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What to do with O.J. Howard in Week 10 fantasy football

There isn’t a better possible matchup than Arizona when it comes to tight ends. Does that mean O.J. Howard will finally break out of his slump?

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In 2003, a film called “Something’s Gotta Give” was released in theatres. I was 15 at the time and did not have any interesting in viewing this Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson vehicle. I’ve never even watched a minute of this movie, yet IMDB does inform me that both leads were nominated for Golden Globes. That’s swell. Anyway, despite my general apathy to that whole production, due to its title, it’s always the first thing that comes to mind when we get situations like O.J. Howard going up against the Cardinals. I swear to you, Nicholson’s sunglasses-wearing face was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this matchup. Clearly, I have issues; yet Howard appears to be in the same boat.

The third-year tight end has practiced in full heading into Week 10, as it appears he is recovered from a hamstring injury that’s cost him the past few games. Though it will be nice to see him back out on the field, you’d be excused for not being aware that he’d left in the first place. Among all tight ends active for this Sunday’s slate, Howard ranks dead-last with a 9% target share and second-from-the-bottom with a paltry 0.16 PPR fantasy points gained per route run. He has been, without question, the biggest bust at his position so far in 2019. While I totally understand that Arizona has surrendered the most fantasy points per game to TEs, the fact that Howard’s yet to score even double-digit points in a single week can’t just be glossed over due to an appealing opponent.

Fantasy Football Analysis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard

The Cardinals are conceding a 27% target share and 9.8 yards per pass attempt to opposing tight ends. Both unsurprisingly are the worst marks in the NFL. This is a poor defense with an obvious weakness. Still, while I’ll begrudgingly admit that you should be utilizing Howard this weekend, I’m not about to proclaim him a high-floor option. He’s not someone I’m looking to get anything close to 100% exposure to in DFS. I mean, even if he’s wide open on every snap, Jameis Winston has to physically get him the ball. Tampa Bay has directed passes to its TEs at a mere 13% clip going back to the beginning of Week 5 and, for the entire season, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin own the league’s highest combined target share at 48.8%. This offense is a duopoly. That’s not magically going to change.

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