Texans' O.J. Howard, Davis Mills' Fantasy Outlook After Scoring Multiple TD vs. Colts

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 11, 2022

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 11: O.J. Howard #83 of the Houston Texans celebrates scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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Davis Mills and O.J. Howard are having themselves a day.

The two had combined for two touchdowns at the time of publication during Sunday's matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, which perhaps had fantasy players raising their eyebrows and wondering if both deserved closer scrutiny and a roster spot.


Davis Mills to OJ Howard for SIX!<br><br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/HoustonTexans?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HoustonTexans</a> take the lead over the Colts ‼️👏 <br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFL</a>)<a href="https://t.co/3K0HwZMpCp">pic.twitter.com/3K0HwZMpCp</a>


Davis Mills and OJ Howard connect for their second TD today! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeAreTexans?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WeAreTexans</a><br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/INDvsHOU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#INDvsHOU</a> on CBS<br>📱: Stream on NFL+ <a href="https://t.co/iKfdvFJXYV">https://t.co/iKfdvFJXYV</a> <a href="https://t.co/Y7Y7T7CSsu">pic.twitter.com/Y7Y7T7CSsu</a>

We'll start with Howard. The argument for the veteran tight end is that the Texans aren't exactly brimming with offensive playmakers, and his early connection with Mills is a good sign.

Howard has shown flashes of being a solid option at the position in the past, scoring 11 touchdowns in his first two seasons and 24 games. But injuries, the addition of Rob Gronkowski and a general collection of weapons in Tampa Bay made him a complete fantasy non-factor the past three seasons.

Bradley Gelber @BradleyGelber

So OJ Howard does know how to play TE…?

Joe Marino @TheJoeMarino

Good throw from Davis Mills on the TD pass to OJ Howard set up by the Jerry Hughes interception.<br><br>WHAT A SENTENCE LOL

Perhaps a change of scenery has done him good. But keep in mind that Howard's two touchdown receptions came on his only two receptions of the day, at least at the time of publication. Touchdown reliance is a fickle mistress for fantasy players, whereas consistent targets generally indicate a large role in the offense.

So if you are hurting at tight end, Howard is a fine speculative add. Just don't be shocked if he doesn't give you much more than TE2 numbers this season.

Mike Clay @MikeClayNFL

OJ Howard:<br><br>9 snaps<br>2 targets<br>2 catches<br>2 TDs

Thad Brown @thadbrown7

OJ Howard has 2 TDs in week 1.<br>I would have bet limbs against that.<br>Multiple limbs.

Mills is a more interesting call. His 2,664 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a rookie in 2021 aren't going to raise the hairs on a fantasy player's arms. But again, he was a rookie. He closed last season with 301 passing yards and three touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans. There is potential here.

Should he be rostered? In two-QB leagues, absolutely. Beyond that, it's probably a bit early to consider him in the QB2 conversation, so no. But monitor him closely. There is perhaps some upside here, especially come the bye weeks.