Brate secured one of two targets for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 20-12 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. On the heels of a two-touchdown performance Week 14, Brate's one-catch effort was significantly disappointing, especially in the heart of the fantasy postseason. The four-year veteran's middling production may not be truly representative of what he might be able to offer over the final pair of contests as the primary pass-catching tight end, however, as the combination of wet weather conditions and the Ravens' suffocating defense certainly did the passing game no favors Sunday. Brate will look to bounce back Week 16 against a Cowboys defense that's tied with the Bengals for the third-most receptions allowed to the tight end position (77).
Brate brought in two of four targets for 12 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday. Brate maximized his only two grabs on the day, finding the end zone from 11 and one yard out in the first and second quarter, respectively. The veteran tight end hasn't seen much of an uptick in production since the placement of O.J. Howard (ankle/foot) on injured reserve, with one notable exception -- he's notched half of his six touchdowns on the season over the last three games. He'll look to keep it going Week 15 against a Ravens defense that's tied with multiple teams for fourth-most receptions (73) allowed to tight ends,
Brate brought in three of six targets for 36 yards in the Buccaneers' 24-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday. As expected, Brate played a relatively modest complementary role in the Buccaneers' passing attack, and he actually drew even with the starting receiver duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in targets. Brate should be in for a slight boost in his overall numbers over the season's remaining games while filling the role of primary pass-catching tight end, although his overall upside remains limited when all top four Tampa wideout options are healthy.
Brate is expected to step in as the Buccaneers' No. 1 tight end in Sunday's game against the 49ers after O.J. Howard (ankle/foot) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. After combining for 1,251 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns the previous two seasons, Brate took on a more muted role in the Tampa Bay passing game through the first 10 games of 2018 in the midst of Howard's breakout campaign. With Howard now finishing the season on IR for the second time in as many years, the door has reopened for Brate to serve as a safety valve for Jameis Winston, who is set to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Bucs' Week 12 starting quarterback. With Tampa Bay still boasting a deep wideout corps, Brate likely won't rank as a primary target in any given week but should still see enough volume in a potent passing attack to make for a decent fantasy tight end.
Brate brought in two of three targets for 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 loss to the Giants on Sunday. Brate saw a trio of targets for the third consecutive game, and although his yardage totals haven't topped Sunday's 16 since Week 7, there may be reason to suspect Brate might be needed more often on offense soon. Fellow tight end O.J. Howard, who's clearly usurped Brate as the team's primary pass-catching option at the position, suffered an ankle injury during the second half of Sunday's loss. If Howard were to miss any time moving forward, Brate could certainly be in position for a corresponding spike in production.
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