Jordan Howard Fantasy Outlook Isn't Exciting but Offers Solid Value

Jason Schandl
Jordan Howard's fantasy outlook includes a solid floor but low ceiling in 2020.
Jordan Howard's fantasy outlook includes a solid floor but low ceiling in 2020. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Jordan Howard has't done much to excite fantasy football managers since his rookie season in 2016, but he has generally been the kind of rock-solid rusher that tends to get slept on.

As the likely lead back in the Miami Dolphins' offense, Howard could once again be offering some solid fantasy football value in 2020 drafts.

Injuries cut Howard's 2019 season short, but he was putting up some decent fantasy numbers when he got the opportunity. First playing over 50 percent of the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive snaps in Week 4, Howard averaged 79.3 yards from scrimmage on 17.2 opportunities per game before going down in Week 9. Extrapolated to 16 games, that was a pace for 251 carries and 1,136 yards.

That would have given Howard four straight seasons with 250-plus carries as well as his third season with 1,000-plus rushing yards.

Playing in a poor Dolphins' offense, it's hard to project him for another strong touchdown total (he has at least 7 total TDs in each of his first four seasons), but he could still be in for solid volume, as the Dolphins won't be returning any RBs that rushed for more than 170 yards for them in 2019.

The biggest concern for Howard's value is the presence of Matt Breida, who was acquired in a trade from the San Francisco 49ers. Breida will likely see his fair share of volume, and that will limit Howard's ceiling.

Still, Howard is going off the board with an average draft position (ADP) of just RB35, per FantasyPros, and that's a mark he should pretty comfortably clear as the team's lead back.

Breida is the higher upside pick in the backfield, but Howard has a much higher floor, and checks in at RB34 in our 2020 fantasy football rankings.

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