Player Outlook
It took six years, but Brate has finally found another chance to serve as a start-worthy tight end in Fantasy. It's thanks to Rob Gronkowski retiring in late June, and it's helped by the Buccaneers' tight end depth chart being limited to rookies and undrafted free agents. Brate finished as a top-10 tight end in 2016 on the strength of an eight-score campaign with career-bests in targets (81), catches (57) and yards (660). He didn't have Tom Brady as his quarterback then, either. If Brate winds up as an every-down tight end, then he warrants Fantasy attention as an upside-heavy starter to begin the season. Just don't expect any gimme matchups to begin the year against the Cowboys, Saints and Packers.

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2021 30 245 8.17 4 0.00 482.8
2020 28 282 10.07 2 0.00 402.5
3y Avg. 31 279 9.00 3 0.00 452.8
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Back on top of depth chart

    Brate is currently the No. 1 tight end on the Buccaneers depth chart in the immediate aftermath of Rob Gronkowski's retirement announcement earlier this week, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Brate may not be atop the heap for long, however, at least not without sharing that spot with one of several veteran tight ends still available on the open market. His last season with over 500 snaps from scrimmage came back in 2018, and heading into his age-32 campaign, Brate is most effective when sharing time with another capable pass-catching option at the position. Rookie Cade Otton (ankle) could also eventually eat into Brate's snaps depending on how quickly he picks up the team's offense.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Remains top TE option for now

    Brate slots in as the No. 1 tight end on the Buccaneers' depth chart for the time being with Rob Gronkowski still non-committal about a return and O.J. Howard having departed for the Bills in free agency. That said, the veteran's standing at the top of the heap isn't likely to last even as far as training camp. As Zac Blobner of 95.3 WDAE St. Petersburg notes, Gronkowski alluded to there being a "very good chance" of his return to the Buccaneers in 2022, a possibility that likely increased in the wake of Tom Brady's recent decision to come out of a brief retirement for at least one more season. Additionally, the team is likely to focus on the tight end position with at least one of its draft picks this April, and there are at least a couple of free-agent options still on the market that could presumably slot in ahead of Brate were they to be signed.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Agrees to restructure contract

    The Buccaneers and Brate agreed Wednesday to restructure his contract to a two-year, $8 million deal, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. The six-year contract that Brate signed in 2018 locked him in with Tampa Bay through the 2023 season, but the restructure lowers the cap hits in both of the next two years. The statuses of Rob Gronkowski and/or O.J. Howard remain in flux with both free agents this offseason, but at the very least, the newly un-retired Tom Brady has Brate at his disposal at tight end in 2022.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: One catch in season-ending loss

    Brate secured one of three targets for nine yards during the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Rams in their NFC divisional-round matchup Sunday. Brate had a minimal role in the season-ending defeat, even with Breshad Perriman (hip) and Cyril Grayson (hamstring) sitting out the contest and thereby thinning out the Buccaneers' pass-catching corps further. The veteran tight end remains under contract for the next two seasons at cap hits of $7.3 and $7.9 million, but it remains to be seen what type of offensive overhaul the team might undergo this offseason should Tom Brady decide to call it a career and Brate's position mate Rob Gronkowski opts to join him in retirement.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Three catches in playoff opener

    Brate brought in all three targets for 29 yards during the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup Sunday. The veteran tight end filled his usual complementary role effectively and checked in third on the team in receptions on the afternoon. Brate's catch total was his highest since Week 12 against the Colts, and he should be set for modest volume once again in next Sunday's divisional-round matchup against the Rams.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Solid complementary numbers in '21

    Brate, who brought in two of three targets for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers in Week 18, finished the 2021 regular season with 30 receptions (57 targets) for 245 yards and four touchdowns across 17 games. Brate's numbers were essentially right in line with his average figures over the three prior campaigns, a stretch during which he'd tallied 31.3 catches for 294 yards and four touchdowns per season. The veteran tight end continued to serve as the clear No. 2 option at the position behind Rob Gronkowski, and with the Buccaneers entering the postseason with a short-handed receiving corps, he could potentially see an uptick in involvement as Tampa Bay attempts another championship run.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Another TD in Week 17 win

    Brate brought in two of three targets for five yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 28-24 win over the Jets on Sunday. Brate was able to make good use of his scant opportunities, finding the end zone for the second time in as many games on a four-yard grab late in the third quarter. Brate's targets will likely continue to be limited in Week 18 and in the postseason, but Antonio Brown's expected release should theoretically open up more targets.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Gets into end zone in win

    Brate brought in two of four targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 32-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday. The veteran tight end didn't really see an appreciable uptick in targets despite the absences of multiple pass-catching options, but he did find the end zone on a four-yard grab late in the first half. Brate has three straight two-catch efforts and touchdowns in two of his last four contests, giving him some value in very deep formats for those desperate at tight end in their championship games in Week 17.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Another two catches

    Brate brought in two of four targets for 22 yards in the Buccaneers' 9-0 loss to the Saints on Sunday night. Brate produced a pair of receptions for the second straight game and failed to crack 30 yards for the 11th consecutive contest in the process. The veteran tight end's fantasy needle might be moved just slightly with the season-ending injury to Chris Godwin (knee) and the possible Week 16 absences of Leonard Fournette and Mike Evans with hamstring injuries, but even in such a scenario, he's unlikely to see more than a couple of targets over the 3.9 he's averaging thus far this season.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Pair of grabs in win

