O.J. Howard Fantasy Football News 2018

11:10am EDT 10/14/18

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (knee) is active for today’s game against the Falcons. There’s certainly a chance he’s limited after spraining an MCL 2 weeks ago. But there’s enough upside in what should be a shootout to make Howard an low-end fantasy option.

Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is expected to play today against the Falcons, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Howard is officially questionable with the MCL sprain that knocked him out of Week 4 early. He practiced all week, though, including a full workout Friday. He'll be a risky fantasy option on his own. Howard's return complicates the outlook, however, for Cameron Brate -- 1 of the week's most popular fantasy options at TE. There's still room or Brate to produce worthwhile fantasy numbers with Howard in the lineup, but Howard's return will likely hurt Brate's playing time. In DFS lineups, especially, you might want to pivot to someone such as Steelers TE Vance McDonald at similar prices and lower expected ownership.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Falcons. He put in a full practice on Friday, suggesting he's on track to play. We'll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. If Howard is active, both he and Cameron Brate will be low-end-but-high-upside fantasy plays in what should be a shootout.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (knee) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. He's a week-and-a-half removed from spraining his MCL, which was reportedly a 2-4 week injury. We'd still consider Howard no better than 50/50 to play against the Falcons on Sunday, but we'll get another update tomorrow.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's the same injury and timetable as Giants TE Evan Engram. The good news for Howard is that Tampa has a Week 5 bye, so it's possible that he only misses 1 game. He's worth hanging on to in most leagues considering the dearth of fantasy-viable TEs. Between Howard's injury and the return of QB Jameis Winston, TE Cameron Brate's stock is trending up.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard injured his knee in Sunday's loss to the Bears, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The team doesn't believe it's serious, but Howard will undergo an MRI on Monday. Tampa has a well-timed Week 5 bye. We'll update Howard's status when we learn more.

The NFL is expected to suspend Bucs QB Jameis Winston 3 games for violating its personal conduct policy, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The ban stems from a March 2016 incident when Winston allegedly groped an Uber driver. Charges were never filed against Winston, but the NFL has taken a hard line in these situations since the Ray Rice debacle. Schefter does add that "the league still has not notified Winston of its official decision, and the circumstances surrounding it still could lead to an increase or decrease of the three games." So this doesn't sound officially official yet. But fantasy drafters should be planning for now on Winston missing the first 3 games of the season vs. the Saints, Eagles and Steelers. It's a blow to his best-ball value and makes him tough to draft in standard-sized lineup-setting leagues. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is in line to start while Winston serves his suspension. Fitzpatrick was serviceable in 5 appearances last year, completing 58.9% of his passes with 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs. He's unlikely to be more than a QB2 option -- especially with no teams on bye during those first 3 weeks -- but is at least capable of keeping the Bucs' skill-position guys afloat.

The Bucs have placed TE O.J. Howard (foot) on IR. We'll look for details on the injury, but it shouldn't impact his 2018 offseason. Howard's absence leaves Cameron Brate as Tampa's lead TE -- and a low-end spot starter for Week 16.

Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard took a shot to the outside of his right ankle at the end of his 1st-quarter TD Monday night against the Falcons. He limped off the field -- with some help from QB Jameis Winston -- and to the bench to have trainers check it out. We'll see if it keeps Howard off the field. The play came shortly after TE Cameron Brate left with an apparent lower-body issue.

Update: Howard reportedly hurt his right foot on the aforementioned play. He and Brate are both questionable to return against Atlanta.

The NFL has moved the Bucs-Dolphins game originally scheduled for this Sunday to Week 11. Both teams were scheduled to have a bye that week but will now play 16 straight weeks from Week 2 to 17. We just removed all Bucs and Dolphins from the Week 1 Rankings. The winner here is RB Doug Martin, whose 3-game suspension will now cost him a game against the tough Giants run defense rather than the Dolphins.

Sunday's opener between the Bucs and Dolphins is in limbo as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida. The league held a conference call this morning to discuss the situation, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but no decision was made. The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud hears that the Bucs are expecting the game to be moved to Week 11, when both teams currently have a bye week. The other option is to move the game elsewhere. We're expecting to have clarity on the situation within the next 24 hours.

10:27pm EDT 4/27/17

The Bucs selected Alabama TE O.J. Howard with the 19th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Howard’s college numbers don’t jump off the page — HC Nick Saban even admitted that he was under-utilized in the passing game — but he finished 3rd on a stacked Alabama offense in receiving yards both of the past 2 seasons. Flip on the tape and you see a big, strong, athletic dude. Howard checked into the Combine at 6’6 and 251 pounds, ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and earned a SPARQ score in the 84th percentile among TEs. He’s also 1 of the best blocking TEs we’ve seen come out in recent memory. Howard is already a better all-around TE than Cameron Brate and should quickly pass him on the depth chart. He won’t be any higher than 3rd in line for targets, though, behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Don’t bank on Howard being more than a fantasy spot starter in 2017. But tied to QB Jameis Winston, this is a nice long-term landing spot.

 
 
 

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