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O.J. Howard
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#30 Tight End

56 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 9
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 27
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 251
40 Time: 4.51

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 6
Howard made a fantasy splash with a 6-49-1 receiving line in Thursday night’s win at Philly, but he remains precariously positioned for fantasy value going forward.

His 7 targets ranked 2nd among Bucs, trailing only WR Antonio Brown. But Howard fell 9 pass routes behind Cameron Brate’s lead at the position for the game, despite pulling even with Brate in that category the week before.

Howard still edged Brate in overall snaps and should continue to do so by virtue of his superior blocking. That will keep Howard on the field even after Rob Gronkowski returns from injury. But that looming return plus Brate’s presence -- as well as the tremendous trio at WR -- combine to make Howard’s Week 6 emergence more likely to be an outlier than a signal of what’s to come.

For Week 7, at least, Gronk started the week still not practicing. So there’s a chance Howard remains a fringe starting option for Sunday’s game against the Bears.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Howard missed 10 games from 2017-2019 with foot, ankle and hamstring injuries.
  • In Week 5 of last year, he suffered a torn Achilles that ended his season.
  • Howard posted 19-11-146-2 in 4 full games alongside Tom Brady. He out-targeted Rob Gronkowski 19-14.
  • Howard’s small sample extrapolates out to 76-44-584-8. That would have put him top-10 across formats.
  • That math doesn’t account for Antonio Brown joining the team for the final 8 games. AB, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski (plus Cameron Brate) all return for 2021.
  • Translation: Don’t expect Howard to take back the lead role. It all starts with getting healthy for the contract-year TE, who’s expected to participate at the start of training camp (per HC Bruce Arians).

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

Howard’s high on talent. He’s only 26, and he’s showed flashes of TE1 production in parts of 4 pro seasons.

Injuries have simply halted his progress. And now he’ll attempt to come off an ultra-serious torn Achilles. Howard will need a Rob Gronkowski injury to become a viable TE1 streamer.

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Bucs TE O.J. Howard (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Bears. He got in a full practice on Friday, so we’re not worried about the ankle. Howard figures to split pass-catching duties with TE Cameron Brate as TE Rob Gronkowski misses another game.

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Bucs TE O.J. Howard (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bears. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, so Howard should be ready to go on Sunday. He'll share pass-catching duties with TE Cameron Brate with TE Rob Gronkowski out.

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Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard returned to the practice field at the end of July, but that doesn't mean he's all the way back physically, coming off the Achilles' tendon tear that ended his 2020 season. “He’s not there yet," HC Bruce Arians said in his Monday press conference. "He had a chance to make a couple grimy chances in the end zone today [and] didn’t come up with them. I expect him to make those. He’s still catching up to the speed of it and the physicality of it. He’s been out a long time, so he needs this camp.” Howard remains a later-round flier in all formats, so it's easy to take on the risk that he doesn't rebound all the way. The upside, of course, is that he does get back close to 100% of his previous level and takes the receiving lead among Tampa Bay TEs. We'll see how he progresses through the rest of camp and preseason.

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Bucs TE O.J. Howard practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles in October. Barring a setback, he appears on track for Week 1. The former 1st-rounder is in play as a late-round TE3 in FFPC best balls.

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Bucs TE O.J. Howard remains on track in his recovery from October's torn Achilles. “Yeah, he’s really close now,” HC Bruce Arians said. “He looks fantastic working out every day.” Howard is tentatively expected to be able to get some work in during June minicamp and sure seems to be trending toward being ready for Week 1. Anything QB Tom Brady and the Bucs get from him this year will be a bonus. Note that Howard out-targeted Rob Gronkowski 19 to 14 over the first 4 games of last season.

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