints12542700210010
vs New York Giants157815.60048030
vs Philadelphia Eagles13963211266.721
vs Pittsburgh Steelers16721200583.310
vs Washington Redskins11151500110000
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
BRISK (41-60 DEGREES)2914616.211777.840
HOT WEATHER >= 802411127.81137521
WARM (61-79 DEGREES)51925413.4331684.240
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
INDOOR GAMES12542700210010
OUTDOOR GAMES93251116552681.3101
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
ON ARTIFICIAL SURFACES41526217.5221386.760
ON GRASS FIELDS61930315.9331578.951
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
MARGIN 0-762744316.4332177.891
MARGIN 15+100---000---00
MARGIN 8-143712217.422710020
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
FIRST HALF SEASON82847216.9552382.181
SECOND HALF SEASON269315.500583.330
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
OUTSIDE OWN DIVISION72439616.522187581
VS OWN DIVISION31016916.9331010030
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
VS AFC TEAMS31520713.8111173.330
VS NFC TEAMS71935818.8441789.581
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
FOURTH QUARTER WITHIN 70177000000
LAST TWO MINUTES OF HALF04389.53337500
FOURTH DOWN022110.522210000
FIRST DOWN02036518.311157571
BEHIND BY 1-TO-8 POINTS01420514.6221285.750
BEHIND BY 9-TO-16 POINTS037123.711310010
OPP 19-1 - BY YARD LINE04358.844410000
OPP 49-20 - BY YARD LINE01219416.2001191.740
THIRD DOWN024321.500210010
TIED0512925.81148011
SECOND DOWN01013613.62299030
OWN 21-50 - BY YARD LINE01631319.611127561
OVERTIME000---000---00
OWN 1-20 - BY YARD LINE022311.50015010
BEHIND02234615.7441986.480
ATTEMPTS 31+000---000---00
3RD QUARTER079914.100571.430
4TH QUARTER01016916.91188040
2ND QUARTER01222718.9441083.341
2ND HALF01726815.8111376.570
1ST HALF01729717.5441588.241
1ST QUARTER05701400510000
AHEAD079012.900571.420
AHEAD BY 1-TO-8 POINTS079012.900571.420
ATTEMPTS 11-THROUGH-20000---000---00
ATTEMPTS 21-THROUGH-30000---000---00
ATTEMPTS 1-THROUGH-10000---000---00
AS STARTER000---000---00
AHEAD BY 9-TO-16 POINTS000---000---00
OVERALL103456516.6552882.4111
2018 Game Log
WKDATEOPPRESULTTARRECPTREYDREAVGRELGRETDRUATTRUYDRUAVGRULGRUTDFL
109/09@NOW48-40225427.00350000000
209/16PHIW27-21439632.00751000000
309/24PITL30-27867212.00210000000
409/30@CHIL48-10300000000000
5BYE-L0-0------------
610/14@ATLL34-29446215.50211000000
810/28@CINL37-34446817.00201000000
911/04@CARL42-28645313.25312000000
1011/11WASL16-3211515.00150000000
1111/18@NYGL38-35657815.60240000000
*1211/25SFW27-9000000000000
*1312/02CARW24-17000000000000
*1412/09NOL28-14000000000000
*1512/16@BALL20-12000000000000
*1612/23@DALL27-20000000000000
*1712/30ATLL34-32000000000000
* Indicates player did not play that week