O.J. Howard
O.J. Howard
25-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
If you're low on cash but feeling thirsty, head down to the local tavern armed with some O.J. Howard trivia. Howard led tight ends in YPC and YPT last year, which is sure to win you a few free libations. He certainly made an impression with quarterback Jameis Winston, who initially said the sky was the limit for Howard, then changed that to the moon. We always knew Winston was something of a space cadet; now we have deeper confirmation. A high-ankle sprain kept Howard out of six games last year and probably masked what was in all actuality a breakout season. He's also a capable blocker, which can be a double-edged sword - the teams love it, the fantasy honks not so much. A third-year breakout would make sense from a linear perspective, and we're also expecting coach Bruce Arians to have a ball with Howard's size and athleticism. There are other talented pass catchers in Tampa Bay (Mike Evans and Chris Godwin wave hello), but Howard deserves consideration as the top tight end chosen after the first tier is depleted. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $11.09 million contract with the Buccaneers in May of 2017.
Second consecutive strong game
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
December 8, 2019
Howard secured four of five targets for 73 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Howard was second only to Chris Godwin in receiving yardage, with the tight end's tally his highest of the season. The athletic third-year pro may finally be hitting his stride in coach Bruce Arians' offense, as he's now brought in nine of 11 targets for 134 yards over the last two games combined. Howard could be in for extra volume moving forward if Mike Evans (hamstring) is out for any amount of time, which seems highly likely.
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How do O.J. Howard's 2019 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
31.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.55
 
% Team Air Yards
7.0%
 
% Team Targets
8.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
67.5%
 
Drop Rate
12.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.3
 
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How often does O.J. Howard run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how O.J. Howard and the other tight ends for the Buccaneers are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
O.J. Howard
279 routes   39 targets
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225 routes   40 targets
95
53 routes   3 targets
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29 routes   3 targets
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
93.9
 
Cornerbacks
86.5
 
Safeties
110.5
 
Linebackers
101.7
 
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2019 O.J. Howard Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do O.J. Howard's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 6"
 
Weight
251 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.51 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.16 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.85 sec
 
Vertical Jump
30.0 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
33.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
The Buccaneers were judicious in their usage of Howard, but the rookie made splash plays when his number was called. A mark of 16.6 YPC is snappy for any player, but especially for a rookie tight end. And Howard somehow scored six times on just 26 catches. He also deserves high marks for snagging two-thirds of his 39 targets. Howard is an elite athlete, and that might actually work against his fantasy potential a bit - unlike teammate Cameron Brate, Howard is a strong blocker and will be deployed in that role often. But if you're merely thinking about TE upside in the secondary stages of your fantasy draft, Howard is a name to underscore. He has a pedigree (the 19th overall pick in 2017) and most of his Combine stats were impressive. At the end of the day, Tampa Bay can't ignore that Howard is slightly bigger than Brate, significantly faster and has a much wider catch radius. Both Howard and Brate played for Crimson-colored colleges (Alabama and Harvard, respectively), but if we're picking between them, we'll tap the Tide for maximum upside. Just remember that both tight ends likely will face a challenge early in the year, as QB Jameis Winston will serve a suspension for the first three weeks.
The Bucs have to feel good about landing Howard at No. 19 overall, as his realistic range stretched as high as the No. 6 pick to the Jets. He was the top tight end prospect in the draft, and he received plenty of exposure playing at Alabama. When examining his college stats, it's probably best to focus on the 15.1 YPC and not the seven TDs in 46 games -- Nick Saban is in the business of winning NCAA titles, not assembling a pinball offense. What's realistic for a rookie tight end, production wise? In this century, we've seen eight go past 500 yards and 10 get five touchdowns or more. Howard should have an immediate role, but Tampa already has an elite WR in Mike Evans, a proven red-zone TE in Cameron Brate and a deep threat in DeSean Jackson. And keep in mind a big part of Howard's appeal is his in-line blocking ability.
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Comes to life in Week 13 win
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
December 1, 2019
Howard secured five of six targets for 61 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-11 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
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Another forgettable performance
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
November 24, 2019
Howard brought in one of two targets for 10 yards in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
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Causes interception on only target
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
November 17, 2019
Howard failed to haul in his only target in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Saints, instead tipping it into the air, resulting in a New Orleans interception.
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Gets into end zone Week 10
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
November 10, 2019
Howard brought in four of seven targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 30-27 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
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Ready to play
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
November 8, 2019
Howard is cleared to play in Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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