Entering the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked like they had the makings for another great 1-2 punch at tight end. The only question was just how high was the ceiling for the O.J. Howard and Rob Gronkowski duo? We got a pretty good answer to that question on Sunday in the season opener, and one of those guys is already on the verge of irrelevance.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs TEs Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard
Howard had a lackluster season in 2019, and when the Bucs convinced Gronk to come out of retirement and reunite with Tom Brady, there was a lot of chatter about the duo recapturing some of the magic from their New England days.
But in Week 1 against the Saints, it was clear that Howard was the favorite. He finished that game with four catches for 38 yards and a touchdown. And while Gronk saw more snaps, it was Howard who had the edge in targets. It was also clear that Brady had no trust issues with the younger of the two tight ends in the passing game.
Gronk may still get looks from Brady, but for now, the picture just isn’t clear enough to trust him as a viable fantasy option. Both players could find a lot less room to move against the Panthers too, whose defense held Raiders tight end Darren Waller to just 45 yards last week. Howard at least has some upside as a bargain in DFS this week ($3,900).
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Howard. Sit Gronkowski.