Cameron Brate

#84 TE / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-5 Weight: 245 lb Age: 26 College: Harvard Bye 1

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  • Brate was a limited practice participant Wednesday due to an ankle issue, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Brate apparently picked up an injury in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins, but his recent lack of production is a larger concern than his ankle. After notching five straight games with at least 60 yards in Weeks 4 through 8, Brate has been held to exactly one catch for 12 yards or less in three consecutive outings. Though some form of rebound is likely, Brate may be stuck in a complementary role while he shares targets and snaps with rookie O.J. Howard and the team is absent quarterback Jameis Winston (shoulder).

  • Brate brought in one of three targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins. One of the better fantasy options at the tight end position over the first seven games, Brate has seen a significant drop-off over the last three contests. The 26-year-old has just three catches for 31 yards over that span, with his unexpected downturn coinciding with Jameis Winston's absence due to a shoulder injury. Brate also notably saw less playing time than rookie O.J. Howard (41 snaps to Howard's 46) against the Dolphins, but given his prior body of work, it would be difficult to conceive that his current slump is a permanent one. He'll look to boost his production back up when the Buccaneers face off with the Falcons in a key Week 12 divisional clash.

  • Brate brought in just one of three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets. Brate had secured five targets from Ryan Fitzpatrick in previous games this season, but he was somewhat of the forgotten man Sunday. The fourth-year tight end has actually endured a lackluster last two games, posting just two catches (on seven targets) for 19 yards during that stretch. However, Brate's body of work and talent certainly give him ample opportunity to bounce back, which he'll try to accomplish in a Week 11 road tilt against the Dolphins.

  • Brate could see an increased target share against the Jets in Week 10 with receiver Mike Evans (suspension) out, Jenna Laine of reports. The fourth-year tight end's 48 targets already rank him third on the Buccaneers behind Evans and DeSean Jackson, so it stands to reason that he'll see a bump in looks with the former out of uniform. Moreover, Brate has shown some synergy with backup signal caller Ryan Fitzpatrick, who'll be behind center against the Jets on Sunday in the absence of Jameis Winston (shoulder). Fitzpatrick connected with Brate on all four of the passes he directed his way against the Cardinals in Week 6, including on a 10-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter of that contest.

  • Brate brought in one of four targets for nine yards in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Saints. With the entire offense out of synch and Jameis Winston (shoulder) spending the second half on the sidelines, Brate, like many of his teammates, saw a significant downturn in production. Both the reception and receiving yardage totals were season lows for the productive tight end, who'd logged at least 60 yards through the air in five straight games prior to Sunday. Brate's production may not take as much of a hit as that of receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson if Ryan Fitzpatrick logs multiple starts in Winston's stead, as he's often the recipient of high-percentage throws in the short-to-intermediate passing game.

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