    Brate brought in two of four targets for 11 yards in the Buccaneers' 33-27 overtime win over the Bills on Sunday. Brate played on just 25 percent of the offensive snaps (21 snaps). The veteran tight end is still clearly ahead of non-factor O.J. Howard (five snaps), but as long as Rob Gronkowski is healthy, Brate is only a touchdown-or-bust option each week.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Makes trio of catches in win

    Brate secured three of four targets for 23 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Colts on Sunday. The tight ends were a focal point of the air attack against a Colts defense adept at limiting wideout production, and although Brate's totals were a far cry from those of Rob Gronkowski's, he still turned in a serviceable line for those holding him in very deep PPR formats. Brate now has multiple grabs in three of the past four contests, although Sunday's tally represented his best figure during that period.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Logs six targets in win

    Brate brought in two of six targets for 27 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-10 win over the Giants on Monday night. The veteran tight end wasn't able to pay another visit to the end zone as he had in Week 10, but Brate was able to tie his season high in targets. He wasn't exactly efficient with his opportunities, however, although he did encouragingly log 35 snaps (45 percent) despite Rob Gronkowski's return to action from a back injury. Due to his generally modest role, Brate remains a consideration only in very deep formats and as a DFS dart throw.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Gets into end zone Sunday

    Brate brought in one of three targets for a six-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 29-19 loss to Washington on Sunday. The veteran tight end recorded a six-yard touchdown grab with 8:46 remaining in the third quarter to bring the Buccaneers to within three points at the time. Brate's visit to the end zone was his first since January's NFC Championship Game win over the Packers, but his volatile week-to-week production and the potential return to action of Rob Gronkowski (back) in Week 11 against the Giants makes him a risky proposition in fantasy.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Another modest showing

    Brate secured two of four targets for 15 yards in the Buccaneers' 36-27 loss to the Saints on Sunday. Despite Rob Gronkowski exiting after just six snaps with back spasms and Antonio Brown (ankle) sitting out another contest, Brate was disappointingly quiet yet again. The veteran did spend more time on the field than position mate O.J. Howard by out-snapping him, 37-28, but the two ended up with the same number of catches, and Brate actually had one fewer yard. It seems evident at this point that fantasy managers should have very low expectations for Brate even if Gronkowski remains out Week 10 against Washington following the Week 9 bye.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Blanked on four targets in win

    Brate failed to bring in any of his four targets in the Buccaneers' 38-3 win over the Bears on Sunday. It was a thoroughly disappointing afternoon for the veteran tight end, considering he logged a solid 40 snaps and yet came up empty. Brate has two or fewer catches in three of his past four contests, and with Rob Gronkowski (ribs) possibly back for the Week 8 battle against the Saints, his outlook may not brighten anytime soon.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Outpaced by Howard in win

    Brate brought in three of four targets for 26 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-22 win over the Eagles on Thursday night. The veteran tight end saw a boost from the one-catch effort he'd turned in against the Dolphins five days earlier, but he was still doubled up by position mate O.J. Howard in receptions despite seeing only five fewer snaps (44-49) than his teammate. Brate has been the steadier producer of the two players even when Rob Gronkowski (ribs) has been healthy, yet both figure to see their opportunities take a hit if the latter is able to suit up for the Week 7 home matchup against the Bears a week from Sunday.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Held to one catch Sunday

    Brate secured his only target for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 45-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. The veteran tight end logged only 27 snaps from scrimmage against Miami, 16 fewer than O.J. Howard, who also saw two more targets. Howard had been the least involved of the two up to Sunday, but both players will see a decline in opportunity once Rob Gronkowski (ribs) returns to action.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Should fill in for Gronk again

    Brate is expected to make his second straight start Sunday against the Dolphins with top tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs) ruled out for the contest. While Gronkowski's cracked ribs and punctured lung prevented him from playing in the Week 4 win over New England, Brate drew the start and played 64 percent of the offensive snaps. Meanwhile, fellow tight end O.J. Howard (68 percent) saw more field time, but he was deployed mostly as a blocker, running only 16 routes and drawing one target to Brate's 33 and six, respectively. Even if the playing-time split between Brate and Howard remains relatively equitable again Week 5, the former profiles as the more fantasy-friendly option.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Two grabs in Week 4 win

    Brate secured two of six targets for 29 yards in the Buccaneers' 19-17 win over the Patriots on Sunday night. With Rob Gronkowski (ribs) out of action, Brate played 64 percent of the offensive snaps, a total of 50 plays. While O.J. Howard actually logged one more play from scrimmage in what was his largest workload of the season by far, he failed to come up with his only target. Gronkowski is expected to miss at least one more game, so Brate will likely remain the Bucs' primary pass-catching option at tight end Week 5 against the Dolphins.
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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Could replace Gronk on SNF

    Brate and O.J. Howard could see added playing time this week, with fellow Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs) doubtful for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Scott Smith of buccaneers.com reports. Brate saw just one target on 28 and 33 percent of snaps through the first two weeks of the season, with the lone consolation being that he was at least ahead of Howard (nine percent, 17 percent) for playing time. Gronkowski then hurt his ribs in the Week 3 loss at Los Angeles, and with Gronk's snaps reduced in the second half, Brate finished with four catches for 35 yards on five targets (45 percent snap share). Howard, meanwhile, saw just one target on 19 percent of snaps, but he'll likely take over more of Gronkowski's workload if the Bucs aren't in comeback/catch-up mode (they trailed the Rams by multiple scores last week).
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