Buddy Howell
Buddy Howell
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Houston Texans
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Howell enters his third season with the Texans. He's played a total of 39 snaps on offense while appearing in 31 of 32 games since Houston claimed him prior to the 2018 season. He does most of his work on special teams and is destined for a similar role in 2020. He moved up the depth chart for a brief moment during preseason in 2019, after Lamar Miller went down with a season-ending knee injury, but the Texans added Carlos Hyde to the backfield that also included Duke Johnson. In 2020, it's David Johnson and Duke Johnson atop the depth chart, so Howell will be a special-teams regular. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $1.71 million contract with the Dolphins in May of 2018. Waived by the Dolphins in September of 2018. Claimed off waivers by the Texans in September of 2018.
No-show on offense
RBHouston Texans
September 11, 2020
Howell played strictly on special teams during Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 1.
ANALYSIS
With Duke Johnson (ankle) leaving the game, Howell would have been the next man up, but by that time, the Texans were were down three scores and playing catchup. Howell is a steady contributor on the coverage team, but he could be on the radar heading into Week 2 against the Ravens if Johnson's injury lingers. The Texans also have an experienced C.J. Prosise on the practice squad.
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Sunday, Sep 27th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
75.8
 
Cornerbacks
73.0
 
Safeties
93.8
 
Linebackers
63.5
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Howell spent the entire 2018 season on Houston's active roster, but played just three snaps on offense. He's one of several backs in camp that have a lot of special-teams experience. There's room for at least one more running back, maybe two, so Howell should be featured early on in preseason games along with Taiwan Jones and Josh Ferguson. Lamar Miller's season-ending knee injury suffered in preseason Week 3 means the Texans need to adjust. Howell and Houston's other lesser-known backs move up the depth chart behind Duke Johnson.
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No offense in playoff loss
RBHouston Texans
January 13, 2020
Howell did not play an offensive snap in Sunday's 51-31 playoff loss to the Chiefs.
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Appealing fine
RBHouston Texans
December 8, 2019
Howell has been fined for an illegal blindside block on a punt return during last week's win over New England, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Hefty workload in preseason win
RBHouston Texans
August 17, 2019
Howell rushed 15 times for 84 yards and a touchdown and wasn't targeted in the passing game in the Texans' 30-23 preseason win over the Lions on Saturday.
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In competition for backup job
RBHouston Texans
August 5, 2019
Howell is in contention for the backup job to starting running back Lamar Miller in the wake of the Texans waiving D'Onta Foreman, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
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Headed for special-teams role
RBHouston Texans
June 17, 2019
Howell is expected to play a significant role on special teams in 2019, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports. "I just know they want me here for special teams, to make an impact on special teams. So, that's my thing. If it get a carry, that's a bonus for me," the running back said.
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