Player Outlook
Howard has had to split looks at tight end since joining the Buccaneers as a rookie in 2017, and that's likely to continue to be the case in Buffalo, where Dawson Knox is coming off a breakout season that included nine touchdowns and 587 receiving yards. That's not reason to write Howard off completely, as there should be production to go around in Buffalo's high-powered offense, but he's nothing more than a low-end No. 2 tight end in Fantasy to begin the year.

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2022
2021 14 135 9.64 1 0.00 191.1
2020 11 146 13.27 2 0.00 266.5
3y Avg. 20 247 12.35 1 0.00 302.5
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  • Bills' O.J. Howard: Heading north to Buffalo

    Howard agreed Wednesday with the Bills on a one-year, $3.5 million contract that contains an additional $1.5 million in incentives, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Howard has never quite lived up to his first-round pedigree, much of that due to some injury-plagued seasons, but Buffalo is good landing spot for Phase 2 of his NFL career. Dawson Knox is the clear-cut No. 1 tight end in Buffalo, but if anything were to keep Knox sidelined, Howard has the skill set to thrive in such a high-powered offense. Even with Knox on the field, the Bills have little established depth behind him, so Howard should see some targets even as he's getting his feet wet with his new squad.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: One catch in season-ending loss

    Howard brought in his sole target for seven yards during the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Rams in their NFC divisional-round matchup Sunday. In what may have been his last game in a Buccaneers uniform, Howard primarily filled his usual blocking role over his 11 snaps on offense. The fifth-year tight end now heads into an offseason of uncertainty, as Tampa Bay has essentially shown no interest in retaining the 27-year-old despite having invested the 19th overall pick in him back in 2017. If Howard does indeed suit up elsewhere in 2022, he'll finish his Bucs career with just 25 receptions for 281 yards and three touchdowns on 40 targets over 21 games across the last two seasons.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: One grab in playoff opener

    Howard brought in his only target for three yards during the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup Sunday. Howard surprisingly saw a target after being utilized exclusively as a blocker for the last three games of the regular season. Despite the one grab Sunday, Howard has virtually no fantasy value in postseason contests as long as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate are healthy in front of him.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Finishes season with 14 catches

    Howard, who did not draw a target over nine snaps in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers in Week 18, finished the 2021 season with 14 receptions (21 targets), 135 yards and a touchdown across 17 games. Hopes were high for the 2017 first-round pick as recently as last season before he suffered an Achilles tear in Week 4, and Howard was never able to truly reignite his nascent but promising 2020 connection with Tom Brady this past season. In fairness, the 27-year-old didn't exactly have much of a chance to do so, as he was increasingly utilized exclusively as a blocker down the stretch. Howard has now played out the entirety of his rookie contract, and with seemingly zero indication from the Buccaneers that there's an interest in bringing him back, the athletic but oft-injured Alabama product is virtually certain to ply his trade elsewhere in 2022.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Another stat-less game

    Howard logged 14 snaps in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Jets but did not draw a target. Howard now has two straight games without a target and has logged all of two looks since Week 9. The fifth-year veteran figures to remain a complete nonfactor in Week 18 against the Panthers unless coach Bruce Arians elects to sit Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate for significant portions of the contest ahead of the postseason.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: No targets on 24 snaps

    Howard was not targeted during the Buccaneers' 32-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday. The athletic tight end continues to be a complete non-factor in the air attack, no matter who else is on the shelf for the Bucs any given week. Howard's snap count was actually only seven behind position mate Cameron Brate's, but while the latter at least seems to be good for 3-4 targets most weeks, the former is utilized exclusively as a run blocker these days.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Minimal involvement again

    Howard failed to bring in his only target over 10 snaps in the Buccaneers' 9-0 loss to the Saints on Sunday night. The fifth-year veteran once again was an afterthought, even with all of Mike Evans (hamstring), Chris Godwin (knee) and Leonard Fournette (hamstring) exiting the contest early. With Antonio Brown set to step in for Godwin beginning with the Week 16 contest against the Panthers, Howard may not see even the slightest uptick in opportunity, especially if Evans also manages to avoid an absence in that contest.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Another empty outing

    Howard logged just five snaps from scrimmage in Sunday's 33-27 overtime win on Sunday and did not draw a target. The empty stat line has unfortunately become par for the course for Howard, who appears destined to play out the string on his Buccaneers career in uneventful fashion. The fifth-year pro has one reception for 10 yards over his last five contests and doesn't project to see any uptick in involvement as long as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate remain healthy in front of him.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: No targets over six snaps

    Howard did not draw a target over six snaps during the Buccaneers' 30-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday. Howard's disappearing act from the offense continued Sunday, with the veteran failing to see a target for the second straight game and third time in the last four contests overall. The 27-year-old figures to continue as an afterthought in the offense as long as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate are healthy in front of him.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: One target in Gronk's return

    Howard secured his only target for a 10-yard gain in the Buccaneers' 30-10 win over the Giants on Monday night. Howard was third among the Buccaneers' tight ends in snap share (26 percent) and targets. With Rob Gronkowski back in action Monday night and healthy for now, Howard is likely to continue operating in a depth role during a Week 12 matchup against the Colts.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: No targets in Week 10 loss

