Howard rushed nine times for nine yards while adding one reception for an additional five yards in a Week 17 loss to the Vikings, finishing the season with 1122 rushing yards and nine touchdowns along with 23 receptions for an additional 125 yards in 16 games. After having an amazing rookie season in 2016 when he ran for 5.2 yards per carry and accounted for over 1600 total yards, he saw his yardage dropped by almost 400 yards while being held to fewer than 4.1 yards per attempt in 2017. It certainly didn't help that opposing defenses gave little respect to the anemic Bears passing attack, and Howard routinely saw stacked boxes that lowered his potential for consistent big games. Over the season, he was very game-script dependent, as he rushed for 579 yards and five touchdowns in four games that the Bears either won or kept close throughout, while he was held to fewer than 10 rushing yards on three different occasions in blowout losses. If the team's passing attack begins to improve in 2018, he'll likely show a bit more consistency, but regardless, he'll clearly remain as a solid weekly fantasy starter as he enters the third-year of his four-year rookie contract.
Howard rushed 10 times for 37 yards while adding four receptions for an additional 26 yards in Saturday's 20-10 loss to the Lions. Howard had an outstanding matchup on paper, but the Bears fell behind in this one early, and the game script completely went away from him being utilized heavily in the rushing attack. He also had lost opportunities for a better performance when a pair of long gains were called back by penalties, keeping him from ending the evening with almost 100 yards of offense. He's been held to 38 or fewer rushing yards in three of his last four games, and he's failed to reach four yards per carry in five of his last games. Overall, despite his tremendous upside, he's had plenty of weeks in which he's hurt fantasy owners with poor performances.
Howard rushed 23 times for 147 yards (6.4 per tote) and two touchdowns during Sunday's 33-7 win over Cincinnati. This was the fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season for the sophomore, and the two scores up his tally to seven. After running for just 44 yards on 20 carries over the past two weeks, this outburst was a welcomed showing from Howard. Unfortunately, he projects to remain a volatile fantasy asset because the Chicago offense lacks game-breaking talent in the receiving corps, and rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky is still extremely raw. However, Howard's upside was certainly on full display Sunday, and his hefty workload shouldn't be overlooked.
Howard rushed 13 times for 38 yards in Sunday's 15-14 loss to San Francisco. He also lost five yards while catching one of two targets. Fantasy owners had to be expecting more after the 23-year-old ran for 100 yards in three of five games from Weeks 6 through 11, but instead, he turned in a second straight dismal performance in what was supposed to be a prime matchup. It wasn't all his fault, however, as the Bears possessed the ball for only 21 minutes in the contest. Although he out-carried Tarik Cohen 13 to two and is the clear back to own on the Bears, Howard will be tough to trust against Cincinnati in Week 14.
Howard rushed for six yards on seven carries and added two catches for 13 yards in Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Eagles. It was tough sledding for Howard as Chicago had to abandon the run after falling behind by multiple scores early. From a total yardage perspective, it was Howard's second-worst game of the season and comes at a time in which he had entered Sunday with over 120 total yards in three of his previous five games. He'll get an easier test next week against the 49ers, moving from the league's best rush defense in Philadelphia to its worst in San Francisco.
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