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 in Week 15 against a Ravens defense that's tied with multiple teams for fourth-most receptions (73) allowed to tight ends,
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 was back in the primary tight end role with O.J. Howard (ankle/foot) on injured reserve, and he celebrated his return with a six-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter in the back of the end zone. The score served as Brate's fourth of the season and first since Week 6. While the fact he didn't really see an appreciable bump in targets in Howard's absence was somewhat of a disappointment, Brate has the track record to lend credence to the notion he could provide solid production down the stretch, particularly in the red zone. He'll look to start delivering on some of that potential against the Panthers in Week 13.
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 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 for short-term optimism with respect to Brate's fantasy outlook. 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 a position for a corresponding spike in production.
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|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||1||1||17||17.0||17||0||0||0||1|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||4||23||288||12.5||46||3||5||1||14|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||10||57||660||11.6||38||8||5||0||40|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||5||48||591||12.3||35||6||5||0||33|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||1||25||233||9.3||21||6||1||0||15|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||3||2.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||0||0||0||0||-1||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|