    Howard did not see a target over his 28 snaps from scrimmage during Sunday's 29-19 loss to Washington, but his lack of looks was unrelated to the fact he committed a false start penalty on the first play of the game, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. The fifth-year tight end's total lack of opportunity was especially disappointing when considering Rob Gronkowski (back) remained out of action. Howard had at least shown signs of an offensive pulse over the last month-plus with multiple receptions in three of the past four games, but if Gronkowski can make it back for Monday night's game against the Giants, the Alabama product could be a non-factor for a second straight contest.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Two grabs in loss

    Howard secured two of three targets for 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 36-27 loss to the Saints on Sunday. The fifth-year tight end logged 28 snaps on offense (46 percent), with the fact Rob Gronkowski exited after just six snaps due to back spasms helping Howard's cause. The Alabama product has now produced multiple catches in three of the past four games, and if Gronkowski's back issues don't clear up over the Buccaneers' Week 9 bye, Howard could remain on the fantasy radar in Week 10 against Washington.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Held to one grab in win

    Howard (ankle) brought in one of three targets for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 38-3 win over the Bears on Sunday. The veteran tight end was coming off a season-best 6-49-1 line against the Eagles in Week 6, but he was right back to a minimal role Sunday despite the absences of both Antonio Brown (ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (ribs). Howard did log a solid 37 snaps, but with Gronkowski potentially back for a Week 8 matchup against the Saints, his opportunities could dry up further as early as Sunday.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Active against Bears

    Howard (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. The fifth-year tight end was able to work back to full practice participation Friday, so the questionable tag he carried into the weekend always had at least a bit of skepticism attached. Howard is now officially available to help Cameron Brate shoulder the workload at tight end against the Bears in what will be Rob Gronkowski's third straight absence. The 26-year-old is coming off a season-best 6-49-1 against the Eagles in Week 6.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Logs limited practice Thursday

    Howard (ankle) was limited at Thursday's practice. While Greg Auman of The Athletic noted Howard was holding a helmet and didn't seem to be inhibited in the portion of the session open to the media, the Buccaneers officially put him down as a limited participant. That may just mean Howard didn't take part in any or all team drills, but in any case he's trending in the right direction in advance of Sunday's game versus the Bears. With Rob Gronkowski (ribs) still unable to practice, Howard and Cameron Brate are slated to handle tight end for a fourth consecutive contest this weekend, assuming Howard is available.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Tending to ankle injury

    Howard didn't practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury. Howard wasn't spotted during the portion of Wednesday's session open to the media, and now the reason for his absence is known. He joins Rob Gronkowski (ribs) as a non-participant, which leaves Cameron Brate as the only healthy tight end on the Buccaneers' roster. Howard will look to get back on the field during the team's final two practices of Week 7.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Breaks out with six catches

    Howard secured six of seven targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 28-22 win over the Eagles on Thursday night. The seldom-used tight end surprisingly broke out for season-best catch and yardage totals in the primetime win, adding his first touchdown of the season on a two-yard scoring grab to cap off a 10-play game-opening drive. Howard's expanded opportunity came due to the ongoing absence of Rob Gronkowski (ribs), but it was still noteworthy when considering he doubled up position mate Cameron Brate in catches while also logging three more targets. Despite the encouraging performance, Howard's fantasy value could quickly take a hit if Gronkowski is able to return for the Week 7 home matchup versus the Bears, as currently expected.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Pair of grabs in big win

    Howard brought in two of three targets for 19 yards in the Buccaneers' 45-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. The athletic tight end logged a solid workload (43 snaps) for a second straight game and did more with the opportunity than he did during a Week 4 win over the Patriots. Howard's two receptions were still only his third and fourth of the season, however, and his modest fantasy value would evaporate if Rob Gronkowski returns from his rib injury for a Thursday matchup against the Eagles in Week 6.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Disappoints with extra playing time

    Howard failed to come up with his only target in the Buccaneers' 19-17 win over the Patriots on Sunday night. He appeared primed for a boost in opportunity with Rob Gronkowski (ribs) sidelined, and although he did see his biggest snap share of the season, Howard still came up empty. The fifth-year tight end played 65 percent of the offensive snaps, seeing one more snap than Cameron Brate. Howard should be set for plenty of time on the field again versus the Dolphins in Week 5 with Gronkowski expected to remain out at least one more game, but if the 26-year-old fails to make even a minimal impact versus Miami, there seems to be little hope he can be a reliable fantasy asset as long as he remains on the Buccaneers.
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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Primed for larger role

    Howard and Cameron Brate could see added playing time this week, with fellow Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs) doubtful for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. Last week, Brate saw five targets on 45 percent of snaps, while Howard got just one target on 19 percent even though Gronkowski was limited after halftime. However, the Bucs were trailing by multiple scores throughout much of the second half in their eventual loss to the Rams, with the situation likely favoring Brate over Howard. A different game plan or game script could work more in Howard's favor, but he's far from a lock to see steady targets Sunday night. The 2017 first-round pick has caught both of his targets for 32 yards this season, logging a grand total of 31 snaps in three games.
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