O.J. Howard Fantasy Value Plummets After Zero Targets in Week 2 Thursday Night Football Game

Zach Brunner
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Coming into the 2019 season, O.J. Howard was touted as a top tight end option in fantasy football. The addition of Bruce Arians as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach was also expected to improve the team's offense, thus potentially improving Howard's numbers.

However, through two weeks, we've seen Howard's fantasy value plummet. Despite playing in 92 percent of the Bucs' snaps in Week 2, the third-year tight end got zero targets.

In Week 1, the tight end played in 79.7 percent of the Buccaneers' offensive snaps, but he only ran a route on 25 plays. On "Thursday Night Football," he ran just 17 routes. Being used primarily as a blocker against the Panthers, Howard now has five targets, four receptions and 32 yards – all coming in Week 1. This lack of usage in the passing game is clearly concerning for his fantasy owners.

Arians is known as a coach that doesn't heavily involve tight ends in his offense, and this is proving to once again be the case this season. With an extra few days to prepare for the Bucs' Week 3 matchup with the New York Giants, it's possible that the coach will gameplan to get Howard more involved in the passing game. But, again, this usage could end up being the norm for the Tampa Bay offense in 2019.

If that's the case, then Howard could go down as a bust this season, something that could send his fantasy owners to the waiver wire for a tight end streaming option in the coming weeks.


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