Howard rushed 14 times for 69 yards while failing to haul in his lone target and losing a costly fumble in Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to Miami. Howard lost a fumble on Miami's 1-yard line in the second quarter as part of a mistake-prone afternoon that also featured a Mitchell Trubisky interception in the end zone, a Tarik Cohen fumble in the last two minutes of regulation and a missed field goal in overtime. Chicago's passing game has kicked things into a higher gear over the team's last two games, but Howard's still sitting on just one rushing score heading into a Week 7 matchup with the Patriots.
Howard rushed 11 times for 24 yards and failed to secure his only target in the Bears' 48-10 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. Howard saw backfield mate Tarik Cohen outpace him by two carries and also take a significant role in the passing game. Meanwhile, Howard was barely involved in the air attack after seeing 11 targets over the first three games of the season, but the Bears' comfortable lead was likely the main factor behind his relatively sparse usage. Despite Cohen's enhanced rushing volume Sunday, Howard seems locked in as the team's early-down back in normal game scripts, and he'll look to reclaim his workhorse role against the Dolphins in Week 6 following a Week 5 bye.
Howard rushed 24 times for 61 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for an additional 20 yards in Sunday's victory over the Cardinals. After Chicago fell behind by 14 points in the first quarter, it looked as if Howard would see very little work based on potential game script. Once the defense put the clamps down on Arizona, the Bears were able to run the ball frequently during the last 25 minutes of the contest, giving him an opportunity to add to his numbers. However, with the Cardinals expecting the run, he found very little room to operate, but a short touchdown run salvaged his fantasy day. He'll continue to be a strong weekly fantasy option, based on his average of over 20 touches per week.
Howard rushed 14 times for 35 yards and caught three of four targets for 33 yards in Monday night's 24-17 win over the Seahawks. Howard was bottled up on the ground, with his longest rush going for merely seven yards. Although he trailed only Allen Robinson in receiving yards, it still wasn't a particularly productive performance for the usually impactful Howard, who also saw his team score twice through the air from inside the 10-yard line. Fortunately for him, Week 3 offers an excellent rebound opportunity against a Cardinals team that has been dominated through the first couple games.
Howard rushed 15 times for 82 yards during Sunday's 24-23 loss to Green Bay. He also secured all five of his targets for an additional 25 yards. Concerns over Howard losing work to Tarik Cohen were quieted Sunday night after the bruising running back logged nearly 80 percent of the snaps and roughly three-fourths of the carries. The icing on the cake was the fact that Howard was asked to run 22 routes out of the backfield compared to 10 for Cohen, which supports head coach Matt Nagy's comments in August that indicated Howard will be used in more passing situations this season than he did in 2017. With a workhorse role seemingly in hand, Howard will enter Week 2 as one of the most desirable fantasy options at his position.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||New England Patriots||18||16.67|
|8||10/28||New York Jets||17||16.33|
|13||12/02||@New York Giants||21||18.67|
|14||12/09||Los Angeles Rams||9||14.00|
|15||12/16||Green Bay Packers||13||15.67|
|16||12/23||@San Francisco 49ers||22||19.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||264||1218||8||26||212||0||188|