It’s been a rough start to the season for O.J. Howard. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end who a lot of people probably drafted to be their fantasy starter this season still hasn’t found the end zone. He’s only caught four passes for 32 yards, seriously depressing his value. But maybe this week’s matchup against a terrible New York Giants team is just what he needs.
After a loss to the 49ers in Week 1, head coach Bruce Arians very diplomatically called him out in the media, telling the press that Howard “can play a heck of a lot better.” The same can be said of the entire Buccaneers offense, which is struggling to score points.
There might be signs of hope. Quarterback Jameis Winston played better last week after a disastrous opener. If the offense starts getting things dialed in, Howard should start seeing more passes come his way, not to mention scoring touchdowns. A game against the Giants could be just what the doctor ordered to cure a slow start.
Fantasy impact: The Giants have bled receiving yards this season. Dallas got two scores from tight ends against Big Blue in Week 1. That could mean big things for Howard and the Bucs. And if he can’t get things going this week, well, it might be time to find someone else for your fantasy team.