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How to handle O.J. Howard injury in Week 2 fantasy football

The Bucs tight end was dealing with an ankle injury this week. How will that impact your fantasy decisions?

Tight end O.J. Howard of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball after a catch against the New York Giants on November 18, 2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added tight end O.J. Howard’s name to the injury list on Monday. He was dealing with an ankle injury after Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers. But the team got some good news on Wednesday afternoon—Howard was a full go at practice, meaning he’ll be ready to roll Thursday night against the Panthers.

The Bucs will need him too; they’ll need all the help they can get after last week’s forgettable performance. Howard struggled in that game, fumbling a ball in the end zone and letting another pass doink off his hands and into the arms of a defender. He finished the day with 32 yards on four catches.

For fantasy, Howard sits in the tier right below the big names at the position. You just have to suffer through games like last week’s, which is something that happens at least a few times a season with Jameis Winston at quarterback.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has a better matchup this week against the Panthers. In two career games against them, he’s scored twice. He’s a regular part of the Bucs offense. You can start him with confidence, and he might be worth a pickup in daily fantasy where he’s currently fetching a reasonable $4,400 salary in DraftKings leagues.