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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end ​O.J. Howard is officially out for the season, opening the door again for backup Cameron Brate. As does often happen when it comes to fantasy football, the best guy to add is the player replacing Howard on the field. 


Ladies and gentleman, allow me to reintroduce you to Tampa Bay now-starter Jameis Winston's favorite red-zone target. 

Winston absolutely loves him some Brate, as evidenced by the numbers over the previous two seasons. In 2016, Brate saw career-high stats across the board -- receptions (57), targets (81), receiving yards (660), and touchdowns (8). The following season his numbers dipped, but that can be attributed to the Bucs drafting Howard and moving to more two-tight-end sets.

For most of this season, Howard has clearly been the better tight end in Tampa with 34 catches on 48 targets for 565 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Howard had a 59.6 percent snap rate going into Week 11, while Brate was at a 37-percent share -- Brate's time on the field will certainly increase as a result making him a low-end TE1 for the remainder of the 2018 season.


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