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O.J. Howard Injury Update Gives Him Strong Fantasy Outlook in Soft Week 10 Matchup Against Cardinals

Jason Schandl
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints
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O.J. Howard sat out the last two games with a hamstring injury, but based on his poor early-season production, that didn't have much of an impact in fantasy football.

Now that he's set to return in a Week 10 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, it could finally be time for his long-awaited 2019 fantasy breakout.

He only averaged 3.0 targets per game in six healthy contests to start the year, but he was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' top tight end, playing at least 75 percent of the offensive snaps each week. That snap share could climb even higher in his return, as Cameron Brate played only 11 snaps as he fought through a rib injury in Week 9.

Assuming he's not limited in his return (a fairly safe bet, considering the positive injury news coming so early in the week), that means we can probably expect Howard to play about 80 percent of the snaps in Week 10.

He may not have done much with his snaps thus far, but a matchup with the Cardinals should also go a long way to changing that. Arizona has allowed 15.0 standard scoring and 22.1 PPR fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, which are both the highest marks in the NFL.

They're not just allowing high efficiency either, as the Cardinals are also giving up the fourth-most targets per game (8.9) to the position, suggesting Howard could play a bigger role than usual in Week 10.

Howard has yet to score double-digit fantasy points in a single game in 2019, but this is the perfect week for that to change. He's a strong streaming tight end option off the waiver wire and sits at TE8 in our Week 10 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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