With the emergence of stars like Travis Kelce, George Kittle and Zach Ertz at the tight end position over the past few seasons, top-tier TEs are now a hot commodity in many fantasy leagues. One name to watch this season as a potential first-class fantasy producer is O.J. Howard due to the addition of Bruce Arians at coach and one stat of Howard’s last season.
During the 10 games that Howard did play in last season, Howard was the league leader in quality starts. A tight end has a quality start when they score at least 6.5 points in standard-scoring leagues. Howard met this standard in 70 percent of his starts, just ahead of Ertz and Kittle, at 69 percent.
Ertz, Kittle and Kelce are known for hauling in a large number of fantasy points on a weekly basis, but Howard’s overall consistency should not be overlooked. From Week 6 to Week 11 last season, Howard averaged 13.5 points per game in standard-scoring leagues, which included four touchdown receptions.
With DeSean Jackson returning to Philly, Adam Humphries in Tennessee and no clear picture in the Buccaneer backfield, Howard’s targets should increase. An improved offense will also lead to more red zone opportunities. A healthy Howard in a pass-oriented offense could make plenty of fantasy owners happy as the season progresses.