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Is It Time to Drop O.J. Howard?

Is It Time to Drop O.J. Howard?

After 2 weeks it is a little early to full on give up on someone, but I think we have gotten to the point where through 2 games O.J. Howard has been used so little he is no longer a player you can start on a regular basis. In this article I will make the argument for why you can bench or even cut O.J. Howard.

Through 2 games O.J. Howard has 3.2 fantasy points in half point per reception leagues. In week 2 on Thursday night, Howard had 0 targets, 0 receptions, and 0 points. His own teammate Cameron Brate has more fantasy points than Howard.

Howard is the 31st tight end in half point per reception leagues, and he has played 2 games while most other tight ends have played only 1. Howard is behind Noah Fant, Hayden Hurst, and even Robert Tonyan Jr. Through 2 weeks in 2018 Howard had 23.5 points on 5 receptions for 150 yards and 1 touchdown.

In 2019 Howard is not getting catches that he springs for big gains. Instead through 2 weeks we saw his yards per reception at 8 yards down from 29.5 yards per reception through 2 weeks in 2018.

Howard has gone from a player that is extremely efficient to a player that is inefficient. Until Howard can get into a flow and be more of a consistent player it is not safe to play him. He might bust open a game with 75 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he might also do what he did in Carolina last night and have 0 targets.

Cameron Brate is still on this team and had been slept on this whole offseason. In week 1 he had 2 touchdowns that were called back due to penalties. If Brate remains the red zone option, Howard could lose all value completely.

If O.J. Howard is on your team you need to pivot going into week 3. Most of the highest quality tight ends are owned, but here are some names you can look to add or maybe trade for if you have to.

Vernon Davis

Davis is owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues and was targeted 7 times in week 1, catching 4, for 59 yards and a touchdown. As long as Jordan Reed is out Davis will be used and has touchdown potential.

Greg Olsen

As long as Greg Olsen can stay healthy he will continue to get work. Through 2 weeks Olsen has 10 receptions on 18 targets for 146 yards. Olsen is owned in 60% of leagues but he might just be out on you waiver wire, and you must pick him up if he is.

Darren Waller

Darren Waller probably won’t be on your waiver wire since he is owned in 80% of leagues, but he is a trade target. This is someone who will play the Jared Cook role for this team in 2019. In week 1 Waller had 70 yards on 7 catches and 8 targets. He was involved on every play and will continue to be involved on every play. If you have to go out and try to trade for him.

Is It Time to Drop O.J. Howard?

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