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O.J. Howard or George Kittle

Who Should I Start? - Week 14

 
Experts' Pick
 
  George KittleG. Kittle
TE - SF
George Kittle
at NO, Sun 1pm EST
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
vs. IND, Sun 1pm EST
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 1# 18-
Best Rank# 1# 12-
Worst Rank# 3# 24-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at NO vs. IND-
Matchup RatingThis is a 3 star matchup. TEs perform close to their average vs NOThis is a 3 star matchup. TEs perform close to their average vs IND-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rec18.918.3
Rec Yds205.4194.6
Rec TD1.31.2
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total88.233.4-
Avg Game8.83.3-
Avg Projection10.04.0-
Week 131.46.1-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
WeatherIndoor74 F, Mostly Cloudy-
    
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  George KittleG. Kittle
TE - SF
George Kittle
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 at TB
10 tar, 8 rec, 54 yds, 0 td
vs. SF
5 tar, 4 rec, 32 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at CIN
3 tar, 3 rec, 54 yds, 0 td
at CAR
0 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 3 vs. PIT
8 tar, 6 rec, 57 yds, 0 td
vs. NYG
4 tar, 3 rec, 66 yds, 0 td
Week 4BYE WEEK at LAR
3 tar, 3 rec, 33 yds, 0 td
Week 5 vs. CLE
8 tar, 6 rec, 70 yds, 1 td
1 rush, 18 yds, 0 td
at NO
2 tar, 1 rec, 10 yds, 0 td
Week 6 at LAR
8 tar, 8 rec, 103 yds, 0 td
vs. CAR
4 tar, 2 rec, 35 yds, 0 td
Week 7 at WAS
5 tar, 3 rec, 38 yds, 0 td
2 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
BYE WEEK
Week 8 vs. CAR
7 tar, 6 rec, 86 yds, 0 td
at TEN
Week 9 at ARI
8 tar, 6 rec, 79 yds, 1 td
at SEA
Week 10 vs. SEA
vs. ARI
7 tar, 4 rec, 47 yds, 1 td
Week 11 vs. ARI
vs. NO
1 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 12 vs. GB
6 tar, 6 rec, 129 yds, 1 td
at ATL
2 tar, 1 rec, 10 yds, 0 td
Week 13 at BAL
4 tar, 2 rec, 17 yds, 0 td
1 rush, -3 yds, 0 td
at JAC
6 tar, 5 rec, 61 yds, 0 td
Week 14 at NO vs. IND
Week 15 vs. ATL at DET
Week 16 vs. LAR vs. HOU
Week 17 at SEA vs. ATL
  George KittleG. Kittle
TE - SF
George Kittle
at NO, Sun 1pm EST
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
vs. IND, Sun 1pm EST
Receiving
   
Receptions5.92.7
Rec Yards71.533.5
Rec TDs0.50.1
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.00.0
Rush Yards0.00.0
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points10.04.0
   
  George KittleG. Kittle
TE - SF
George Kittle
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
2019 Points 
Week 15.41.2
Week 25.40.0
Week 35.76.6
Week 43.3
Week 514.81.0
Week 610.33.5
Week 73.8
Week 88.6
Week 913.9
Week 1010.7
Week 110.0
Week 1218.91.0
Week 131.46.1
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
  George KittleG. Kittle
TE - SF
George Kittle
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
2019 Targets 
Week 1105
Week 230
Week 384
Week 43
Week 582
Week 684
Week 75
Week 87
Week 98
Week 107
Week 111
Week 1262
Week 1346
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
  George KittleG. Kittle
TE - SF
George Kittle
at NO, Sun 1pm EST
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
vs. IND, Sun 1pm EST
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It was a messy game against the Ravens last week and Kittle's finishing line of 2/17/0 confirms it. They threw the ball just 21 times in that game, something that won't happen this week. The Saints opponents have averaged 38.1 pass attempts per game, so when you combine that with Kittle's tight-end-leading 25 percent target share, we have what should be a sky-high floor. The Saints have been beat over the middle of the field this year and when targeted, tight ends have caught 73.7 percent of their targets, which is the third-highest mark in the league. We've seen six tight ends finish as the TE13 or better, though none have finished in the top-five. There have been seven tight ends who've totaled at least 41 yards but none who've topped 88 yards. Looking over their schedule, they've had one of the easiest ones in football. Start Kittle as a high-end TE1 and have little concern.So, Howard is alive after all? I talked about this last week when I said he's going to go off at some point while on someone's bench or on the waiver wire. While five catches for 61 yards doesn't exactly constitute as "going off," it's a step in the right direction. Now going to play against the Colts defense that's allowed eight different tight ends turn in a performance with four or more receptions. No tight end has topped 73 yards, but they've constantly allowed a lot of receptions underneath. This all goes back to their zone-heavy scheme allowing receptions but containing the big play. That's not great for someone like Howard who's not used as a possession-style tight end. He's a risk-reward TE2 at this point who's disappointed but knowing the Bucs will have some trouble running the ball consistently, Howard has some appeal.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Saints are 12th against fantasy tight ends, but Kittle is still a TE1 on the road in a showdown that could decide home field in the NFC. 
Zach Brunner
FantasyPros
The Ravens shut down Kittle last week. Give them credit, as I'm sure the defense has picked up some tricks facing their own TEs in practice. This week, he faces the Saints, which is a much better matchup for TEs. We can go right back to the well with Kittle, as he is a top play at the position this week. Expect him to get back on track.Howard put together one of his most productive games of the season last week, in a game where the top two WRs were held in check. We can't assume they will be limited two weeks in a row, and we really cannot begin to predict that there will be any kind of consistency for Howard at this point in the season. So yes, he is a chance to repeat last week's performance. He certainly has the talent, but we he's only a volatile TE2 option this week.
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